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[aprssig] OT: Yaesu to release digital amateur radio gear

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon Jan 9 22:59:30 UTC 2012


On 1/9/2012 9:28 AM, Amateur Radio WB8NUT wrote:
>
> My issue is not with the proprietary nature of the codecs or any of the 
> chips, but for Yaesu trying to introduce yet another digital method against 
> one already well established. That causes market confusion, delayed purchases 
> (who wants to buy a radio and take a chance that your chosen technology will 
> end up the loser) and incompatible technologies that do not play together 
> within the amateur community. \

DMR  (Digital Mobile Radio -- the generic name for what Motorola obfuscates and 
tries to make sound unique by calling it MotoTRBO) is a far, far more widely 
used protocol than D-Star.

Using  DMR as "THE" standard has far more potential for lowered unit costs, 
since the low-production-volume amateur niche market usage would be 
piggybacking on the FAR larger production volumes for commercial land-mobile 
and public-safety users.


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