[aprssig] 3' snow emergency dumb idea...(response)

Rudy Benner benner at vianet.ca
Mon Feb 8 11:11:40 CST 2010

Not only is it unsafe, it's illegal.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] 3' snow emergency dumb idea...(response)

>>> that way my 12' male-to-male "emergency power"
>>> cord could connect the two directly...
>> Shame on you!... a totally unsafe practice such as this.
> I do not see anything unsafe about it.  Never any exposed electricity. 
> Any fool can do it.
> 1) Turn off main breaker
> 2) Plug in male-to-male into house
> 3) Plug in male-to-male into car inverter
> 4) Turn on inverter switch.
> When power returns to neighborhood, reverse the steps.  Nothing unsafe 
> about it in any way.
> We trust 100 million people a day to drive 2000 pound missles at each 
> other with a closing speed of over 120 MPH and certain death aimed to just 
> miss each other by 4 to 6 feet in the most legalized game of "chicken" on 
> earth (our highways).  And there are enough fools there to kill over 1000 
> people a day (just guessing)...  Life is full of risk...
> I think we can trust most people to not stick their tongue on a frozen 
> pump handle or to energize an exposed circuit and then lick their fingers 
> and TOUCH BOTH prongs.
>> [Signed] Rick ...
>> "Those who would give up essential Liberty,
>> to purchase a little temporary Safety,
>> deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
> Purchasing a little "safety" (dont play with electricity) by giving up the 
> "liberty" of having emergency power for my family, and then sitting on my 
> wringing hands in the cold is not my way of living.  I trust hams (on this 
> list) to have a modicum of common sense.
> In this weather disaster affecting over 8 million people in the area of 
> our nation's capital, I was disgusted at the media and population.  The 
> radio news is carrying nothing but warnings telling folks to just sit 
> tight, and if they are without power, call the power company (repeatedly) 
> until power is restored.  Then every 15 minutes, they read off the list of 
> phone numbers for the 8 utility companies in the area.
> Then they get hysterical women on the phone complaining just 6 hours into 
> the storm why the city had not plowed their street.  And why the power 
> company is so heartless to leave them without power..  And why THEIR power 
> is not being addressed immediately (not caring about the other 250,000 
> homes, hospitals, and emergency services without power).
> THen the media get these "experts" on the phone to warn people without 
> power to "wear mittens, and a hat, and if needed, wrap up in a blanket", 
> but dont use a gas stove, or emergency generator, or fire in your 
> fireplace, etc... because you could hurt or kill  yourswelf.  ad nauseum. 
> NOT ONE HINT of "get out there, and shovel YOURSELF out, and HELP your 
> neighbor, and CLEAR the street so emergency personnel and the power 
> company can get to where they need to go!
> The approach of just sit in your cold house on your hands, and dial the 
> power company emergency number until power is restored is just not my way 
> of living.
> Bob Bruninga, Wb4APR
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