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If I (as a licensed ham operator) set up APRS in my car, is someone else permitted to drive my car (w/o me in it) with transmitting enabled?

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If I (as a licensed ham operator) set up APRS in my car, is someone else permitted to drive my car (w/o me in it) with transmitting enabled?


 

To the best of my knowledge ( which isn't saying much ) I would have to say no, since there is no control operator in the vehicle. I could be wrong since I have seen other examples where the operator was not with the vehicle, but those were under controlled situations, such as a parade where the unit was on a float.

 

Vince

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Originally posted by Vince D'Elia:

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Originally posted by squdgy:

If I (as a licensed ham operator) set up APRS in my car, is someone else permitted to drive my car (w/o me in it) with transmitting enabled?


 

To the best of my knowledge ( which isn't saying much ) I would have to say no, since there is no control operator in the vehicle. I could be wrong since I have seen other examples where the operator was not with the vehicle, but those were under controlled situations, such as a parade where the unit was on a float.

 

Vince

KD5NVO

0H/7F


 

Hmm...Off the top of my head, I'd bet that this would be treated like a beacon or a repeater and be permissible.

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I'd have to say I agree.. It would probably be considered a remote operation/repeater/beacon. Although there still are some legal issues to consider.. Does this person know that thier location is being tracked and retransmitted? If not then YES it is ilegal. Even if this person has the ability to turn off the transmitter at will technically it is ilegal, because then it makes them the control operator.

 

So if you plan to use it to track your kids who've borrowed the car, without telling them it's there it could very well be considered an ilegal tracking device.

 

Randall J. Berry

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