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Radio Amateurs of Canada -- RFinder:

(VA3GX) on March 3, 2014
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WWW.RAC.CA
WWW.RFINDER.NET

March 3rd 2014

RADIO AMATEURS OF CANADA PARTNER UP WITH RFINDER “THE WORDLWIDE REPEATER DIRECTORY”

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) and RFinder are excited to announce a new business partnership agreement effective March 1st. RAC endorses RFinder as the official Worldwide Repeater Directory for all Canadian amateur radio operators. The RFinder is a steadily growing worldwide repeater directory including IRLP, Echolink, AllStar, DStar, MotoTRBO, and even Winlink information. RFinder currently have over 175 countries in the directory.

Access to the World Wide Repeater Directory is provided by any version of the RFinder smartphone apps on Android, iPhone and iPad/iPod Touch. The same user-id enables access from any version of the RFinder app, the browser interface (web.rfinder.net), or through a growing list of third-party memory programming applications such as RT Systems radio programmers and CHIRP open source software. One subscription, access to worldwide repeater data from any computing device on Windows, Linux, OS X, web, Android iPhone and soon on Windows Phone!

Canadian hams purchasing the RFinder application will financially benefit the Radio Amateurs of Canada through the terms of this new agreement. “Obviously, going forward, we encourage all Canadian Amateurs to consider RFinder as their repeater directory provider. RAC staff and volunteers will proactively work with RFinder on providing repeater directory information updates for Canada as repeater directory information is a constantly changing environment” notes Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC Vice-President.

“Our partnership with RAC and the Amateur Radio community in Canada is a milestone in the development of RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory. We offer the same agreement with Radio Amateur societies world wide. This is a unique opportunity for each geography on Earth to have their own branded Repeater Directory while giving their local Hams access to repeaters all over the world, and financially supporting the local Amateur Radio advocacy group. We will translate to any language!” says Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, creator of RFinder.

Canadian RFinder users will see a new graphic feature; the RAC logo appearing on their app as well.

RAC is the voice of amateur radio for all Canadians and is also a member society of the IARU (International Amateur Radio Union).

Contact information:
RAC: Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH, Dir. Comm. & Fundraising -
hq.communications@rac.ca
RFinder: Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, creator - w2cyk@rfinder.net

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ARRL supports data thieves - RFinder  
by RACCOON on April 4, 2018 Mail this to a friend!
RFinder entered into contracts with American ARRL[1], Canadian RAC[2], British RSGB[3][4], and Lithuania LRMD[5] amateur radio associations for exclusive access rights to their respective repeater directories, cataloged by unpaid volunteer contributors and frequency coordinators, for undisclosed sums of money so that RFinder can turn around and charge hams a nominal $9.99 per year subscription fee for a directory that used to be free.

RFinder attempted to purchase RepeaterBook in 2013 but was turned down, so RFinder chose to page-scrape RepeaterBook's entire free-but-copyright database and merged it into their own commercial product, and continues to do so today.[6][7] RepeaterBook has been providing a free repeater directory for hams since 2006.

1: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-announces-partnership-with-rfinder-the-worldwide-repeater-directory
2: http://www.eham.net/articles/31839
3: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2014/september/radio_society_of_great_britain_partners_up_with_rfinder.htm
4: http://wp.rac.ca/radio-society-of-great-britain-partners-up-with-rfinder/
5: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/june/lrmd-partners-with-rfinder.htm
6: https://www.repeaterbook.com/index.php/2016-04-07-21-08-49/9-blog/18-imitation-is-the-sincerist-form-of-flattery
7: https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/rfinder-caught-scraping-data.523994/
 
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