[aprssig] RE: European Digipeating standards

Jan T. Pharo la2bba at jpharo.net
Sat Feb 10 13:54:52 CST 2007

"Cap Pennell" <cap at cruzio.com>, Sat, 10 Feb 2007 10:57:45 -0800:

>In the US, where as you know we freely travel between our States, as you do
>between European Union states,

(I have read the rest, as well; just wanted to add this comment)

Differently from the USA, Europe is a number of independent states;
some are in the European Union (but still independent), some are not
in the Union (like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein).
However, we have an agreement about freedom of travel, and can pass
freely between e.g. Norway (non-EU) and Sweden (EU); unlike the
passage over the border between Canada and USA.
So a car driver will be able to drive from the south of Italy to the
North Cape without even stopping (except to sleep, eat, and fill gas),
passing a number of international borders (6, at least). But if he or
she is a radio amateur with APRS, it's necessary to change setup.
I would really welcome a mutual agreement of APRS path standards for
this area.

>Working toward a effective and efficient "universal" path system for VHF
>travelers too?  Think "traceable WIDEn-N"

I do. And I would welcome it. But for quite some time, I see that I
and other APRS hams will have to travel around, remembering where to
change path....

My digi, standing close to the LA/SM border, will for the time being
allow both WIDEn-N (traceable) and TRACEn-N (UIflood, just to let them
through) packets (n<4), and even RELAY. Eventually, it will be reduced
to a fill-in, when our club has set up its digi.

73 de Jan, LA2BBA
Hvaler, Norway

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