[ubuntu-np-discuss] [FOSS Nepal] Ham radios

Jitendra kumar jitendra.harlalka at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 03:02:12 UTC 2011


On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Ishwor Gurung <ishwor.gurung at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 19 September 2011 02:13, Jitendra kumar <jitendra.harlalka at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > +1 - Training/Awareness about Ham Radio would be an important step in
> > disaster preparedness.
> >
> > As a measure of disaster preparedness, *Cellular broadcast*
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcast>
> > may be another important tool. It is a part of GSM standard but I am not
> > sure if NTC/NCell are equipped with this technology. Can anyone get
> > information from them about this? This can be effective tool for a
> govt/NGO
> > wanting to broadcast some important updates/alerts in a specific area
> during
> > such disasters.
>
> Jitendra, Hi :-)
>
> Either way, I doubt that this is a infrastructure / equipment issue.
> Pardon me if I am wrong. This is AFAIK more of a awareness and
> "enough" enthusiasts / do'ers issue. If enough people are interested
> in ham radio or other forms of emergency communication channel, do you
> think the equipment wouldn't be ordered from overseas? If it's
> beneficial for everyone in the community be it small or large, I
> personally think that the equipment wouldn't be of a issue but I could
> be wrong (totally and disgustingly :p) but yeah as I said this is more
> about knowing what's out there and gathering as much information as
> possible to be able to communicate effectively during times of
> confusion, dilemma and major breakout in society; for future i.e.;
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_over_Avian_Carriers (aka RFC 1149)
> also comes to my mind but I doubt it'd be handy heh ;-)
>
>
I very much agree with you. It is more of an awareness (and as Sam says
coordination) issue rather than infrastructure issue. I hope this quake
makes people realize how little they are prepared for such disaster and
encourage them to be better equipped with knowledge.

Regards,
Jitendra


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