[aprssig] Broadcasting?

A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) ajfarmer at spenet.com
Wed Aug 3 14:50:38 EDT 2005

I posted the original message in this thread.  Since then, I have come 
to an understanding of this issue after re-reading Part 97.113 as was 
suggested by another post.

I think this part covers this issue the closest: "No amateur station 
shall transmit: Communications, on a regular basis, which could 
reasonably be furnished alternatively through other radio services."

Since this was just a one time message, it is permissable.  If this 
individual were to send out "breaking news" alerts on a regular basis, 
and especially in an automated fashion, then I would think that would be 
considered breaking the above rule.  That is the difference.

Note that dissemination of weather information, even when automated and 
on a regular basis, is covered in a different Part 97 section and is 

I also want to clarify that my original post was *not* against the 
message that the individual sent, I was just trying to understand how 
that message fit into the Part 97 rules because I wasn't sure.


A.J. Farmer, AJ3U

Richard Amirault wrote:
> Actually the original poster said that the APRS message said "...200 
> feared dead"  That was accurate for the time frame when it was sent ... 
> later on we learned that there were no fatalities.
> Richard Amirault              N1JDU
> Boston, MA, USA          Go Fly A Kite
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "VE7GDH" Subject: Re: [aprssig] 
> Broadcasting?
> (snip)
>> This thread started when someone mentioned that a particular APRS 
>> station had sent an APRS bulletin about a plane crash with hundreds of 
>> fatalities which was completely false. A plane skidded off the end of 
>> a runway in bad weather and burned, but there was not a single 
>> fatality. Let's hope that such false bulletins like this one are never 
>> sent again. Bulletins, if an individual deems that there is a valid 
>> reason for sending it, should be factual.
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