[aprssig] PSAT digipeater is ON (ARISS and APRSAT aliases)

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Tue Jun 2 23:28:51 EDT 2015

On Jun 2, 2015, at 7:50 PM, Robert Bruninga via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:

> Sorry this is confusing, but ARISS and APRSAT were always the intended generic Satellite Aliases, just like WIDEn-N is on Earth.  The reason that there are both ARISS and APRSAT is because the original radio/TNC on the ISS only could supplrt a single ALIAS.  And since it was using ARISS, then the only way to make all APRS satellites generic was then to put ARISS in ALL APRS satellites too.  It has been this way since 2001 in all APRS satellites.
This was an idiotic decision. APRS does not control ARISS and we cannot guarantee how ARISS will use the alias ARISS, but clearly it belongs to them and should not have been used for anything not on the ISS. It slipped under the radar because everything prior did the substitution, but now your kludge is biting you in the ass. There is a lesson here Bob. Learn it. Please.

Steve K4HG

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