[aprssig] CW stations and ui-view igate

Ed L. Locklear, KF4CHG kf4chg at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 16 11:24:29 CDT 2005

Eric Christensen wrote:

> UI-View is seeing as "foreign".  There is a way to gate them out,
> though, in the igate.ini file BUT I warn of how you have them setup.
> CW*=ALL will put thousands of stations out on RF.  Not a very good
> idea.  
> Email me directly if you need specifics on the modification to the
> igate.ini file (or you can look for yourself).  
> 73s,
> Eric KF4OTN 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Steve Dimse
> Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2005 06:44
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] CW stations and ui-view igate
> On Jun 16, 2005, at 6:24 AM, AE5PL Lists wrote:
>>CW stations use an unverified login (see post in other thread 
>>these) which I would guess UI-View recognizes as non-ham and
> refuses 
>>to gate them to RF.
> I do not know specifically about UI-V, but some other IGates will
> pass unverified packets when the call is specifically included in the
> list. Obviously using CW* in this situation would be a disaster, but
> specific local CW stations would not cause excessive QRM. Speaking
> only of US rules, this is not illegal. Under the Automatic message
> forwarding system rules, unless a verification is made, the first
> station to transmit a message on RF assumes responsibility for the
> content of the message. If it is a CW station, the risk to an IGate
> operators license is small, but still real. This is why the default
> behavior of the system is to exclude unverified packets.
> So just to fine tune your statement in the previous message, the
> verification does not PREVENT those packets from being IGated to RF,
> but rather allows the IGate operator to decide for him/herself
> whether to assume responsibility for those messages.
> Steve K4HG


Good point about RFing CW stations.  However, I would not even give 
instructions on HOW-TO.  This is the last thing we want being Gated to 
RF!  Once it starts being Gated to RF then every Digi within ear shoot 
will QRM the channel and possible overload!

My suggestion is NOT to Gate CW over RF period and just leave it to the 
APRS-IS servers to keep it on the internet side only!

If you only knew how many CW station were out there and not just in the 
U.S. but World Wide.  It would be a catastrofy!


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