[aprssig] what is RELAY, WIDE, TRACE, etc?

Sean Jewett sean at rimboy.com
Mon Aug 2 16:10:01 EDT 2004

On Mon, 2 Aug 2004, Jason Winningham wrote:

> On the other hand, I see practically no traffic from the Nashville area
> even when I drive around 840, so I wonder if it's because of terrain or
> if APRS in that area has already reached critical mass and imploded.

Couple of things:

There are terrain issues, presumably on parts of 840.  However, there 
should be areas of coverage.  W4GGM-1 is in Columbia.  NT4L-3 is a RELAY 
only digi in Franklin.  Those should provide some coverage in areas 
close to I-65 along 840.

NT4L-1 is on Short Mountain.  It's quite a distance away from 840 no 
matter what but is a monster in terms of coverage.  I'd like to get 
something in Murfreesboro doing RELAY only for those stations needing the 
extra push to Short Mountain.  That said there should be some low profile 
stations that should be helping out.  

Helping make the jump to Huntsville will be the KF4TNP-1 digi when it goes
back on the air.  You'll see more traffic from Nashville then you'll ever
want once that digi is back on the air, I know we'll see plenty from
Huntsville when it's running.  I'm hesitant to see what might be available
for 840 until TNP-1 goes back on the air.  From there we can figure out 
what the coverage issues may be.  

APRS in Nashville has hardly reached critical mass and imploded despite 
the configuration issues of the W1ARN-1 digi.  If we can ever get that 
thing configured properly it'll be a miracle.  Nothing QRM's like the 
highest digi in the area with an unproto path of RELAY,WIDE (amonst others 
that all begin with RELAY).  


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