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Re: What Worked - What Didn't
From: Kevin Loch <kloch () opnsys com>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 16:49:43 -0400
Strata Rose Chalup wrote:
Yes, very. The #coverage channel on slashnet had folks watching/listening
to various conventional media, as well as monitoring international news
sites, and posting updates and links via moderators. A tremendous amount
of info came in that way, and usually scooped any individual media station.
I'd guess that setting up an IRC net for nanog-type operational traffic
would be very helpful. Equally helpful would be gatewaying that net
via packet radio on amateur frequencies. "Commercial" traffic is
prohibited, but in a disaster this kind of thing would be equivalent
to health-and-welfare traffic.
This is a gray area. Certainly any traffic related to the immediate
life or property is permitted when "normal" communications services are
Here's the section of FCC rules part 97 that is relevant:
The main focus seems to be using the amateur service in place of
communications systems for carrying traffic directly related to the
It would probably be a good idea to ammend the rules
to explicitly allow traffic related to restoring other communication
(including the Internet) damaged in a disaster. This could apply to
wireline networks, broadcast stations and ISP's get back online.
using the "backup system" to help get the primary systems back online.
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