[aprssig] Functional path to hit both WIDE and WIDEn-n digis?

Keith VE7GDH ve7gdh at rac.ca
Wed Apr 25 13:25:16 CDT 2007

Alex KF4LVZ wrote...

> A significant number of the digis in my area are using
> WIDE or RELAY and not WIDEn-n. I don't think any
> amount of email is going to convince them to change so
> I'd like to find out if anyone has a path suggestion
> for my D7/700 that will hit both types.
> Right now I have just WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1...

That's a tough question. You could be part of the solution and not part of
the problem and just not use RELAY or WIDE, but if you are trying to make it
to an IGate the only real solution is probably to go back to using the
obsolete settings. It depends also on how many digis there are in your area
that respond to RELAY and/or WIDE, but if the frequency isn't very busy, the
impact wouldn't be as much as if it was very busy. There isn't any dupe
checking on RELAY or WIDE, so could be lots of ping-ponging going on. You
could try use specific callsigns in your path, but then  you would have to
change it any time you moved out of your area.

Can the D7/D700 alternate digi paths like the TT3 or would you have to press
buttons each time to change the path?

I hear what you are saying about some digi operators being slow or reluctant
to upgrade their settings. In some instances where they can't re-program
them remotely, waiting for snow to melt in spring could be a factor. An
option would be to put your own "new paradigm" digi(s) in but the preferable
solution would be to get the obsolete digis to update their settings. All
you can do is ask and suggest. If the operators either just don't care about
the impact on the rest of the APRS network or are too lazy to change their
settings, there isn't much you can do except hope for a (lucky) lightning
strike to take them out, and for someone to replace them with digis using
up-to-date settings. I would like to think that if the reason why the 
changes are so important was explained to them, more of the "hold-outs" 
would get on the band-wagon and do their part to improve things.

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"

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