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[aprssig] AutoResponders talking to AutoResponders

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Oct 16 03:37:38 UTC 2011

Autoanswer is something I dislike intensly.  We put it in there for SPECIAL use when for example, one is at the EOC involved in anevent and has to step away for a few minutes.

Then and only then, an AUTOANSEWER message might make sense.  ... "I'll be back at 1320".. for example.

It is an abomination to leave it on all the time!  DUH!  APRS provides ACKS.  THERE IS NO NEED FOR A ROUTINE AUTO ANSWER!


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:22:56 -0700
>From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org (on behalf of Greg Dolkas <ko6th.greg at gmail.com>)
>Subject: Re: [aprssig] AutoResponders talking to AutoResponders  
>To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
>   I guess that explains why I got two position reports
>   for the ISS just now... 
>   Auto Reply is now *off*.  :-)
>   Greg  KO6TH
>   On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 4:22 PM, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh
>   (Mr) <ldeffenb at homeside.to> wrote:
>     To all APRS users:
>     If you're going to send a message to an
>     Auto-Responder service like CQSRVR, ANSRVR, EMAIL,
>     EMAIL-2, WHO-IS, or the new satellite pass
>     prediction server, please, please PLEASE make sure
>     you turn off your auto-answer!  Unless you have
>     an intelligent auto-answer (like APRSISCE/32) that
>     operates on a time delay and operator activity
>     detector, what ends up happening is the response
>     from the query triggers an auto-answer from your
>     radio or software which triggers another (most of
>     the time error) response response from the
>     original service.  What should have been a 1+1
>     round-trip message, becomes a 1+1+1+1 with all of
>     the attendant acks as well.
>     This has been a common courtesy request from:
>     Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows
>     Mobile and Win32
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