In the last month, I’ve helped stand up 2 new digipeaters. One at the top of
Columbia Heights in Longview and (soon to be) on Rainier hill across the river.
Both of these machines have good elevation and line of sight, so in a default
digipeater configuration of
^WIDE-$, they end up bringing in a fair
bit of “out of area” traffic to the local RF channel that can clog up the
On the advice of NA7Q, to avoid this issue, I’ve added a new
FILTER 0 0 ! d/*
line to the digipeater configuration (as suggested by the
to only retransmit packets that were heard directly on the radio with no digi
This will cause the digipeaters to improve the RF coverage of the network without over saturating the local RF channel with repeated traffic from nearby metro areas.
Note that the W7DG-5 station will still gate ALL traffic it hears, so it also adds value as a 2-way igate even if it’s not repeating everything.
I’m making the configuration changes today and will update this post with the results.
ADEVICE plughw:1,0 CHANNEL 0 MYCALL W7DG-5 MODEM 1200 AGWPORT 8000 KISSPORT 8001 PBEACON delay=1 every=30 overlay=L symbol="digi" lat=46^10.97 long=122^57.50W power=50 height=20 gain=4 comment="http://www.w7dg.org Local-only contact email@example.com" DIGIPEAT 0 0 ^WIDE[3-7]-[1-7]$|^TEST$ ^WIDE-$ TRACE FILTER 0 0 ! d/* IGSERVER noam.aprs2.net IGLOGIN ... IGTXVIA 0 WIDE1-1 IGFILTER IG 0 i/30 IGTXLIMIT 6 10