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

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at
Thu Mar 7 00:26:09 PST 2013

  How far is the distance being covered, and in what kind of terrain (flat
plains, hills)? HAM might not even be necessary if it's fairly close
(relatively speaking).  GMRS radios can cover several miles.  Other
small/cheap handhelds can cover a couple of miles in ideal conditions.

  Having said that, even when speaking in code, it's not a good idea to
broadcast medical information like that.  Unless you're operating in an
area with literally no other radios around (a rare situation indeed), I
foresee problems.  In some countries, medical privacy laws would also
prohibit this.

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