Well, I guess I have to say something re: ALE. It seems very odd that so
many do not know or understand what
ALE is and what it is for. I am also surprised that one of the many Hams
that are also MARS operators do not
step in and explain what ALE is and what it is for. I do know that it was
becoming very prevalent in MARS
when I left it - so perhaps one of the current MARS members can give some
workable knowledge of ALE.
[Just a thought]
Ex: W7ZQV/KG6 - W7LPF/DU2 - CT1DKG/CR7DKG - HB9IBA
----- Original Message -----
From: "George Henry" <email@example.com>
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Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 15:52
Subject: [RTTY] Fw: ALE Sounding. What is it and how does it work?
> Have to disagree with you on the soundings, Andy... re-read Bonnie's
> explanation of what soundings are and how they work: her very first point
> says "... ALE sounding is simply a station ID. No other text is sent."
> Later she specifially states "Sounding is not CQ. If you want to call CQ,
> use the HFL or QRZ netcall." If it's not sent to a specific station or
> with the intent of establishing 2-way communication *at that moment*, it's
> an illegal one-way transmission. I believe this also constitutes
> automatic beaconing, despite what Bonnie claims (her claim that they are
> not one-way transmissions is absurd), and automatic beacons are prohibited
> below 10 meters. Third, Bonnie defines ALE as a message-forwarding
> system, and automatic control of a digital station is prohibited UNLESS
> the station is 1) responding to interrogation and 2) transmitting with a
> bandwidth of less that 500 Hz. The only thing that soundings actually do
> is establish a heard list at other ALE stations,
> unless someone happens to be holding traffic for the sounding station, at
> which time it will respond with a link request. However, since the
> station holding the traffic actually initiates the connection, and not in
> response to a connect request or interrogation, it's almost certainly
> illegal automatic control of a digital station.
> To summarize, I believe that automatic ALE soundings are 1) prohibited
> one-way transmissions; 2) illegal automated beaconing below 10 meters,
> and; 3) illegal automatic control of a digital station.
> At any rate, the ARRL has forwarded my inquiry to the FCC for a rules
> interpretation, so we should know for sure soon.
> George, KA3HSW
> On Thursday, January 10, 2008 you wrote:
> As you know Jack, the fact that RATTS has been active since 1948 is
> irrelevant, anyone is free to use the frequency , even a ham setting
> up their new net. NOT very friendly, but perfectly legal.
> ALE , as in the variety used for "soundings" , is no different than
> other modes. The sounding is essentially a CQ or QRZ message. ALE
> software makes better use of the 10-12 second transmission that other
> modes, but it is just another station saying "I'm around, anyone want
> to play".
> Where ALE is someone controversial is the fact that the brief
> "soundings" can appear to be without a "QRL?" check . This is not
> entirely true since some ALE software has an ability to prevent an ALE
> transmission if another signal is detected. It is not always done,
> just like many RTTY contesters or RTTY DXpeditions. This is
> understandably frustrating. Your offending signal may be a PACTOR
> BBS, if it is active for more than 10-seconds it is unlikely to be an
> ALE sounding. The frequency does match a known ALE channel though/
> Andy K3UK
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