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[aprssig] National Weather Services Duties Act (S. 786 )

Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Tue Nov 8 12:42:11 UTC 2005


>This bill, if enacted will affect and prohibit access to NWS data 
>products to marine, aviation and most importantly to the APRS community, 
>the ability to access NWS data used by a large number of Hams and other 
>weather enthusiasts. 

I'm sorry, well, actually NOT, as I don't feel APRS or Hams are
the "most important freeloaders" of NWS data.  Obviously you feel
private vessels at sea and aircraft are less deserving of NWS data
than mere weather "enthusiasts" (whom BTW don't even care enough
to adopt the current measurement and reporting standards of NWS/
WMO).  

I too am saddened and hope none of us lose access to NWS data,
but to base your fight on the premise that Hams and APRS in particular
are the mose deserving is rediculous.

But I think your entire reactionary post is absurd, as the NWS certainly
isn't going to pull access out from under us, it's just like the numerous
other recent posts based on incorrect and hysterical interpretations of
proposed legislation which has nothing to do with preventing access by
private citizens.  Why would they make is so EASY in the last few years
to GAIN ACCESS to previously limited data sets like radar and GRID'd
data if they now change course 180 deg without warning???


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <rw at w7rsw.com>
To: <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 02:45
Subject: [aprssig] National Weather Services Duties Act (S. 786 )


> I'd like to bring attention to a Senate Bill currently in committee that 
> will alter and if enacted, eliminate private citizen access to the 
> National Weather Service (NWS) data while giving exclusive access to 
> For-Profit entities such as AccuWeather and other commercial entities.
> 
> This bill, if enacted will affect and prohibit access to NWS data 
> products to marine, aviation and most importantly to the APRS community, 
> the ability to access NWS data used by a large number of Hams and other 
> weather enthusiasts. Should this Senate Bill 786 be enacted, anyone 
> wishing to gather information that has been historically been available 
>   to citizens free of charge, (after all, WE have paid for it!) will 
> only be available from For-Profit organizations for a fee.
> 
> Below are links to the text of the bill and websites available to help 
> those who wish to express their views and concerns concerning this bill.
> 
> Thanks for reading this.
> 
> Randy Whitney, W7RSW
> T2NRTHWST http://northwest.aprs2.net
> 
> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:s786:
> 
> https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=123
> 
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