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RE: Digital Radios

Bob said...

> Digital radio will work very well until the FEC, etc, fails and the
> communications goes from very good to unreadable with a small additional
> reduction in signal level.  Unlike analog, digital is pretty much there
> very readable, or not there.  You don't get that extra range with digital
> where the signal is very poor but readable.

This is very true in reality. Six or seven years ago the marketing folks
would have you believe that GSM was going to be the universal panacea. Sure
you get value added services like 9600 bps data (ahem!), and SMS messaging,
global roaming, security etc etc, but they failed to tell you that the bread
and butter voice service would suffer far more from dropped calls than you
ever had with analog.

Still, that's what they call progress!

73 Howard G6LVB

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