[aprssig] APRS in Orlando?

Keith VE7GDH ve7gdh at rac.ca
Fri Mar 20 10:57:25 EDT 2009

Dave G0WBX wrote...

> APRS in the UK seems to be dying from what I can tell,
> certainly on RF...

I've been on the APRS UK list for a month or two. I was shocked to learn
of all the hoops you have to jump through just to "do APRS" over there
and all of the limitations that make it really difficult to set up. It's
about time that hams were given more of a hand in "writing regulations"
for how we operate... not just there, but everywhere. There is a glimmer
of hope that this may actually be happening in Canada, but the final
chapter hasn't been written yet.

Governments should govern... and pay attention to the will of the
people. In the case of regulations for amateur radio, we are the people.
Bureaucrats should just stay in the bureau and try to do as little
damage as possible. You don't get to choose bureaucrats, but you
do get to chose who governs. Make your voice heard!

PS - don't let it be said that I was preaching anarchy, but what if
every ham in the UK were to set up a digi? Would they throw the whole
lot of you in jail? Remind them that it was hams that brought all the
advances that gave them "radio" in the first place that they found so
useful in times of both war and peace. Do they want to make it so
restrictive that hams just give up and pack it in? Who are they going
to call on then during a major disaster or conflict when their own
infrastructure collapses?

Of course, I should be saying this on the APRS UK list and not here!

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"

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