[aprssig] A New "Space" Trend ?

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Fri Feb 6 17:26:53 CST 2009

I've noticed those as well, and have actually used a few non-numeric 
SSIDs myself (but after dashes) for stations that are APRS-IS only.  
Non-numeric SSIDs cannot make it onto RF.  In fact, the RF spec only 
provides for 4 bits of SSID, so only SSIDs -0 through -15 are 
RF-compatible (-0 is the same as the naked callsign and is usually not 

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Opinions are based on my interpretation of the specs 
that I've read - YMMV

KB5ILY - Travis W. Burton wrote:
> Maybe I haven't noticed it in the past, but I have noticed several new stations 
> inserting a space between CALL and an SSID.  Plus the SSID is one or two 
> letters rather than numbers.  Only one example of this in my stations list 
> would be:
> Is space a valid character per the spec ?
> 73 de Travis KB5ILY
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