1994-08-04 - Re: broadcast encryption

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From: khijol!erc@apple.com (Ed Carp [Sysadmin])
To: sidney@taurus.apple.com (Sidney Markowitz)
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Message ID: <m0qVoul-0004EcC@khijol.uucp>
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UTC Datetime: 1994-08-04 06:09:28 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 3 Aug 94 23:09:28 PDT

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From: khijol!erc@apple.com (Ed Carp [Sysadmin])
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 94 23:09:28 PDT
To: sidney@taurus.apple.com (Sidney Markowitz)
Subject: Re: broadcast encryption
In-Reply-To: <9408031931.AA09915@apple.com>
Message-ID: <m0qVoul-0004EcC@khijol.uucp>
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> The idea behind allocating frequencies for amateur use is that hams could
> engage in a hobby with no commercial use which provides an infrastructure
> for emergency public service communications. To prevent any commercial use
> of those frequencies, to facilitate enforcement of the rules, and to
> facilitate the participation by anyone who obtains the proper knowledge and
> equipment, it is illegal to transmit in a way that "obscures the meaning"
> of the transmission to people who would want to listen in. So, for example,
> morse code and ASCII are the only exceptable digital codes, and various
> modulation techniques are standardized as the technologies are developed.

Actually, data compression doesn't fall under this restriction, because the
primary intent is not to obscure the meaning - it is to facilitate more
efficient of the spectrum.

If you want to apply for an STA (which I hear the FCC is pretty liberal about)
you can do pretty much what you want to do.  If memory serves, this is how
ASCII packet was developed and also spread spectrum.
Ed Carp, N7EKG    	ecarp@netcom.com, Ed.Carp@linux.org

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