Re: Igates and their use of digi paths
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There’s a way to make things happen. You just go out and do it.
Back in the late 90’s I wanted to get into APRS. I talked to a few buddies about it, and we all thought it would be interesting. But there was no APRS digipeaters around. The closest digi was 200 miles to the south.
So I grabbed my old Kantronics KAM, figured out how to format a position packet (with much assistance from VE6SZR) and programmed that position packet into my beacon slot, and set the KAM to beacon every three minutes. Boom! First APRS station on the air in the Edmonton area.
A couple days later VE6BCA configured his KPC-3 to act as a digi. Boom! First digi in Edmonton. It was just at a house on a 30 foot mast, but it was on the air, and my packets were being digipeated.
Sometimes you just have to do it yourself. All of the digipeaters in Northern Alberta have been put in place by individuals. No club affiliation or support for just about all of them. Sometimes it is just easier to stay away from the politics that clubs can create and just get after it.
So, if you have a station at your house, you could set it up as a digipeater. If it’s the only digipeater in the area, set it up as a full digi. If you have internet access and can do so, tie it into your digi and make it an I-gate as well.
If at some point you can get a better spot and equipment, install a digi where it has advantageous coverage of your area.
If people complain that “Nobody is doing anything around here.”, that means they are also part of the nobody.
This really isn’t directly aimed at you Greg, but more of a generic discussion for anyone in a similar situation. You’ve just spurred me into responding. I’m not trying to call you out or anything.
At some point if you realize you need to take the initiative, that group of “nobody”s looses a member, and things start to happen in your area.
It can be a fair bit of work to start making things happen. It helps if you can find a couple people with a similar mindset.
I was lucky to have a couple buddies that I could convince to join me on my projects.
We started and built out the local APRS network. We built half a dozen HamHUDs so we could have mobile stations before Kenwood even thought of making the D700. We built payloads and launched dozens of high altitude balloons.
I also agitate and get people working on other projects in other hobbies that I participate in. I do all of that because I’m selfish. I want to be able to play with stuff and have things that weren't here before.
It can be difficult, if not impossible to do it alone, so find at least one other person that shares your interest, cultivate a friendship, and get after it.
Nobody is going to do it unless somebody takes the initiative.
Be a somebody, not a nobody.
This now concludes my motivational speech for today! 😀
On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 10:56 AM Greg Depew <goatherder_4891@...> wrote: