[aprssig] APRS SPAM messages (auto replY)
archer at eskimo.com
Tue Feb 20 10:02:02 CST 2007
On Tue, 20 Feb 2007, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> Instead we see people using these things 24/7 on unattended
> stations, adding nothing but QRM and SPAM to an already busy
> frequency. Unfortunately, these days, since many APRS programs
> do not transmit the OPERATOR-PRESENT BIT, we have no way of
> identifying which stations (other than APRSdos and a few
> others)are actively manned and which ones are not. In most
> cases it appears that it is safe to assume that NONE of them are
> manned at any given instant.
FYI: Xastir doesn't save the "Send Auto Reply" flag to the config
file. When it boots up the flag is cleared. If you get an
auto-reply message from an Xastir station the operator has
specifically gone to that dialog and set the flag since he/she
brought it up. Doesn't mean it wasn't three months ago, but at
least it has to be manually set.
> If you have something else to say to everyone ALL
> THE TIME, then put it in your STATUS packet, not an
> auto-REPLY-QRM message. Also AUTO-REPLY message settings should
> time out.
Another thing we _could_ implement, but we'd have to warn our users
about this change well ahead-of-time. What sort of timeframe are
you suggesting? A day? An hour?
Curt, WE7U. APRS Client Comparisons: http://www.eskimo.com/~archer
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