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[linux] Re: Take a Stand

Martin Ewing martin at aa6e.net
Wed Oct 13 02:32:55 UTC 2004

--- Darryl Smith <Darryl at radio-active.net.au> wrote:

> Now, callsigns are up to 7 alpha-numeric characters,
> meaning 37 bits. 

Am I supposed to understand how you encode callsigns
with 5.28 bits per character?  Because I don't!
Myself, I'd prefer 8 bits per character, to make it
easy to manipulate & print, etc. Why not allow more
characters for foreign/portable/etc.?

I don't suppose callsigns are going to Unicode (16
bits) any time soon.  Maybe ASCII (8 bits) is
acceptable, or even 'BCD' (6 bits).

Inquiring minds...
73 - Martin, AA6E

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