[aprssig] State APRS Coordinator REPORT!

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Sat Feb 26 15:00:11 EST 2011

East TN is in pretty good shape - you can read more about it here:

I'll collect the data for the report that you have requested and get it to you
William McKeehan

On Sat, February 26, 2011 11:35 am, Bob Bruninga wrote:
> The job of an APRS state coordinator (or anyone that wants to fix this mess)
> is to LOOK at every digipeater in his state (or ARRL section)(using FINDU.COM,
> APRS.FI, OpenAPRS or whatever) and to determine, in priority order:
> 1) *Is the digi New-N compatible?
> 2) *Is it outputting the local FREQ objects?
> 3) Are IRLP and Echolink objects showing up?
> One way I have found to do this is to start with a known digi on FINDU.COM.
> THen use the STATIONS-NEAR link.  Look down that list for ALL FREQUENCY
> objects -and- all other digis.  THen move from digi-to-digi throughout the
> state (or section).
> You should find at least ONE FREQ OBJECT "near" EVERY DIGI.  CHeck it out and
> it should be being SOURCED by that digi itself (not a home station).  EVERY
> DIGI should have a voice Freq object recommendation for EVERY mobile that is
> passing through its area.
> THis is simple, only takes a few minutes, and QUICKLY builds a list of what
> digipeaters NEED new BEACONS.
> Setting up those beacons is on www.aprs.org/localinfo.html
> If the digi is not New-N, then see how-to on:
> www.aprs.org/fix14439.html
> THings that flag obsolete digis are!
> 1) DOes not have a S or P or 1 overlay,
> 2) NO PHG data
> 3) Text does not begin with W2, SSn-N, ...
> 4) Freqs in digi (They should be in separate FREQ OBJ)
> 5) If FREQ is in text, it MUST be in 1st 10 bytes FFF.FFFMHz format)
> 6) No FREQ objects near digis
> 7) Any reference to WRT (Wide relay-trace)
> 8) Home stations should NOT BE ORIGINATING FREQ Objects.  We thank them for
> trying, but these info objects should rightly be sourced at the digi. HUGE
> difference in reliability and QRM reduction.  See the localinfo web page.
> 9) The digi In Most ALl congested APRS areas should never use a WIDE2-2 path
> for its own beacon.  (Ill address this in another email)
> I'd like to call for a REPORT from EVERY State coordinator.  NOthing detailed,
> just a confirmation that SOMEONE is working the problem...  Please report
> 1) you're working the problem
> 2) The total number of digis in the state (section)
> 3) The number of "S", "P" and "1" and other types
> 4) An assessment of implementation of FREQ objects.
> These things are never going to get fixed unless someone is actively PUSHING
> the issue.
> Bob, WB4APR
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