[aprssig] Balloons abusing our network

Ron ve1aic at yahoo.com
Sun May 1 11:20:42 CDT 2016

You have no clue.
A device at 25,000 ft hits every digi within 300 MILES or more. 
Every one of those digis has to re-transmit that  packet because of the path used.At a rate of every 30-40 seconds its abusive. (EVEN APRS.FI says so)
Anyone who has done ballooning with APRS should have known this if they bothered to research.
NO Hops are required above a few thousand feet and transmit rates should be set by speed, just like everyone else does in their cars.
YOU should be glad that some people still care to maintain APRS Nodes and networks so EVERYONE can SHARE it.
de VE1AIC.


    On Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:53 AM, Jason KG4WSV <kg4wsv at gmail.com> wrote:


> On May 1, 2016, at 9:34 AM, Ron via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:
> Today 2 balloons at the same time out of Maine are pounding our network with abusive settings that are unacceptable.

Please explain how this is significantly different from the perspective of the LOCAL network than a terrestrial station with the same settings? (Hint: practically not at all assuming your network is built correctly.)

If a single station with these settings can cause your local network significant problems you should spend some effort on fixing your local network. 

> Why would a balloon at 26,000ft moving at 15kmh need to beacon every 40 seconds and use WIDE hops across our network?

To track it and get the payload back?

> At this rate they'll be blasting our network all day long.

A typical HAB flight lasts approximately 2 hours. 

Be glad someone is doing something more useful/interesting than letting the wife track you on your way to the grocery store. 


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