[aprssig] APRS on expedition, but non ham?

Chris Rose kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 4 22:37:59 EST 2004

Hello Steve,

Once off, then the transmitter is useless.  With no
one licensed to turn it back on it then becomes a boat
anchor?  Or does that unlicensed person that turned it
off have ability to turn it back on?

Also, let me know what the timeleness of cesation of
operation should be to stop an errant transmission
that may cause problems with other users of the
spectrum?  I would think that an order to stop
transmission would have a definite time frame in which
to do so (stop transmissions).  If not, then why tell
someone to stop and allow them to keep on

I would not supply any amateur gear to anyone not
licensed.  Just my penny's worth.  I am thinking that
I would not want to do anything that may put my
character or license in jeopardy. 

--- Steve Dimse <k4hg at tapr.org> wrote:

> On 10/31/04 at 8:57 PM Chris Rose
> <kb8uih at sbcglobal.net> sent:
> >If you did this in the United States it would be
> >illegal.  An unlicensed operator can't operate
> amateur
> >transmitting equipment.  
> >
> >A control operator who has a license must be in a
> >position to turn off or alter the operation of an
> >amateur station transmitter.  
> >
> You ought to read part 97 more carefully. All it
> says on this matter regarding
> automatically controlled stations is if the control
> op is notified by an FCC
> Engineer-In-Charge, the control operator must have a
> means to cease operation.
> There is no requirement as to time frame or method
> of cesation. 
> So, I program a D7 to transmit, give it to someone
> to carry. They are not
> initiating any tranmission, the D7 automatically
> transmits, and therefore is
> completely legal. In the extremely unlikely
> circumstance the FCC contacts me, I
> call my friend via cell or sat phone and tell them
> to turn the D7 off, thereby
> ceasing transmission. There is nothing in the rules
> that says an unlicensed
> person cannot turn a ham radio off. This completely
> complies with US rules...
> Steve K4HG

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