[aprssig] OT: Yaesu to release digital amateur radio gear
gregg at wonderly.org
Mon Jan 9 14:42:06 CST 2012
On 1/9/2012 2:04 PM, Amateur Radio WB8NUT wrote:
> From my travels around the midwest and the southeast, most of the voice
> activity is on D-Star. Almost impossible to get a conversation on FM repeaters
> in many cities. Not sure why people at Dayton are buying so many FM handhelds.
> What do they do with them if they are not going to talk? Why have a ham
> license if they are not going to talk? Frankly I don't understand it.
> Then again, with D-Star and the repeater interconnects, I can get a
> conversation with someone from just about anywhere in the world about any time
> of day.
This is an important point. You can talk to anyone, from anywhere that D-Star
is available by using the call-sign routing features. ICOM demanded that all of
the repeaters that they gave away, be internet connected, to get the
reimbursement. With the digital data services available, as well, for example,
a D-Star equipped balloon, with a "GPS based" frequency control, could know what
frequency to use for a digital data stream, and send pictures, and telemetry
back to the owners "command station" quite readily.
Yes, we already have technologies that do this, but with D-Star and other
"digital networking" capable standards, you only need one mode to do that with.
Building a D-star data receiver, is a pretty low cost business by just using the
examples visible on the web. There are lots of things that digital comms
enable. But, until we can have "a" standard of sorts, people are going to "not
get it" in terms of purchase or understanding, because it all looks to be made
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