Re: RF to IS (Igate Question)


I have the dubious distinction of being one of the few igates in this part of NE PA according to  Lots of digipeaters but no igates.  I liken that distinction to being the elephant (big ears) in the room with a bunch of alligators (big mouths, e.g. repeaters.)  I hear most of the digipeater traffic and send it to the internet.   

Ya play the hand you are dealt.  :)

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 11:35 Rob Giuliano via <> wrote:

But that is exactly my point.  I understand wanting to contribute.
Not trying to say this 'isn't contributing".  

The system may work just fine (now) if this (or that) station is removed, but if too many in the area did the same thing, the system would break.  Keeping your igate up is not a bad thing - unless it is also DIGIing and over flowing the RF capability.  It is there to be used when needed.  Add battery backup or other capability that will continue to feed in power outage or something and your backup becomes even more important.

It is also important to look at the network (as I suggest below) to see why.  If your station becomes a backup - good.  If your station is not contributing for another reason, you can dig deeper.  If other igates are closer, you are VERY unlikely to win no matter how high you put your antenna.

Robert Giuliano

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, 11:17:27 AM EDT, Mike Jordan <mjordan@...> wrote:

Hi Robert, for some of us, the reason we set up an APRS station is to be
able to contribute and do something for the ham community. Maybe getting
enjoyment out of being able to provide something for others is old
fashion and out of style, but that is why I do it.  What is the fun of
setting up a station if a few super stations with lots of power, high
antennas, super fast internet speeds, etc., get to do all of the
transferring of APRS information?  That means there really is no need
for my station or any number of stations in my area to even attempt to

So yes, it is natural for some of us to wonder and question if our
stations are even doing any good and if not, is there anything we can do
that will improve our contribution to the APRS system. Ever since I've
set up my station 4 months or so ago, I've looked a number of times to
see if my IGate was doing anything for the APRS community around me. I
think it is, but then they were doing fine before I set up and would do
fine if I take it down... but like the original poster of this thread, I
still wonder if my station is doing any good at all.

We each do this for our own reasons, it's human nature.


On 8/22/2020 7:59 AM, Rob Giuliano via wrote:
> I don't understand the question.
>    There is no reward for providing the most packets to the APRS system.
> Why is it so important to have "your igate" be the one that gets the
> packet posted?
>    The point here is to ensure all packets ARE POSTED. And it appears
> they are.
>      If the packets are being handled, then the system is working.
> If someone else is the one that posts them, there are a number of
> reasons - none are bad!
> 1.  The packet was sent direct over IP, and over over RF
>      Sorry, you will NEVER win!
> 2.  Other igates are closer and receiving the packet before you
>      How many hops have been used before you hear the packet?
>          Any one of those hops may also be an Igate.
> 3. You antenna is higher than everyone else and they et the signal first.
>      Kind of sounds funny to type out.
>      Truth is: that additional height is not likely to make a difference,
>        unless that is another igate right next to yours (like next door).
> If you are really that interested, you can do a little research to see
> how things are working.
> Go to (or other site that gives details) and choose some
> stations near you to see
> who did gate them.  Compare the stations location and distance to that
> igate to that station and
> your location.  If the distance to your station is closer, you can
> consider improvements.  If not,
> then you are just not in an area where APRS stations are transmitting from.
> Robert Giuliano
> On Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:33:03 AM EDT, timcholdas@...
> <timcholdas@...> wrote:
> Hello All!
> Just downloaded and set up the software for use as an RX/TX Igate. Wow,
> what a wonder program! For as many features as it has, it really works
> so well and is very intuitive.
> I am using Direwolf as a software TNC from my Yaesu radio hooked to a
> vertical at 70 feet. I'm hearing a ton of stations (verified by
> selecting RF only for both the map view and scroll). Unfortunately, I'm
> barely uploading any to the IS per Maybe 1 out of every 100
> received are being uploaded to the IS. From what I understand, if
> packets are duplicated, the first one takes priority and the others that
> are received by servers are disregarded. I'm wondering how/ why the
> other Igates are beating mine in uploading to the IS. Is direwolf slower
> than hardware based TNC's? I tried the rotate.aprs2 server as well as
> noam.aprs2. Everything is working fine per se, just seems to not upload
> nearly as much as it receives.
> How can I "speed it up"?
> I've been a long time APRS user and am wanting to give back to the
> community by adding some coverage.
> 73 all,
> Tim

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