[aprssig] Broadcasting?

Tad Burnett tburnett at vermontel.net
Wed Aug 3 21:02:34 EDT 2005

"feared dead" which is factual is also speculative....That kind of news 
belongs on the 6 oclock news comercial broadcast....I think HAM news 
items should at least stick to the known items like the crash and that 
would have been enough...maybe in this case asking people to take an 
alternet rout around the area and not clog rescue with spectators...

VE7GDH wrote:

> Steve K4HG wrote on 03/08/2005
>> I would point out the bulletin said "feared dead", which was factual.
> The first bulletin to ALL said...
> "Lufthansa plane crashes in Tonto 200 feared dead"
> It wasn't Lufthansa. It wasn't in Tonto. No-one died in the crash.
> Fortunately, no Lufthansa planes crashed in Tonto National Forest in
> California yesterday. I'm glad that I wasn't waiting with a D7 in my 
> hands at LAX for relatives on a Lufthansa flight.
> The second bulletin to BLNA said...
> "Lufthans plane crashes in Toronto 200 feared dead"
> Not Lufthans either. It was Air-France. Although the sender feared 
> that 200
> were dead, none were. The only thing that was really factual was that a
> plane had crashed and the sender eventually got the location correct 
> except
> if left still left some ambiguity by not saying Which Toronto it was. The
> actual crash was at Pearson Intnl Airport at Toronto Ontario. Not Toronto
> IA, IL, IN, KS, MO, OH, SD,  or TX.
> In defence of the sender of the bulletin, I happened to watch 
> something that
> I recorded yesterday and it had a US broadcaster mis-identifying it as
> Lufthansa. In attacking the sender, isn't APRS supposed to be for local
> tactical communications? The originator lives something like 535 km away
> from where the plane skidded off the runway. I spend more time than I 
> should
> reading news from around the world most days. How would be if I sent out
> bulletins (accurate or not) for every "bad news" story that I happened to
> glance at?
> By the way, did you have any relatives on that plane? If so, you must 
> have
> been very relieved that they didn't die along with 200 others. If I was
> waiting for relatives at the airport with a D7 in my hand, the last 
> thing I
> would want to see flash up on the screen would be an inaccurate report 
> of a
> plane crash with "200 feared dead" in it.
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
> -- 
> "I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"
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