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Digital for all? K4DL on 3/8/15
I have been looking at the various Digital modes for years. I am concerned when we have repeaters dedicated to single modes and not providing multi mode options. This can lead to some real issues during disasters and emergency communications. For voice, I question the need to go digital. I am not convinced the audio quality is as good on digital modes and we have no mandate to make such a change. Second, If we have 3 or 4 modes, how do we all talk to each other?
We have to go back to analog FM for that. Networking over the internet is a good thing and has been around for 20 years or so. It can be done at the repeater side (actually it has to be done at that point regardless of mode) and does not require the purchase of a new radio or even software. All FM repeaters can pass digital modes already for data. So why not put together a system so that everyone is already able to utilize the network? Let's think "backward compatible" and have everything work with every existing analog repeater in the country.

Let's rethink this thing and do away with competing digital modes. If we allow the manufacturers to make the decisions they will always look for what will sell more radios. That's just business. The Amateur Radio community needs to be involved and set a standard that all can use and is compatible with the existing infrastructure. Then we all win.

So now someone tell me how stupid I am and how we need to help Icom and Yaesu or whomever make more money.
D-Star discussion K4DL on 24/7/15
I am looking for some discussion on D-Star but did not really see a forum that looked like it was dedicated to the topic.
LoTW K6VIB on 2/9/13
Well I decided to try it again. I have downloaded it and I think I have requested what ever it is I need. I generated the request and attached it to an email. (this could be so much easier if built in the program). I read something about a post card but don't know how to get one. I had one once before under a different call sign. Actually I have uploaded some stuff a few years ago but cannot find how to use it again. I find this whole process a bit confusing and not very user friendly. This may be why I only attempt this once every 4 or 5 years.
LOTW Complaints W4RIG on 24/1/13
I tried LOTW about 6 or 7 years ago. Found it not very user friendly and when I tried to use it again later on a new computer I could not get back on. I just use paper cards, after all it's not really a QSL without the card.

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