[aprssig] SKY1 - callsign? Wayne County, Ohio.
jason at ke4nyv.com
Tue Aug 10 18:09:22 CDT 2010
Since I started selling all-in-one APRS devices, I have noticed there are many pilots that are catching on to APRS and see it as a "free beacon system" they can put on their plane for relatively little money. MOST are are licensed, but some are not and just do it anyways. There IS a sense of arrogance and a "rules don't apply to me" attitude with some.
As a provider of hardware that is strictly used on the 144-148 MHz range ie. the RTrak Family (minus the RTrak-Lite), I feel the need to police this TO A POINT. If I get an order from someone that does not show any sign of a license, I usually send them a friendly email asking for a callsign. Most come back with the callsign or some other form of proof. While the flip side is, I have had a few "arrogant" ones come back and tell me to stick and they will take their money elsewhere. I know some other hardware makers may not have the discretion and willing to sell to anyone with the cash in hand. That is their deal, not mine, but I feel like I have to do my part to educate or at the very least, keep a pirate off the air...for the longest that I can.
Jason - KE4NYV
RPC Electronics, LLC
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