I almost made my decision to buy one of the new SCS PACTOR-4 modems until I researched the legality of PACTOR 4 (Googled). The following is what I found:
Amendment of Part 97 of the Commissions Amateur Radio Service Rules to Permit Greater Flexibility in Digital Data Communications
Date Created (Filed?): November 20, 2013
NOVEMBER 21, 2013: Delivered to the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau as a PUBLIC NOTICE.
STATUS: STILL OPEN FOR COMMENTS!
TOTAL COMMENTS FILE AS OF FEBRUARY 24, 2016: 1,579
LAST COMMENT FILED: JANUARY 7, 2016
October 21, 2015:
From my brief search of ARRL website the following was the last mention of RM-11708. Is the ARRL giving up on RM-11708?
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"Imlay also reported on several ongoing FCC proceedings, on which no action has occurred since the Board last met in July. He said there has been no indication from the FCC as to when to expect a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in response to the ARRL’s petition (RM-11708) asking the Commission to replace the existing symbol rate limit on HF data transmissions with a bandwidth limit."
Now read this:
PACTOR NEWS: An online source dedicated to HF communications and PACTOR
by Phil Sussman - N8PS ( Formerly, KB8LUJ )
ARTICLE TITLE: PACTOR AND 2016
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016. With the dawn of another year, what's going on with PACTOR and Ham Radio?
The ARRL proposal RM-11708 remains untouched, at the FCC, and it remains OPEN. Prehaps it stays "frozen" in the hopes it will be withdrawn or just go away. The Ham Radio community continues to use PACTOR-4 outside US shores with the primary use to send traffic files (email, pictures, etc.) to private or public mailboxes. Much borders, if it doesn't actually cross, into commercial activity.
So, If I understand correctly, PACTOR 4 remains illegal in the United States because the FCC is sitting on their posteriors. I thought the purpose of amateur radio was for the advancement of communications technology? Isn't that what PACTOR 4 is? But there are a bunch of amateur radio operators who advocate CW, RTTY, and other narrow band modes. They are in an uproar over PACTOR 4. There's the rub and the stall!