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[aprssig] ARRL Web Site Propagating Out-Of-Data APRS Into

Herb Gerhardt hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Thu Mar 30 17:32:14 UTC 2006


That is one of the unfortunate things about the internet and published books
and manuals.

Since we switched last year to the new Paradigm of APRS, there are lots of
published books, manuals and web sites that are no longer correct!  It will
take time to fix all that but some of it will never get fixed and will
mislead some of the new folks for years to come.

IT IS OUR JOB TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT.  When you see a new station on your
screen, check it to make sure they are using the correct path.  I do that in
my area and it not only fixes their problem in a hurry, but it also gives
the new user an opportunity to meet one of the old timers who is willing to
help get them going in the right direction.  Remember the stations using the
old paths will only show up on your screen if they are in simplex range of
your station, so not only can you help them fix their problem, but you might
also make a new friend!  If you don't jump in and help them out, they will
probably get discouraged real fast and we will probably loose them from our
hobby.  Everyone needs to see things work when they first try out a new
thing.

So, lets all do our job and help steer new APRS users in the right
direction.

Thanks,

Herb, KB7UVC
NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator
Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info



  -----Original Message-----
  From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Stephen H. Smith
  Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 9:25 PM
  To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
  Subject: [aprssig] ARRL Web Site Propagating Out-Of-Data APRS Into


  I just stumbled across this URL:
      http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/aprs/pos-reporting.html


  It is still advising newbies to use "RELAY,WIDE,WIDE" and advocating
operating on 145.79 ! !  Not to mention the link to the now-obsolete .MIL
domain version of Bob's website.

  It also has this astonishing statement:

   "A GATE station has a very wide coverage area (500 miles or more)." after
listing the distinction between RELAY and WIDE,  implying that GATES are
some kind of superstation on two meters.



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