[aprssig] New and playing

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Nov 18 13:53:25 EST 2004

>>> mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net 11/18/04 9:29:41 AM >>>
>I am new to APRS (and relatively new to HAM), it looks like 
>I will need to put the laptop in simplex range...in order to 
>reliably capture [APRS] information [from my jeep]..
>Is there something that I am missing or is this about 
>what I can expect from  APRS?

The problem is, that too many APRS operators these days are 
just plug-n-play appliance operators who don't seem to 
appriciate the difference between a local 1200 baud channel 
and the 56k + internet.  98% of the packets your local DIGI 
sees are from OUT OF YOUR AREA and are jamming local 
use of your system.

Over the years, many releases of  APRS follow-on clone software 
do  nothing to help provide stewardship of the local RF network 
to help share the channel and encourage priority for  local and 
fresh info as was provided for in the original protocol.

Best thing to do is to work with the local DIGI owners and get
them to DISABLE WIDEn-N routing and replace it with
a local LANn-N or LINKn-N and/or add a 144.99 local input
on the digis.  And of course educate the users in your surrounding
states that are being jerks with their paths...

Good luck.  I'm getting fed up with the whole mess...

de WB4APR, Bob

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