[HamWAN PSDR] Encryption on HamWAN

Nigel Vander Houwen nigel at nigelvh.com
Fri Jul 19 12:27:30 PDT 2019


This is something we’ve thought about as well. The FCC is explicitly permissive in the case of a real emergency, though that doesn’t really cover the use case during the rest of the time. This is one of a number of reasons why we (the network admins) have specifically avoided blocking anything but blatant abuse (mostly virus type stuff). We want to leave the possibility open in terms of the network for these sorts of cases, but that comes with users needing to take on the responsibility to maintain their own compliance.

The team is discussing ways we can help with this, while leaving things as flexible as possible. One of the current front running ideas is adding instructions to the client node configuration page that everyone uses to set up their modems, to block HTTPS at your modem. That leaves you the option to disable it if required (unlike if we implemented the block on the network side), but helps to maintain compliance during regular activities. It’s still very much an active discussion at this point, but if folks have ideas we’ll certainly welcome them.


> On Jul 19, 2019, at 12:17, Thom Wescott <thom.wescott at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nigel, 
> Thanks for the reminder, I'm not one to argue that, but it does bring up a question.  There is not much of the web left that is not HTTPS, I'm thinking particularly of emergency management sites such  as WebEOC. Is this violation likely to be excused when providing communications support in a real public emergency?
> Thanks,
> Thom Wescott
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