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[aprssig] Another Bootlegger Using APRS As a Commercial AVL System ???

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Sun Dec 28 06:28:10 UTC 2008


Absolutely not.  There is nothing specific to amateur radio use about 
these devices, unless you're talking about the Microtrak or other device 
with an integrated transmitter.  Byon's products, like mine and every 
other TNC out there, generate an audio output that can be used with any 
radio (or other transmission channel) the end user wants to use.

I can't speak for Byon, but I know there are easily hundreds of 
OpenTrackers in commercial use around the world.  They're not being used 
on amateur frequencies, and some of them aren't even being used on 
radios - I know of one or two being used to record locations in the 
audio track of recorded video.  There is no technical or moral reason to 
verify license status.

If Radio Shack sells a DTMF keyer that can be used on a radio, do they 
have any obligation to make sure you're licensed to use the radio that 
you MIGHT use the DTMF keyer with?

Scott
N1VG

Jim Duncan wrote:
> Don't they have an obligation (at least morally?) to ascertain that the
> people they sell to are properly licensed? At the very least they SHOULD
> inform their customers of the requirement for a valid amateur license and
> potential penalties!
> 
> JD
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
> Of The Bland Ranch
> Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:16 PM
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Another Bootlegger Using APRS As a Commercial AVL
> System ???
> 
> Why file against Byonics? I don't see how they have broken a law? What
> purpose
> would that serve?
> 
> Chuck Bland
> NA6BR
> 
> Quoting Jim Duncan <jdbandman at earthlink.net>:
> 
>> Well, why doesn't somebody close to one of them track them down, ID them,
>> and then file a complaint against them AND Byonics with FCC? Granted with
>> things as they now are there I wonder if anything would be done....
>> 
>> 73 de Jim, KU0G
> 
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