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[aprssig] Lubbock Paths?

John Habbinga kc5zrq at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 17:33:38 UTC 2007

Does this website help?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: <bruninga at usna.edu>; <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2007 11:50 PM
Subject: [aprssig] Lubbock Paths?

>I think I remember hearing some occasional comments that travelers through 
>Lubbock texas disappear off the APRS map.... Tonight I think maybe I found 
>out why?  I tried contacting the only APRS call I can find on the web site, 
>but QRZ has no email address for that call.
> This web site seems to suggest that Lubbock has correctly gotten rid of 
> all the old stuff (RELAY,WIDE,TRACE,etc) and has implemented the SSn-N for 
> West Texas (WTXn-N), but there is no mention of WIDEn-N suport?
>> http://www.orgsites.com/tx/w5lcc/_pgg6.php3
> Does this mean that anyone driving through from anywhere else will 
> disappear off the face of the earth in Lubbock?
> If this omission is intentional, then I wonder what is going on.  If 
> WIDEn-N works and this is simply an editorial omission, then I appologize 
> for making an issue where there is none.
> I see no advantage to WTX2-2 compared to WIDE2-2...  Makes no sense.  APRS 
> is for travelers and especially visitors using WIDE2-2.  WIDE2-2 is not 
> going to go any farther nor do any more damage than WTX2-2.  But not 
> supporting WIDE2-2, leaves visitors and travelers in a black-hole?
> The intent of a sectional WTXn-N should be for distribution of specialized 
> event or NET traffic to all participants in WTX section, without spilling 
> over into adjacent dis-interested communication sections.  In that sense, 
> the intent of WTXn-N would be to allow much bigger hops like WTX3-3 or 
> 4-4, etc for this special traffic while limiting routine stuff to WIDE2-2.
> In fact, the real advantage of something like WTXn-N is to allow someone 
> to use WTX7-7 so that a check-in to a WTX weekly hour-long net can be seen 
> by other checkins to the net in other parts of WTX.  In this  case, the 
> size of "N" does not matter, since the intent of the packet is to hit 
> every digi in WTX.  So N does not matter.  Once they are all hit, the 
> packet dies anyway whether it is 7-7 or 4-4 as long as all digis are hit 
> in the section.
> So I see no advantage to forcing all users to use WTXn-N for small values 
> of N, when the nationwide WIDE2-2 will do just as well.
> Is this why we have heard of problems drving through Lubbock?
> See the web page.
> Bob, Wb4APR
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