[aprssig] Multi control station situational awareness - How's this supposed to work?

Shawn Stoddard stoddard at pobox.com
Tue Dec 3 19:01:19 EST 2019

Great sanity check. You’re thinking the same path I am. 

On Tue, Dec 3, 2019, at 15:40, Greg Troxel wrote:
> I would urge you to step back and consider your requirements, think
> about the protocol that will be used at a high level, and then figure
> out how to use specific techniques to implement that protocol.
> If what you want to do is publish infomration about status of particular
> places, then APRS probably is the best fit.
> If you are trying to synchronize the list of checked-in stations among N
> NCS stations, then I think you want some sort of database sync protocol
> which is going to send messages among the participants, and you may or
> may not want to carry that over APRS.
> I think you implied this, but from the "train like you'll fight" I would
> suggest using the over-the-air sync all the time, and not use any
> direct-to-APRS-IS internet-based injection.   Gatewaying to APRS-IS is
> great for others to probably be able to see what's up, but I think you
> should plan on no internet, and thus operate that way routinely, because
> otherwise you are likely to be depending on it more then you think.
> ALl of this is going to push you to protocols that are very terse and
> push just the data, with all formatting and UI local.  This means
> writing a local implementation of the UI for the protocol.
> 73 de n1dam
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