To add my two cents in, the internet was developed by the DoD in order to have a reliable system of communication in the event of an nuclear war. So case in point, the internet will operate in the event of main power failure. I am a Senior of Electrical Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and my senior design project is an UPS (Uninteruptable Power Supply) that will interface with a small school network of one server and 9 computers. In the event of a main power failure, the inverter running on batteries will take over. The UPS will instruct the server to perform its shutdown process. If a large bank of batteries were to be used, the computer can be run indefinatly. Now, this does not mean that I am for Internet/Ham radio, in fact I am against it. If people want to have a Packet/Internet connection that allow one sending packet to be routed through the Internet, I think this is fine. But to attach an internet connection, to a repeater?, I am not to sure this is an efficient use of our hobby or the internet. The whole point of being an Ham is the fact that it is a challange to convey information thousands of miles away. By the way I am 28 years old and been a ham since the age of 19. I have worked MIR in Voice (Shannon Lucid) and Packet. Using 5 watts on a HTX-202 handy on an Radio Shack Discone Antena. So a little bit of luck was involved, but none the less, I achieved a connection. Juan M. Segal KC4JTR - Tech Plus Graduating in 3 Days.