[aprssig] Stealth digis

Doug Younker dougy at ruraltel.net
Mon Nov 24 19:41:53 EST 2014

I must be particularly dense this evening.  In the event you are seeing 
the transmissions, the transmissions aren't very stealthy are they? What 
is the nature of the transmissions that makes you feel they are 
digipeaters?  Not that I'd have any answers, I'm just curious. Doesn't 
most digipeater firmware and computer applications require settings that 
resemble a legal call sign to function, if they are bogus or genuine?
Doug, N0LKK
On 11/5/2014 10:12 AM, Andrew P. wrote:
> 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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