[HamWAN PSDR] Encryption on HamWAN

Nick Kartsioukas nick at explodinglemur.org
Sun Jul 28 21:09:26 PDT 2019

Perhaps I wasn't clear, as I did not intend to directly or indirectly state that license-fee-encumbered encoding algorithms such as AMBE are encryption, merely that such closed encoding algorithms get mixed up in the various interpretations of 97.113(a)(4). The requirement to license the codec from DVSI to legally encode/decode it is not an intent to obscure the meaning of a message, but the end effect is the same for those unwilling or unable to pay the fee, or just looking to experiment with their own hardware/software solution in the spirit of amateur radio.
As for FM and SSB, I may be missing something in their history, was there a time when an amateur radio operator was legally prohibited from developing their own SSB or FM modulator or demodulator without paying a licensing fee to some entity?

> On Jul 28, 2019, at 15:58, John D. Hays <john at hays.org> wrote:
> Same was true with FM and SSB. Paying a license fee is not encryption.
>> On Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 13:27 Nick Kartsioukas <nick at explodinglemur.org> wrote:
>> And don't forget authentication (such as IPSec with AH but no ESP), that really confuses people! :)
>> Where encoding gets fuzzy I think is proprietary license-encumbered encoding (AMBE comes to mind).  It is not designed to obscure the meaning of the message, but unless you pay a fee to the patent holder then you are not able to decode it (legally in the US anyway).
>> On Sat, Jul 27, 2019, at 16:28, John D. Hays wrote:
>> > It seems a lot of hams confuse encoding and encryption, lumping some 
>> > encoding methods in with encryption.
>> > 
>> > https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/encryption-encoding-hashing/ 
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