[aprssig] APRS on expedition, but non ham?

Chris Rose kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 1 00:06:44 EST 2004

Hello again Scott,

Please let me know who deemed it acceptable for "third
parties" to operate, or otherwise do what may need to
be done with amateur transmitters.  
If you have seen non hams operate ham transmitters you
may be on thin ice as well as those who have actually
carried or used the equipment.

I would not council others on the use of amateur
equipment if they are not licensed themselves. 

I wanted to use amateur equipment so I got the
license.  I would not tell any non licensed person
that it is ok to use the equipment that demands a
license in order to use it.

That sounds like unlicensed operation.  Riley H. is
going after unlicensed truck drivers using 10 meters
illegally without a license.  

Please let me know if I misunderstood what you were

--- scott at opentrac.org wrote:

> I think it's been deemed acceptable to have a third
> party carry a tracker,
> so long as they're able to access it and shut it off
> if necessary.  Local
> laws may vary, but I've seen many events where
> non-hams are carrying
> trackers.
> NO-44 is indeed less than dependable these days, and
> I'm not sure ISS is
> usable at high latitudes.  It's got an orbital
> inclination of about 51
> degrees, so anywhere your primary transportation is
> sleds and skis I
> wouldn't count on it.
> Have you considered HF?  It's possible to run APRS
> at 300 baud using a QRP
> rig of some sort.  My own OpenTracker kits can be
> made to transmit PSK-31 as
> well - paired with something like the 80-meter
> Warbler it might do the job,
> given an appropriate antenna.
> I'd be happy to donate an assembled OpenTracker
> (regular or surface mount)
> for the expedition.  It'll do 1200 baud, 300 baud,
> or PSK-31, and the
> on-board temperature sensor works to about -70 C. 
> :)
> Scott, N1VG
> http://n1vg.net/opentracker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of
> Wolf Hoeller
> Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2004 3:03 PM
> To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> Subject: [aprssig] APRS on expedition, but non ham?
> Hi All!
> I'm trying to find a solution to put APRS on an
> expedition (around april/may
> 2005) to Franz-Josefs-Land - but without an
> hamoperator in the team. Our
> goal
> is to track them on findu.com or xastir or similar!
> The 4 teammembers have limited space because they
> have sleds and skis only!
> My idea is to give them a ham-like tracker with a
> solarloader outside on
> their
> way.
> The best way could be to get a special call from the
> russian authorities and
> play it via PCSat NO-44. As we know, PCSat-1 is not
> available on a regular
> basis. Is there a replacement to be launched the
> next months?
> At this time I don't know anything about the
> communication equipment they
> will
> have. When they use a sat-phone - perhaps a
> combination with a GPS-rx and
> 'some intelligence'  will send 2 times a day a
> report.
> Anybody on the list with some ideas?
> --
> 73 de Wolf, OE7FTJ
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> ax25: oe7ftj at oe7xlr.#oe7.aut.eu
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