[aprssig] aprssig Digest, Vol 58, Issue 5

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon Apr 6 01:14:29 EDT 2009

>    Personally, after the first one I saw, and the way the perpetrator 
> reacted by putting "suck it" in his beacon text, I suggest we just go 
> ahead and turn them in.

Absolutely.  If they're clearly aware they're breaking the law, it 
should go straight to the FCC.  I'm just concerned about people who 
either don't realize that a license is required or think it's some minor 
formality that doesn't really matter.  Those people should be gently 
educated and given a chance to mend their ways without their first 
contact with the ham community being an adversarial one.

That said, all you have to do is glance at the enforcement letters to 
see that ham radio still seems to attract more than its share of jerks 
and genuine mental problems.  I don't expect that's going to change 
(though at least the Internet has given a lot of them another outlet!) 
but we shouldn't assume that everyone operating illegally or improperly 
is one of these people.


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