[OZAPRS] APRS with Foundation license

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Wed Oct 6 08:23:39 EST 2010

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Ray vk2tv

On 06/10/10 08:17, Ian Bennett wrote:
> Gents,
> 	Another reason to upgrade to Advanced is to operate HF APRS which is on 30m.
> There are a few Standard calls who are using 20m quite successfully though,
> but 30m is where the global community operate.
> 	During our trip to the Simpson Desert last year, I was getting packets in
> through ZL and the US; not to mention the VK Igates that cover Oz. It was as
> though I hadn't strayed away from the big smoke and 2m coverage.
> 	The 30m freq was why I had to go directly to Advanced (without passing go and
> not collecting $200 ;-) ). 22 years in the Army as a technician helped heaps
> here (never thought I'd actually say that!!!).
> 	Before anyone asks, I did look into "recognition of prior learning" however
> after assessing what I needed to do, the path of least resistance was to just
> sit the exams.
> Ian
> On Wed, 6 Oct 2010 00:37:15 Darryl Ross wrote:
>> I'll have to second Ray's note about thank you for asking questions
>> before you get on-air Andrew. Much better to understand than potentially
>> break the rules / law.
>> Using the digital modes is a good reason to upgrade. I've done the
>> Foundation ->  Standard ->  Advanced thing (in about 18 months from
>> starting). The first upgrade purely so I could play Packet/APRS and the
>> second upgrade for the 2 letter call ;)
>> Changing the topic slightly away from the legal side of things, isn't
>> the maximum length of a callsign in AX.25 6 characters? By my count,
>> foundation callsigns are 7 characters, and so _can't_ appear on RF anyway?
>> Whether the callsign is truncated to 6 characters is a separate issue
>> and would be classed as a bug in the particular client...
>> -Darryl, VK5HZ
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