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Re: New Orleans Comm Needs

  • From: Howard C. Berkowitz
  • Date: Sun Sep 04 01:20:08 2005

At 7:05 AM -0400 9/3/05, Jerry Dixon wrote:
I don't know how many of you have a Ham license but see

In talking with communication providers in the region they
just now got satellite phones and in process of assessing
and repairing communication lines for New Orleans. They're
still somewhat challenged with comms including at shelters. See the request below from ARRL.

There is an HF net setup and efforts under way by NCS down


For what it's worth for possible antenna alternatives, I was just reminded by a military friend that Army and National Guard field artillery units normally have a generous supply of good-sized balloons for meteorological sensors. While the deploying artillery units wouldn't normally take these to a disaster area, they could be asked to bring them along if these might be useful in RF communications.

Attention All Amateurs...
 Amateur Radio emergency communication volunteers needed!
(Sep 2, 2005) -- The ARRL now is seeking experienced Amateur
Radio emergency volunteers to help supplement communication
for American Red Cross feeding and sheltering operations in
Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle--as many as
200 locations in all. Special consideration will be given to
operators who have successfully completed the ARRL Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications course training (Level I
minimum) to serve as team leaders. These volunteer operators
will help to provide communication and equipment for relief
efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. If you're
interested and qualified, please send an e-mail message to, providing name, call sign, contact
information and any equipment you're willing and able to
take along on a field deployment for an indefinite period.
Volunteers may face hardship conditions without the usual
amenities and will need to provide their own transportation
to the marshaling area.

---- Original message ----
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 19:59:40 GMT
From: "Fergie (Paul Ferguson)" <> Subject: FCC COORDINATING TECH AID FOR KATRINA DISASTER To:
- ferg

"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
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