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 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
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