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FCC Rule making - comment period started
« on: April 05, 2019, 06:26:00 PM »
The FCC has just opened for comment RM-11831, a proposal for rule making
that would do two things the the US amateur radio rules:

1) remove paragraph (c) of 97.221. This would disallow narrow-bandwidth
ARQ modes of 500 Hz or less from outside the specified 97.221 sub bands
for automatically controlled digital stations. This will require all
Winlink HF gateway stations, regardless of mode/technique, to only
operate within these narrow sub bands.

2) modify the wording of 97.309(4) thusly:
(4) An amateur station transmitting a RTTY or data emission using a
digital code specified in this paragraph may use any technique whose
technical characteristics have been documented publicly, *such as
CLOVER, G-TOR, or PacTOR,* (remove *-*, add the following:) and the
protocol used can be be monitored, in it's entirety, by 3rd parties,
with freely available open source software, for the purpose of
facilitating communications.

This effectively eliminates Pactor 2, 3, and 4 from the US amateur bands
unless SCS steps up and publishes complete technical specifications
including their proprietary signal processing methods, and produces an
open-source monitoring program allowing on-air eavesdropping by third
parties.

The Winlink Team will have to produce monitoring software for an
unconnected eavesdropper for WINMOR, ARDOP. VARA's author must do the
same. The alternative is for Winlink to close shop for US licensees on
HF amateur bands.

See and read the new proceeding from the link below. The 30-day comment
period opened on 28 March.

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=RM-11831&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

(https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=RM-11831&sort=date_disseminated,DESC)

Unless we receive support from users on this serious threat, Winlink
will be forced to close shop on HF in the USA. US and non-US users and
gateway operators are urged to educate themselves and comment!

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Re: FCC Rule making - comment period started
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 07:45:18 PM »
This would not be good.  I see the filing was made by the same guy that wanted crazy restrictions on digital mode bandwidth last year; seems he has a real bug up his butt to hamper digital mode operations as much as possible.

Here's the filing on the new proposal.
Here's the comments filed so far.
My advice is to read the comments to get a feel for how others are responding, and file your own comment here.
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Re: FCC Rule making - comment period started
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 12:32:22 PM »
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This would not be good.  I see the filing was made by the same guy that wanted crazy restrictions on digital mode bandwidth last year; seems he has a real bug up his butt to hamper digital mode operations as much as possible.

What did he want last year?
"I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery." - Thomas Jefferson

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Re: FCC Rule making - comment period started
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 12:40:01 PM »
Restrictions on digital mode bandwidth along with what he's asking for in this filing.
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Re: FCC Rule making - comment period started
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2019, 09:25:28 PM »
UPDATE: As a result of the ongoing issue, AmRRON has suspended use of the WinLink system.  The Winlink team has decided to simply put all traffic on their system on the internet, openly searchable.  This is likely going to end the use of Winlink by EmComm entities, especially those that work with hospitals, because Winlink has essentially taken the position that they are going to disregard HIPAA regulations.
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