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[linux] RE: Take a Stand

Gerry Creager n5jxs gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Fri Oct 8 21:36:19 UTC 2004

Apparently unknown to some, there are those of us working with Internet2 
to acquire an IPv6 address space for Amateur Radio and start the effort 
to do some implelentations.

The initial thought is to get a /48 block (first 48 bits of the 128-bit 
address reserved for prefix, then distribute /56's to networks/users 
with network aspirations.  reserving 56 bits of the remaining 72 for 
callsign encoding (as in, plain, readable ASCII) yields a 16-bit network 
space for playing.  That's equivalent to a Class-B in IPv4 terms. 
Should be enough for any individual for at least my foreseeable future, 
or for a club/ARES team or equiavelent to build out a metro network.

There are decided benefits already within the IPv6 mobility plans to 
accommodate home-node relay to alternately registered systems; multicast 
for directed point-to-multipoint dissemination, several other possibilities.

The work's started.  I've got to get a white paper on-track this weekend 
to Internet2 to go to the Abilene planning meeting.

73, gerry

Don wrote:
> On Thursday 07 October 2004 13:57, Darryl Smith wrote:
>>Walt/K5YFW Commented...
>>>I think that TAPR is a perfect organization to take a couple of stands in
>>>Amateur Radio.
>>>First I think that someone, and it might as well be TAPR, should make it
>>>perfectly clear that the computer is a perfectly good and useful tool
>>>in the amateur radio tool kit...the computer today in amateur radio is
>>>as am important tool as the "bug" was to CW and amateur radio prior
>>>to WWII.
>>I think that is fairly clear, or it should be, with our support of Gerald
>>Younbloods SDR1000 Digital HF Radio, and soon to be the Vector Network
>>Each of these uses a computer to do the main processing. Similarly the
>>GNUradio stuff.
>>>Second, I believe that TAPR is the perfect promoter of open source
>>>operating systems and amateur radio applications.  Unless more hams
>>>start using computers and "hacking" code, equivalent to hacking WWII
>>>surplus radio equipment, we will get lost in the technological expressway.
>>YES.... Which is why we support the DCC each year. Which is why the VNC
>>code is Open Source. Which is why there will *ALWAYS* be VNC Open Source
>>>Last, I think its important for someone to look at using IPv6 for amateur
>>>radio use since so much of our data communications as well as VoIP can
>>>and should use IP addresses.
>>This last point is the most interesting... Phil Karn, KA9Q and I were
>>discussing this at the DCC. I need to write everything up, but this has
>>merit. I did some of this work at the dcc, and did find some interesting
>>things out.
>>But there are a few things that need to be done to make IPv6 usable in Ham
>>Darryl Smith, VK2TDS   POBox 169 Ingleburn NSW 2565 Australia
>>Mobile Number 0412 929 634 [+61 4 12 929 634 International]
>>www.radio-active.net.au\blog\ - www.radio-active.net.au\web\tracking
>>Hmmm, now this is something I'd like to sink my teeth into!  What a fun 
> project..
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