[aprssig] Skull and crossbones symbol?

Greg Higgins gs.higgins at sbcglobal.net
Thu Aug 21 13:58:28 EDT 2008

My 2 cents from the fire / EMS / HazMat field is to use this symbol ONLY for hazardous materials / toxic spills incidents as that is what the symbol is universally recognized for in the emergency response community, and in several countries. Reference the DOT 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook and Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). I don't thiink that the amatuer radio community should bastardize an already recognized symbol just for our pleaseure.
Greg Higgins  KB5GLV

----- Original Message ----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:44:40 PM
Subject: [aprssig] Skull and crossbones symbol?

> Perfect, there's already a skull symbol on the Garmins!
> Hmm, I think I'm using that for 'killed' objects, though...
> John Vause wrote:
> > I still like the Skull-and-Crossbones...

Actually, come to think about it.. that is a very common
symbol...  Hummh... Maybe APRS should have one.  We could  use
it for toxic spills or APRS pirates...  Anyway, I am willing to
consider adding a "skull and crossbones" ...  My suggestion is
to add it to the HAZARDOUS alternate symbol using an overlay of
X.  So "XH" would decode to skull&crossbones...

I updated the overlay web page:

Bob, WB4aPR

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