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  • HAM RADIO WORKED FOR COMMUNICATION 911- USE FOR New Orleans

    Here is the September 2 posting from DART. DART's postings will allow you
    to quarterback directly with officers down there as DART appears to have
    this chain of communication in place for info to be passed on.
    Best
    Carrie

    911, how I aided in keeping our PD out of the streets was having known
    someone who escaped TOWER 2, he gave his wife details who passed them to
    me that way we were actually ahead of news coming in as so much
    communication was lost due to the travesty.

    As it turned out my friend's husband was also a ham radio operator. The
    media and government overlooked their role in aiding with 911
    communication but it is a definite to communicate with ham radio operators
    and provide their details to officers/departments down there.

    Ham Radio operators have the experience of this disaster under their belt and a network in place. But you need to start with one person well connected otherwise communication will be disastrous.

    Also on 911- both in DC and NY, Verizon seemed to have been the network
    that worked. Officers should consider borrowing a cell from that provider
    to take along as a back up phone as cell service is spotty.

    Let me know if someone wants me to ask my friend if he/can he assist with getting ham radio communications going or if he can make recommendations

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    Update On Getting Ham Contact Going

    UPDATE ON HAMS

    I spoke with my friend...

    www.arrl.org is the website for HAMS. According to him, FEMA, Coast Guard and others are not worth anything in this catastrophe for communication.
    The Salvation Army network, SATURN, not sure of annacronym spelling is operational ONLY for emergency outgoing calls. Not calls for good and networks are being allowed. There were two HAM radio operators operating during the flood. They were not solar. They have since gone off the air. No one know what happened to them- living or fatality.
    My friend says, police mobile systems can act as hams (didnt elaborate.) Police repeaters, he said are placed 30-60 miles apart. They are all down at this time.
    He said there are 250 hams on location ready to go in but unable to due to the instability of the situation.
    He agrees with my thought that a FIRST RESPONDER can carry in HAM equipment and try to get that stream of communication up and running.
    He reinforced if enforcement is in need of communicators there are HAMS standing by who can be accessed by arrl. And he does repeat all officers can listen but must unplug microphones.

    Best
    Carrie

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