Repost: WHY CAN’T PUBLIC SAFETY JUST USE CELL PHONES AND SMART PHONES?

VIA N5FDL AMATEUR RADIO From: National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (npstc.org) via Chris Quirk W6CJQ Why can’t public safety just use cell phones and smart phones for their mission critical voice communications? Unfortunately it’s not that simple. Although public safety regularly use cell phones, smart phones, and other commercial wireless devices and services as a secondary form of communications, these devices and systems are currently not sufficiently suited for public safety mission critical voice communications during critical incidents. Public safety officials cannot depend upon commercial systems that can be overloaded and unavailable.   Experience has shown such systems are often the most unreliable during critical incidents when public demand overwhelms the systems. Public safety officials have unique and demanding communications requirements. …

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System Upgrades – Anderson Power Poles and more…

If you follow my postings you know my station is down now. If you don’t, you should know that my amazing Yaesu FT-950 is in Yaesu’s shop being fixed. I was working a state QSOP and it died. So in the mean time I am learning and upgrading. One of the nicest, handiest but cheapest upgrades I’m …

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Repost from ae5x.com – New CW/SSB all-band QRP rig (not a kit)

Not only did they take my advice and change their name from Wouxun to ImportCommunications, they have migrated down to HF. Although I have no desire to own one it is interesting to see new rigs being developed in China. So far most of the HF rigs from various Chinese manufacturers have been kits. Wouxun – oops, I mean ImportCommunications  – now has …

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