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[linux] Re: Take a Stand

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Oct 13 04:24:48 UTC 2004


Since all callsigns are represented as upper case characters and 
numerals, with a restricted set of potential punctuation, 6 bits is 
generally sufficient for readable ascii.

gerry

Martin Ewing wrote:
> --- 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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