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Old 10-01-2011, 18:59   #1
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ARRL Briefs White House on Amateur Radio's Capabilities During Emergencies:

http://www.eham.net/articles/26907

Looks like the WH Cyberecurity coordinator is a HAM:

On September 12, at the invitation of White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS http://www.arrl.org/news/white-house...ty-coordinator, the ARRL briefed several members of the National Security Staff on the capabilities of the Amateur Radio Service to communicate in emergencies. "The White House is looking for ways that the great work of Amateur Radio operators can continue to support emergencies in the future with particular attention to increased use and dependency on Internet-based technologies," Schmidt said. The ARRL presentation, conducted by Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, W5MPC -- along with President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ -- focused on Amateur Radio's current and evolving capabilities to provide Internet messaging connectivity.
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Old 10-01-2011, 19:05   #2
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Next up: permits, licenses, registration, and annual fees (that aren't taxes) for amateur radio owners.

We'll need a 10,000 "worker" bureaucracy of unionized pension collectors to keep track of the encyclopedia of new regulations as well.
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Old 10-01-2011, 19:20   #3
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Old 10-01-2011, 21:24   #4
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Ham operators, ARE YOU SHOVEL READY? Here it comes!

On another note, why would the administration and/or ARRL be pushing hams to use more internet technologies, such as Winlink? Ham radio's value is as an alternate system of communication. That's the whole reason I got my license...when everything else goes down, no cell phone, no internet, no landline...you still have ham radio.

Unless the Obama admin will once again invoke the "George Costanza" rule, of doing the opposite of what makes sense.
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Old 10-01-2011, 21:30   #5
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I'm sure they are only interested in finding out how they can control it during, "emergencies".
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Old 10-01-2011, 21:33   #6
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Useful emergencies that shouldn't go to waste?
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I wish they'd down played it's usefulness.'08.
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Old 10-02-2011, 18:43   #8
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The group's lobbyists have in the past managed to be of sufficient influence on both the WH and Congress to get things done when legislation was required. The .gov's view is that in situations like Katrina, local HAMS do some heavy lifting in facilitating emergency comms that saves the .gov some headaches. That effort also helps guarantee the HAM community gets to hold on to spectrum that is occasionally fought over by various interests.

I agree, the digital connections, internet linked repeaters and satellite work is fun and interesting, but what really makes HAM special is long distance comms without infrastructure.
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Old 10-02-2011, 20:40   #9
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Bingo on the no infrastructure. One of the reasons I'm into it. The idea that a group of guys could put up a node with a couple of marine batteries and blanket a town is a cool thing. Totally independent of anything else
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Bingo on the no infrastructure. One of the reasons I'm into it. The idea that a group of guys could put up a node with a couple of marine batteries and blanket a town is a cool thing. Totally independent of anything else
+1. A buddy of mine talks almost exclusively on IP and I find it somewhat annoying. Where is the challenge in that? Of course it's fun and ok to do that, but why not spend more time and money setting up your equipment for long-distance off-grid comms?
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