New Hurricane Heading for Florida Panhandle

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by NL7W, Oct 9, 2018.

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  1. KK5JY

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    Yeah. ;) I have a buddy in LMR sales, and when you see the prices that the professionals spend for their communications gear, it's obvious why most hams are never invited to the party.
  2. NL7W

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    I manage a large city's public safety radio network. Our public safety grade, digital trunked portables cost $3600+ each. Mobiles, with both 800 MHz and GPS antennas included, cost right at $5000 each.
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  3. KK5JY

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    Yep. And that doesn't even begin to address data terminals and data links, ticket printers, etc.

    And that's just in the mobiles. The infrastructure sites are even more impressive. :eek:
  4. NL7W

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    Thankfully, I manage a mature digital radio system. Yet, it's up-to-date from a networking and a radio dispatch terminal standpoint (less than a year old primary and secondary core servers, routers, Ethernet switches and a 60 each Dispatch Terminal positions upgrade). It rarely hiccups and provides EXCELLENT public safety grade communications.
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  5. W5TTW

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    Moreover, you don't unplug your coax when there's lightning.
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  6. KK5JY

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    It's amazing what you can get away with when you pay for the good stuff. :D
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  7. K9STH

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    My wife's eldest sister used to live in Panama City Beach, 6-blocks from the Gulf. One summer, my wife, 3-daughters, and myself, rode out a hurricane that kept going from a category 1 to a category 2.

    We did put tape all over the windows just in case the glass got broken. My brother-in-law did not have that much plywood to put on the outside (there was none available in a large area having been obtained by large building owners, etc.).

    A lot of rain and the wind blew down one 8-foot section of stockade fence. Also, the roof of a metal storage shed was slightly damaged. Otherwise, no real damage. However, there is an earthen sea wall at the beach and the storm surge did go over that sea wall by a few inches. The roadway got pretty wet but no real damage. But, in areas where a sea wall was not in place, there definitely was flooding.

    Glen, K9STH
  8. WF7A

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    Northern Florida is considerably hillier than the rest of the state so those hills may deflect some of the wind, thus helping to prevent wind damage.
  9. KA4DPO

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    Went through Frederick and David in Melbourne and I don't care to do it again. Hope no one gets hurt.
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  10. KP4SX

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    :) 300 ft hills don't count for much.
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