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[aprssig] APRS RX-I-GATE software: aprx

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Sat Feb 14 22:19:49 UTC 2009


In Australia, hilltop unattended digis are usually licenced as a 
repeater and the annual fee is $62 dollars, or about 30 euros.

Our regulations permit unattended operation of packet stations provided 
a time-out device (WDT)  is fitted.

Ray vk2tv

Matti Aarnio wrote:
> I am not sure of what licenses automatic unattended transmitters need in USA,
> but here they require special automatic station license
>
>   "Pay 18 euros per transmitter per year to FICORA licensing management.
>    Thank you."
>
> That is, every digipeater has to pay that for every channel it transmits on.
> This has made APRS digipeaters rather RARE in here, same with TX-IGates.
>
> Furthermore, because TX-IGates require rather complex configuration, they
> are very hard to get working correctly, as many have observed.
>
> A year ago I wrote simplified RX-Only IGate that can be left unattended and
> free of special licenses:
>
>   http://wiki.ham.fi/Aprx.en
>
> It is so simple to configure that even non-nerds are able to do it.
> It sits even on very small systems, like NSLU2 and WRT54GL.
>
>
> I have also looked at extending it with TX-IGate capability, but required
> igate algorithm is damn complicated, and specification is quite unclear.
> ( http://www.aprs-is.net/IGateDetails.aspx )
>
> It is no wonder that people have such problems with TX-IGates...
>
>   73 de Matti, OH2MQK
>
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