[amsat-bb] Request for Respondents - Emergency Responder Applications of Geosynchronous Amateur Radio Satellites

David Swanson david.swanson at smail.astate.edu
Wed Jul 19 04:07:44 UTC 2017

Satellite Friends and Colleagues,

The vast majority of you know me as Dave, KG5CCI, a guy that climbs
mountains with his Arrow to make long distance contacts on the birds. Many
of you don’t know me though as Dave Swanson, Graduate Student, in the
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) program at Arkansas
State University. Today, the student version of myself is coming to you
with a request for assistance.

With the promise of one or more Phase IV geosynchronous satellite launches
in the coming years, and the obvious applications of such missions to the
DPEM community, I am conducting research to determine how many ground
operators have the required skills, equipment, and experience to utilize
such satellites. I am also working to answer several questions surrounding
the use of these satellites in the different environments that might be
experienced by amateurs serving in an emergency communications role, and
how such operations might work in conjunction with similar governmental,
non-government, and commercial missions.

I would appreciate anyone on this list, who has an interest in the Phase IV
launches, an interest in emergency communications, or just an interest in
helping a fellow ham finish his Master’s degree to click on the link below
and spend a few minutes answering some questions.  If you also happen to be
part of the emergency management community, as well as an AMSAT ham, I
would ask that you forward this link to any of your colleagues outside of
AMSAT-BB who might be interested as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or my
adviser, via our contact information on the first page of the survey.

Go to this link to take the Survey:

Thanks, and 73.

Dave Swanson, KG5CCI
Arkansas State University

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