[aprssig] Balloon Launch Check-list.... jet stream floater coming to eastern US soon.

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Sep 27 16:02:44 CDT 2005

brianbr at mac.com wrote:
>  I realize there is something here that I do not understand. What is 
> to be gained by starting with a decremented
>  WIDEN-N path like WIDE2-1 as opposed to using WIDE1-1? They both 
> have  one hop left ... what am I missing?
"WIDE1-1" is the new substitute alias for home fill-in digipeaters 
(replacement for "RELAY").    This is the only alias home digis (which 
frequently use old non-APRS-n-N-savvy TNCs that don't do true n-N 
callsign decrementing) should respond to, other than their own actual 

"WIDE2-1" ensures that only "real" WIDE area digipeaters with true n-N 
capability to process any value of N will respond, and then for only one 
hop.   (Presumably, from a balloon's altitude, one doesn't need 
low-level RELAY-type home digi fill-ins). 

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