[aprssig] Satellite positions: Objects or Stations?

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sat Oct 15 11:31:44 CDT 2011

> Would it be sufficient to include a ,KJ4ERJ-15*, 
> in the path?  Or is the qaC,KJ4ERJ-5 that is 
> added by the APRS-IS server sufficient?

Probably not... BUT, I think y ou are synthesizing these on the APRS-IS only, and so you can put anything you want in the digi field?  Could you put in "de KJ4ERJ" in the first digi field?  I dont think anything parses the actual digi fields...  But come to think about it, when an IGte puts it back to RF, I think it truncates all of the early part of the path, so that part of info woiuld be lost?

BUT!!!  The IGate is adding its own header in 3rd party format, and so at that point the IGate is taking origination responsiblity.  And before that, while it is on the APRS-IS, then the pseudo "de KJ4ERJ" is fully visible.

BUT I still prefer putting it on the end of the packet.  Its there to be legal, but may not be visibile on many radios. If it  is beyond he 20th position, it wont show on the D7, if it is beyond the 28th position, it wont show on the D700.  If it is beyone the 64th position it wont show on the D710 etc...

ANyway, put it on the end so it does not mess up the format sof the real data...

>On 10/15/2011 9:00 AM, Bob Bruninga wrote:
>> In your generated ISS Position from the ISS callsign, of course, you will have to add a note on he end in the comment field to the effect "de KJ4ERJ" of course.
>> Bob, WB4APR
>> ---- Original message ----
>>> Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:26:44 -0400
>>> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org (on behalf of "Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)"<ldeffenb at homeside.to>)
>>> Subject: [aprssig] Satellite positions: Objects or Stations?
>>> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List<aprssig at tapr.org>
>>> On 10/14/2011 9:14 PM, Bob Bruninga wrote:
>>>> TO avoid the problem even in UIview, it wouild be nice if you originated the
>>>> object on the APRS-IS as if it was a station by the satellite's name.  But
>>>> this station's position should only be the LIVE-NOW posit.  We cannot have
>>>> past, present and future positions all over the globe...
>>> Ok, before I change the ISS from an object to a station, and possibly
>>> start beaconing live positions for any queried satellites, I'd like to
>>> get a consensus from the aprssig.  I made the ISS satellite an object
>>> sourced by KJ4ERJ-15 to provide for trackability and to adhere to the
>>> established norms (as I saw them, at least) that stations were "real"
>>> and objects were "manufactured".  Yes, they may be designed to be
>>> displayed the same, but there was some resistance to making RFID-implied
>>> locations "stations" rather than "objects" as it was somehow deemed
>>> "spoofing" something that wasn't really APRS.
>>> Yes, these are satellites and not representative of potentially real
>>> individuals, but before I write code that is less traceable as to the
>>> source of the posits, I'd like to be able to point back to a consensus
>>> of individuals (call it "group-think"?) rather than a unilateral
>>> decision that may come back to haunt me two days/weeks/years after I put
>>> in operation.
>>> So, Satellite Objects?  Or Source-Calls / Stations?  Weigh in with your
>>> opinion on the list or off and I'll see where the consensus lies in a
>>> few days' time.
>>> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
>>> PS. The positions being beaconed will be LIVE and the descriptions will
>>> be generic, not location specific.  If you want AOS/LOS information,
>>> either send a message to the satellite (see earlier thread about ISS
>>> Tracking&  Pass Information) or look it up elsewhere.
>>> Oh, but the posits will have a MultiLine encoding
>>> (http://www.aprs-is.net/WX/MultilineProtocol.aspx) of their approximate
>>> coverage area so that clients that support such displays will be able to
>>> see it.  This will appear as random characters on non-supporting
>>> clients, unfortunately.
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