The arguments from the ARCEP, the French Regulator against D-Star are listed bellow...
- ARCEP says protocol specifications could allow ham-radio operator to connect their station to Internet and are against the law (art.5 of decision 2008-0841) ==> DR@F says that all stations in any modes or protocol could be connected with a simple PC with sound card. ARCEP should therefore prohibit all ham-radio activity in France. We have shown to ARCEP in January 2010, that internet access request could be rejected, with simple filtering in system. We didn't do any connection to Internet at all, as many countries could explain today.
- ARCEP makes reference to "essential requirements" (art.4 of decision 2008-0841) and says D-STAR is a potential national security issue (could cause riot, criminal act, and terrorism), because of internet connexions and specific software for communications to be unencrypted ==> DR@F says that European Directive 99/5/CE in reference of "essential requirements" in ARCEP decision, wasn't raised to avoid national security issue but for "radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity". In the same European Directive - Annex I, ham-radio operator that are building their own radio aren't regarded by this law. In the same way, D-STAR is using codes as GMSK modulation, Ethernet CCITT 802.3, CRC-CCITT, FEC G.975, and ETSI GMR1 & GMR2 for AMBE vocoder, that are fully recognized as ITU standards. In fact, there are no encryption and all standards used are in conformity with French laws.
- ARCEP says AMBE vocoder is using patents, licences and proprietary undisclosed specifications that are against art. 1.56 of ITU Radiocommunications Rules. DR@F says patents are everywhere (PC, Windows, DSP software in commercial radios, firmware, etc ...) and all radio using "super-heterodyne" feature should be immediately stopped with all ham-radio activities in France.
Now, I am no lover of D-Star and most Englishmen have been wary of France since at least the Hundred Years' War but like we have in a couple of wars since we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with French brothers and sisters and fight this one. So please add your name to the petition.