[OZAPRS] Setting up a wx station at a local rc airfield

vk2tv vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Mon Mar 18 09:40:29 AEDT 2019

Hi Max,

Use of private callsigns for digis at remote sites that are not the 
licensees address is not uncommon, and unattended operation of digital 
stations is permitted. Strictly speaking it's not the right way to go 
but it's done and nobody bats an eyelid. Chances are very high that 
using your own callsign-SSID would never be challenged.

I doubt the ACMA would go looking for you, if my experience is anything 
to go by. I reported an unlicenced tx operating on a local ABC FM 
frequency and because the location was a few hundred metres outside the 
published coverage area for the ABC station the ACMA wasn't interested 
in investigating.

A thought ....  Is the RC financial enough to take out an amateur 
licence so the wx station can be operated under the club's own callsign?

Ray vk2tv

On 18/3/19 7:35 am, Max Bainrot wrote:
> Hi folks
> Got a quick query about wx stations at locations away from home.
> What would be the best way to go about setting up a wx station for a 
> local rc club of mine in terms of licensing?
> I’m assuming because it’s a broadcast only contraption a repeater 
> license is not applicable so probably best/easiest to chuck it under 
> my ham call but still wanted to pick the hive mind incase there’s a 
> better solution 🙂
> Can’t use cellular data as there is a nearby radio telescope that’s 
> centered  on 850 MHz (bw of +/- 30? MHz if memory serves me correctly) 
> hence considering VHF APRS, there’s even a convenient APRS iGate not 
> all that far away. (I will be engaging with the mob that runs the 
> radio telescope too to be sure they’re ok with it)
> Cheeers
> Max - VK2NMF
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