The peer to peer nature of JS8 appears to enable individual self-assistance in the form of loose confederation as opposed to some form of strict, top down discipline. In such environments, nature quickly sorts out the winning and losing schemes... including "top down." The winner of the KISS award evolves over time. The tie to APRS-IS I didn't know about making this even more interesting. If nothing else, JS8 shows fresh, out of the box thinking unique to the ham world. That this is perceived by some as a threat to the EMCOMM status quo suggests JS8 and other efforts like it are on the right track. "Nobody ever understands what a pioneer is doing." ― Timothy Leary “The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” ― Albert Einstein “Critics are loud, but success is louder.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo “Don't be a prisoner of the past, become a pioneer of the future.” ― Farshad Asl If we are honest, the need for top-down EMCOMM is questionable except for, maybe, select events. Even then we hams can take care of ourselves to some degree with the bands available for our use to organize our interests and personal needs. If we take care of ourselves, authorities have less to worry about. That any of this helps the general public is a bonus, not a requirement. Please stay out of the way of our pioneers.