[amsat-bb] Re: Amateur Satellites and the emergency on tornadoin Oklahoma and Texas
w1pa at hotmail.com
Wed May 22 18:10:45 PDT 2013
Yep, I was going to raise the same point and link. They list the following "benefits":
- providing Satellite based Amateur Radio
the long felt need for the Amateur Radio Operators of
South Asian region (especially a mode B bird)
- bring Satellite
Services within the reach of the common man and
popularize Space Technology among the masses.
- stimulation of technical interest and
awareness among the younger generation by providing them
with an opportunity to develop their technological
- providing a low
cost readily accessible reliable means of communication
during emergencies and calamities like flood,
I never said the last one is a "falsehood". I am suggesting it does not hold anywhere near the same weight as the first three.
I have never been in a tornado. But I would suggest that those hams in the impact zone no longer have access to any working equipment, which means hams in the surrounding areas are coming in to help, and have the choice. If I was going into the impact zone and had the choice of what communications I might bring, it would be
- a portable cell site
- mobile/HT VHF/UHF
- mobile HF
...in that order. A portable satellite station would be a distant fourth.
If you read the summaries in the aftermath of Joplin, amateur radio (VHF/UHF) played a critical role in the minutes leading up to, and the hours after the tornado tore through. Then mobile phone, mobile date, and social media took over when the mobile cell sites came on line.
Back to prepping my FD station,
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