Re: Alden update...

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Hi Don,

Unidata does not have a contract with Alden to provide DIFAX via LDM,  each 
individual site has their own contract.  Please re-read Dave Fulker's  note of 
August 28 which explains this and Unidata position on the  future of DIFAX.

You are right. Got it.

Also, for DIFAX related issues, difax@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx is perhaps a  better 
forum. ldm-users is intended for discussing LDM specific issues,  such as 
problems with the program or (unfortunately, IMHO) IDD data  problems. There is 
only a very small subset of the entire ldm-users list  that depends on Alden 
for data, DIFAX or otherwise. There are other  users on that list that use LDM, 
but who do not even participate in  the IDD - NWS, private companies, etc. I 
appreciate you trying to keep  other Alden customers informed, but using 
ldm-users to distribute this  information may give the impression that the 
successful operation of the  IDD is still dependent on Alden's participation, 
which it is not.

True, but there are at least a dozen or so who use their DDPLUS feed from here (LSU is one example, but there are many others).
It may be moot at this point, but I'm sure Unidata would be willing  to set up 
an alden-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx list for discussion of  Alden related problems.

Again, these are my personal thoughts.

Thank you! And actually, no offense, but this may be a moot point. :-)  Between 
you and me, Alden is dead. I bring this up as to explore other options with the 
LDM community. I have been getting many phone calls and emails about the issue, 
so I know it's just not a few people, otherwise I would not have sent the 
messages out. That said, as you said, it's probably all a dead issue; by 
October 1, Alden should be no more.

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