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[aprssig] New Orleans APRS digi still on the air

A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) farmer.aj at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 21:57:33 UTC 2005


In this area, all of the local radio stations were swallowed up over
the years by a single company.  The individual transmitter sites were
maintained, but the radio studios were consolidated into a single
building using remote RF links to the transmitter sites.  When
hurricane Isabel struck us a couple of years ago, the transmitter
sites survived and operated on generator, but the generator at the
studio building failed.  As a result, all the local radio stations
were off the air, even though the transmitter sites were up and
running.

Perhaps something like this is what is happening in New Orleans?

A.J.

On 9/1/05, Rich Garcia <k4gps at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> That is quite interesting since many many news reports state that all radio
> and TV in the area is out of service.
> 
> Rich
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Richard Amirault
> Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 12:54 PM
> To: aprssig
> Subject: [aprssig] New Orleans APRS digi still on the air
> 
> 
> It's nice to see that in the middle of all the disaster there still is a
> digi operating in New Orleans. Bob, mentioned it a few messages ago.  I was
> going to comment on what kind of emergency power they had, but before I
> posted that question to the list I decided to do some investigation on the
> 'net.
> 
> Turns out that the repeater is located (along with other voice radios belong
> to the Greater New Orleans Amateur Radio Club) on a TV tower. And that TV
> tower has emergency power.  So, I would assume that the voice repeaters
> located at the same site also have power.
> 
> This is a great asset to hams trying to provide emergency communications in
> the area.  Kudos to the club for locating thier equipment at such a site.  I
> know that it is, generally, a hard thing to do.  You just can't climb a TV
> tower and install ham antennas, and there is often an interference problem
> to work out.  Many clubs forgo the complicated legal and technical problems
> and choose other sites for repeaters.
> 
> The club website is:  http://www.qsl.net/w5uk/
> 
> Richard Amirault              N1JDU
> Boston, MA, USA          Go Fly A Kite
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