[aprssig] New Orleans APRS digi still on the air

Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Thu Sep 1 18:57:44 CDT 2005

A generator that's buried under floodwater isn't going to be much use.
Also, there are no gas stations in operation within many miles.
Even if someone got lucky and survived without damage or flooding,
one lesson I recently learned - YOU CAN'T STORE GASOLINE!
Well, you *can*, but today's alcohol-based RFG gas goes bad after
only 60 days!  You absolutely *MUST* treat your stored gas with fuel
stabilizer!  When you use old gas in your generator, at a minimum
you'll completely fowl the engine with cruddy deposits, and risk serious
damage.  My brand new generator failed after 15 hrs, when disassembled
the inside looked like it had been tarred and feathered, and the connecting
rod was bent, as well as the valves stuck partially open from exhaust crud.

A generator without gas or with old unstabilized gas is useless.

Of course there's a big waiver in the warranty about damage caused by bad

It will be awhile before anyone will even be able to bring equipment into
the most affected areas.  Sadly, I wouldn't even try until they disarm these
pathetic looters and vigalantes...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Vodall WA7NWP" <wa7nwp at jnos.org>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 15:59
Subject: Re: [aprssig] New Orleans APRS digi still on the air

> > What would you call not having any power in your residence for radio or
> > reception?
> Don't amateurs, specially everybody on this list, have backup power
> systems in their homes for a situation like this?
> It's not difficult to have a basic APRS system running indefinitely on
> alternate energy sources.   The same hardware will do basic Email
> through a Winlink system -- assuming one was available..
> Bill - WA7NWP
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