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RE: will AMSAT be ready for the next disaster?

I think your right Dave, we need to get there heads out of the sand and have the "options" of satellite comms as well as all others. I worked the Utica / Grandville, IL. Tornado and cell phones took 4 days to come back on line. Also Utica being in a river bottom, local government radios, didn't work very well. We ended up shadowing many of them for communications. In more remote places Satellites could be utilized as well. As a storm spotter, my jeep is equipped with a vhf/uhf, a second vhf and a hf radio. I also carry a cell and APRS/gps with lat top, several long wire antennas, plus more. I can always push it aside, but I can't use it if I didn't bring it. I also can add a FM sat setup to the list in just 20min. In short you should be ready for just about everything. See CQ July 2004 issue, page 56. 

ps: most of the volunteers had "never" seen anything like this before. They seemed to be distracted by the devastation. 


 --- On Sat 01/01, Dave Guimont  dguimon1@san.rr.com  wrote:
From: Dave Guimont [mailto: dguimon1@san.rr.com]
To: ai7w@comcast.net
     Cc: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 23:40:11 -0800
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] will AMSAT be ready for the next disaster?

Having been involved in ARES to one degree or another for many years, I<br>think I can safely say: the problems facing emergency communications would<br>not be addressed by more amateur satellites of any kind.<br><br>P.S.  If you don't believe me, contact the ARES Emergency Coordinator for<br>your section and just ask him what his needs are. I'm pretty sure more<br>HEO/LEO satellites won't even come up in the conversation.<br><br>And I disagree with you.  99% of the ARES people just are not familiar with <br>satellites.  The answer, in my opinion, is to educate more ARES operators <br>in the use of satellites, and get their heads out of the sand.<br>Today cell phones cover all and more of what ARES used to cover, and better.<br><br>I've been involved with amateur emergency communications over 40 <br>years,  including ARES, and they are so far behind it is pitiful...At least <br>in the San Diego area, your area may be different, I hope so, but your <br>comments indicate to me!
  that they are not...<br><br><br><br>            73, Dave wb6llo@amsat.org<br>                    Disagree: I learn.... <br><br><br><br>-- <br>No virus found in this outgoing message.<br>Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.<br>Version: 7.0.299 / Virus Database: 265.6.7 - Release Date: 12/30/2004<br>----<br>Sent via amsat-bb@amsat.org. Opinions expressed are those of the author.<br>Not an AMSAT member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!<br>To unsubscribe, send "unsubscribe amsat-bb" to Majordomo@amsat.org<br>

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