[aprssig] Why Not "Gate in Vicinity" (phones)

Gerhard.F5VAG f5vag.eu at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 05:37:24 EST 2011

On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM, John Ronan <jpronans at gmail.com> wrote:


> Based on discussion we had with our Communications Regulator, in Ireland, we
> explicitly can NOT do this. I still don't get why you can't just send a
> message 'blind' to the person you wish to communicate with if they are
> there, they are and you'll see their posits, if not, you won't.

We have the same regulation in France. In addition, the APRS-IS is
considered as private network for licensed radio amateurs. It is an
extension of the HAM's radio network.

However, I'm using my phone on my LAN to access my IGATE
via my server to beacon my phone's beacon to RF, which seems
no problem.

Looking at the IS, we see several bootleggers using iPhones
with OA being gated by N6NAR. In addition to the usual CB
guys using AHUBSWE2 as server. Admittedly very few. None
of these passes my server, of course.

73 de Gerhard, F5VAG (ex DL7MW)
http://f5vag.eu , france.aprs2.net

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