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

Stephen - K1LNX k1lnx at k1lnx.net
Sun Dec 28 14:01:58 UTC 2008

The bootlegging of APRS has the potential to be an ever increasing
issue. One thing I have thought about is that is it possible to add a
simple authemtication scheme to the APRS-IS network? Like register
once under a verified callsign and then you are "authenticated" and
all of your objects/posits are posted to the stream moving forward.

Obviously I know this could be a burden, but my fear is that more
companies will continue to adopt APRS as a tracking technology due to
cost versus a commercial system or just plain ignorance.


On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 8:24 AM, Charlie Gallo <Charlie at thegallos.com> wrote:
> On 12/27/2008 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!
> They don't even sell a transmitter - do we make electronics Mfgs get a license to sell a resistor?
> --
> 73 de KG2V
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Stephen Brown - ARS K1LNX
Johnson City, TN EM86

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