[aprssig] APRS legality

J.C. Wren jcwren at jcwren.com
Tue Jan 27 14:25:32 EST 2009

You're speaking of Part 97.113(d)

"(d) The control operator of a club station may accept compensation for the
periods of time when the station is transmitting telegraphy practice or
information bulletins, provided that the station transmits such telegraphy
practice and bulletins for at least 40 hours per week; schedules operations
on at least six amateur service MF and HF bands using reasonable measures to
maximize coverage; where the schedule of normal operating times and
frequencies is published at least 30 days in advance of the actual
transmissions; and where the control operator does not accept any direct or
indirect compensation for any other service as a control operator. "

You're correct on that part.  I was thinking there was another exemption,
which allowed W1AW to come up on a frequency without checking for the
frequency being in use (as HF frequencies are not coordinated like 2M, 440,
etc).  Reading through the Part 97 material, I'm not seeing such an



On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 2:08 PM, Richard Amirault <ramirault at verizon.net>wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "J.C. Wren"
> > If you check closely, you'll find the ARRL is the ONLY amateur radio
> > organization with an exception to be permitted to do this.
> >
> > AD4BL  wrote:
> >
> >> A fellow ham pointed out:
> >>
> >> Carrying this one step further....the ARRL sends traffic in the blind on
> >> their daily transmissions from W1AW.  Whether it be CW, RTTY, etc it's
> >> one way and no response is expected back to W1AW.  It is expected that
> >> the recipient will be a ham....however...some 'not yet' hams use this
> >> for code practice.
> No, not true. You are confusing the exemption that the ARRL has to PAY
> someone to operate an amateur radio station (W1AW). Anyone can "broadcast"
> similar things to the amateur radio community ..and many do.
> Richard Amirault
> Boston, MA, USA
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