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[aprssig] How should this work -> TRACE WIDE2-2

Herb Gerhardt hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Wed Sep 14 17:47:52 UTC 2005

I too encourage ALL digi owners/caretakers to update to the new Paradigm
Settings WITHOUT any transition to the old settings.

That means that RELAY, WIDE, TRACE and TRACEn-N would no longer work.  The
users would then have to figure out why they are no longer making the APRS
system.  We here in the NW made that decision a number of months ago and we
still have not reached everyone.  Some digi owners have not changed to the
new settings and some have been "nice" guys and changed their settings to
support both the old and new settings.  That may seem like the right thing
to do but it is not.  It only causes people to procrastinate forever and not
upgrade their APRS stations and trackers to the new settings.  So please
everyone, lets update our APRS settings nationwide to the new settings.
This change was made to make the APRS system function better and to be able
to use a universal tracker path of WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 that will work in all
areas of the US including Canada.

For the recommended settings, see our web page below my signature.  Also
note our web site has changed from nwaprs.org to nwaprs.info.  Please update
your Favorite lists accordingly.


Herb, KB7UVC
NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator
Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Brad [VE3BSM]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:15 AM
> To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
> Subject: RE: [aprssig] How should this work -> TRACE WIDE2-2
> >>
> I used to have both the old settings and the new settings thinking I was
> being nice to people that haddn't switched over. I have since revisited my
> thinking and removed all support for the old settings. My current thinking
> is "Tough Love" if we keep pandering to the old settings people won't need
> to (or want
> to) switch. As soon as their packets stop getting digipeated they might
> start asking around to find out why it's not working. I have meet several
> Hams that get it Packet or RTTY or some other special area and
> then move on
> to other areas of interest. When they leave one specialty for another they
> continue to leave their stations operating, and don't revisit settings
> unless something stops working. So it's possible that many of
> these stations
> simply don't know and if their settings stop working they might
> start asking
> around. It's just another way to reach people and spread the word
> about the
> new settings.
> <<
> I'm with you. I did the Bulletin Spam thing for quite some time, typically
> in 3- to 5-day spurts with a couple of weeks in between. But still there
> were people who were aware of the request, but figured since their stuff
> worked, why change it (ie. "if it ain't broke...").
> Well, I'm about to complete the upgrades to our last two WIDE-area digis,
> and they *will* be broke. That should persuade them. :->
> Brad.

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