[amsat-bb] Re: D STAR
vk3jed at gmail.com
Mon Nov 11 22:06:06 PST 2013
On 11/11/13 6:44 PM, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:14:26AM -0600, George Henry wrote:
>> There are very good reasons why no other amateur radio manufacturer
>> will touch it.
>> George, KA3HSW
> What, apart from encryption being illegal on the amateur bands?
> Without a radical redesign and a new codec, DStar is just not suitable for amateur use. Proprietary software runs counter to the whole principle of amateur radio, and in this case the encrypted proprietary codec is quite possibly not legal for amateur use.
That argument is a furphy. AMBE is readily available in a $20 chip if
the authorities want to listen in, it's not encrytion (formally defined
as encoding to obscure the meaning of a transmission), it's encoding to
minimise the audio data transmitted for intelligible speech.
D-STAR itself is open specification, and a significant proportion (a
majority now?) of D-STAR gateways run open source software (such as the
G4KLX pcrepeatercontroller/ircddbgateway software) on both Icom repeater
hardware and homebrew setups.
Sure, an open source vocoder would have been nice, but one with suitable
performance and available in a form that could be incorporated into
radios didn't exist when D-STAR was developed. Had D-STAR been developed
today, Codec2 would be a real option (though I'm not yet aware of an
implementation suitable for a mobile or HT).
73 de Tony VK3JED/VK3IRL
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