[aprssig] WIDE settings

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Sep 10 13:00:28 CDT 2007

> ... For example a number "1" overlaid to denote a 
> WIDE1-1 fill-in,  a number "2" to denote a high-level 
> WIDE2-2, a letter "N" for a generic WIDEn-N digi, a 
> letter "S" for a path-reforming single-hop 
> digi, etc.   

Actually, of the above, the only desired symbols for the modern
New-N capable APRS network in the USA are the overlays of "1",
"S", and maybe a few "P" and "L"'s for special cases.  The "N"
represents an old WIDEn-N digi that has not yet been upgraded to
the New-N paradigm.

Not until the old "N" digi has been updated with all the new
settings for the New-N should it be changed to an "S".  Keeping
track of the network and its capabilities is all part of the

> The problem is that many APRS programs do not 
> properly render these composite symbols...

Which is really too bad.  It drastically restricts the intended
flexibility of APRS symbology.
> Details on the APRS symbols, including overlays, are here:
>      <http://wa8lmf.net/APRS/APRS_symbols.htm>

Hope that helps.

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