>From: Mark Chambers <address@hidden> >Organization: Universal Weather >Keywords: 199909091334.HAA26569 Unidata McIDAS-X NOAAPORT NIDS topography Mark, As a follow-up to my previous assertion that the NIDS products currently in the NOAAPORT TG stream were due to be encrypted, I am including the notification that was sent out earlier today: 022 NOUS40 KWBC 241742 FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1533 SEPTEMBER 24... 1999 ATTENTION NOAAPORT USERS FYI FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS ON OCTOBER 4... 1999 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ WILL BEGIN ENCRYPTING OPERATIONAL RADAR PRODUCTS /WMO HEADER SDUS5I/ THAT ARE BROADCAST OVER NOAAPORT. THE ENCRYPTION OF THE RADAR PRODUCTS BROADCAST OVER NOAAPORT WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS THE EXTENSION OF THE NEXRAD INFORMATION DISSEMINATION SERVICE /NIDS/ AGREEMENTS WITH 3 PRIVATE VENDORS IS IN EFFECT. THE NWS IS IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING THE COLLECTION OF RADAR PRODUCTS AND THEIR DISTRIBUTION FROM A CENTRAL SERVER. ONCE THIS RADAR PRODUCT SERVER IS OPERATIONAL THE NIDS AGREEMENTS WILL BE TERMINATED... BUT NO SOONER THAN OCTOBER 1... 2000. WITH THE TERMINATION OF THE NIDS AGREEMENTS THE RADAR SERVER WILL PROVIDE FOR AN OPEN DISTRIBUTION OF RADAR PRODUCTS WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS. AFTER THE RADAR SERVER BEGINS OPERATIONS... THE NOAAPORT BROADCAST OF RADAR PRODUCTS WILL CONTINUE AND THE ENCRYPTION WILL BE REMOVED... THUS ALSO ALLOWING OPEN ACCESS TO THE RADAR PRODUCTS DISTRIBUTED OVER NOAAPORT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT MR. MICHAEL CARELLI... NWS NIDS ADMINISTRATOR AT /301/ 713-1724 EXT. 184 OR E-MAIL MICHAEL.CARELLI/AT SYMBOL/NOAA.GOV END NNNN You just had to know that getting the NIDS products in a non-encrypted form was just too good to be true. Tom
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