[aprssig] APRS Operation by Foreign Hams in Australia

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 14 15:40:31 CST 2015


I can't speak for Australia, but I had the same question about traveling in Canada, and the ruling there was that they simply wanted to know where in the country the foreigner was operating, and the APRS position reports provided that much more precisely than a province-level suffix did, so there was no need to use the suffix in APRS position packets.

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
frequent Ontario fisherman

-------- Original message --------
From: John Gorkos <jgorkos at gmail.com>
Date:02/14/2015  16:28  (GMT-05:00)
To: TAPR List <aprssig at tapr.org>
Subject: [aprssig] APRS Operation by Foreign Hams in Australia

I'll be doing business in Australia for a few weeks, and I'll be taking
my TH-D72 with me.  According to the Aussie government, I don't need to
do anything special other than identify with my callsign / VKx
(http://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Spectrum/Radiocomms-licensing/Class-licences/overseas-amateurs-visiting-australia)
 However, under AX.25, you can't put a slash-call in the "FROM" header.
 Is is sufficient to put my actual callsign in the FROM header, and
include my callsign /VK in the message body?  Anyone from down-under
able to clarify/collaborate that?

Also, I'll be in Melbourne, and if there's anyone on the list interested
in showing me how to drink a beer on the other side of the planet, I'm a
willing and able student.

John Gorkos
AB0OO
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