[AMRadio] More positive on the "Good News"

Brett Gazdzinski Brett.Gazdzinski at verizon.net
Sun Jan 11 21:28:34 EST 2009

I used to maintain the network the FAA used to use.
Everything was redundant, but the new company (harris) does it all with 
cisco routers.

There are about 6 companies involved, besides the hardware...

In the past, it used to impress people you could phone patch, or talk with 
someone in a far away country, without having to pay a lot, but with sat 
phones, cell phones, voip, that is not as impressive any more.

The geeks are all into computers, short range wireless in the GHz range, and 
so on.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "CL in NC" <mjcal77 at yahoo.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 4:03 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] More positive on the "Good News"

> Guess I was a little too sarcastic when I threw one of my comments in 
> earlier. So, when the another fellow commented on the infrastructure of 
> the internet, phone system etc., it really struck a cord.  Even the 
> trunking radios are now interconnected with the internet, so in time of 
> crisis, when the net is loaded down or inop, much of the trunked network 
> will quit too. I saw a demonstration of a local companies trunking 
> controller where the tech could look at any of his systems worldwide, and 
> monitor radio traffic.  Much of the FAA's tie in to remote radio equipment 
> is via T1 lines, with no real redundancy.  Woe to the air traveler when 
> that system locks up nationwide.
> Amateur radio will survive, just because of what the other fellow said, 
> "put up a wire, hook up the radio".  Notice the movie 'Live Free, or Die 
> Hard'?  The main computer geek had a rig tuned to 66.6Mhz and referred to 
> it as his Armageddon radio.  I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if 
> there is a network of computer geeks worldwide, on a band of freqs 
> somewhere like the freebanders, standing by right now.
> This last Christmas, I talked with my neighbors who own a hobby shop. 
> They also do internet sales along with their storefront.  The were 
> exhausted after this Christmas season, never saw sales like that before. 
> The consensus is that people are returning to the more tradition hobbies, 
> and I think, with the bulk of the baby boomers on the verge of retirement 
> years, that long lost ham radio bug may start to itch.
> Now if the economy will stabilize enough for all those who look forward to 
> retirement years and hobby pursuits, can retire to enjoy it.
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC

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