[amsat-bb] Re: D STAR

PE1RDW sats at pe1rdw.demon.nl
Tue Nov 12 12:20:11 PST 2013

On 12-11-13 19:38, John Becker wrote:
> On 11/12/2013 8:16 AM, aflowers at frontiernet.net wrote:
>> I think that was Rob's point.  There is no opportunity to learn from
>> it let alone improve upon it because the protocol is at the very
>> least a guarded trade secret if not patented
> YES IT IS. And for good reason. Just as well as Motorola Kenwood and
> Yaesu has done the same.
> It's time to get over it.
> And GENERAL MOTORS did what with their ON STAR system? Copyright and
> patents. How dare them do that.
> John, W0JAB
I'm not a fan of D STAR but the protocol is very much open and Hams are 
building their own systems, just have a look at things like Dutch STAR.

Yes the codec is close licenced but everyone can buy the IC to decode 
and encode it for reasonable prices (between $20 and $30 depending on 

There even people developing complete addons to do D STAR without a PC, 
just the addon and a 9K6 capable fm transiever.

73 de Andre PE1RDW

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