Well I now have a working mobile VHF to HF digipeater connected to one radio which will only digi my own call and position to 30m. The vehicle’s own position transmission can be disabled, if required, when away from the vehicle.
It was an interesting exercise to get it working but I am now wondering will I be able to use it within my license conditions.
It appears that you cannot leave an unattended transmitter away from your home location (for example at the base of a mountain), even if it cannot be operated remotely by anyone else, unless it is on 144.800 for less than 30 minutes. The relevant sections are Clause 10 and Schedule 2 of the amateur radio license.
I think the grey area is that the license allows remote operation (which is basically what is happening, although that is open to interpretation) apart from the 2m operation above. Another grey area is what distinguishes a personal remotely-linked radio system (in this case a digipeater which only repeats my data) from a beacon.
The question is… does anyone else interpret the UK licence conditions differently for a portable VHF unit being linked to a HF transmitter via packet and do you think it would be permissible?