[aprssig] WIDEn-N question

Tim Cunningham tim_cunningham at charter.net
Tue Nov 3 10:53:13 EST 2009

Hi Alan,

All those paths will still take the same 2 hops provide some digipeater does 
not ignore the WIDE3-1 or WIDE4-1 which could be possible. The principle is 
the same as the "n" in WIDEN-n will be decremented regardless of the "N" 
setting. The fundamental problem is the "N" setting will catch the attention 
of many people thinking that the initial "n" setting was actually what "N" 
depicts. This causes unnecessary confusion. The whole concept of "N" was to 
depict the initial "n" setting as it entered the network so those at the end 
of the chain could see what the initial hop "n" setting may have been.

Tim - N8DEU
Decatur, Alabama

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan P. Biddle" <APBIDDLE at UNITED.NET>
To: "'TAPR APRS Mailing List'" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 8:48 AM
Subject: [aprssig] WIDEn-N question

> Hi,
> I got a question from somebody who is a network guru and has just 
> discovered
> ham radio and APRS.  He asked me a question in a slightly different 
> format,
> but it amounts to this.  A normal path is typically WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 for a
> metropolitan area.  His question was whether there was any difference if 
> you
> used WIDE1-1,WIDE3-1, or WIDE1-1,WIDE4-1, etc.  I can see practical issues
> depending on how the digis are configured, but is there any difference in
> principle?
> Alan
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