ROS: "Run Other Software"

Just when I thought the ROS story couldn't get any crazier, it does.  The author of ROS contacted the FCC and explained the mode with more clarity (i.e. it's not really spread spectrum like he said it was before) and FCC Secret Agent 3820 now agrees that the ROS mode is legal in the US.  (No word from ARRL that I have seen, but frankly I don't think it matters at this point.)

Now, in a strange turn of events, the ROS author has threatened legal action against N3TL for merely asking the FCC if the mode was legal in the US and posting the FCC response on the 'zed and perhaps elsewhere.  G4ILO was also told that it would be illegal for him to use ROS for blogging about the issue.  The threat was later retracted.  And to top things off, there's now a persona non grata list on the ROS blog of those who are supposedly prohibited from using the ROS mode and software.

I'm not on the list yet, but it probably won't be long.  Not to worry, I won't be installing it in this lifetime.
Anthony Good, K3NG, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Pennsylvania, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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