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France Says D-Star Ham Radio Mode Is Illegal

June 30th, 2010 06:15 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

gyrogeerloose writes “Citing ‘national security concerns,’ the French Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP, France’s equivalent of the US’s FCC) has ruled that D-Star, a amateur radio digital signal mode used world-wide, is illegal because it could allow operators to connect to the Internet.The ARCEP also cites alleged concerns regarding cryptography and national security as well as the use of a proprietary codec. While it’s true that the D-Star codec is proprietary, its owner has openly licensed (for a fee, of course) it to any manufacturer who wants to build it into their equipment. Any licensed amateur radio operator who lives within the EU can sign an online petition protesting this decision.”

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