[aprssig] [APRS] DIGIPEATER Callsigns (by location) & common sense

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sat Jul 19 15:15:58 EDT 2014

> Ah because of your situation the whole world has to jump to your wishes?

No, not at all.  I'm simply saying I see the value of using a digipeater's
location name instead of a ham callsign.  If it does not apply in anyone's
situation, then don't do it.

But where it makes sense, it seems to work very well.

EXCEPT when people name them by their local reference, like GRNMTN for
Green mountain when no one but the club members know where that is.  Then
such a change accomplishes nothing, since local club members know both the
CALL and the MOUNTAIN.  So there is no advantage.

But a name like WASHDC meaning it is the Washington DC digi, then that
serves a useful purpose.

People need to think outside of their local box when thinking about how
their local APRS digipeater serves travelers, and how it appears on their
radio LISTS.

And if the BEACON contains the other recommended features like local FREQ
objects, and Club Net times and Club meeting dates, then they can actually
reachout to passing traveling hams.  The recommended format includes all
that info in the single BEACON packet.

Ill be recommending a change of our local digi from N3UJJ-6 to ANNAP
(Annapolis) when I get a chance.

Bob, Wb4APR

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