[aprssig] Re: Actually, the WIDE2-1,WIDE1-1 solution!

Curt, WE7U archer at eskimo.com
Fri Apr 1 15:14:27 EST 2005

On Fri, 1 Apr 2005, Wes Johnston wrote:

> I think I have it!
> A mobile station running W1-1,W2-2 gives 3 hops minimum becuase
> W1-1,W1-1 would cause every home station in town to TX....  But there is
> a real case for running less than 3 hops... If a mobile wants to limit
> his path to fewer than 3 hops, he can "dummy up" a reduced Wn-n count by
> using W2-1 instead of W2-2.
> I still think RELAY stations switching to W1-1 is a good idea.

Well, it appears to be a much better setup than running RELAY, even
with the possibility of people adding WIDE1-1 later in their path
every once in a while.  That's a user education issue that can be
worked as the instances occur.  It looks like we're out of other
options until a better TNC comes along.

> We could have three recommended paths for mobiles:
> W2-2       ->two hops off digis, if you can hit 1st digi direct
> W1-1,W2-1  ->one hop off house or digi, one more hop off digi
> W1-1,W2-2  ->one hop off house or digi, two more hops off digis
> In other words, if you want one hop, we have a solution.... WIDE1-1
> If you want two hops, we have a solution W1-1,W2-1

Fixed stations:
W2-1    One hop off digis
W2-2    Two hops off digis
W3-3    Three hops off digis
W4-4    Four hops off digis

> And.... W2-2 still works everywhere because all digipeaters will respond
> to it.

Yep!  I'd be game for trying this scheme out.  It's better than what
we're currently using with RELAY,WIDE2-2 in terms of dupes.

The only sticky point is that W1-1 can't be used in any but the
first slot.  Digi-ned rules could enforce that, changing it into a
proper path if necessary.

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