[aprssig] Is the APRS Spec for APRS Data Type Identifier just randomly ignored? Should it be?

James Washer washer at trlp.com
Thu Aug 18 00:48:26 EDT 2005

I guess I'm just arguing for a STRICT interpretation of the spec. I believe that if findu would display "ILLEGAL PACKET", possibly with some text explaining what rule was broken, for any searches where the packets were not in strict adherence, folks might start fixing their configs. Most folks are probably mis-configuring out of ignorance, and when they look on findu and find their station they figure everything is good.

 - jim KG7HH

On Thu, 18 Aug 2005 00:38:54 -0400
Steve Dimse <steve at dimse.com> wrote:

> On Aug 18, 2005, at 12:20 AM, James Washer wrote:
> > What about a packet like "W6BXN-3>APTW01,WIDE,qAo,KF6HJO:TARC WX"
> >
> > Clearly an APRS packet, DTI of a Telemetry packet, but it is  
> > obviously not a telemetry packet. Would you not consider this an  
> > error?
> >
> The DTI  is T, but telemetry packets always start with T#, that is  
> what my telemetry parsing code looks for, and packet that starts with  
> T# is flagged as telemetry. Even a packet like T#ARC WX won't result  
> in an appearance on the error.cgi page though, because the telemetry  
> values are not parsed out when the packet comes in, that occurs when  
> a request is made to view the telemetry.
> Steve K4HG
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