M0PLT wrote:Slightly alarming that the individual's response is suggesting proprietary closed-source digital modes from the likes of Icom. CB does not need to be another D-Star system! A lack of manufacturer choice, and the high price that goes with that, will kill the idea stone dead!
Not surprising that digital
is being proposed. And before I continue, no, I have not made any submissions to OFCOM. Mainly as I think the whole idea is a dead duck anyway!
Aside from that, FM is an old technology - Its what was introduced more than 30 years ago when 27 and 934 MHz were allocated. Many users have now gone digital
, and considering FM analogue in this day and age is almost ridiculous.
Another thread on here has already suggested, albeit inadvertently, why OFCOM should not consider FM. One user has posted that "several people have contacted him, anxious to try out these frequencies" - This suggest a number of things;
1. They have equipment capable of operating on those frequencies - Let me guess, Baofeng....
2. They do not hold any licences to operate said equipment on VHF (or more likely, at all)
3. They are happy to operate outwith regulation
Now, can you really see OFCOM agreeing to all of that, and saying, yeah, just go ahead and operate your widebanded equipment as you see fit? Nope.
is already out there. There are a number of manufacturers making digital
gear of varying costs. You can readily buy Chinese digital
UHF handhelds for less than £100. Anyone care to recall how much CB sets were when they came out legally in 1981, and express it compared to that of the Chinese offerings? If you wish, you could also correct for inflation / cost of living increases. In a nutshell, digital
now is cheaper than analogue was more than 30 years ago, and will only continue to drop. By the time any new allocation was released, digital
Chinese handhelds will probably be falling out of Cornflakes packets.
would be so much more useful than analogue. Without the privacy they get with mobile phones, there is little chance of attracting the interest of many. That leaves only those that are happy to be eavesdropped upon, significantly reducing the potential number of users, and increasing the proportion of the audience available to the bucket mouths. With a £20 Baofeng and a legitimate band to use it in, analogue would simply become a bucketmouths charter. 6 months after introduction, any legitimate users would be complaining that "its just like 27 MHz" - Except that we can understand what he is saying, unlike Olga, and it doesn't get any better in the evening"
, there are many prospects to semi regulate the band, and eliminate abuse. There could even be a different data only control channel introduced, that allows radios to forward data between themselves, completely outwith the normal user channels. With little cost, OFCOM can then monitor activity through the data channel(s) and stun or kill radios of offending users. Its not outwith the wit of man to have OFCOM transmit a stun / kill signal from London, and it to propagate through the country, radio to radio until it reaches the offending user, and he is "shutdown", either until his penalty period expires, his fine is paid, or permanently! Thus keeping the service free and decent for legitimate users. If as many people use this service, as some on here seem to predict, then with digital
, OFCOM could readily control it country wide, without the need to build any infrastructure. Although thats not beyond their capabilities either.
Even in the highly unlikely even that OFCOM agree to any new allocation, I think its extremely unlikely that this will become something that gives people the justification to own a Baofeng. They have already shown they cannot be trusted with widebanded Chinese radios, either through naivety or recklessness. There are plenty threads on here that exhibit both.