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Old 11-26-2017, 4:05 PM
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Originally Posted by W9BU View Post
This really isn't the place to debate whether or not "amateur radio is for 'emergency communications'". As a reminder, here is the first section of Part 97:

97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

Let's keep this topic focused on why P25 isn't more common in amateur radio.
I'm not sure when that portion was written but I doubt seriously that it anticipated P25 and, in fact, may not have even anticipated repeaters. At the onset of amateur radio, I think it was just base-to-base. That's not to say that either P25 or repeaters interferes with the "Basis and purpose," however.
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