[aprssig] Paths - Solution proposal

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Jul 15 13:49:53 EDT 2014

On 7/15/2014 12:33 PM, Bill Vodall wrote:
>>> but more importantly from my viewpoint, they're currently in hand. There's
>>> no new investment to make.
>> so, you're typing this message on your Commodore 64 or TRS-80, right?
> I thought of rotary dial telephones...
> The new hardware is cheaper than coffee at Starbucks.  The software is
> available.   Let's start using it.
> Bill, WA7NWP

It's the same-old same-old issue:

What IBM, in the face of the failure of their PS/2 Microchannel architecture 
PCs in the face of machines with ISA and PCI slots, once called

"The tyranny of the installed base"

It's the thousands of Kenwood and Yaesu all-in-one APRS radios, embedding 
unchangeable copies of the archaic 35-year-old 1200-baud AX.25 protocol, that 
provide a powerful dis-incentive to change.

Unless the FCC takes action in the way they did for digital TV (i.e. ban analog 
transmission after a certain date) and decrees a drop-dead date for AX.25, I 
don't any significant uptake of newer, faster, more robust protocols anytime soon.



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