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RE: Alternate methods

Many options, and during an event certainly isn't the time to find out what I brought don't work. I think that future planning should consider the new technologies. I plan to bring up the issue at our next meeting and see what folks have to say. One last thing. Last year there was an experiment where NO-44 and the ISS were "linked" to increase the foot print, something to think about as we go....73's

president SRRC W9MKS
AMSAT area coordinator
LaSalle Co. OES

 --- On Sat 01/01, Tim Tapio  tim@timtapio.com  wrote:
From: Tim Tapio [mailto: tim@timtapio.com]
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 21:03:38 -0500
Subject: [amsat-bb] Alternate methods

There are a lot of "gee whiz" means to communicate in today's world.  Cell<br>phones, Wi-fi, trunking, etc., they're all great.  Unfortunately, when there<br>is some type of natural (or unnatural) disaster, most of that stuff becomes<br>of no use...if any stay on the air, they'll be jammed with personal users<br>(remember 9/11 and cellphones?).  More than likely, they'll be dead....no<br>power, antennas down, who knows?<br><br>History bears out the fact that when all else fails, Amateur Radio is there<br>and working.  No fancy doo-dads, just plain and simple communications,<br>HF/VHF/UHF.  Sure, satellite would be great...but, would ham satellite<br>antennas have fared any better than the commercial systems?  Additional<br>power for rotators?<br><br>HTs with rubber ducks...HF with the antenna on your car/truck/rv...or toss a<br>wire up in a tree, drop it out a window....<br><br>We can debate the benefits of LEO, HEO and Geosync...but, none will give you<br>total coverage of !
 the globe....and Murphy's Law will pretty much take care<br>of whether the satellite footprint is where you need it or not.  Yes, store<br>and forward can help a lot, but sometimes you need "real time"<br>communications.<br><br>I would think more people have "go kits" with capability for simple<br>operations.  I work with a guy that regularly does CW with 200 mw, on his<br>mobile antenna, during his lunch hour halfway around the world.  Think how<br>long your gel-cell will power a rig like that.  And even though I am not a<br>fan of CW, the human brain/ear combination can get a lot of traffic through.<br>Stephen Hawking does 15 wpm through his voice synthesizer, somebody doing<br>20+ wpm can get a lot of traffic through to the outside world.<br><br>2 meter/70cm/FRS/GMRS can handle a bunch of local traffic.....<br><br>When a natural disaster happens in my area...and living in North Carolina,<br>it's not a question of if, only a question of when...be it ice storm,<br>hurrican!
 e or tornado or something else, I plan on having something on the<br>a
ir if I'm still alive....and I'm not going to lament that fact that there<br>doesn't happen to be a satellite available.  If there is and it suits my<br>needs, that's what my Arrow and HT can do...but if not, it won't keep me<br>from communicating.<br><br>In times like these, instead of complaining of how "(pick your favorite<br>organization to bash here)" wasn't prepared, WE should all take a look at<br>how we can personally become better at what we do....and offer our prayers<br>to those that have been affected and those that have and are stepping in to<br>aid those affected by the tsunami.<br><br>73 de Tim, K4SHF<br>Amsat-NA #35580<br><br>[demime 1.01d removed an attachment of type application/ms-tnef which had a name of winmail.dat]<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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