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[aprssig] APRS in Atlanta - flooding the network

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Oct 12 01:44:14 UTC 2005

Hey!  I liked season 2.

Bill Vodall wrote:
>>If you’re sending GPS messages getting to the IGate and maybe one or two Digis
>>is the only thing that's important. If you’re trying to send messages from
>>point A to point B the IGates already know how to get the message to the other
>>party. Why would you want to plug up a 1200 baud RF network when you can use a
>>high speed internet backbone? The internet is not only faster it's (normally)
>>more reliable. While the RF network can have packet collisions the internet
>>side normally won't.
>>Please don't take this the wrong way I'm merely trying to get more information.
>>But name one connection where you NEED to use RF instead of letting the
>>internet help the packet along. Now assuming there are NO IGates near you then
>>you might have a valid reason to flood several Digi's with your signal.
> For normal day to day use, yes - using a two hop path and letting the IGates
> do their magic for our APRS communication is a good thing.
> But this is about radio and the special things we can do with it.  If
> needed, we can reach out and communicate over extended ranges.  The
> new paradigm has the backdoor paths that make this possible.  As such,
> it's a good thing to test and exercise it so we the operators have an
> idea of what's possible and how to do it.
> As so many operators have gone to Video Game Mode, I'm going to continue
> doing more manual operation focused on RF.  It's fun and at times
> very useful.
> This is the year 2005.  The 21st century and all that.   The era of HDTV
> and downloading movies from the net.   If a couple manually entered one
> line text messages are going to flood the network and mess up the
> neighboring systems, then it's time to quit wasting time, turn off
> the system and get back to downloading season 2 of B5.
> 73
> Bill - WA7NWP
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