FCC May Revise Rules Concerning Disruption to Comms During Disasters

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N1FM, Sep 27, 2021.

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  1. N1FM

    N1FM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ok, thanks.

    More good tips! I forgot about the air filter. That should be checked, and changed if need be, and the oil needs to be checked once a season, and the oil filter changed when needed, if present -- and also the fuel filter ought to be changed per scheduled maintenance in the manual. Basically, just run the thing for a little while every few months, to make sure everything is in order, and pay attention to routine maintenance. Check wiring for fraying, clean out the hornets and mouse nests, and while you're at it, check the starting capacitor in your outside AC unit for bulging, and keep a spare cap on hand at all times.
  2. KX4O

    KX4O Ham Member QRZ Page

    But Joe Citizen can do this as well with the same equipment. Sure it won't have higher available ERP and certain select frequencies, but the gear is all available through many outlets. While I commend hams (i.e. AREDN) who have explored this space, at the end of the day, it's just network gear any group of network able folks can deploy.
    Rare though the need may be, this may well be the only logical use of hams. There's nothing inherently wrong with layering this capability atop the VHF&UHF (MURS, FRS and GMRS have replaced the previously unique utility of hams), 802.11 and Cellular solutions. And let's not forget Blue Tooth meshing (secure) capabilities that require no central infrastructure and is "just an app" available to anyone.

    Oh there are a few cool cases where knife edge diffraction of 6m or 2m through rolling hills or use of some handy repeater may well be splendid, fruitful, and truly helpful... few and far between these days... and that's okay.
    I think the big problem with organized ham emcomm is the, all too often, stance they seem to take to want to be "the only" commo scheme rather than subservient to a larger more modern (and hip) approach.

    No doubt CNR's flexible nature will make good use of "all" commo tools available... and that might include ham assets in a tertiary role... if yesteryear egos are muted.
    ^^^^ Oh man... this. Quote of the year.
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  3. K7JEM

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    Since many cell phones today have voip calling built in, it might be wise in an emergency to set up wifi hot spots where people can come and use their phones. Possibly every mile or two in a devastated area. It wouldn't be complete coverage, but it would allow the average citizen to access communications without going through a lot of hoops. The hot spots could be linked by inexpensive Ubiquiti (or similar) radios that are attached to a wifi router serving as a hotspot. This could all be solar powered. The Ubiquiti point to point links can communicate over 10 miles and cost around $60 each, and work very well on 5.8GHz:

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  4. KX4O

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    The key point being this and next year's technology can be applied organically by the citizenry to fit the moment's need. Any "plan" won't keep pace with the quick pace of technological evolution we are witnessing. Amateur emcomm can only augment these new approaches, not supplant them.
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  5. K0IDT

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    There was a photo of a woman in PR after hurricane Maria holding a cardboard sign that simply said "we want wifi". Give the citizens a way to connect with their devices and get out of the way, but that doesn't fit the current amateur emcomm paradigm. Other than the ARDEN guys there doesn't seem to be much ham interest in setting up systems like this. I have a good idea why the lack of interest by "real emcomm" hams, but I'll shut up at this point.
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  6. K8XG

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    ^ Yes just have ARDEN folks setup their systems on Public Wifi channels. The Public can use with their devices, not a Ham chained to a Desk with a hardware VOIP phone go box.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2021
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  7. K7JEM

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    It would be pretty easy to do by anyone today. Get a starlink internet antenna, then link from there to multiple other sites using Ubiquiti. One satellite internet node could feed multiple hot spots this way. Relatively inexpensive and easy for anyone with rudimentary skills to accomplish. Once wifi is available, people use their existing devices to connect and communicate. Maybe need to limit access speed to end users to keep them from using bandwidth for youtube and tictock, etc.
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  8. K8XG

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    Just up in a proxy that blocks all video and other broadband besides voice
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  9. K7JEM

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    Or setup a QoS or similar to limit bandwidth to 500kB or so. This would allow them to check e-mail and other websites, but make the data hungry sites impossible to use decently.
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  10. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    And set up a pi hole in front to block all the obnoxious large payloads like auto play videos, all advertising, etc.

    BTW wifi is single duplex, so things like VoIP are discouraged, especially when there's more than a small number at the same time.
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