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[aprssig] Too many digi's ?

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Tue Oct 24 19:07:07 UTC 2006


I happen to agree with you - except for the small point that the cove mountain
digi does not support WIDEn-N. A new digi is expected to go up in the same (or
nearly the same) location soon (it was up for testing this weekend, but had
some non-APRS related issues and was removed for further work). This new digi
will respond to WIDEn-N.

There is also a new WIDEn-N digi North of Knoxville, in North Anderson County
(W4ACA) that provides coverage to the North where the cove mountain digi was
dropping off. This digi provides a good link up into KY from the Knoxville
area. I'm in favor of this digi remaining in place and acting as a WIDEn-N
digi.

You say that "everyone" should be fill-ins...do you think that all stations
should be fill-ins or just as necessary? These are the ones that I would like
to see reduced in number.

On Thu, October 19, 2006 9:19 pm, Patrick Green wrote:
> Seeing as I visited Knoxville, TN several times, I've made the following
> observations:
>
> 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
>> KI4HDU
>> Internet: mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
>> http://mckeehan.homeip.net
>>
>> Do not go where the path may lead,
>> go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
>>      - Ralph Waldo Emerson
>>
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William McKeehan
KI4HDU
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go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
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