[aprssig] Questions about being both an iGate and digipeater.

MJ Inabnit ke6sls at arrl.net
Wed Jul 20 23:32:13 EDT 2011

Hi Matthew:

I do a digipeat and Igate here in Eureka too.  However, I have a delay 
set on my digipeat function which keeps my station from doubling with 
other stations.  It isn't a bad idea at all to digipeat--just set a good 
delay (2 to 5 seconds) so you ain't doubling with another station.  APRX 
defaults to 5 seconds.

73 and good luck

On 07/20/2011 06:41 PM, Matthew Schumacher wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm a bit new to ham/aprs, but I want to start tracking my airplane so I
> decided to setup a digipeater to contribute (I live in Alaska in a place
> where I'm 30-40 miles away from the nearest digipeater in one direction
> and hundreds of miles the other direction.)
> At first I setup both an iGate and a digipeater, but when I was looking
> in my logs, I would find situations where I would digipeat and another
> station 30 miles south of me would digipeat at the same time, and
> quickly enough so that the WIDE number wasn't decremented so the next
> hop was transmitted twice, but thankfully not at the exact same time on
> the radio.
> After seeing that I'm just not seeing a point in being a digipeater and
> an Igate at the same time so I disabled the digipeater.  Unless someone
> is looking for aprs information on the radio channel why digipeat when
> the data is sent to the internet and made available there.
> I can see why you would want to digipeat if you didn't have internet
> access to get around a hill or cover some other remote dead spot, but
> why tie up more RF if everyone is going to look to the internet to pull
> up the information.
> Am I missing something here are do others feel the same way I do?
> schu
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wishing you well
Jaye, ke6sls--via the acer w/thunderchicken3

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