[aprssig] New IGate Operator

Lee Bengston lee.bengston at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 20:27:11 CST 2017


On Jan 3, 2017 1:08 PM, "Jason KG4WSV" <kg4wsv at gmail.com> wrote:


On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 8:52 AM, Jim Conrad <jjc at oceanviewcom.com> wrote:


> My thought process is that positions no matter the source of actual hams
> (not objects) should be reflected on RF which provides a coherent picture
> for the RF stations.
>


IMO you're sort of contradicting yourself.  How does giving a picture of
hams on cell/IP give you a picture of RF?  It doesn't.  It's noise. If
they're not on RF, then they don't need to be on RF.


Actually he referred to providing a picture for RF stations as opposed to a
picture of RF.  I can see the benefit with respect to messaging. Someone on
RF could see someone on a phone, and send them a message.

There was a bug in AprsDroid a while back (now fixed as far as I know) that
resulted in stations sending positions very rapidly, so there is the risk
of gating an Android device running an old version.

IMO it all depends on RF traffic in a local area. If it's very low, it
should be OK to RF gate the phones, especially with rate limiting
functionality in the Igate. How low is low - yeah, it's subjective. Whether
the device in question can do it is really a question for the maker of that
device - does it have its own mailing list?


Now for non-APRS RF resources that may benefit by being announced on APRS,
which what you may be headed toward, look at Bob's info here:
http://www.aprs.org/localinfo.html


I have to admit I haven't looked at that yet; thanks for sharing.  Off to
take a look.

Lee - K5DAT
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