[aprssig] Too many digi's ?

Patrick Green pagreen at gmail.com
Thu Oct 19 20:19:02 CDT 2006

Seeing as I visited Knoxville, TN several times, I've made the following

1. The Cove Mountain digi should be the only Wn-N
2. Everyone in the valley should be fill-ins.

I've been able to hit Cove Mountain from Lenoir City to Bean station on an
HT.  Also it reaches London, KY in a single hop, and probably other digis in
other directions of a similar distance.

This is my opinion only.  I don't live in the area so things may have
changed drastically since I've been there.

73 de Pat --- KA9SCF.

On 10/19/06, William McKeehan <mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net> wrote:
> Over the past couple of years, APRS activity in my area has grown
> dramatically. As more stations come on the air, the operators are tempted
> to
> setup digi's and IGates.
> I don't think most of them really understand most APRS fundamentals.
> You'll
> hear them say things like "Isn't that great, I can see stations from 600
> miles
> away" and you will see paths like:
>      RELAY,WIDE3-3
>      RELAY,WIDE,WIDE2-2 (this is on several stations - one "expert"
> sharing
> his knowledge to others)
> In an area approximately 60x60 miles, we have about 11 digi's and IGates
> (some
> stations are both, some only one or the other). Two of these digi's are
> high
> level digi's, one is nearly 3000 HAAT. Some guys are talking about putting
> up
> yet another digi right in the center of this area (<1000 ASL, so basically
> 0
> HAAT in this area).
> I know that we are not in a good position now and adding more digi's is a
> bad
> idea, but I do not know how to convey this to some of these users. I want
> to
> discourage any new digi's in the area and suggest that some turn off their
> digi's/IGates.
> Are there any guidelines (beyond common sense) to setting up digi's
> published
> anywhere on the web that I could point people to as something to back me
> up?
> or am I wrong and more digi's are OK?
> Looking for the right words to guide people in the right direction.
> --
> William McKeehan
> Internet: mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
> http://mckeehan.homeip.net
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> go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
>      - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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