[aprssig] Another Bootlegger Using APRS As a Commercial AVLSystem ???

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Sun Jan 4 14:35:45 EST 2009

The FCC doesn't care one IOTA for what is gated to APRS-IS.  What 
matters is whether or not the callsign is broadcast over the RF.  If 
this person/people has figured out a way to broadcast the callsign in a 
non-APRS-gate-able packet, he/she can still be honoring the law but yet 
not leave traces in APRS-IS.  You'd have to be RF-local to the 
transmitter to prove that the callsign is NOT being broadcast.

Remember, in most free countries, you are are innocent until proven 
guilty.  APRS-IS logged packets don't count in my book as proof of a 
lack of callsign broadcast.  Since this is occurring inside the 
boundaries of the United States of America, innocence is definitely to 
be assumed.

If I were anywhere local, I'd still try to arrange an encounter with the 
transmitter to ask about his/her equipment and what callsign they're 
operating under.  Not accusing of a violation, but curiously 
inquisitive.  Besides, we'll need information from the person to get an 
FCC warning issued anyway.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Just my <insert small monetary amount here> worth

Doug Ferrell, KD4MOJ wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> AFAIK, so long as one sends a legal identification packet one may use
> a tactical call, if you will, in the position packet. Public service
> organizations do this all the time. Given that, the truck driver could
> easily be legal, just using the ETI-x tactical call while sending a
> ham call sign outside the position packet. Does it rub against
> convention? Certainly,.. and may even be on the fringe of illegal IF
> being used commercially.
> I would be careful about marching up and introducing yourself without
> some tact and knowledge that some do not play by the same rules.
> Len Revelle N9IJ
> n9ij at comcast.net
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>   Len there is no callsign associated with any of his/her packets:
> 2009-01-03 17:10:56 UTC:
> ETI-2>SV0Q6U,WIDE1-1,N4CKV-1,WIDE2*,qAR,N4CKV-4:`s&4l^xu/"6\}On the Way!
>  2009-01-03 18:08:10 UTC:
> ETI-2>SV0Q4Q,WM4Q-2,N4CKV-1,WIDE2*,qAR,N4CKV-4:`s.gr"Wu/"6c}
>  2009-01-03 18:10:48 UTC:
> ETI-2>SV0Q0T,WM4Q-2,N4CKV-1,WIDE2*,qAR,N4CKV-4:`s1zr6Cu/"6R}
>  2009-01-03 19:01:33 UTC:
> ETI-2>SU4X5T,KB4YTM-4,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,KB4YTM-1:`t.CrJPu/"5e}
>  2009-01-03 21:44:54 UTC:
> ETI-2>SU0Y4W,N4GMT-3*,WIDE2-1,qAR,WB4EPG-3:`v`9lR7u/"4[}
>  2009-01-03 21:45:23 UTC:
> ETI-2>SU0Y5Q,N4GMT-3*,WIDE2-1,qAR,WB4EPG-3:`v`7lf|u/"4\}
>  2009-01-04 04:59:40 UTC:
> ETI-2>APT312,KK5PP-3,WIDE1*,WIDE2-1,qAR,K5JRA-1:>MT8000FA v1.0
>    So if it's a ham, he is not being legal.
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