[aprssig] UIDIGI Setup

Tim Cunningham tim_cunningham at charter.net
Wed Nov 4 14:59:25 EST 2009

Hi Ed,

You can refer to the following website to conform the APRS Paradigm changes:


Beacon1 and Beacon2 should contain the same information. The paths for these 
2 beacons are shown below to conform to Paradigm changes. Beacon1Path is 
blank so the 1st beacon is local and Beacon2Path goes 1 hop with WIDE2-1 so 
only WIDE digi's will respond. The Beacon3Path is set to LOCAL so no 
digipeaters respond to it. Yes, you might think it should be blank and it 
should, but there is a reason I do not show it as blank on my website. The 
reason is the UIDIGI.BIN file supplied by the author has an entry in it 
already and the UIDGCFG executable does nothing to the BIN file if the 
CONFIG file has a blank entry, so you need to program something to override 
what is in it. Otherwise, you must know how to modify the BIN file directly 
to clear the entry that is already there. So, the instructions on the web 
site purposely state LOCAL to avoid what the UIDGCFG.EXE does not address 
when there is a blank entry for this specific parameter. I have a UIDIGI.BIN 
file that has a proper blank entry for this parameter, but it is not posted 
in order to reduce further confusing anybody. I figured if somebody knew 
what they were doing they could resolve the issue themselves.

Beacon1Interval        =       600
Beacon2Interval        =       1790
Beacon3Interval        =       601

Beacon1Text            =       !3444.13NS08643.65W#PHG5670/W2,ALn    Rainbow 
Mt AL 1150ft
Beacon2Text            =       !3444.13NS08643.65W#PHG5670/W2,ALn    Rainbow 
Mt AL 1150ft
Beacon3Text            =       ;147.24HSV*111111z3429.52N/08637.85WrT088 
R45m Net Th8PM

Beacon1Path            =
Beacon2Path            =       WIDE2-1
Beacon3Path            =       LOCAL

The Beacon3Text parameter is reserved for supporting the APRS Local Info 
Initiative which you will find a link to on the website.

We use the AUXPATH for our weather stations using the State routing method 
like AL2-2. If you plan to connect a weather station I would recommend an 
AUXRATE of no more than 444 seconds to send the reports. The weather data is 
dumped from FindU every 15 minutes, so sending data more often does not get 
to the MADIS server.

The other important settings for the paradigm follows:

UIDigiCall             =       WIDE7-7, WIDE6-6, WIDE5-5, WIDE4-4, WIDE3-3, 
UIFloodCall            =       AL
UITraceCall            =       WIDE
UIFLOODOptions         =       6
UITRACEOptions          =       2

Tim - N8DEU
Decatur, Alabama

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ed L Locklear" <kf4chg at gmail.com>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 11:21 AM
Subject: [aprssig] UIDIGI Setup

>I am going to be putting up a UIDIGI 1.93 B3 here in Columbia Co., FL
> as soon as the 150 ft. tower is erected.  Below are the settings I've
> programmed into the ROM.  I would like any comments or suggestions on
> the configuration before it is put on the air.
> Beacon1Interval        =       600  (10 minute interval)
> Beacon2Interval        =       609  (10.15 minute interval)
> Beacon3Interval        =       618  (10.30 minute interval)
> Beacon1Text            =       !3007.06NS08239.31W#PHG5460/W3,FLn Lake 
> City FL
> Beacon2Text            =
> ;EL-465550*111111z3011.54NE08238.59W0147.510MHz R05m W4VD-L
> Beacon3Text            =
> ;146.94-FL*111111z3008.43N/08239.10WrT123 R35m Net Th1930 Mtg 3rd Mon
> Beacon1Path            =       WIDE2-2
> Beacon2Path            =
> Beacon3Path            =
> AuxPath                =
> I've been monitoring here at my QTH with UI-View (NF4CQ-1 I-Gate)  at
> 5 watts output on the radio.  So far it looks ok on the output for
> local objects being displayed on the map.  However, I am concerned
> about overloading receiving stations message buffer (TM-D700,
> TM-D710A, & others).
> Any suggestions and/or comments would be appreciated.
> Ed, KF4CHG
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