[aprssig] WIDE and specific call in path

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Sat May 14 19:39:35 CDT 2016

On 5/14/2016 4:49 PM, jason arends via aprssig wrote:
> Today I was trying to route my packets through a specific digi by setting my
> path on my mobile to WIDE1-1,JOPLIN - thinking that it would either be picked
> up by a fill-in and then JOPLIN, or JOPLIN would hear it first and repeat it
> due to responding to the WIDE1-1.

This doesn't work!   Hops are processed SEQUENTIALLY from left to right.   Some 
digi has to act on the WIDE1-1 hop FIRST, marking it as used on the 
retransmission.  Then, if the Joplin digi hears the retransmission from the 
first digi, it would respond to JOPLIN, marking IT as used.

If you manage hit JOPLIN directly on the first hop, it is "using up" the 
WIDE1-1 hop. The JOPLIN hop is then "wasted" since no other digi will respond 
to that call.

I only heard a repeat from the fill-in, not
> when I was close to JOPLIN and out of range of the fill-in. Do paths not work
> the way I  am thinking, or do I have JOPLIN misconfigured in some way?

In the path setup above (WIDE1-1,JOPLIN), JOPLIN is only going to respond to 
it's own call if (and only if) some other digi within earshot of JOPLIN "uses 
up" the WIDE1-1 hop first.

Or is
> JOPLIN ignoring it because it's own call is already in the path?
> WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 does work, I was just trying this to keep packets local as a test.
> ~jason
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