[aprssig] More common overlay symbols?
andrewemt at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 8 09:59:12 CST 2016
I've been perusing the stations reporting overlaid APRS symbols, and found a few more in fairly common use that should possibly be considered for the APRS 1.2 extended symbol list (standard overlays):
A0 AllStar node
M0 DMR (perhaps should suggest users switch to Ma for consistency with other digital voice repeaters?)
V0 EchoLink + IRLP node (or generic multi-protocol VoIP node)
M& messaging I-gate ???
P& PSKmail node
S& digi/I-gate with regional aliases (semi-redundant to I# )
W& WIRES-X node (as opposed to the existing WIRES-II symbol W0)
S_ or N_ digipeater with weather station (presumably S_ would be for those supporting regional aliases and N_ not, though they aren't consistently used)
Ya C4FM repeater (would be consistent with the Da symbol used for Dstar repeaters)
I've also seen a few that don't seem to provide much value-added (where the information is redundant to the tocall). These include:
Ba BPQ-based I-gate
Ia I-gate (redundant to I& and the more specialized cases of & )
Bn BPQ-based I-gate + weather (perhaps should be more generic I_ )
1& 1-hop Tx I-gate (redundant to T&)
L& I-gate (Linux-based?)
and the amusing ones like
SU solar-powered I-gate
RU seems the same as SU
Just my $.02.
P.S. Do any APRS clients actually support the extended symbol set? The only one I know of is my own program, YAAC. Others are free to use the icons I have drawn to cover some of the extended symbol codes, under the LGPL I have used to license YAAC.
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