I must agree about the Skywarn aspect. I do have my Amateur license and have participated in Skywarn in the past and have found it to be very useful. Once I was working in a manufacturing facility and was listening to the local repeater during a flood watch during lunch hour. There was a small brook that ran right by our warehouse next to the long driveway that leads to the parking lot. I heard a report that the very same brook was overflowing it's banks about 10 miles upstream and people have about 2 feet of water in their yards. Noting this, I went to the loading dock and saw the water level was already at the brink and beginning to follow the driveway into the parking lot (which was below grade). I notified the management, who dismissed us all for the day. By the time the last few vehicles left, one of them being me, the water was about 6 inches up my doors - and I was driving a pickup truck. I would venture a guess that had I not been a member of Skywarn, there would have been a lot of ruined cars and all the employees would have been stranded. As it turned out, that was one of the 100+ year floods and people all over said they have never seen the water so high in their lifetimes.Fact is there could be more deaths if not for the operator. Skywarn, for example, people putting themselves out there to make on the ground reports.
No I am not a ham I am a certified weather watcher that uses cell phone to call in reports.
This kind of illustrates a point: commercial communications are more efficient and robust than relying solely on ham radio. FWIW, I gave up on the local "Skywarn net" because one will have to wait 20-30 minutes for all the gas bags to shut up talking about "it's raining" or the net control simulcasting the same weather warnings available on 162MHz, local media, and dozens of weather apps. Hard to pass any relevant traffic and actual damage reports when one can't get airtime. But a quick email or EMWIN entry and NWS Atlanta has what they need, ham radio not required.No I am not a ham I am a certified weather watcher that uses cell phone to call in reports.
MSAT, Iridium, Global Star, VSATIf a real National Emergency was to occur or a very serious Regional problem was to occur then those ham operators with the resources of adequate equipment, alternate power supply, Superior antenna Farms and the proper networking could be of Public Service and vital in relaying information regarding the well-being of family members and the status of remote communities.
Hence my posting... This should not even be allowed on the internet and let fools drool over it like it's candy...First, hams over-react about the "demise" of amateur radio in California citing information gleaned from agenda-driven websites (K6UDA's YouTube channel and the Off Grid Survival website) and now they're quoting disaster statistics from an amateur radio operator that isn't an American and doesn't even reside in the United States. It's a sad reflection on ham radio in this country that we're relying on these kind of sources and conveniently ignoring our own organization in the process.