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Using DNS for .ampr.org addresses

Richard Chycoski wrote:
> And, there a lot of amateurs who have mail routed via the Internet to  
> non-Amateur Radio hosts with MX records listed for xyz.ampr.org  
> addresses. If you choose to ignore (or cannot use) the DNS system,  
> you will certainly have trouble contacting some people. This isn't a  
> deficiency of Phil's use of ampr.org, it is caused by the assumptions  
> that you choose to use. '.ampr.org' doesn't mean that a station is  
> connected to packet radio, it means that it is a destination  
> adminstered by a ham. This is exactly what DNS is for, and what many  
> people still do not realise - domain names must *not* be used for  
> routing purposes, they are delineators of adminstrative control, not  
> route descriptors.

**** OK, Richard, given that I have *only* a UUCP connection and a
TNC connection, how to you propose that I fix it?  I could send *all*
mail regardless of address, to my UUCP smart host, and when the 
``no such address'' comes back, resend it through the tnc, ONLY
if it's ``.ampr.org''.  Doesn't sound too elegant.

  Oh, and if we
use the DNS system literally, there can be hosts on amateur tcp that
are NOT in the ampr.org domain, right?   Will all the people who are
running non-.ampr.org hosts on ham tcpip please raise their hands?
Gee, there's not many.  Fact is, the ham tcp net is not quite the
same as the Internet.  

   I suppose I could find a machine on the tcp-ip net that offers DNS
lookup, and use it for all my mail.  But first, I don't know if there is such
a beast, and second, my UUCP link is a direct phoneline connection to 
a professionally-maintained machine, which is up 24 hours a day, and I
trust it somewhat more than I trust the tcpip net.  Not to mention that
the UUCP link isn't subject to amateur restrictions.

                             - Jerry

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