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[aprssig] APRS-IS authentication

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Thu Aug 19 17:01:44 UTC 2010


On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM, Bill V WA7NWP <wa7nwp at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is nothing illegal about non hams putting traffic on the
> APRS-IS.

I wouldn't be so sure.

The core of APRS-IS runs javAPRSsrv, which is licensed for amateur
radio use.  Non-ham use violates my license agreement with Pete, as
best I understand it.

APRS-IS traffic gets gated to RF by various iGate operators across the
globe.  Non-ham traffic on APRS-IS could cause these operators to be
in violation of their license by transmitting non-ham traffic on RF.
While the legality issue here is for the operator of the iGate, the
basic premise of IS->RF gating is the assumption that APRS-IS traffic
_is_ ham traffic.

-Jason
kg4wsv



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