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[aprssig] I Apologize!

Chris Howard w0ep at frii.com
Tue Jan 9 02:44:40 UTC 2007

In a ham radio context:  same goes for the FCC database used by QRZ and
hamcall and others.  The raw database is freely available.  Making it
into a nice website or adding features makes it a "value add" and they
can charge for that part if they want.

> You are paying for the format and pretty pictures that the free data was
> used to generate. If you have the time and money, you too can have access
> to free data.
> When you watch the weather channel or go to a weather website, somebody
> had to write the website, someone had to buy servers, someone had to buy
> bandwidth, someone had to pay salaries to private meteorologists to do
> detailed forecast, etc...etc...etc.  *THAT* is not and can not be free.
> I do however agree that there are some large weather companies who would
> like nothing more than to push the NWS out of the "low hanging fruit"
> market as well so that there is *NO* access of any kind by the general
> public. That I do not agree with.
> -Tyler
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