reply, evolving role of ham radio in a disaster

Alex Fraser beatnic at
Tue Sep 6 08:32:43 CDT 2005

Have any of the digital modes been used?

Nan and Sandy Sanders wrote:

> I have been listening to the West Gulf ARES Net on 40 and 80 and a lot 
> of traffic has been passed. It has ranged from road conditions to 
> sending fuel to EOCs that are about to run out to messages for 
> personnel at a major hospital to use the only working land line to 
> call the state EOC ( many along the same lines as people could call 
> out when they could not receive calls) the same ham having to make 
> frequent reports that the mob that had invaded looking for drugs had 
> not gotten to his floor. Many messages of people trapped in their 
> attic by flood waters ( these seem to be from people using cell phones 
> that would some times work calling relatives who would call the Red 
> Cross who would route the message to the Coast Guard by ham radio. 
> Some times cell systems would route 911 calls to random 911 systems 
> around the country. One was received by the dispatcher on a little 
> town about 30 miles from where I am in East Texas on vacation.) All 
> this on one net running on 40 and 80 meters. The load dropped a bunch 
> starting Friday evening but the net is still going. I heard a trapped 
> person message not more than 2 hours ago.
> Ham radio seems to be used for the first or last 100 miles. The long 
> haul traffic is on the Internet not 20 meters.
>                     Sandy
>                     WB5MMB
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