[aprssig] Station Callsign

J. Gary Bender, WS5N gary.ws5n at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 20:02:54 EST 2020

Not  sure if it would apply here, but you might just be seeing occasional skip rather than hops.  As far as the callsign
goes, the only legal requirement is that the local, direct, transmission must have an identifier every 10 minutes.  That
could even be a local CW ID.

-- 73,
    J. Gary Bender, WS5N
    Fence Lake, NM  USA

> In looking at my logs, I see some stations I can find no associated 
> callsign for. One prominent example is VCAPK. Its position shows it 
> hundreds of miles north of me which looks like it should be a bunch of 
> hops. I thought these kinds of stations were limited to just a couple of 
> hops to keep their information local. It is filling up my  messages log 
> with telemetry information, about eight transmissions every 20 minutes 
> or so. Another one is NPLNS which is sending a block of four messages 
> twice every 10 minutes.

> I guess my main curiosity is how these are beaconing without any 
> reference to a callsign? I understand that digis can use aliases or 
> tactical callsigns, but shouldn't they somewhere along the line be at 
> least linked somehow to a valid amateur callsign?

> Still learning,

> Michael WA7SKG

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