[aprssig] Packet Node on 144.390 ?

Jim Duncan jdbandman at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 9 08:50:59 CDT 2006

Connected traffic frames takes precedence over unconnected (UI) frames. 
To place connected traffic on an APRS channel would pretty well shut 
down the flow of APRS traffic. The whole point of using unconnected 
protocol is to have traffic moving WITHOUT the need for the user to 
know/understand the network.

I think you're asking for trouble here. Do you REALLY want people 
reading bulletin board messages, connected keyboard chatting, etc. 
making your APRS tracking information take a secondary precedence?

Granted, the prevalence of internet email has pretty well reduced packet 
BBS use and what bulletin boards that are still out there 
exchange/forward traffic on UHF backbones.

If you introduce connected packet traffic be prepared to answer the 
onslaught of angry APRS users who want to know why this was done and why 
it shouldn't be on the traditional packet radio frequencies. There is no 
advantage for the APRS system in having nodes on the frequency, at least 
not at the current state of development.

Perhaps down the road the coders will develop a way to use nodes and 
backbones but, again, the interent datastream beats that by about a 
million miles which begs the question: "What's the point?"
Jim Duncan, KU0G

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