Ham Radio's Role in California Outages?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W2JKT, Oct 9, 2019.

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  1. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    With all that frozen food, they could throw one hell of a Block Party/BBQ, and nobody would be the wiser. Grab some Pineapple & Tiki Torches & go Hawaiian Style.
    They can pretend that those are southern trade winds...
  2. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    In an ideal world, perhaps.

    However, some people have vital medical equipment that needs power to run and which may have only limited battery backup power. A number of those people may not have the physical mobility or ready funds to get or run a generator.

    Also, well pumps don't work without AC power so some people may run out of water for themselves and/or livestock. Yes, I know about filling bathtubs, etc. Not everyone has the ability to do it, and some just won't think to do it. Livestock can consume large quantities too.
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  3. W5TTP

    W5TTP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yessir! I just heard from the news channels that all, yes ALL, of the glaciers must have melted. It has reported that they have not been seen recently. H.A.M. nets may be acivitated to allow, those safely in their in their shacked, to bring glacier sighting reports.

    Glad to have been moved years ago.

  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I thought Baofeng radios were banned from using those repeaters.

    Is that Fake News ?

    The IRLP Win System may be the most usefully.

  5. AG6QR

    AG6QR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    You bring up a good point. In the outage maps I've seen of my home county, the majority of the affected land area has little or no cell service. But the majority of affected businesses and residences are concentrated in small areas, and those places are much more likely to have service.

    There are plenty of people in the affected counties who live in areas with no cell service, period.
  6. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Will Mainstream Media have enough power to cover the looting?
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  7. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Only if it's fake.
  8. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, I know. Last big snow storm found the EOC closed because of an emergency.
    Mike N3PM
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  9. WA5VGO

    WA5VGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Everything will be fine.
  10. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Windmills? The farmers will have already prepared for those contingencies because that's what farmers do. And don't forget they were given ample warning.
    You can bet that somewhere down the road there will also be lawsuits to recover lost income.

    As for medical equipment, I understand that but I am not sure that the power will be off for long periods. I have also not heard of anyone having a problem, have you?

    And how exactly would ham radio do anything to help that situation? Unless the paralyzed blind and deaf person takes off their ventilator and calls CQD on the local repeater.

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