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[DPRG] Re: FRS Radios

Subject: [DPRG] Re: FRS Radios
From: Dale Wheat dale at dalewheat.com
Date: Mon Jun 9 11:38:01 CDT 2003

I think it's clear that the rules are meant to keep the airwaves open for
people to talk, and not flooded with telemetry.  All we have to do is
advance text-to-speech and voice recognition a couple of orders of
magnitude, and we're in the clear.  I think high-speed data transfer is out
of the question for now, at least using FRS.


We could get by with very low speed data with simple voice output from the
robot.  Sample ten numerals and some small number of other words or letters
at a low enough bit rate (4KHz or so) and store them in a serial EEPROM.
Play them back using either an 8 bit DAC or PCM.  A fast PC should be able
to be trained to recognize such a limited vocabulary with excellent results.
I'm surprised how well the MS voice recognition works.  Of course, I'm
surprised that my PC boots every morning.


Dale Wheat
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(800) 330-1915, access code 00

----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Ed Okerson" <eokerson at texasconnect.net>
To: <icenyne at aol.com>
Cc: <dprglist at dprg.org>
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: [DPRG] Re: FRS Radios

> On Mon, 9 Jun 2003 icenyne at aol.com wrote:
> > >From the FCC:
> > [http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_02/47cfr95_02.html]
> >
> > Sec. 95.193  (FRS Rule 3) Types of communications.
> >
> >     (a) You may use an FRS unit to conduct two-way voice communications
> > with another person. You may use the FRS unit to transmit one-way
> > communications only to establish communications with another person,
> > send an emergency message, provide traveler
> > assistance, make a voice page, or to conduct a brief test.
> How brief of a test?
> >     (b) The FRS unit may transmit tones to make contact or to continue
> > communications with a particular FRS unit. If the tone is audible (more
> > than 300 Hertz), it must last no longer than 15 seconds at one time. If
> > the tone is subaudible (300 Hertz or less), it may be transmitted
> > continuously only while you are talking.
> How long does it have to be off between the 15 second bursts?
> >     (c) You must not use an FRS unit in connection with any activity
> > which is against federal, state or local law.
> >     (d) You must, at all times and on all channels, give priority to
> > emergency communication messages concerning the immediate safety of life
> > or the immediate protection of property.
> >     (e) No FRS unit may be interconnected to the public switched
> > network.
> That kinda takes the fun out of it doesn't it?  I guess we would have to
> use a packet based network, like the Internet, to get more distance then.
> > Remote control would be one way communication not related to
> > establishing a conversation with someone else, so it would not be
> > allowed, regardless of the data part.
> But what if it were a PC trying to establish a conversation with a robot?
> I would certainly want two way communications for that.  Still all
> speculation at this point of course.
> Ed
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