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[aprssig] Digi callsigns

Chris Rose kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 19 01:35:32 UTC 2008


See two comments in your post below.
Chris 
KB8UIH

--- On Tue, 12/16/08, Andrew Rich <vk4tec at tech-software.net> wrote:

> From: Andrew Rich <vk4tec at tech-software.net>
> Subject: [aprssig] Digi callsigns
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 3:11 PM
> Hello
> 
> Can someone please explain to me.
> 
> In the old days, you used to have a digi with a callsign
> and you could bounce off it.
> 
> VK4TEC> APRS via VK4RBT-3* : Packet

In this line the star signifies last digi to hear the packet-VK4RBT-3
> 
> You knew which digi you had hit, and more importantly if
> you wanted to direct a packet only via that digi, you could.
> 
> Sonce then we seem to have had aliasing added to APRS,
> example WIDE 
> 
> VK4TEC> APRS via WIDE* : Packet
> 
> In this case, which digi did it go via ?

This looks like a beacon from VK4TEC
> 
> I thought the digi was supposed to callsign substitute.
> 
> Even if this packet was to hit the internet, I have no idea
> via what digi it got there ?
> 
> I have a friend that lives WEST of me, I know if i send a
> packet via a set path, my packet will make it to him.
> 
> In this new brave world, it seems very hot and miss ??
> 
> It is a pity our APRS networks can't "learn"
> where other nodes and stations are.
> 
> Just a thought - coming from a mobile phone and RADAR
> background.
> 
> Andrew
> VK4TEC_______________________________________________
> 



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