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Re: Emergency Communications



Of course you are correct, I guess my desire to post my thoughts concerning
the availability of satellite type gear in any particular area hit by total
devastation, fogged my brain....Thanks for reminding me!

Roger
WA1KAT
----- Original Message -----
From: "RANSOM, KENNETH G. (JSC-OC) (BAR)" <kenneth.g.ransom1@jsc.nasa.gov>
To: "'Roger Kolakowski'" <Rogerkola@aol.com>; <Amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 3:41 PM
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Emergency Communications


> Roger,
> One bit of info as to why you don't see and stations or traffic heard from
> that region. No IGATES!
> The ISS beacons every minute. You can see sections were traffic doesn't
> exist when you see the packet beacon several times in a row.
>
> I know of a few stations in that area including Sudan, Saudi Arabia, China
> and Malaysia because they leave messages on ISS Fan Club but they are
never
> heard because no stations exist to report them to the ISS Heard list.
>
> Kenneth - N5VHO
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org] On Behalf
> Of Roger Kolakowski
> Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 1:20 PM
> To: Amsat-bb@amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Emergency Communications
>
>
> I'll try to keep this on topic, as I will be mentioning ISS, but as I mull
> the "needs" of areas in total devistation, I have to think back on the
> 1970's when the Owensboro ARC (Kentucky) rolled into Brandenburg / Xenia
> Ohio area after a tornado that flattened towns on both sides of the river.
>
> Luckily, they still had power, but had no continuity of communications at
> all, no phonelines, no police/fire dispatch,etc. What hams did was set up
> local repeaters to facilitate the coordination of aid to the area. After
> basic needs were met, health and welfare traffic was handled.
>
> In the early 1980's, the Salem, Massachusetts police department lost it's
> ONLY repeater in a city of 50,000, populated by ledge and hills which
> totally disrupted any dispatch capabilities. The North Shore Repeater
> Association quickly provided portables, mobiles, and the local 146.88
> repeater to the police department under ARES supervision. It took 12 hours
> to get the police repeater back on line.
>
> Back to AMSAT....I just looked at the "Heard by ISS" page for unproto
> traffic from South Asia and there are absolutely no transmissions recorded
> from the area effected by the Tsunamis.This is an area with 6 to 8 passes
a
> day.
>
> Is the real difficulty that there is no "basic communications equipment"
in
> the area? Or is it lack of information about satellite capabilities?
Should
> we consider convincing the disaster agencies of the world of the value of
> amateur satellite communications so that they purchase a number of data
> ready transceivers to utilize in the affected areas?
>
> In both of the above cases, the hams had to supply the equipment, not
every
> ham is a satellite user, or has digital gear, but they can quickly ramp up
> if the gear is available.
>
> I guess the bottom line is...if the areas can't even do 1200 baud
> terrestrial packet, what can AMSAT possibly do with a satellite to
> assist?....btw.. .I know there's always voice....
>
> Roger
> WA1KAT
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