[aprssig] Stealth digis

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 5 11:12:12 EST 2014

Is there a reason to have stealth (non-beaconing) digipeaters? There are some folks in my area who want to hide their digis from the general public (supposedly to keep excess traffic off those digis). But, if those digis support WIDEn-N aliases, they should still digipeat general traffic in their range, and no one will know who is doing it (unless those digis add a trace entry of themselves to the path).

So what would be the point? One digi beacon every 30 minutes wouldn't clog the channel. And, unless those digis explicitly didn't support standard aliases (WIDEn-N or the obsolete RELAY and WIDE), they would still digi general traffic (not just the owner's traffic).

Just can't figure out why someone would want a stealth digi.

Andrew, KA2DDO 
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