[amsat-bb] Open source APRS tracker Kickstarter

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Nov 6 15:19:03 UTC 2015

> It looks like it is time to restructure the entire APRS system

Hams do a good job of self policing when they know the requirements and
proper procedures.  APRS hasn't failed in over 22 years.  The purpose of
this thread is to simply remind people that balloons should use the
recommended path for balloons that can cover a million square miles, and
not the same path they use for their car locally.   Bob, WB4APR

-----Original Message-----
From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Thomas
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Open source APRS tracker Kickstarter

It looks like it is time to restructure the entire APRS system. Any
network that can be brought down by non-compliant clients has a big
problem and should be restructured. Trying to police the entire world to
make sure no one violates a protocol for a large scale open access network
is sure to fail.

73 W9KE Tom Doyle

> > On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> >
>> The #1 question is what Path this device will use.  It is an
>> to fly such a tracker on the APRS network with a beacon rate more
>> often than once a minute,  *OR* with a path via more than 1 hop.
>> If those limits are not implemented in hardware, these devices
>> could trash the national APRS frequency.
>> Half the balloons we see go up to not adhere to these APRS
>> standards because the operators are clueless to the netwrk
>> constraints and apparently do nothing to research the proper settings..
>> Bob, WB4APR

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