Join Date: May 2012
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Re: Emergency communication
A lot are now digital so not sure if i would depend upon being able to talk to any of them. As far as ham radio goes, I have been a ham for years and own a repeater that does get a lot of traffic. Unfortunately most hams now are only interested in storm spotting and don't even monitor at other times. I quit monitoring in my truck on 146.520 because hardly no one on the road uses it any more.
Around here, a lot of the old hams are strictly on HF and ridicule 2m/440 and repeaters as child's toys. Ham radio around here is basically a dick measuring contest to see who can put up the biggest antenna and run the most power. There are several decent local repeaters, including a couple which are interlinked, but they sit idle all day other than the occasional kerchunk/repeater ID. I wouldn't even count on it as a reliable way to just find somebody to talk to, let alone trust it as a way to summon help if I was out in the middle of nowhere with somebody seriously injured.
Ham operators aren't trained as emergency dispatchers. You might
get ahold of somebody who's competent enough to reliably record the essential information and quickly/correctly relay it to the proper authorities - or you might get ahold of some old guy who's just hanging around looking for a ragchew and doesn't have the faintest idea about what he should do to help your situation. He might end up ordering a pizza delivery to the local car dealership rather than relaying your emergency to the local EMS communications center in any useful manner. And even in the best case scenario, it's never going to be as expeditious as pushing the 'SOS' button on something like a SPOT/InReach, where it's going directly to a monitoring center staffed with trained personnel.
I am still looking at SAT phones. The $1000 to $1500 doesnít bother me to be honest. Itís the minutes and these SUCK you in contracts! I am just looking for a brick and mortar SAT store that I can go in to touch and feel and talk to a human being as opposed to ordering all of the stuff online. I have not had much luck in the Los Angeles California area but Iím still looking. Iím sure you saw the rate schedule that I published up a couple of posts ago and I wouldnít mind even paying it every month all year here in California is good for earthquake safety as well but it is another expense and I would like to keep it trimmed and have one in the car with that huge extra tacked on fees. And I am with you on the Hammers, they are a great bunch of men and women that really can stand out in a emergency, fire flood earthquake tornado etc. but to rescue you broke down out in the hills or desert ďseem slim to meĒ Iím kind of with you..... nobody sitting there on standby.