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Re: [Swprograms] Katrina
- Subject: Re: [Swprograms] Katrina
- From: Richard Cuff <rdcuff@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 19:32:05 -0400
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So from what I gather, what needs to happen is that amateurs need to
embed themselves in local emergency preparedness operations so they
can work alongside the officials. As I recall this is what Victor
Goonetilleke did so effectively in Sri Lanka last December.
Do local amateur radio clubs do this? It would seem the Katrina
disaster would open a window of opportunity for local hams to approach
their state and local emergency preparedness agencies and lobby to be
included in the process.
I will leave the argument as to the protocol (CW, phone, packet,
psk31, whatever) to others.
There was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal last
Monday (I think) that detailed the communications challenges faced by
New Orleans political leaders.
They managed to communicate in the early going primarily via Vonage
Internet-based telephony using equipment "borrowed" from Office Depot
in the early hours of the storm.
There was no mention of the role of amateur communications in any
aspect of this article -- computer hobbyists (today's hams?) played a
Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA
On 9/11/05, Bill B <ka2emz@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I must of missed the post Scott replied to. Howver Scott I STRONGLY
> disagree that hams need to step up with a more modern method than CW;
> during the first few hours after the storm roared ashore I passed a few
> health and welfare messages via CW. Voice communications were rendered
> useless as was psk31; and lets face it, in the south east BPL is
> probably a moot point for some time. (I am chuckling of late hearing
> news reports of the internet carrying health and welfare traffic, which
> the media calls 'safety messages' into and out of New Orleans.) I know
> this is sorta off topic for this list- but trust me, when all else
> fails, CW will still do its job!
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