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

Max Bainrot mbainrot at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 16:46:23 AEDT 2019

Hey Ray,

Yeah I had a feeling that was the case.

Yeah should be fine, the lack of HAMs in the club is more the concern for
me and the whole AMC thing that's going on at the moment does complicate
matters. Main desire for an alt license is so then should I move or chase a
south pole career it continues on :)

Main desire for APRS is it's low power use (site is unpowered) and relative
simplicity, no updates or kernel panics to break stuff :) I found a WX
which has integrated APRS modem, just hook up a radio and off you go which
is very handy, and it doesn't cost the earth which is nice.

Interesting how because it was outside of the published area they weren't
interested, I wonder if the published area is also known as the billable
area so it went to the bottom of the pile?

Max - VK2NMF

On Mon, 18 Mar 2019 at 09:40, vk2tv <vk2tv at exemail.com.au> wrote:

> 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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