[aprssig] N1547C tracker

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Thu Oct 20 17:09:08 CDT 2005

Nothing political about this.  I never said anything about the FCC
needing to "write a rule for trackers".  I asked for clarification which
Steve gave.  I agree with Steve that trackers are covered under
97.221(b).  I disagree with Steve about when the tracker is directly in
the hands of a non-ham (this is the control issue) or if it is being
used "on a regular basis" where another radio service could "reasonably"
be used (hey, lets start a free lojack!).

To knowingly break the law which is what you are saying below because
"you can" or because "I was just experimenting" is no excuse and there
are a _lot_ of ex-hams that have found that out.  That is why things
like "waivers" exist and are issued by the FCC.  If you think your
"experiment" is illegal, ask for a waiver.  But, as Steve said, it's
your license.  None of your examples were first "tested illegally" on
amateur bands in violation of Part 97 and then added later.  I have
already stated _I_ don't believe the case of N1547C is illegal, at least
with regards to control, but that is my _personal_ opinion.


Pete Loveall AE5PL
mailto:pete at ae5pl.net 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Bruninga
> Posted At: Thursday, October 20, 2005 2:22 PM
> Subject: RE: [aprssig] N1547C tracker
> This is getting rediculously political.  If we had to wait 
> for the FCC to write into the rules anything BEFORE we 
> experimented with it, then we would be nowhere!  We would not 
> have SSB, nor packet, nor ATV nor SSTV nor anything else but spark!
> Remember this is a service for experimentation!
> We dont have to wait for the FCC to write a rule for trackers 
> before we can invent trackers...
> de Wb4APR, Bob

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