[OZAPRS] Foundation and RF APRS new thread

Norm McMillan vk3xci at gmail.com
Sat Dec 21 12:59:54 AEDT 2019

looks like all the nF... prefixes are internationally allocated, is that
going to cause a problem?
The proper answer of course, is to get rid of the 4 letter suffix, the
numerical area id suffix, and have a "callsign for life"
Like that's going to happen!

For now, I'll tell users to use nFxxx and put a callsign in the comment
line. It's all we've got 'till someone tell me different.

norm vk3xci

norm vk3xci!

On Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 11:34 AM Josh <vk2hff at vk2hff.ampr.org> wrote:

> Hi Norm,
> On 21/12/2019 10:30 am, Norm McMillan wrote:
> > Someone with more knowledge than I might like to comment on the
> > legality of both cases? I'm not an APRSdroid user so I don't know if
> > it's possible to put a comment with a callsign in APRSdroid.
> Yes, APRSdroid allows a custom comment but defaults to the aprsdroid URL
> if no comment is provided.
> Regarding legality, there is no requirement to identify yourself on
> every transmission.
> And your ID doesn't have to be sent via AX.25 - sending your full
> callsign via CW (or voice etc) once every 10 minutes would fulfill the
> requirement, providing it was sent on the same frequency as your APRS
> transmissions - not that I'd recommend this option.
> Including your callsign in your APRS beacon comment field would
> obviously also meet the requirement.  From ACMA's perspective your APRS
> object name does not have to match your callsign - that's just our
> convention for position beacons.
> >
> > Another question... would a 3F*** call be gated IS to RF? Guess it
> > depends on the software etc.
> >
> That comes down to each individual igate's configuration.
> As an example, mine won't gate any objects from IS to RF except for
> messages for nearby stations recently heard directly via RF, or WXSVR-AU
> alerts within my igate's area. The callsign makes no difference.
> IMO the best approach for F calls is to set their callsign field to
> nFxxx, and include their full callsign in the comment field.
> - Josh VK2HFF
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