[aprssig] Re: D-STAR video on YouTube

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Mon Sep 24 16:37:24 CDT 2007

Double those prices to get them landed in Australia.

Ray vk2tv

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:

> I just looked up a dstar 2m radio.... $139.  Fair price...  If you add 
> the digital module, that's another $189.  Hmmm.... kinda set me back 
> as an expensive module. 
> Then I put it in a different perspective.
> How many of us have a KPC3?  What do they sell for?  $189.  How many 
> of us think twice about using the kpc3 with a cheap 2m rig?  In 
> another vien.... How many of us plunk down $100 for a cell phone and 
> pay $50 a month to use it?  By the time you've had cell service for a 
> year, that's $700 or more.
> Yes, there are very few dstar folks to talk to, and until (if) it 
> catches in your area, you'll be all alone, whereas with a kpc3, you 
> have a packet infrastructure to use everywhere. 
> I just wanted to point out that if you look at it as a radio with a 
> tnc built in... and that TNC does data and digital voice, it looses 
> some of it's sticker shock.  The problem is like the chicken and the 
> egg though.... it's not compatible with current ax.25 on air.  But it 
> uses FEC as I understand it, which ax.25 sorely needs.  How many of us 
> still have buggy whips in our cars?
> I'd be interested in playing with dstar, but i have no one to play 
> with in my area... heck no one around to even peek at their equipment.
> We won't even discuss the price of the 1.2ghz highspeed data system.
> Wes
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