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[aprssig] Slashdot Story: France Says D-Star Ham Radio Mode Is Illegal

Randy Love rlove31 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 19:48:19 UTC 2010


On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:

> Ben Jackson wrote:
>
>> Stephen H. Smith wrote:
>>
>>> The story linked in the Slashdot.Org url below says the French equivalent
>>> of the FCC is trying to ban D-Star because it uses a proprietary codec and
>>> connects to the Internet.    Is APRS next????
>>>
>>
>> Thankfully, APRS is AX.25 which is an open standard and unencumbered by
>> patents, so at least we don't have to worry about /that/
>>
>>
>>  But APRS (oh my god!!!) connects to the Internet........
>
>
>
Yeah, but not like the DD on 1.2GHz d-star does. It basically allows you to
surf the internet at early DSL speeds ( approx 1Mbs ). We can't have hams
accessing the internet when there are wireless carriers out that that can
charge for the same service...

Randy
WF5X
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