[aprssig] Named stations without valid callsign

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Sun Sep 9 06:31:39 EDT 2012

Some people prefer to name their digipeaters with tactical calls.  As 
long as they meet the FCC ID requirements somehow, they're legal.  The 
typical approach is to put the operator's FCC call in the APRS comment.

TOULON = W7TA Lovelock 146.925 - PL100

COREY = w3,nvN, iNFO: w7xz at arrl.net

WARD = W2,NCAn, WA6TLW, Ward Pk, CA A=008637

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 9/9/2012 3:16 AM, Sander Pool wrote:
> Hi,
> I drove from San Jose, CA to Point Reyes today and had my D72 running 
> APRS. I was just reviewing the stations I received and noticed 
> 'TOULON' which was forwarded first by 'COREY' and last by 'WARD'. 
> These and quite a few other non-hamcall stations appear to be 
> operational in that area. All have an arrl.net email address 
> associated with them on aprs.fi so they appear to be maintained by a ham.
> Is this use of non-callsign igate names allowed?
> As an aside my little 5W HT with duck antenna clamped to the window 
> did quite well. 100+ miles reception range in some cases.
> Thanks,
>     Sander W1SOP
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