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[aprssig] APRS Network Consistent Operations

Matt Werner kb0kqa at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 21:10:58 UTC 2007


I'm not saying that we shouldn't make an effort to *inform* everyone
(who may not be on this list) to convert.

What I'm saying is that appointing someone to be in charge of getting
an area converted is the *wrong* way to go about it.  I guarantee that
you will have at least one that decides that he/she is the almighty
appointed dictator and will come across without the proper tact.  Once
that is done, you will then have a much harder time getting through to
that particular individual who was earlier told by the dictator how
things are now to be run.

Czar is the perfect definition of what you're doing.  Czar: "one
having great power or authority."  You may decide that czar wasn't the
proper word to use earlier but the end result is the same.

You are telling people that they have the power and authority to do
something that they do not have the power and authority to do.  This
is a recipe for trouble.

On 6/20/07, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> > > I will list you as the Connecticut APRS CZAR
> > > ... I hope to list all of the "recommended
> > voice repeaters" for each state and the digi
> > that is transmitting them.
> >
> > Czar is exactly what it is too.  We had a self-
> > appointed czar ... which dictated the "recommended
> > settings" for the entire state, not taking into
> > account local anomalies....
> > In the end we ended up... ignoring them...
>
> What we want to achieve is consistent APRS operation everywhere.
>
> Back before 2004, APRS had a lot of legacy digipeaters that were
> compounding QRM and holding back reliable operation of the
> network.  Prior to then, there were just too many "recommended
> settings" depending on the legacy of old digis in place.  I
> sympathize with the problem of too many "opinions" as to what
> was the best...  But then...
>
> Finally in 2004, it was apparent that APRS had to move on and
> completely abandon the old legacy RELAY and WIDE and TRACE
> systems to cut the QRM and get back to a SINGLE set of
> recommendations that would work everywhere.  Just simplifying to
> Traceable WIDEn-N not only drastically improved the reliability
> of the network, it also drastically simplified user education,
> because now, WIDEn-N is all they needed to know (with small N).
>
> If there are still places with "anomolies" that prevent the
> reliable operation of the APRS network, then, the better course
> of action is to fix the anomolies rather than holding out for
> obsolete and inconsistent user recommendations.
>
> Good luck.
> But we must get the network serving the mobile users, and
> *facilitating communications* between users.  That is what it is
> there for...
>
> So, in 2004, it was the New-N Paradigm that greatly improved the
> APRS network.  In 2007 it is the
> Local-VoiceRepeater-Info-Initiative to make it easier to
> establish communications between operators.
>
> Bob, WB4APR
>
>
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