[aprssig] Running an igate station

Stephen Brown Jr stephen.brown75 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 19 08:23:17 CDT 2006

Somehow this turned into a debate and my question never got answered. While
I agree that some of the points made are valid, this is impeding the
progress of my original goal. If someone can help me I would appreciate it.
I will be running a full two-way Igate when I get enough equipment to do it.
I don't have the capacity to do it right now, so I am forced to work with
what I have. I am more interested in experimenting with this than anything
else. My goal is to be able to run a radio/tnc off of a linux box as a
dedicated  2-way Igate in the near future.

Again, I want to use AGWPE on a windows box and take all the received APRS
packets and Igate them from the linux box. I have very little experience
with APRS on a linux platform, I have used Xastir, but that is overkill for
what I am trying to accomplish. I am looking for something non-graphical
that will run from the CLI. Our area is without an Igate and I want to take
small steps before I open a full blown more capable one.

Thanks and 73,

On 6/18/06, Keith - VE7GDH <ve7gdh at rac.ca> wrote:
> Tapio OH2KKU wrote...
> (re "why someone would you want to set up a "one way" IGate?)
> > I can give a couple of valid reasons for this:
> > - in practice there are never too many properly working (=
> > doesn't touch packet contents) listen-only igates, because
> > they don't transmit on the band and duplicates are
> > automatically filtered on the Internet-side...
> I can kind of understand that reasoning, but what if only the "one way"
> IGate heard a station and someone was trying to send a message to that
> station via the APRS-IS? As far as I know, the APRS-IS wouldn't know that
> you were operating a one-way IGate.
> > - two-way igates might require special permits to operate unattended,
> > in Finland they are called automatic station licenses - you don't have
> > to choose what to gate to RF if you don't gate anything. Some igate
> > software don't offer much configurability on what to gate to RF.
> That I hadn't considered. I thought that England was the only country with
> archaic rules like that! It would be nice if "everything" could be done on
> RF, but the APRS-IS has become an important part of the APRS
> infrastructure. To my way of thinking, crippled IGates just fracture the
> network. However if regulations prevent you from setting it up properly
> about all you can do is lobby the powers that be and try and get them to
> change the regulations. I have been a firm believer for a long time that
> amateurs should have much more say in re-writing the rules that we operate
> by. Most government agencies just aren't qualified to make the kind of
> decisions that need to be made to upgrade the regulations as times change.
> I suppose I would have to say that a "one way IGate" was better than no
> IGate, but it would play havoc with messaging.
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
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