Coming Soon to a Ham Band Near You

Doug Wetzel dougwe2 at
Thu Apr 24 13:49:41 PDT 2014

I don't see any worries about this thing showing up on the ham bands unless
the developers unkink their Linux bias and do a bulletproof install version
for Windows.  The average knob that would be interested in bootlegging with
this isn't bright enough to get it running on Linux...or probably even
getting Linux of any flavor running.

I'd guess that FRS/GMRS handis would be a much more likely target RF
segment for this stuff.  Plenty around, no obscure programming required.

Or, maybe all those silent WWRA repeater channels will start getting a


On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM, CWO4 Michael A. Sterba USNR <
ars.kg7hq at> wrote:

> Jeff,
> Looks like you and I were catching on our Slashdot reading at the same
> time :)
> The below is a little unnerving.
> Michael - KG7HQ
> On Thursday, April 24, 2014 07:51:49 AM Jeff Francis™ wrote:
> >   And you thought the bootleg truckers and South Americans on 10M were
> bad?
> >  You ain't see nothin' yet, if this catches on:
> >
> >
> >
> needing-phone-internet-access-1445888
> >
> >   This uses fldigi over radio.  Which radios?  Whatever radio someone
> wants
> > to hook to it, potentially including ham HF rigs, ham HTs, aircraft band
> > radios, marine band radios, FRS/GMRS radios, or anything else.  Given
> their
> > "target market", I would expect to see a ton of use with the cheap new
> > 2M/70cm radios from China.  And you can bet they're not going to give a
> > crap about band plans and laws against encrypted data.  Or licenses.
> >
> >   Hopefully, this won't catch on.
> >
> >   At the same time, they've done something we ourselves haven't managed
> to
> > do.  With some relatively minor modifications (to make it legal), this
> > could be legitimately useful to hams, as well.  It's sort of like SMS for
> > radio.
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