20076RE: [aprsisce] Help RNLI AIS to APRS
- Sep 15, 2012
Is it legal? Installing a transmitter in vehicles that you are not in control of that will be automatically transmitting with your callsign doesn’t sound legal; but then again, I am no lawyer.
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Years ago, many hams used to work a lot of DX until they got their hands on an SWR meter and found out they couldn't.
Personally I am for not sending anything over APRS that doesn't belong there. AIS is one of those things. The discussion, at least for me, is not about resending data, but about displaying on the same interface. In this particular case, I do not see a conflict of law.
Some may contend that water wagons, ambulances, etc, during a SAR (or similar) mission fall outside of APRS. But it the Amateur Radio Service has been called to perform, then it is clearly within the "service" aspect. Without the Amateur Radio Service working side by side, then all these items don't belong on APRS.
Now if a tracker is added and used within the confines of amateur radio, then I don't see an issue. Case in point, I watch KE5KTU-9. He is a amateur radio operator and the fact that he has put a Yaesu FTM-350 on the barge he works on is within the law.
In the case of James adding a D710 to each company vehicle and tracking them, even with his call sign is probably within the law but seems inappropriate to me. But, if I, or anyone else, put a tracker in a spouse's vehicle, it is appropriate. The commercial entity makes a difference. At least to me anyway. It looks like I agree with James. :)
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