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[aprssig] Objects vs real stations..

Chris Rose kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 31 18:41:23 UTC 2008

I thought the SSn-N path was to help trace paths of packets and to identify what state the digi was in.  I am not an expert in this but have been learning and using APRS for many years.  I recently set up a digi where I live on a moderately high location that was available and was relatively easy to reach.  It is in the East-South East part of the County.  A few miles to the East and you are in the neighboring county.  For a few years we had a operator set up a low profile digi at his home but he shut it off when he went North to College.  He was very centrally located in the county.  It was geographically great for a digi.  To my West is a digi centrally located in that county.  Northwest is another digi centrally located in that county.  

To me, something is better than nothing.  Five years ago my digi was at the County Services Building where I live.  A few miles West of where it is now.  Again, something was better than nothing.  The EOC used to be there.  I didn't program the digi to show the red building with the EOC letters though.  I had the green star symbol.  

The EOC has been moved since then to a non friendly radio location.  A single story building that doesn't offer any high spot for a digi.

I have a weather station on a shelf(been there for 12 years and no longer supported by its retailer).  I am sure it will work but I want to set it up to transmit to APRS as well.  Someday, maybe.

I may have some more opinion for you, good luck in your endeavour.


--- On Tue, 12/30/08, Len N9IJ <n9ij at comcast.net> wrote:

> From: Len N9IJ <n9ij at comcast.net>
> Subject: [aprssig] Objects vs real stations..
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 1:50 PM
> I live relatively close to Chicago, basically an urban
> county, with many hams. While learning a new APRS capable
> HT, I realized that, though there is a plethora of objects
> on the county map, few are providing more than a "here
> I am" announcement. I am in the process of putting a
> stand-alone WIDE1-1 up at home because, though there are
> several objects shown near-by, non are digi-peating.
> We have a very active RACES operation that excells in
> SKYWARN functions. They own many radios, at least one TNC,
> three repeaters and are located at a site that employs four
> hams. Their only APRS activity is having their EOC icon and
> repeater info placed on the map as objects generated by a
> home station. There are several APRS weather stations so we
> can monitor the 2-3 degree difference but essentially the
> same weather, between them. Others appear on the map as home
> stations but are actually only objects being placed on the
> map via internet only operation.
> My intent is not to slam any of the above, rather to
> question the benefit of having much of the map or spectrum
> real estate populated by objects that are not
> "really" there. There must be a bunch of ancient
> 2-meter radios, and old TNC's that can become a WIDE1-1
> andbe put into service.
> Is it me, or is this faux-APRS operation become the norm in
> other areas?
> --
> Len Revelle N9IJ
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