2022-12-30 - A Vision for Zero Retries Interesting Amateur Radio in 2029
Steve, Really enjoyed this week's edition. I didn't even get through the whole thing just yet. The ideas that you propose here are really just terrific. I wish that I knew how to better assist in getting the ball rolling for such an AMSATish project or how to contribute in some way monetarily or otherwise. Thanks for putting these out week after week. This has me excited, do you have any suggestions on how we form some standards body and how to get buy in?
Excellent article this week Steve! So many of the ideas are very close to reality now.
Lovely vision. I would love to see it turn out this way, or at least along these lines. Inspiring stuff.
One note on comments: I admit I tend to buffer my 0retries emails and read them all in a go after as long as a month--mostly because they deserve more attention than I typically give when triaging my email. I may not be the only one who comes late to the conversation sometimes.
Steve: wow just wow! Thanks for a thrilling treatise on a possible future for our fantastic hobby. I remember learning about TCP/IP on my own at night playing with packet radio, and blowing people’s mind at the engineering company I worked. They didn’t think ham radio was doing that kind of thing. I hope your article stirs up some interest in our hobby. I’ll promote it as much as I can. By the way, great to see you have joined Mastodon. In many ways, it reminds me of when hypertext first made its way onto the Internet! 73 Rich N5CSU
I enjoyed the idea of federated authentication, maybe some kind of fediverse for RF? I think hams abhor the idea of centralized command and control (at least applied to them) but would love a way to mute the bad actors that pop up in our amateur radio community.
Interesting vision, Steve, and certainly more imagination than I have!
To me the most two compelling projects from your vision would be AmGeo200 and ARSO.
Regarding ARSO, as I see it, there is a large gulf between an organization that develops and sets standards that all compliant systems must adhere to and a curator of current practices. Your description seems to align more closely with the latter even though the name implies something along the lines of ISO. I think we're in a agreement that we don't want to stifle innovation in amateur radio techniques by having any sort of rigid "Thou shall" beyond the ITU and FCC rules. However, a central clearing house that makes it easy to identify and find protocols and submit new ones would be valuable.
Amateur radio has always had a certain amount of free spirited culture which is the catalyst for new ideas and likely a good amount of dysfunction!