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[aprssig] Why RELAY,WIDE... is so bad....

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Thu Mar 31 23:01:14 UTC 2005

On the issue of how to combine home digi first-hop-assist with true 
WIDEn-N systems without using first-hop RELAY:

How about a path of    "WIDE1-1, WIDE1-1"    or    "WIDE1-1, WIDE2-2"    ??

Set the alias of the former home "RELAY" digi to WIDE1-1 instead.   If a 
"dumb" home former-RELAY-type digi does the first digipeat, it marks 
WIDE1-1 as used. 

Then the true WIDEn-N digi(s) get a shot at the second part of the 
path.   I assume that in the absence of a nearby home digi, a "real" 
WIDEn-N would digi the first hop, then the WIDE2-2 part would cause two 
more digipeats.    

The path is compatible with either    first-hop-via-home-station,   or 
with all hops via    n-N-only    true wides and preserves exclusively 
dupe-supressing WIDEn-N type paths.

[ BTW,   Here in L.A. the monster mountaintop digis are now swallowing 
WIDE2-2 on a single hop.  Before that was implemented,  when I  was just 
driving around the greater L.A. area, I would routinely set WIDE1-1 into 
my mobile UI-View setup to get into the WIDEn-N-only digipeaters with an 
absolute minimum of dupes.   In my experience, ONE hop from a high digi 
will get into an igate from anywhere in the greater L.A. area.  ]

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