[aprssig] Beacon rate while travelling (was: Help!! TH-D700 reset)

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 27 12:39:02 EST 2007

Another consideration:
  When traveling in areas where coverage is poor ( western Nebraska, S
Carolina), I have used a 1 minute rate.  Not knowing when a digi will be in
range, nor for how long, due to fading, the 1 minute rate helps "insure"
hitting something.    If there is coverage close to the highway, the mobile
will travel through the area quickly and the "heavy traffic" period is
relatively short.  However, changing the rate for conditions is important to

73, Steve, K9DCI

--- Bob Burns W9RXR <k4rxr_ at rlburns.net> wrote:

> At 02:36 PM 11/22/2007, Bob Bruninga wrote:
> >They are 1 minute CQ's for a nice local chat.  Maybe I should have 
> >recommended a 1 minute rate via ONE hop.
> Yes, that does clarify things. As a beacon announcing "I'm here!" to 
> other APRS users in the immediate area, a 1-minute rate makes some 
> sense...as long as it doesn't clog up the network by digipeating over 
> multiple hops.
> >I agree, on arrival in any city or high density area, then it is 
> >time to cut back, and especially when parked.  So, yes, I agree that 
> >1 minute is usually excessive for routine operations.
> This is where the problem lies. Too many operators think APRS is a 
> set-and-forget mode of operating. I see beacons locally coming from 
> people who just aren't paying attention to what they are 
> transmitting--home stations  beaconing at a 1-minute rate or mobile 
> stations transmitting a status text stating their listening 
> frequency, but you can't raise them there. Filling up the frequency 
> with incorrect or redundant information is as bad, I think, than not 
> beaconing at all.
> Any recommendations made by experienced users, especially with regard 
> to beaconing practices, really need to be qualified with some 
> explanation and education. How many APRS users don't subscribe to 
> this list and benefit from all the wisdom to be had here? How many 
> APRS users do subscribe to this list and don't understand why a 
> 1-minute rate is good in some situations and bad in others?
> Bob...
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