[aprssig] Broadcasting?

Tad Burnett tburnett at vermontel.net
Tue Aug 2 21:57:07 EDT 2005

Seeing as there were no deaths....Kind of like yelling fire in a theater 
when there is no fire....

A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) wrote:

> Shortly after the Air France crash today, a station sent out an APRS 
> message addressed to "ALL" that said (paraphrasing from memory) "Air 
> France crash in Toronto, 200 feared dead".  While I thought this was 
> an interesting thing to know, it had me wondering if the message was 
> breaking the rules.
> If you brought up the local repeater and just blurted out the same 
> type of "breaking news" message intended for anyone listening, I think 
> it would be considered broadcasting.  It definitely was not a message 
> that would be "of interest to the Amateur community only" which is 
> supposed to be one of the broadcasting litmus tests.  On the other 
> hand, unlike a analog voice transmission on a repeater, the average 
> "non-Ham" would not be able to receive an APRS message, so I can see 
> this argument going either way...
> What are your opinions on this?
> Thanks!
> A.J. Farmer, AJ3U
> http://www.aj3u.com
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