Posted by: W3JKS
> No different than the public safety network infrastructure really.
That's been my objection to DStar as an emcomm platform all along. It's a wireless IP solution waiting for the right problem to come along.
, is another facet of Hamdom that, while I'm sure can be fun & has it's place & use; I do not feel Emcomms is one of them.
1st: it requires Hams to pay for a "dedicated" "rig/dongle/Dvap, etal..."..read $$$...
2nd: it requires a fair bit of "vodoo" to set up..
3rd: too many "links in the chain" to fail, your digital rig with all it's programming, a Dstar repeater, controller, Inet gateway & the Dstar backbone internet link.....
4th: in some instances you need a "secret handshake" just to make it work....
Don't get me wrong, while I feel it is a "modern; version of Echolink, analog vs digital & it's a technological "marvel" that has a reasonable "infrastructure" & # of users, it's not "common place or simple enough" to be considered using in an EMERGENCY
OBTW, I have a strong backgroung in computers & 'technology" & there is a famous axiom widely used, KISS
!!!! (Keep It Simple Stupid, Keep It Short & Simple....). A great many Great people adhere to this daily when "creating". So, we have HF, V/U simplex & repeaters, Digi modes (I'm sure I'm missing some) for Emcomm now, why add another tangent to the equation...
KISS.... critical with the # of Hams, skill levels, equipment, training,,,etc that would be "needed" in an Emcomm EMERGENCY...adding to the "confusion" would not be beneficial...again these are MY OPINIONS <with a smattering of fact tossed in for good measure
> & did I mention KISS <no not the rock band
Wow, there goes my morning...
I've heard opinions are like an certain anatomical part, everyone has one, some are just "prettier" than others....So I'm sure the "debate" will go on, "proponents vs opponents".... each "side" "armed" with suppositions & feelings.... & hell maybe a few actual facts or cases where "X & Y" performed better than "A & B".
REMEMBER, 1st & foremost, this is, above all, a HOBBY
....<thought I was going to use KISS again, Huh?>