[amsat-bb] Re: D STAR

Steve May steve.w5iem at gmail.com
Mon Nov 11 03:09:10 PST 2013

The unique feature of D-STAR for amateur use is that if a user doesn't like
the price, or doesn't like the fact that ICOM is using an AMBE chip, or
doesn't like ICOM because they capitalize every letter in their name, or
because they think that the gubment is going to break down their door
because they are encrypting their signal, or because they don't like
anything new, with D-STAR the user simply doesn't have to use it.

But, if a amateur doesn't like it there is an absolute, gubment-mandated
requirement that he or she tell everyone that cares or doesn't as to why he
or she doesn't like it and/or why they never will.

Steve, W5IEM
On Nov 11, 2013 3:44 AM, "Gordon JC Pearce" <gordonjcp at gjcp.net> 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.
> --
> Gordonjcp MM0YEQ
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