[CQ-Contest] IRLP Contest

Joe Subich, K4IK k4ik at subich.com
Wed Mar 16 10:29:53 EST 2005


IRLP may be ONLY a linking protocol, but I guarantee you I could buy 
an IRLP "kit" and interface it to a headset and keypad very easily. 
I would then have a "baseband node" that would permit me to access 
any IRLP node without the involvement of any radio. 

Similarly, since IRLP uses open source protocols on LINUX, I have no 
doubt that a competent programmer could create a compatible application 
for Windows or LINUX in less time than N1MM et al, W5XD, or any of the 
other Windows contest software developers have invested in their 

I repeat, support by the ARRL for IRLP, Echolink, or any other 
communications system that uses non-amateur frequencies is a 
dangerous betrayal of Amateur Radio and I urge the Board to take 
a public stand against all forms of non-amateur "linking."


   ... Joe, K4IK 
PS. I have said nothing about "shack on the belt types" - that's not 
    an issue here.  

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Craig Cook [mailto:craig.n7or at gmail.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 10:18 AM
> To: Joe Subich, K4IK
> Cc: Paul O'Kane; CQ Contest
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] IRLP Contest
> Dale is right. As many of you are mis-informed, you need at least a
> radio to work IRLP. It is ONLY a linking protocol. You CAN NOT work it
> with just a soundcard and a headset as somebody insisted to me
> off-list. I think that if just a few of these guys get interested in
> contesting through this, heck, 1 guy, wouldn't that be to you
> contester's benefit? The real truth seems to be that you really don't
> want any newcomers. Keep ridiculing them, calling them
> "shack-on-a-belt" guys. In a few years you can all work each other and
> the contests will take up less of your weekend.
> N7OR
> On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 07:27:52 -0500, Joe Subich, K4IK 
> <k4ik at subich.com> wrote:
> > 
> > EI5DI writes:
> > 
> > > A quote from the story:
> > > "We are trying to promote IRLP as a viable means of communications
> > > and also to introduce newcomers to DX IRLP Style."
> > >
> > > This is not amateur radio.  If the ARRL promotes this technology
> > > I suggest it considers a name change to AIRL - American Internet
> > > Relay League.
> > 
> > I heartily agree ... IRLP and/or Echolink are not, in any way, shape
> > or form, amateur radio.  Their promotion by ARRL is a bigger threat
> > to amateur radio than BPL, local tower ordinances, local regulation
> > of RFI, and homeowner associations combined.  If IRLP/echolink
> > reach any level of popular acceptance, it gives every government
> > and corporation with designs on amateur spectrum a very strong
> > argument that the spectrum is no longer required for the amateur
> > service.
> > 
> > For ARRL to promote IRLP/echolink on its web page and in the pages
> > of QST is completely irresponsible.
> > 
> > 73,
> > 
> >   ... Joe, K4IK
> > 

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