[aprssig] SSID Standardization

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 7 10:36:10 CDT 2010

Hmmmm.   I'm not on any particular side of this, so I ask what purpose are we trying ro address with the SSID?

Some thoughts...

1- The radio type is supposed to be handled elsewhere, so using the SSID to distingush the radio type is redundant.

2 - Does another ham *need* to know the radio type in order to know where you are, if you're available, or how to contact you?  If you have two vehicles, then a -7 for both seems ok.  This may go the issue of a non-licensed wife/child driving an APRS equipped car/plane.

2a - Does he need to know *which* vehicle you're in?

3 - Perhaps more significant, WHY are you beaconing in the first place?  If you are trying to do a LoJack thing, just in case, the comment field can easily distinguish.

4 - It seems that there is a need for an up-front indication (the D700 has to be scrolled to see the symbol) that something is simply being tracked - like a supply trailer, and therefore has a distinct need to be easily identified as such - except that the MYCALL could easily, and better, fill that need by naming it so as to distinguish between several similar such trackable objects.

I agree that having an on-screen indication of the vehicle is nice, but so what?...

Just some discussion fodder...
 73, Steve, K9DCI   USN (Vet) MOT (Ret) Ham (Yet)

--- On Mon, 6/7/10, Bob Burns W9RXR <w9rxr_ at rlburns.net> wrote:
> > -9  primary Mobiles of all types
> > -14 Truckers and full time drivers
> Why take up one of the 16 available SSIDs to distinguish
> between regular mobiles and trucks? Could -14 be put to
> better use for some other purpose?
> Bob, I know you'll cringe when you read this, but SSIDs
> really present a problem for me. In my APRS arsenal, I have
> the following:
> 1. A Kenwood TM-D710 in my car.
> 2. A Kenwood TM-D710 in my SUV.
> 3. Two Argent Data T2-135s mounted in Alinco DR-135 radios.
> They could theoretically be used anywhere I need a temporary
> tracker or digipeater.
> 4. Two Argent Data T2-301s that can be used as standalone
> trackers.
> 5. And I occasionally run UI-View either at home or
> mobile.
> If I give them all a separate SSID, I need seven.
> Bob...


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