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

Al Wolfe alw.k9si at gmail.com
Tue Jan 10 02:10:30 UTC 2012

I have decided that the real reason for Echo Link, D-Star, etc, is so that 
Technicians can work DX. I can see no other real use for these modes.

It has taken me some time to come to this conclusion. I have been using APRS 
since 1996 and see it still has some use. I spent $1500 on D-Star rigs and 
wound up giving them away. And the few times that I try to have a 
conversation on a local repeater are often interrupted by Echo Link denizens 
wanting to know how well we copy them.

While the Internet connections have a place in ham radio, it's been done. 
Let's move on. There need to be a place for Internet free radio.

Al, K9SI

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