Encryption in Amateur Radios

Modified on Thu, Aug 17, 2023 at 2:18 PM

First and foremost, encryption is illegal in the Ham bands.  (see more details on page 19 number 4 of Part 97 Click here to access text of Part 97)

As for having the ability to set up the options for this feature in an RT Systems programmer, it is a moot point since RT Systems programming is for use by Amateur Radio Operators and other hobbyists who should be very aware that transmissions can and will be heard by everyone.  

RT Systems programmers are not intended for radios in commercial settings.  While functions and features are included as much as possible,  we do not have the knowledge or manpower to know how all these features work between radios. and especially with the radios on your particular repeater.  That is what your local commercial or land mobile dealer offers. 

RT Systems programmers set bits and bites according to your selections on the screen.  

Lastly, a new encryption format has been introduced to several DMR radios (i.e., ARC4 Encryption).  RT Systems has no plans to incorporate the settings for it into the programmers.  If you are looking for a programmer to address that option specifically, you will need to look to other sources.  

Good luck and good Hamming. 



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