[Linux-ham] D-Star comment

John C Borkowski III john at jcb3.com
Thu Aug 21 20:34:21 EDT 2008

Thats the dopiest thing I have ever heard.

There are a gazillion opensource radio projects currently going on.

Neil L. Little wrote:
> I believe that FCC also has this thing about software defined radios and 
> open source. They are afraid that some one is going to do a hack on a 
> vulnerability and do all manner of mischief with guvmit digital radios. 
> Right now they are are saying no-no-no-no-no!
> 73,
> Neil, WA4AZL
> JARS Forever!!
> www.jars.net
> Steve Jackson wrote:
>> If the company in Massachusetts that sells the vocoder chip (I forget their
>> name) were to sell their chip in unit (or small) quantities, I could
>> trivially make a small PCB to connect the vocoder to just about any
>> processor that had enough oomph to address the application plus the
>> vocoder's input and output.  That way, implementing a non-Icom D-Star node
>> would be significantly easier since the network control plane is well
>> documented.  
>> Here at work, we have LOTS of small MSP430 MCUs and these could easily
>> handle the tasks.
>> Admittedly I am a hardware guy so all of my solutions are hardware-based,
>> but as I see it, this is really a simple problem to solve.  Provided I can
>> get the chips on a non-OEM basis, that is.
>> What would a good price for such a board be?  Would experimenters buy such a
>> board at, say, $50?  $75?
>> Perhaps I am missing something and it isn't as easy as it looks to me.  I am
>> sure I will be corrected if it's so.  But if it is that simple, and if I
>> knew there was a demand, I'd seriously consider making this board available.
>> Steve KZ1X/4
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