[aprssig] Igate traffic flow query

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Wed May 28 19:26:59 EDT 2014

Ugh. That would seem to imply that I-gating in either direction is illegal in the UK without a permit, because the whole point of the APRS-IS is to provide long-haul connection between different RF stations (automatically routing to the Tx I-gates within range of the addressed recipient). Even the Internet-only clients would be receiving traffic over a public communications network. 

Or does the UK law only apply if the other end of the link is also in the UK?

Andrew, KA2DDO
author of YAAC

> Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 19:12:21 -0400
> From: ldeffenb at homeside.to
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Igate traffic flow query
> If/when a packet gates from the APRS-IS to RF, it is the responsibility 
> of the operator of the station that actually did that gating.  The 
> originator of the packet (if direct APRS-IS) or the original receiving 
> IGate (in the case of an RF-originated gated packet) is off the hook for 
> that one.  At least, that's my understanding of how it works over here 
> in the USA.
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> On 5/28/2014 6:57 PM, Nick G4IRX wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Is it likely that traffic gated from RF to APRS-IS can be gated back 
> > out to RF at some point? I'm thinking particularly of messages.
> >
> > The reason that I ask is beacause in the UK we are prohibited from 
> > passing traffic via a public communications network unless we have a 
> > NOV (permit). I considered the case of gating from internet to RF 
> > which is clearly prohibited, but in the other direction is a bit of a 
> > grey area. If a packet were to travel no futher than APRS-IS it would 
> > at first consideration be OK, but then I considered that if it gets 
> > gated back to RF at some point then the original (RF to APRS-IS) 
> > station is then part of the relay process via a public communications 
> > network.
> >
> > 73
> > Nick G4IRX
> >
> >
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