[aprssig] NWS SAME useful for APRS weather feed?
steve at dimse.com
Mon Aug 29 09:55:08 CDT 2005
On Aug 29, 2005, at 10:23 AM, Jason Winningham wrote:
> Maybe you missed the previous post about APRS-IS being unavailable
> when conditions are severe (i.e., when you need the data the most).
> I'm talking about being able to eliminate APRS-IS from the
> equation, so when a computer or an internet link is down the data
> still gets out.
I've lived through a few hurricanes and near misses, and I agree that
IGates are a fair weather solution, but I'd argue that APRS in
general is not a foul weather solution, nor should it be.
Before the hurricane, failure of the IGates and Dale's server aren't
an issue (though I would like to see an online spare in another
area), as infrastructure is intact. Also, much as I love APRS, no one
threatened by a hurricane is using it as a primary source of
information, internet and TV are far richer and more readily
available sources of information.
During the hurricane, the turtle's head is inside the shell. Maybe
you have cable/satellite TV if you have power, otherwise a battery
powered radio for information. Again, APRS is not a primary source of
information. Without power, you will burn a lot of your limited
battery reserve trying to run a replacement for Dale's server. Only
an idiot would run a generator during the storm, outside risks the
generator and inside risks carbon monoxide poisoning (I saw 6 cases
of CO in Miami the day following Katrina from people that ran their
generators inside). Bottom line, you prepped as well as you could,
and now you are strapped into the rollercoaster, and while you want
to know what is going on, there isn't anything you can do.
After the hurricane, there are few emergency warnings (not much more
likely than normal), and even when they occur, you will not be
sitting near your computer or D7 waiting for them. You will have
other priorities, whether survival with a strong hurricane or cleanup
with a weaker hurricane. The answer here is a NOAA weather radio, one
that screams when there is a warning, otherwise can be ignored, and
with lower power consumption.
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