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

Clay Melhorn n9io at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 11 02:54:46 UTC 2010


Stick to your morals Jason, I feel the same way as you about transmitter sales.
Years back there was a ham shop called Ericson's I am positive a few of you out there remember
in the Chicago burbs I visited a few times when I was a teen back in the early 70's with a ham bud of mine.
They had LARGE signage above the counter that stated "No License? Don't even ask!"
God that place was great!

Clay Melhorn N9IO Bonfield, IL
Webmaster: KARS - Kankakee Area Radio Society - W9AZ http://www.w9az.com/
 
  
> Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:09:22 -0700
> From: jason at ke4nyv.com
> To: earl.kd5xb at gmail.com; aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] SKY1 - callsign? Wayne County, Ohio.
> 
> 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
> www.rpc-electronics.com
> 
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