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[aprssig] APRS in Atlanta

Stan Coleman [NØYXV] n0yxv at gihams.org
Wed Oct 12 18:31:32 UTC 2005


Thanks for the explaintion. I guess the whole point is to know your local
network and not to send packets somewhere they aren't needed. My comment about
IGates really applies mostly to long distance communications that can't be made
via RF. In other words if RF can't handle it let the internet do it. I hope
that's a little clearer than I was before.
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Quoting Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>:

> >"Why would anybody need more hops than
> >what it takes to get to an Igate?"
>
> Because the purpose of APRS is to provide
> tactical real-time digital communications in
> support of local events.  In the Eastern
> Seaboard, there is one big-metro after
> another from Richmond, DC, Baltimore
> Philadelphia, Trenton, NYC, Connecticut
> RI and Boston.
>
> I live in the middle of a triangle of DC, Baltimore
> and Annapolis, three busy W2-2 APRS areas.
>
> Yet, HAM radio activities occur all over.  Sometimes,
> the focus is something happening in Wash DC,
> other times it is a Baltimore Fox hunt.  Othere times
> it is our club acticities in Annapolis.  So the focus
> for any given activity or day may be different.
> So I set my path  appropriate to join the activity
> in which ever direction from me it is happening.
> No need to send my packets towards the other two
> areas and add QRM where there is nothing interesting
> going on...
>
> Igates have noting to do with these local activities,
> except to let outsiders watch on the internet.  So
> the goal of most participants is not to hit an IGate,
> but to hit the other RF users participating in the event...
>
> Bob
>
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