Hi all! I've been wondering about something for a while: What are your attitudes and thoughts about ham radio participation in Emergency / Disaster Communications / ARRL ARES / Skywarn / Tornado Spotting and that sort of thing? Since I value all of your opinions, and I really want to know what the current consensus of opinion is on the topic, feel free to tell it like you see it.... good, bad or ugly. You can pick as many choices as you feel are applicable..... and if none seem to fit, just tell us in the comments. (please try to be civil, though.... even when the opinions expressed are different than your own) NOTE: if you want to partictipate but are not yet trained, tell us below. I forgot to add that as an option Personally, I've deployed during hurricane disasters several times at the request of various state agencies, as have some of my friends..... but most hams, even those who claim to be "involved in EmComm" never seem to be able to help out in a real emergency, and very few are actually trained according to ARRL / FED /State guidelines. Those that do show up are sometimes untrained, and/or incompetent. Sometimes they are well-meaning but untrained techs. Sometimes they are beer drinking bozos that have no real purpose... but other times they are sharp, competent, well-equip professionals. It's always a mixed bag. In a similar vein, several of my friends enjoy setting up local nets during tornado warnings, driving around, and reporting what they see to the local weather folks / local EMA. I don't know if it helps a lot, but they seem to enjoy it. And of course, a lot of folks think the entire concept is a relic of the past.... and others think the whole idea is just stupid. .... what do you think? Inquiring minds want to know.