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Rahn whiskey7doa at gmail.com
Tue Sep 27 18:04:43 UTC 2005

Thanks Keith, that clears up a lot. I will go change my path now that my 
wife is back with the car and I will see what happens. Thanks again.

VE7GDH wrote:

> Rahn W7DOA wrote on Sept 27 2005
>> I have a Kenwood TMD700A and I have put my basic settings in it
>> like my callsign, the baud rate etc. The path is set to RELAY, WIDE.
> Both aliases are obsolete. Try using WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 and see if it
> works out for you. Many (hopefully most) digipeaters that used to respond
> to RELAY have changed over to WIDE1-1 digipeaters. Both RELAY and
> plain WIDE (not WIDEn-n) cause a lot of dupes and put a huge strain on
> the frequency. If there are not any RELAY digis left near you, you will
> not be digipeated period because the path is used sequentially. Even if
> there was a RELAY digi, you wouldn't go any further unless there was
> yet another obsolete digi nearby that responded to WIDE. Most "home
> fill-in" digis are now set to respond to WIDE1-1. Most "high level"
> digis are regular WIDEn-n digis and will respond to WIDE1-1 as
> well as to WIDE2-1, so WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 will in effect give you
> a two hop path which is acceptable in most locations.
> A few uninhabited areas might need slightly longer paths. Just a note on
> SSIDs... if you weren't familiar with them in the first place, you 
> might not
> have been aware that (e.g.) in WIDE2-2, the first "2" tells the WIDEn-n
> digi that you want a two hop path. The second "2" gets decremented when
> you go through a WIDEn-n digi. It would come out the other side as
> WIDE2-1. When the "1" is decremented to zero, your beacon wouldn't
> be digipeated any further. The suggested WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 should give
> you a two hop path whether you go through a "home fill-in" digi first or
> if you are heard directly by a real WIDEn-n digi. See
> http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/aprs/fix14439.html.
>> I also have a question about callsigns as the appear on APRS. I have
>> seen regular callsigns, and I have seen callsigns followed by a dash and
>> a number such as AJ3U-5. What is the following number for and should I
>> have it on my callsign as well?
> My recommendation would be to go with W7DOA-7. It isn't cast in stone and
> SSIDs (secondary station identifier) aren't mandatory, but if you use 
> -7, it
> will help tell others that you are using a D700 and are capable of 
> receiving
> messages.
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
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Rahn Abbott

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