Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KG7LEA, Dec 14, 2019.
This is absolutely true. That is why having a plan in place well ahead of time is critical.
El Toro PooPoo The statewide "Colorado Connection" analog system is alive and well. It shares some linking with the DMR network, but they are two separate systems.
I have a friend who is the state network engineer for one of the majors. He told me that every cell has a list of priority numbers. When one of those numbers comes up and the cell is saturated, a lower priority call will automatically be dropped. I don't know how large the list is or who controls it.
Just ask anyone who was local during (or rather AFTER) the Northridge event in California.
Ummmm... famous last words. Sure, cell phones and service are 1000% infallible, and NEVER fail. And I have a bridge you might be interested in...
If a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake wipes OUT a cell tower (or even damages it) backup power doesn't really help a lot...
Kind of tough once you realize a ham has no more purpose or relevant today. Not only are there cell phones which first responders do not use much because they have their own radio system usually P25 which runs circles around ham gear. Get use to it, it is a HOBBY and nothing more. A place to brag about your equipment and tell a ham how old sick and tired you are. Both commercial cel equipment and First Respenders equipment is a lot more reliable with an army of professional technicians to keep it working.
No one ever said amateurs should be "first" responders, or even "second" responders. (Maybe not even third.) Just back-up. Cell towers/service CAN go down, and first responder radio systems CAN go down. (NOT very often, but still a possibility.)
Sad to say, but how many "commercial" and first responder towers and systems were working on 911 in New York?
I say amateurs are second responders in my community. My local emergency manager and the police chief says amateurs are second responders. Now the fire chief wants to use amateurs.