I kind of think this thread is somewhat civil compared to some that you've seen here on RR. Not only do you have strong opposing opinions but strong personalities of people with experience and age which contributes to those opinions. What's important is everybody has a right to their own opinion and nobody is necessarily correct because... It's only opinion.I think harsh truths and opposing opinions are being misinterpreted as hateful.
Nailed it.What's important is everybody has a right to their own opinion and nobody is necessarily correct because... It's only opinion.
Try explaining to the people in Puerto Rico who lost every single cell tower during last years' hurricane, not forgetting that the entire electrical grid was destroyed. Were it not for the ARRL mobilizing many amateur volunteers and sending them down there they would have had nearly *NO* communications capability at all.That doesn't even account for the hundreds of amateur operators who volunteered their time and equipment setting up and maintaining an HF hurricane net. You evidently slept through Maria. See: https://www.hamradio.me/emcomm/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-hams-helped.html
You are quite correct that amateur radio volunteers are *NOT* "first responders" or other emergency personnel. However, that isn't the true purpose of amateur radio, who's true purpose is to help unburden the professionals by taking care of and handling non-emergency communications, such as health and welfare inquiries, etc
I will however grant you that there *ARE* some poorly trained groups who do cast a bad light on amateur radio as a whole.
Reading some of his YouTube replies and such, the Finnish dude seems to be an angry anti-American.Here Is my response to the Finnish amateur's opinion piece:
I think how an individual interprets their role in part (a) is significant and I do think it's interpreted differently by different ham operators.For Katrina and other hurricanes, ham radio has been very much an asset. Localized events, not so much. Although a fair number of hams around here are involved in things like parade and marathon assistance. At any rate, EmCom and service comms aren't the only purpose for ham radio.
97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in
the following principles:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication
service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication
and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
The one thing us Europeans sometimes forget is how big and extreme north America is. Britain for example, gets the odd earthquake, tornado, forest fire or large storm (mostly localised flooding) but NOTHING like what is found the other side of the pond. One day the west coast is going to be hit by a humungous earthquake at which point any non safety of life messages taken off the city systems will be very welcome.Reading some of his YouTube replies and such, the Finnish dude seems to be an angry anti-American.
His video and replies seem self-serving and just plain snarky and asinine. Yawn.
He's welcome to stay in Finland. Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Of course there are times when additional communication options may not make a difference. Consider the 2003 heat wave across Europe where tens of thousands died. Not to worry, a meteor will get us all one day. Problem solved.The one thing us Europeans sometimes forget is how big and extreme north America is. Britain for example, gets the odd earthquake, tornado, forest fire or large storm (mostly localised flooding) but NOTHING like what is found the other side of the pond. One day the west coast is going to be hit by a humungous earthquake at which point any non safety of life messages taken off the city systems will be very welcome.
It would be interesting to know what that spokesperson meant by "catastrophic".in the event of a catastrophic event there would 'more than likely' be a moratorium or 'amnesty' for communications regulations allowing for emergency communications and usage by non-licensed civilians on federally mandated frequencies.