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[liberationtech] Can HAM radio be used for communication between health workers in rural areas with no cell connectivity?

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Thu Mar 7 00:02:27 PST 2013


On Wed, Mar 06, 2013 at 09:36:41PM +0000, Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb wrote:

> I have one answer: Amateur radio. Forget mobile phone networks.  Amateur radio is cheap, very durable and will provide you with the functions you need, and if you can get access to amateur radio operators in your country, you may have free support for the life of your project!

Hams need to be registered, may only communicate with other hams
(i.e. may not give access to third parties, and especially
pass traffic of third parites) and may not pass encrypted traffic.

You might get away with end to end encryption at application layer, 
but this would be only tolerated at best. 

The whole ham culture and liberation technologies do not really
mix.



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