[aprssig] U.S. citizens should be extra cautious traveling 12/20/14

Herb Gerhardt hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Sun Jan 4 17:39:30 EST 2015

I fully agree with Steve, we should not get paranoid about trying to hide
our location especially if you have a smart phone in your pocket.  Have you
ever read all the fine print of the apps you have downloaded?  Most of them
give them permission to track you via your smart phone's GPS so that they
can make advertisements more specific for you.

Privacy went away many years ago!  Your only alternative is to get rid of
ALL of your hi-tech toys........  Just shutting them off is not necessarily
good enough, you better also remove the battery......

Herb, KB7UVC
NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator
Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info 

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of Steve Dimse
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2015 1:50 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] U.S. citizens should be extra cautious traveling

I'm not going to waste my time again, but years ago someone spouted off on
this sig about how careful they were. QRZ gave me their county, their
county's web site gave me their property records (and therefore address) and
criminal history (just traffic tickets in that case) as well as information
about a divorce. In 10 minutes and for free. Privacy is largely wishful
thinking in the 21st century! 

It is of course possible someone could use APRS to steal from you, but we
have not had a single case of this in 20-odd years. We have had several
cases of vehicle recovery however. Wouldn't it suck to have your car stolen,
and watch its deliberately obfuscated position prevent you from recovering

Steve K4HG

On Dec 20, 2014, at 7:47 AM, WD8ARZ <wd8arz at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

> U.S. citizens should be extra cautious ..... snip snip ..... 
> Using APRS, I dont allow my exact coordinates to be transmitted, am always
off my actual location to protect my privacy and my equipment. Going to dual
carry on the upcoming mobile trip to TN to "Enhance my personal security". 
> Information on the additional protection using APRS that I do is copied
> 73 from Bill - WD8ARZ 

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