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[aprssig] Broadcasting?

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Aug 3 03:51:09 UTC 2005


I thought that was more like yelling "airplane" at a crowded crash site?

Tad Burnett wrote:
> Seeing as there were no deaths....Kind of like yelling fire in a theater 
> when there is no fire....
> Tad N1QAG
> 
> A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) wrote:
> 
>> Shortly after the Air France crash today, a station sent out an APRS 
>> message addressed to "ALL" that said (paraphrasing from memory) "Air 
>> France crash in Toronto, 200 feared dead".  While I thought this was 
>> an interesting thing to know, it had me wondering if the message was 
>> breaking the rules.
>>
>> If you brought up the local repeater and just blurted out the same 
>> type of "breaking news" message intended for anyone listening, I think 
>> it would be considered broadcasting.  It definitely was not a message 
>> that would be "of interest to the Amateur community only" which is 
>> supposed to be one of the broadcasting litmus tests.  On the other 
>> hand, unlike a analog voice transmission on a repeater, the average 
>> "non-Ham" would not be able to receive an APRS message, so I can see 
>> this argument going either way...
>>
>> What are your opinions on this?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> A.J. Farmer, AJ3U
>> http://www.aj3u.com
>>
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