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Rant from Riverton: Why we must embrace IP-based ham links as "real" amateur radio

A recent Facebook post on 100 Watts and a Wire triggered a debate on the claims that IP-based linked amateur radio systems like Echolink are not "real" amateur radio and that for it to be true radio, it must be a complete radio connection without the use of any terrestrial facilities such as wireline or IP.

Radio, historically has had used different forms of "non-radio" in order to connect people. For many years, many public safety providers have used wireline links to connect a dispatch console (control point) at a police or fire department to a hilltop 2-way radio site. Broadcast stations, have used a mix of radio and wireline methods of establishing studio to transmitter communications. The early national radio networks (i.e. NBC, CBS) were AT&T phone lines. Are these things not "radio"? 

REC Networks statement on the confirmation of Geoffrey Starks to the Federal Communications Commission

Congratulations to Geoffrey Starks on what was a long confirmation process.  Starks brings recent real-world experience to the Commission from the Enforcement Bureau.  Once this shutdown is over, I will be happy to work with Commissioner Starks to further community radio and a citizen's access to spectrum.  Taking the position previously held by Mingnon Clyburn, Commissioner Starks has some huge shoes to fill and I hope we can work together to get him up to speed on the issues that are important to REC including LP-250, new entry into NCE broadcasting, alternative spectrum, spectrum and equ

J1/REC-FM Update 12/19/2018 19:00 EST

There has been a lot going on today in regards to this situation.  First of all, I want to point out that REC Networks (J1 Radio and REC-FM) are not being specifically targeted.  This is impacting all customers of a particular streaming provider.  A provider who has been very good to us for the past year or so.  We really don't want to see them go. 

A message to J1 and REC-FM listeners / J1ラジオの聴取者への手紙です。

Well, I feel like it's deja vu all over again.  Just a couple of years ago, we found ourselves in a position where we were having to move off of Live365 due to pressure from SoundExchange (or in other words, the American recording industry).  Well, we have reached that point again.  For the past two years, REC has been working with Canadian providers operating under the licenses that are offered by SOCAN.  The SOCAN licensing scheme was promoted as having reciprocal coverage.  After a rocky start with another provider, REC has been using TorontoCast to manage 5 audio services operated by RE

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