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[aprssig] EOC Standardized callsigns

John Habbinga kc5zrq at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 20:51:00 UTC 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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