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[aprssig] N1547C tracker

James kb7tbt at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 13:22:48 UTC 2005

Tactical calls is not the issue here, let me see if I have this right.

You have YOUR call sign in the tracker, There are no licensed hams in the 
aircraft, a non ham is in control of the system..

When you read the part 97 did you miss the ILLEGAL part?


Remember: You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter!

> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
> On Behalf Of David Dobbins
> Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:15 AM
> Cc: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> Subject: [aprssig] N1547C tracker
> I'm watching every inch of the N1547C travels on both findu.com and
> APRS. The tracker was not installed for the express use of the pilot's
> family/friends. What a ridiculous assumption, as was the oversight of
> not watching for a couple of minutes and seeing the status text which
> properly included my call when using a non-ham tactical callsign for the
> tracker. While I doubt the Delaney's will run out and get their ham
> licenses, I've already heard from Tim that his nephew in California has
> been watching too, is taking a ham class right now, and is sharing the
> excitement of watching his Uncle and Aunt fly around the country. The
> flight will be completed in early Nov, when the Delaney's return to
> Santa Rosa (not Santa Clara), CA. Then they'll send the tracker back and
> I'll get it ready for one of our local marathon's and continue using
> tactical callsigns. It seems some people have issue with the tactical
> callsign being the same as the N number of their airplane. I don't see
> the issue here, and believe me, this tracker is operating well within
> FCC part 97. I also have contact with Tim while he's flying, or on the
> ground, via cell phone, so if the tracker suddenly locks up or goes
> awry, I just give him a call. The cell phone is wired into his headset,
> along with aircraft radio and XM satellite. I just talked with Tim
> today, and it looks like they may have to detour some because of
> Hurricane Wilma. In advance of their trip, I posted a message to both
> the nwaprssig and aprssig mailing lists. I included all the data that is
> also posted on the http://nwaprs.info/n1547cexpedition.htm web page. If
> you still have a gripe about the tracker, then send it to me. My email
> addresses are posted all over the place, or you can try k7gps at arrl.net
> as I've reactivated that one again to see if the spam and porno offers
> are finally gone, as ARRL has promised. I guess I'm more surprised at
> the bitching going on rather than people watching some cutting edge use
> of APRS that keeps things interesting here. When the fellow flew around
> the country last year in his plane, the tracker loaned him used a ham
> club call that had no connection to the pilot, and the pilot was not a
> ham either. He turned the D7A and GPS on and off manually. My tracker in
> N1547C is wired to the ignition. So I guess the issue is the use of a
> tactical callsign, which is really a non-issue, because tactical
> callsigns are used/have been used everywhere APRS can be found. Need I
> ramble on further, or can we return this threads to more positive
> comments?
> Dave K7GPS
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