[aprssig] WIDE4-4 comments

Earl Needham needhame1 at plateautel.net
Thu Nov 8 16:49:51 EST 2007

At 14:41 11/8/2007, Bill Vodall WA7NWP wrote:
>Sigh - we're exchanging full video with our cell phones and the APRS
>community is still talking paths.

         Yep, we need to go faster somehow, but I don't know how to 
do it and the people that do apparentrly haven't made it possible for APRS.

At 18:38 12/5/2001, Earl Needham wrote:
>At 11:09 PM 12/5/2001 +0000, Jeff King wrote:
>>The most amazing thing about APRS to me is that it even works. 
>>Kludge atop kludge with no long term plan. I hope no-one takes that 
>>personal but just stating the obvious.
>>Going to a higher speed would be a good chance to fix some of the 
>>warts but the most importent thing is to do it. Not hard to do if 
>>one as a little will and doesn't need to follow the crowd. But ham 
>>radio is not really a technical hobby.... it is a social hobby and 
>>as such it comes as no suprize that there are few that want to go 
>>it alone. But that is what it will take at first.
>         OK!  So now that we have an inkling of what we want to do, 
> let's come up with a game plan (a 5-year or 10-year plan, as the 
> soviets used to use!)
>         Let's see -- just brainstorming, we're talking 9600 BPS, 
> right?  No, perhaps not -- perhaps 19,200?  But our modems run at 
> 56K, so perhaps we should try to settle on that speed, or even faster.
>         Frequency?  Let's think that one over a minute.  I haven't 
> operated anything other than 6 meters and 2 meters for quite some 
> time, so I'm not up on the FCC Regs as much as I should be -- 
> what's the lowest frequency we can run high-speed data on?  If we 
> can run it on 1 1/4 meters, then perhaps we ought to think about 
> something on 219 or 222 MHz,  Otherwise, 450 is probably filled up, 
> and we just won't find a common frequency that we can use across 
> the entire continent.  So perhaps we need to think about 902.  I'm 
> sure somebody will jump in here to educate me about what frequency to use...
>         There are just two aspects to look at -- what else?  We 
> need to think digis, backbones, IGATES, satellite ops, etc.
>         But the FIRST thing to do, before we start going in all 
> different directions, is to come up with a plan, an organized plan 
> of where we want to go.
>         7 3
>         Earl

KD5XB -- Earl Needham
Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
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