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[aprssig] Running an igate station

Dennis Hudson n2lbt at spamcop.net
Mon Jun 19 17:20:47 UTC 2006

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Dennis Hudson, N2LBT
Albany, NY

On Jun 19, 2006, at 09:23 AM, Stephen Brown Jr wrote:

> 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,
> Stephen
> 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
> --
> "I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"
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