[aprssig] EOC Standardized callsigns
kc5zrq at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 15:51:00 CDT 2007
This sounds like a good idea in theory, but I think it would be difficult to
implement. I understand the standardization and supposedly a person could
figure out someone elses EOC tactical call without prior knowledge. You
would just need to know the ARRL section and the 3 digit county fips code.
In reality it would be hard to figure out a fips code while in the field.
Another issue is that not all APRS clients allow the use of tactical
callsigns. We have UI-View32 setup in our EOC and I don't think using a
tactical callsign is possible.
I really think it would be helpful if the various ARES and RACES
organizations could organize and apply for a club callsign to use. This is
what we have done in our community. A simple vanity call helps local hams
remember the callsign.
I think there needs to be some education in avoiding the use of simplified
tactical callsigns, like "EOC," "REDCROSS" or "HOSPITAL." That might fly
locally, but try to send a message to such a station via the APRS-IS.
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