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[aprssig] New Orleans APRS digi still on the air

Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Fri Sep 2 00:03:10 UTC 2005


I would call it "stupid" to live in a hurricane-prone area
and not have a battery-powered AM/FM radio and a few
spare batteries... just basic self-preservation.

Isn't going to matter though as I doubt the few stations still on the
air will last much longer, when their generator's run out of fuel, they're
off the air.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Bruckner" <jbruckner at cox.net>
To: <k4gps at arrl.net>; "'TAPR APRS Mailing List'" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 14:57
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 tv
> reception?
>
> John
> W0HII
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
> On Behalf Of Rich Garcia
> Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 4:51 PM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: RE: [aprssig] New Orleans APRS digi still on the air
>
> 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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