Here's my submission to FCC to modernize ham radio rules regarding digital communication. You may remember that I was the founder of No-Code International and worked (successfully) to get the Morse Code test removed as a requirement for the Amateur Radio license in almost all nations.
This filing is because FCC rules for digial ham communications in the US aren't able to cope with Open Source and Software-Defined Radio. FCC currently individually authorizes each modulation type in a months-long proceeding - that's obviously not going to work when modulation types are changed by editing a few lines of software, and I ask them to authorize an exhaustive list of digital modulation types or to switch to bandwidth-based regulation. FCC currently authorizes 4 digital codes, all of which are obsolete. I asked for them to authorize any code that's publicly disclosed sufficiently that a knowledgable programmer could write a program to encode and decode it. And there's a lot of discussion of our recent work on Codec2 and FreeDV.
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