[amsat-bb] Re: OT: Universal Text Messaging and Pagers (WAS Re: Re:dream)

Roger Kolakowski rogerkola at aol.com
Tue Jul 7 10:11:49 PDT 2009

Having been the recipient of many OO reports during my Novice Days (I used
to tune my Globe Scout for maximum smoke into a 60 watt light bulb as a
dummy load and then just switch to my 80 meter antenna...)and a rabid
satellite APRS user...

...I volunteer to be the first person to send out pager data on the
satellites as the test station...not having changed callsigns in 40+ years,
some of the OOs will probably recognize me as already being in their logs...

My Mom can forward the cards from my original address if the OO's don't have
up to date Callbooks.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ben Jackson" <bbj at innismir.net>
To: "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 11:20 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: OT: Universal Text Messaging and Pagers (WAS Re:

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> Bob Bruninga wrote:
> *snip*
> We'll agree to disagree regarding your take of the rules as almost
> everyone else did on APRSSIG. ;)
> > There is no reason to nit pick rules.  When one is broadcasting (one
> > way) to the general public or using amateur radio inappropriately, I
> > think everyone can tell when it is blatanly illegal.  I just don't
> > see the FCC cares one nit about some of these debates when any one
> > can see that hams are taking initiative to better their use of the
> > radio art.
> Considering that they've recently ruled on whether contesters should
> give blanket "5-by-9" signals, I'd think they'd be glad to rule on
> something interesting and relevant. :)
> >>> You just have to ignore the curmudgeons who have nothing better
> >>> to do than nit-pick ways to prevent other hams from developing
> >>> useful applications of technology.  A pager is simply the
> >>> text-to-user device integrated into the normal local 2-way
> >>> amateur radio communications system.
> >> The issue is that, according to Part 97, it can't be used beyond
> >> QSTs, telemetry, or "necessary" emergency communications.  Could I
> >> get away with setting up such a system? Likely. Do I foot to stand
> >> on when my local OO comes knocking? Not so much.
> >
> > Some OO's are part of the problem, not the solution...
> Then the solution has presented itself. Get a ruling from the FCC
> regarding the use of transmissions to receive-only devices such as
> pagers. Then we can finally put this issue to rest and if anyone comes
> knocking regarding the legality of these transmissions, we can have
> something concrete to cite.
> Again, I'd love to set up something like this, but I'd be hard pressed
> to spend a chunk of money on a system that could be taken down if
> someone files a complaint to the FCC.
> Let's take any further discussion about this offline.
> - --
> Ben Jackson - N1WBV - New Bedford, MA
> bbj <at> innismir.net - http://www.innismir.net/
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