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

Joseph M. Durnal joseph.durnal at gmail.com
Sun Dec 28 14:53:19 UTC 2008

I don't think that APRS bootlegging on 144.39 will ever be a big deal
as long as it isn't ignored.  Preventing the packets from reaching the
IS could be a temporary fix, but at a cost that the bootleggers would
only be able to be seen on RF.  Then who is to say that the
bootleggers won't set up their own receiver with UIView or something,
and then use obnoxious paths?  As it is, APRS 144.39 bootleggers are
the only ones that actually tell you exactly where to find them which
is a heck of a lot easier than finding the truck driver with the 500
watt CB using 28.085.

73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R

On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 9:01 AM, Stephen - K1LNX <k1lnx at k1lnx.net> wrote:
> 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.
> 73
> Stephen
> 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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