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[aprssig] SKY1 - callsign? Wayne County, Ohio.

Jaye Inabnit ke6sls ke6sls at arrl.net
Wed Aug 11 01:26:06 UTC 2010


On Tuesday 10 August 2010 16:09:22 Jason Rausch wrote:
> 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.

I used a vender not too long ago to order some gear--after it was all said and 
done, I realized they never bothered to inquire if I was a ham or not.  I 
stopped doing business with them at that point since I did buy RF gear.  AES 
ALWAYS verifies my license prior to talking about an order--this I like.  

But I also don't want to go overboard.  I'm sure we can tag the problem just 
like we've had to do here locally.

73

-- 
jaye, ke6sls

How much does free cost?  
How much is free worth?



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