Just for you Information.
- I'd like to explain alittle bit about the emergency capabilities of a
BACKBONE PACKET system. It appears that alot of us Amateur Operators
have become to used to using the internet for just about all our
What did we do before the internet? Well most of us picked up a
microphone, key, or packet and talked, chatted, shared idea, etc.
Now imagine this... Severe ICE STORM strike Michigan, all power is
out, downed power line, communication outside of your local city is
down, and their is a need to handle emergency traffic. Most turn to
the local Red Cross, Sheriffs Dept, and Police and Hospital agencies.
Remember this is a Large Area Wide Outage, and obviously being down
for sometime 3 to 5 weeks can create some interresting effects, needs
etc. from out of state relatives, family and friends.
To communicate, the local amateur radio group goes into action, they
get the repeaters up, and bingo they can talk to each other, oh so
they jump to the HF side, and 80M (yeah great for state to state)
traffic handling, but one problem ..... Q R M ...... on 80m can be so
bad that you can't even check into the emergency net, let alone try
to help someone. (Oh I'm talking thru my teeth you might say?) Why
then during the past 6 Week power outage ICE STORM did the FCC have
to post messages on ARRL and QRZ webpages PLEDING or more less
TELLING all amateurs around the US to AVOID 3.8?? (80m) because of
the QRM they were not able to communicate...Not even within their own
states. Think about it, via VOICE although its nice and good, Packet
can handle 100 times the amount of traffic from point to point, with
less qrm, etc.
Oh, and usually on Packet, the LID isn't there. He's off chasing 80m
Just ideas of how this system can help us in need.
Robert Underwood, President
Holland Amateur Radio Club