VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R)

Amateur Radio WB8NUT duffy at wb8nut.com
Tue May 20 17:15:29 CDT 2008


Maybe I did not express myself correctly. To net it out, if you have to 
buy a codec, it is not open.

I saw something a few days ago where folks wanted to develop an open 
codec for amateur radio. No royalties. That should be our direction.



Doug Ferrell wrote:

> On Tue, 20 May 2008, Amateur Radio WB8NUT wrote:
>> As I understand it, the reason all that D-Star stuff is so expensive is 
>> because they (Icom or whoever) has to pay a royalty for the technology. 
>> It is not open source stuff as I once thought. This is probably why Icom 
>> is the only one pushing it right now. Frankly, digital is nice, but 
>> D-Star is not open, does not support native APRS, and is too expensive. 
>> With the low usage of FM repeaters, what is the benefit of D-Star right 
>> now with the low usage of the VHF and UHF bands? Sorry to get off topic 
>> a bit.
>> Duffy
>> www.wb8nut.com
>  Duffy you kinda got something backwards..D-Star is an open "protocol",
> the digital voice codec (AMBE) is closed (proprietary). SO you can create
> you own line of D-Star radios.... just have to buy the license for the
> codec.

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