[AMRadio] Broadcast stuff


sbjohnston at aol.com sbjohnston at aol.com
Sat Mar 20 12:16:35 EDT 2010


> I was thinking that if something really happened,  I load my family
>into the van and get out of Dodge, not worry about manning my EMCOM 
post.

That sort of attitude, while understandable, reflects the "me first" 
mode of modern America.  I have a different view:  I don't think it is 
in the best interests of everyone, me included, to be selfish.  I 
prefer to help my neighbors, even if it puts me in danger at some 
point.  There's more to life than just living.

In a very small way, that's why I embark on my various enthusiasms for 
causes in the amateur community.  I care about the IARU bandplan,  the 
growing environmental noise issue, etc for the sake of everyone 
involved.  And I will benefit if we all do.

Steve WD8DAS

sbjohnston at aol.com
http://www.wd8das.net/
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mark K3MSB <mark.k3msb at gmail.com>
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sat, Mar 20, 2010 7:40 am
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Broadcast stuff


Go read the book "One Second After".

The thrust of EMCOM, in my opinion, is to be able to provide emergency
communications from one's one home to support your neighbors and local 
area
when,  not if, a disaster strikes.   I say "when", not "if", as the more
fragile our telecommunications infrastructure becomes the more easier it
will be to cause massive disruption.

I live about six air miles from a nuke plant.  A few years ago I
participated (for our club) in an EMCOM drill in the area.    What to 
do if
a radiation leak occurred, or similar.   I was thinking that if 
something
really happened,  I load my family into the van and get out of Dodge, 
not
worry about manning my EMCOM post.   Not surprisingly,  I found that 
most of
the EMCOM people there felt the same way.   So,  what were we doing 
there?
Checking the box?   I didn't bother again.

To me, it's more important to be able to establish reliable emergency
communications for my neighbors and local area from my home,  not 
someplace
ten miles away.

I refuse to get rid of my land-line telephone as I get "Service Not
Available" quite a few times.  Not a lot,  but with kids at home,  a 
wife
with epilepsy, etc,  I never want to see that message when I or the kids
need 911.

3G/4G are nice things, and I look forward to their deployment.  But 
they are
fragile.

73 Mark K3MSB



On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 11:40 PM, Bruce <bsugarberg at core.com> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> And when the disaster strikes, and the power fails, and the laptops
> and cell phones do not work anymore....???
>
> 73, Bruce WA8TNC
> =======================
>
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