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[aprssig] APRS callsigning for internationally travelling hams?

Randy Love rlove31 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 22:30:18 UTC 2012


In reference to IDing APRS in Canada when you're from the states:

As a general rule for us that run APRS in metro Detroit and cross
occasionally into Windsor, we just put the equivalent voice call in the
comment text when crossing into Canada ( once you clear Customs/Immigration
). Always turn the radio off while at the inspection station; they don't
like rf messing with their cameras/computer terminals/etc.

So, for my example, I ran WF5X-9 last year when I took my wife to Niagara
and Toronto for our 5th Anniversary. I left the call WF5X-9, but put
WF5X/VE3 in the comment text.  The nice thing is that Canada only requires
'proper' ID every 30 minutes. :)

We do something similar with tx only trackers for the Detroit Free Press
Marathon each year, which crosses the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor and
comes back via the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel.

However, if you forget to do that, I don't think Industry Canada has an
issue, as the APRS posit tells them exactly where you are. :)

Randy
WF5X

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 4:48 PM, Steve Daniels <
steve at daniels270.eclipse.co.uk> wrote:

> Having the prefix is a requirement for transmission at least in the UK and
> Spain. So I guess for Europe. Even an APRS transmission needs to have the
> prefix. It's accepted that the prefix can go in the comment field as it
> won't fit in the callsign field usually
>
> Steve Daniels
> G6UIM
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
> Of Andrew P.
> Sent: 15 February 2012 21:25
> To: Steve Noskowicz ; aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS callsigning for internationally travelling
> hams?
>
> I was just concerned about the legalities, rather than the logical or
> pragmatic aspects. Political law and regulation doesn't always have a
> relationship to logic or natural law, especially when dealing with
> non-citizen foreigners. :-(
>
> Last time I saw those rules, it was a regulation (not a courtesy) from the
> Canadian Ministry of Communications, but my hardcopy of the Canadian
> regulations is 17 years old, and I can't find the relevant current version
> of the regs now. All due respect to my Canadian neighbors, but the
> government website for Industry Canada was poorly laid out and extremely
> difficult to search, the last time I tried to look (hopefully, it's been
> improved since then).
>
> Andrew
> ------Original Message------
> From: Steve Noskowicz
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Sent: Feb 15, 2012 4:06 PM
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS callsigning for internationally travelling
> hams?
>
>
>
>
> > Steve K9DCI wrote...
> >
> > > In the comment field, right guys?
> >
> > You're right, it could be put there, but I wouldn't bother.
>
>
> DOH ! !
>
>
> Just call me Homer, I guess... (;-)
> Steve
>
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