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Jim Duncan jdbandman at earthlink.net
Fri Feb 8 23:38:10 UTC 2008

I am excited about what the CWOP people have been doing. At the outset I 
questioned whether they should be on the APRS servers because of the 
possibility of accidental porting of CWOP station data out via APRS 

At the time I asked Riley Hollingsworth his opinion on the legality of 
this and it was his opinion at this would constitute remote control by 
an unlicensed operator and the station licensee which transmitted the 
information would be liable for a violation.

Now, that being said, the growth of CWOP has been phenomenal and it has 
provided not only an opportunity for non-hams to participate in severe 
weather and routine weather condition reporting but has also inspired a 
lot of people to get their ham licenses which is always a positive thing!

I certainly believe that the move to take CWOP's off of the APRS system 
and provide an independent system is an excellent idea. It would 
certainly be easy enough for those who wish to monitor that data to do 
so in APRS and I am certain that there are people out there that 
appreciate having this information readily available, especially the 
National Weather Service personnel locally here.

I wish the CWOP group continued success as they move forward and salute 
them for their volunteerism!

73 de Jim Duncan, KU0G

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