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Re: Alternate methods



Tim,
Regardless of the mode, the one thing that sticks in my mind is If there
existed a group of Radio Amateurs on these Islands many more lives would
have been saved. Some islands had no communication short range or otherwise.
It is very difficult to have traffic when there is few or none to pass it.
When having people who can communicate world wide becomes a political
liability you are then vulnerable for this type of disaster.


Art , KC6UQH
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Tapio" <tim@timtapio.com>
To: "Amsat" <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 6:03 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Alternate methods


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