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[aprssig] On flow control/smart beaconing...

Curt, WE7U archer at eskimo.com
Tue Mar 21 21:43:23 UTC 2006

On Tue, 21 Mar 2006, Robert Bruninga wrote:

> >I can see human nature getting in the way of this
> >[smart digi] scheme though:  If people try a few test
> >transmissions and some of them don't get digipeated
> >because the digi's are throttling back... these people
> >will most likely crank up their power level and rate
> Yep.  My point eactly and we see it every single time
> we contct someone with excessive rates.  He says
> " but that is what I have to do to get in"...

And I've been one of those in the past.  That's why I have a 50W
capable radio in the Jeep.  I'm running it on medium power now.
Every once in a while out in the boonies I still need the 50W, but
it's not very often.

> I say again, smart digipeating looks good on paper
> but is full of pit falls in practice...

So we build even smarter digipeaters than what we're describing now,
or else put some smarts in the trackers themselves so that the digi
can throttle them down, change their paths to the locally
recommended path, etc.

I for one won't accept that we can't build a better mousetrap:  We
just haven't thunk it up yet.  If the status quo starts looking
pretty good to me, it's time to find another hobby.  I ain't there

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