This guy is the douchebag elite! Ken Talkington (AE5LB) is the reason for the animosity that has plagued the repeater in Lake Charles, LA. For some reason, this man runs the SWLARC even though there exists a due paying club membership who are supposed to have voting privileges.
The reason Ken hated Digital Fusion:
Ken Talkington's hypocrisy:
If there was ever a digital mode the FCC needs to ban, it's DMR! For the simple fact that hams can obscure their communications in two easy ways. Obscuring your communications, deliberately, is illegal according to Part 97. Since almost all current equipment available for amateurs to use for DMR are Part 90 (Business band), they take advantage of features DMR allows that are legal to use on THOSE bands. Talk groups and encryption being the two culprits, they can be used with success to hide communications from observation. Using talk groups that are "secret" and not in other operator's code plugs effectively hides a communication. Now, you can upgrade the firmware on some of these radios to operate in promiscuous mode (sort of like a NIC on a computer) to monitor all talk groups effectively solves this problem but, most hams today are not technically proficient enough to do this.
Encryption! These radios allow fairly strong encryption to be used on them and this works! It is not as strong as the modern AES method but it's strong enough to prevent any ham from cracking the hexadecimal code that allows for billions of combinations. Due to the nature of radio communications, it would take months for a person to capture enough packet headers to crack the code.
The FCC does need to specify only certain radios, without these features, be allowed to operate on the amateur bands. The radios should not be capable of encryption and talk groups should be published or standardized for this mode be used. I've seen a lot of abuse in this area already.
No matter how tempted you may feel, please do not attempt to pull the "flaming bag of poo" trick at this QTH! That fire trap will be engulfed in flames in 5 minutes! All ken would be left with is two axles and a ham shack. You may view this awesome abode in the middle of Westlake (also known as shitville) Louisiana. Make sure to toot the horn as you drive by. Loud noises help with driving the roaches out of that tin can.
(Courtesy Google Maps).