On Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:29:37 -0800, "Jerome Kutche"
Subject: Digital Under Attack
From: "Jerome Kutche" <n9lya(a)nwcable.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:29:37 -0800
5 December 2019
TAKE ACTION NOW!
New York University Petition for FCC Declaratory Ruling
As many of you know, New York University has, for some time now,
attempted to shut down the Winlink system, largely through the
instrumentation of its "NYU Wireless" advocacy organization, which
normally represents large commercial telecommunications common
carriers. In their attempts to eliminate Winlink, NYU has submitted a
Petition for Declaratory Ruling to the FCC, which places numerous
digital modes and networks at risk..
· Modes affected include, but are not necessarily limited to; PACTOR,
WINMOR, VARA, NBEMS...and others.
· Activities affected include public service/emergency
communications, traffic handling, and experimentation.
· Organizations affected include RRI (Digital Traffic Network), NTS,
ARES, RACES, AUXCOMM, etc.
This is where you come in!
We respectfully ask that all traffic handlers and those involved in
public service communications file comments in support of the RRI and
ARSF filings. This is easily done by following these simple
· Go to the FCC Electronic Comment Filing Service at:
· Enter "16-239" ("Amateur Baud Rate") in the "Proceedings Field."
· Complete the minimum personal contact information (name, address,
· Enter your comment in support of the Radio Relay International and
Amateur Radio Safety Foundation responses to the NYU Petition.
A typical comment might be as simple as:
"After reviewing the claims contained within the New York University
Petition for Declaratory Ruling, it is my opinion that their case
lacks merit. I agree with the responses filed by the Amateur Radio
Safety Foundation and Radio Relay International and therefore
recommend that the NYU Petition for Declaratory Ruling be dismissed
· Use his own words.
· Remember that comments will not be read by radio amateurs or
· Avoid the use of technical jargon and instead, stress factors such
as the importance of these digital modes to public service
· Point out the negative impacts of the NYU petition on public
service and emergency communications.
· Point out the fact that you agree with RRI and ARSF in that dynamic
compression is not encryption.
· Point out the fact that the NYU petition is regressive and
· State that you have witnessed no national security issues or other
significant abuses of these digital modes.
· Be logical, concise and unemotional in your comments.
· Exercise decorum and courtesy at all times. Remember that your tone
will reflect on the Amateur Radio Service and the organizations you
You will need to act by December 15.
Do not let New York University dictate the scope of our privileges and
activities within the Amateur Radio Service! Take the time to file
Board of Directors,
Radio Relay International
P.S. These are links to the documents discussed above:
New York University Petition for Declaratory Ruling:
Radio Relay International Response:
Past RRI filing in reference to RM-11831:
Past RRI filing in reference to RM-11708: