You can continue to read the rest on your own. Much of what he says is true but when you add that one little turd it becomes Poop Soup.JONATHAN M LINK said:I read a similar post and it brought to mind a topic I'd like to hear thoughts on...
Future Ham Radio Emergency Communications and the lack of it being used in the public service/emergency/disaster sector.
With emergencies, ham radio and its operators are always able to assist. But how come ham organizations and ham assistance is becoming less needed or requested? Or the role being diminished?
Many posts address the needs/wants and capabilities of hams during disasters and emergencies, many make good points, but none seem to address this point.
Privacy concerns, medical data, patient information, etc...!
With new medical rules that concern the privacy of a patients personal medical data and information as well as other laws and rules concerning the protection of "sensitive information" dealing with individuals, (even sometimes concerning age, build, weight SSN and personal address), can ham radio channels provide or pass emergency traffic effectively through non-encrypted means???
OK. Now many may be confused. Ham radio can be sent using encryption if the encryption is readily available to all. However, isn't this a breach of the privacy rules since others can de-crypt/share this information.
Then again, to confuse things more, emergency groups that have county encrypted frequencies/systems can be un-encrypted with the latest scanners on the market! So the whole of the public can listen to them at the scene.