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[aprssig] RK3KKPK? (CONNECTED Igates?)

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jan 31 00:38:01 UTC 2012


Great!... With the proviso, that it should target 145.01 or other locally
available packet channel and NOT 144.39.  Maybe 145.55 is an alternative if
a DX cluster is already there somewhere...

Bob, Wb4APR

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of Steve Dimse
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 8:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [aprssig] RK3KKPK? (CONNECTED Igates?)


On (the last few days), (various people) wrote (things like):

> And, of course, two sets of routing tables, two sets of addresses, two
> sets of address resolution/mapping protocols and so on.
>
It is easy to fall into a tendency to over-engineer things. People sometimes
talk about redoing the APRS IS for a variety of reasons, but if it were
complex it never would have gained traction (just as their proposals to
re-engineer never gain traction). I was actually guilty of this, I had a
rather complex plan when the idea for the APRS IS formed, but I am eternally
indebted to Keith WU2Z, who convinced me if the importance of simplicity if
I wanted it to catch on.

Here is a relatively simple way to do what Bob proposes, call the concept
CGate, for Connected Gateway.

The CGate listens on RF, when it hears the RF beacon of a local station it
sends a packet to the internet backbone with the RF station's call and the
CGate's IP number or DNS name. The packet could be either a new APRS packet
type, a user-defined packet type, or even just a position report with a
comment like "CGate via cgate.k4hg.net" or "CGate via 64.76.23.1"on a
regular position packet. The internet backbone could be the APRS IS itself
or a stand-alone net using javAPRSSrv and/or aprsd.

The CGate listens on the internet and builds its own flat database of all
the beacons and the CGate that heard them. Call this a routing table if you
want, but this is quite simple and reasonably scaleable, even low-end
computers could handle tables with half a million lines easily.

To initiate a connect I would type into the tnc "C WB4APR VIA CGATE". A
local CGate could hear the connection request, look in its table for WB4APR,
if it finds an entry it connects to the CGate that heard WB4APR, and that
CGate sends out a connect request that prints like "K4HG>WB4APR,CGATE*".


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