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Friday, March 25, 2011

No Need for Long Haul Health & Welfare Traffic?


In the Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1754 – March 25 2011, published in today's QRZ.COM forums, Don Wilbanks AE5DW editorializes (at the very end of the broadcast) on communications lessons learned from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
When one takes a step back and takes a look at the whole picture it’s easy to see and to hear why there are so few health and welfare messages being handled on the long haul ham radio bands. In the more populated areas, ham radio was replaced by Twitter and Facebook. In rural Japan there’s simply no way to get a message through.

Or to put it another way, as massive and devastating as this earthquake was, its communications needs outside Japan do not fit any of the traditional models that hams world wide are accustomed to dealing with. It also says that as long as a nation’s broadband infrastructure is not severely damaged, ham radios role as the long haul carrier of health and welfare traffic is being replace by a smart phone and an account on Facebook or Twitter.
The bottom line appears to be this. As long as a nation’s broadband infrastructure and its connections to the outside world are not severely damaged, and its population is communications savvy, the various social networks now provide a far faster way to pass health and welfare messaging than ham radio can ever hope to supply. But in those circumstances where there is no other means of long haul communications, ham radio will always have a significant role to play. (Emphasis added - Gene)
Got infrastructure?  Use it!  No infrastructure?  Use ham radio!  If you're a 'prepper, then why don't you get your ham radio license and master the skills now, while you can.  Check out this information from the ARRL.

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