[aprssig] Weather Stations and Net Neutrality

Brian B. Riley brianbr at mac.com
Sun Aug 10 12:42:12 EDT 2008

The point is that a weather station is more than just a base station.  
When we started the weather program back in  the 90's using the TAPR   
T-238 with the DalSemi OneWire weather station we settled on averaging  
and reporting every 5 minutes. This was the happy compromise between  
timely data for the NWS and network congestion. We had the 238 doing  
some of  the processing utlimately done at the far end.

  The guys doing 1 minute broadcasts are wrong, but calling it a base  
station and restricting it to 10 minutes is equally ill-informed. Its  
a classic quick-fix that resolves nothing. The weather guys need some  
processing added to their controllers and need to throttle back to 5  
minutes. They also need to analyze their topology and see just how  
many of them really need three hops.

On Aug 9, 2008, at 10:53 AM, Ron wrote:

> Hi Tony,
>  A WX station transmitting on RF is just another base station, and  
> as such should always follow standard beacon times.
> Anyone beaconing from a base station at more than every 10 minutes  
> is irresponsible when well known standards are at rates of 15-20  
> minutes.
> The beacon path should also follow local standards for base stations.
> Some dialog with wx ops is necessary as they appear to be in need of  
> some education on the subject.
> 73, Ron VE1AIC

cheers ... 73 de brian  riley,  n1bq , underhill center, vermont
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