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[aprssig] Balloons, Ham Radio and APRS in UK

James kb7tbt at gmail.com
Mon Apr 24 23:08:33 UTC 2006

As I am not fully familiar with the radios in question I do not know there 
full function.

As far as using other radios this is not an issue for "us" so to say.

The question is what is available to use an APRS type feature in the UK from 
a balloon.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Josh Freeman" <cpe.jfreeman at gmail.com>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Balloons, Ham Radio and APRS in UK

> James wrote:
>> I know here is the US we are now allowed to do DATA on FRS, I wonder if 
>> maybe there is a option in the UK for the same situation and can you fly 
>> a 500mw radio in a balloon?
> We cannot do APRS over FRS in the USA, because the FRS regulations prevent 
> automated beaconing. The Garmin RINO units get around this by reporting 
> position only upon user action or when polled by another station. I 
> suppose you could manually poll a RINO in a balloon from the ground, but 
> that might be a little frustrating during a balloon chase. Plus, there's 
> the fixed-antenna-only restriction on FRS radios...
> Now, MURS has no such restrictions. If I remember correctly, the only 
> restriction specific to packet on MURS is the prohibition of digipeaters.
> Josh KI4ITI
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