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[aprssig] Kindly dealing with annoying behavior

Steve Daniels steve at daniels270.eclipse.co.uk
Tue Apr 24 16:07:38 UTC 2012


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<http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/> 

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I have never had a problem politely requesting and in a friendly manner
requesting people to change a setting

 

Steve Daniels

G6UIM

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From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of John Goerzen
Sent: 24 April 2012 16:53
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: [aprssig] Kindly dealing with annoying behavior

 

Hi folks,

Over at http://bit.ly/IOP667 you can see some raw packets.  (Note: I will
disable that redirect in a few days; my point is not to "name names" here,
but to get some advice.)

There are a few things happening there:

*	Roughly every 10 minutes, 24/7 every day, sending a message to BLN0
*	Same thing, also roughly every 10 minutes, sending a message to BLN1
*	Not necessarily visible in this list, but also it is sending a
"Welcome to [cityname]" message to anyone that sends them a message.  Or
possibly anyone that comes in range?  I'm not clear.
*	All of the above is happening on RF.

The first two items are the ones that bug me.  They pop up with an audible
alert on a lot of APRS devices and software, including my TH-D72A and
Xastir.  I also see evidence of people that are confused by it, thinking the
message was sent specifically to them.  (Replies back to the station sending
the BLNs saying "OK" or "no thanks" or something - which then causes them to
get "Welcome...")

I would like to kindly help the person running this do so in a more
ham-friendly manner -- perhaps redirecting what is some enthusiasm into a
better path.  Does anyone here have feedback on the best way to go about
doing that, without coming off in a way that will make the person defensive
and dig in their heels?  I do not know the email address for the person,
incidentally, and am not sure if I could get onto any repeater that the
person also uses.

If the person needs configuration help with the software, where is a good
place to send them?  According to aprs.fi, the software is APRSIS32 version
08.  I am a Linux person and although I am quite familiar with the entire
AX.25 stack on Linux, I have never used it on Windows at all, and as the
person is about an hour's drive away would probably be giving suggestions
over the air or phone - so if there is an APRSIS32 resource somewhere I
could point them at, that'd be great.

On an unrelated note, I also noticed a huge volume of APRS traffic on RF in
the local area today.  There appears to be a cell phone running APRSDroid
dropping packets onto APRS-IS every 18s, and somebody is gating them onto RF
putting WIDE2-2 on the via path.  It is not entirely clear to me what
station is doing that.  I have a couple of candidates and have dropped a
friendly email to them.

Thank you,

John
KR0L

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