|[AMRadio] More positive on the "Good News"|
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
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
----- 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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