[aprssig] SSID convention

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Sun Dec 25 19:56:47 CST 2016

On Sun, Dec 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM, Peter Laws N5UWY <n5uwy at arrl.net> wrote:

> May I assume that this document:  http://aprs.org/aprs11/SSIDs.txt
> supersedes this document:  http://aprs.org/SSIDs.txt ?

seems a pretty safe assumption based on the date at the top of each

> Is there a more recent document?

There's a much more useful _concept_ - the station icon.  Using SSID to
identify the station type might have been useful 25 years ago when an
application not much more sophisticated than a dumb terminal was a common
APRS interface. This is fortunately not the case any longer. Stations are
much more sophisticated and the icon conveys the information at a glance,
even if one happens to have, say, 2 airborne stations on the air (in the
air) at the same time. There can be only one -11 per call, but there can be
16 /O stations for the same call.

IMO using the SSID as a station identifier is a totally obsolete concept.
I ignore it and look at the icon, or the characters representing it in the
raw packet.

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