[aprssig] Doubling APRS messaging in ham radio overnight

Duane Whittingham n9ssn at arrl.net
Mon Jan 26 17:36:40 EST 2009

I wonder if some consider it one way so its broadcasting?

If it can be defined as informative like a bulletin then maybe?

Duane - N9SSN

At 09:59 AM 1/26/2009, you wrote:

On 1/26/2009, "Earl Needham" <needhame1 at plateautel.net wrote:

Ben Jackson wrote:
  Older, working pagers are a dime a dozen on the used market and there are
  some people who have refitted them to work on Amateur bands[2]. With the
  fact that there (quite literally) buckets full of working pagers at
  HamFests, why not have a "messagegate" that takes APRS messages to
  stations and translates them to a message destined for a POCSAG
  compatible pager. There were certain KAM TNCs that could encode POCSAG

     Years ago I had a pager converted to receive on 146.76, our local
repeater.  We had a new controller that would send paging tones to open
it up.  Sadly, after about 3 uses, the "old fogeys" decided it was
illegal.  We had quite the discussion, and one of them finally called
the FCC monitoring office in Powder Springs, Ga, and simply asked
them,"Paging isn't legal on amateur frequencies, is it?"

This *is* a concern and I'm curious as to how the FCC looks at paging
for amateur stations by amateur stations. The only real "paging
network" I've seen is based in Germany. Nothing on this side of the

I'm sure there are people smarter then me on this list. Any opinions on
this? Part 97 is murky at best.

     If you try this, be prepared for other "old fogeys" to step in and
try to take the fun our of amateur radio.

Fogeys don't need to be old :). Every project needs to be championed by
someone who can tilt at windmills. The next step was to call the FCC and
the ARRL to get their interpretation of the tomes. Paging in this sense
may be something that is not supported under Part 97, which is part of
the reason I haven't tried to really push this (other reasons being
time and money). I just decided to toss it out there in this thread
partially to get input from other people regarding it.

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Duane Whittingham - N9SSN
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