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

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Jul 20 19:52:33 EDT 2014

AIRPort designators work if they somewhat match the city name, but some
dont match at all, and wont be recognized by a m obile.

Yes, Gridsquares are a unique location, but when driving down the highway
and FM18 would show up on the DISPLAY, I personally would have no clue
where that is.  (yes, I canpush a few buttons and see what grid my APRS
radio position is currently in, but still, I am *diving* and cannot/should
not do that.  Also, it is hard to correlate across grid boundaries.

IE, how far and in what directin is FM19 if I am in EN37?  Again, not human
(hands-off) friendly.

Remember:  Hands off-info display to the mobile operator is the #1 goal of


On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 8:01 AM, Jim Conrad <jjc at oceanviewcom.com> wrote:

> If you really want to building and enhance a network that can automate
> routing and be self healing why not use grid squares since that actually
> does convey a fairly accurate location. Not as nice as ANNAP from a human
> readable format but somewhere in between. My own naming nomenclature for
> several nodes on the east coast of some IP infrastructure I own is to use
> the FAA designator of the nearest airport.
> Jim - N4WFP
> At 03:15 PM 7/19/2014, you wrote:
>> > 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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