[aprssig] The Current Meaning of WIDEn-N (incorrect)

Kenneth Finnegan kennethfinnegan2007 at gmail.com
Mon May 19 13:15:52 CDT 2014

On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
>> If the first "n" is a "1", then *EITHER* a home fill-in digi --OR-- a
>> high-level true wide can handle the hop.
>> If the first "n" is other than "1", then ONLY a true wide will respond to
>> and handle the hop.
> Simply not true.  The first "n" is the original N hop when the packet was
> initiated.  The exception (which causes all this confusion) is the  special
> "WIDE2-1" which is simply a cheating way to get ONE HOP without keying up
> all surrounding fill-in WIDE1-1 digis.  For example, if I want to transmit a
> one-hop packet, but I don't want to bring up my neighbors WIDE1-1 digi, and
> the one that might be in a neighboring car (heaven forbid), I would use the
> single hop path of WIDE2-1.  Which has always been a special case of a
> WIDEn-N packet only intended to go one hop and without bringing up all the
> old-fill-in-digis that can only operate on "WIDE1-1".
>> Today the *total* number of digipeater relay hops requested by the user is
>> the sum of the first N of the first clause (normally "1") and the first N of
>> the second clause (typically "2"), minus any "pre-decrementing" indicated by
>> the second "N" of a clause initially being smaller than the first.  I.e.
> Simply not true.

So which one is it? You just said that the first number doesn't
differentiate between wide and fill-in digis, and also doesn't
indicate the total number of hops requested from the original user. I
thought you'd at least completely agree with Stephen's second

Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF

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