[aprssig] Question abt recommended path

Ron Cluster rcluster at rgisp.com
Wed May 4 22:40:30 EDT 2005

WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 is a 3 hop path
WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 is a 2 hop path which is the recommended path for mobiles
WIDE2-2 is a 2 hop path which is the recommended path for home stations

IF YOU ARE RUNNING UI-View32 you MUST precede ANY path with APRS,

I don't know about the other APRS programs but UI-View32 allows you to put
something else there for special purposes. If you don't start your path in
UI-View32 with APRS you probably won't get decoded (or possibly digi'd
either) by other stations.

See www.nwaprs.org for more explanation of the new settings.

73.....Ron.....AC7TK.....(-9 when mobile)
UI-View32 iGate in Eugene, OR

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Jim Moen
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 7:30 PM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] Question abt recommended path

This question will demonstrate my lack of knowledge, but I know I need some
education.  I am a user of APRS and don't run a digipeater.  I have a
Kenwood D700 and GPS in my car and have successfully used the path
RELAY,WIDE2-2.  I got an APRS message suggesting RELAY was obsolete, so I
searched the archives of this list.  Here is what (I think) I learned:

 * In densely populated areas (I think my area qualifies), RELAY and WIDE,
and anything greater than WIDE2-2, are not recommended
 * There's been some discussion about just what is recommended.  One
recommendation, as I recall, was WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1
 * I thought I saw another recommendation of APRS,WIDE2-2

In addition to getting the APRS message, it seemed to me that the closest
digipeater in my area, W6CX-3, was no longer reliably digipeating me. Other
digipeaters in the area did.  I wasn't sure if W6CX-3 had changed its rules
recently, or if another one had popped up and was causing collisions, or
what.  But I decided to change my path to see what would happen.

Here's where I'm going to show my ignorance.  I changed the path to APRS,
WIDE2-2.  Not only would the local digipeater not repeat me, but when I
drove close to other digipeaters that repeated me with my old path, those
stopped repeating me with the new path.

So I changed it to WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2.  Now it looks like all digipeaters that
hear me, including W6CX-3, will now repeat my location.

My dumb question:  is WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 an OK path, and if not, what do you
experts recommend for my relatively densely populated location?

  Jim - K0ZXU

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