[aprssig] D-STAR VOICE value?

Ronny Julian k4rjj at bellsouth.net
Tue Jul 8 16:23:18 EDT 2008

It sounds like crud from my limited experience.  I went to look at it at 
HRO Atlanta.  The store has a radio that can get into a couple of local 
repeater setups but no one sounds anything close to what I would 
consider "good sound"  Like the P25 systems the local police are putting 
up.  Not ready for prime time and I don't think it ever will be.
Ronny K4RJJ

Robert Bruninga wrote:
>> Is it just me, I am getting less and less 
>> impressed with the idea of D-STAR, for anything, 
>> voice and/or data.
> Actually, I think the beauty of DSTAR voice is that once it is
> in digital form, it can go anywhere in the world via the
> infrastrcuture.  Yes, we can do that via Echolink and IRLP, but
> by starting off with digital voice in DSTAR, then the voice can
> be shipped anywhere with no loss of quality.
> And that is a great way to do what I have been trying to do with
> APRS since we came up with the Automatic Voice Relay System
> (AVRS) concept in the year 2000 time frame...  Just identify the
> callsign you want to talk to, let APRS, IRLP and ECHOLINK set up
> the call.
> http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/avrs.html  This is one of the
> main reasons we need to have FREQUENCY in our APRS packets so we
> can contact the end station...
> DSTAR has the potential do this all directly within its system
> without having to glue all these different pieces together as we
> do in APRS (or so I assume).
> Bob, Wb4APR
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