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

Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb ei8fdb at ei8fdb.org
Thu Mar 7 10:58:22 PST 2013


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Hea Doctor,


On 7 Mar 2013, at 16:38, The Doctor wrote:

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> On 03/07/2013 03:02 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
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>> The whole ham culture and liberation technologies do not really 
>> mix.
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> Unfortunately, this has been my experience as well.


Can you give me some examples of what you mean?

I would argue thats the ham culture that you have seen in your country/city/area. Like any "technology oriented" area there are people who focus on the technology instead of its use.

I would not say we amateur radio people are all human rights activists, but most people I have worked with have been involved in using amateur radio for public good. 

I would point to the whole ARES/AREN/RACE area (amateur radio emergency services) networks, the use of amateur radio in natural diasters, the use of amateur radio during the Kuwait invasion, in passing welfare messages in and out of countries with opressive regimes.

These are areas where people will *give up their own time, money, resources* to *help other people out*. Sometimes in countries they have never heard of. Often they will even look for ways to work around laws, because it makes sense in the situation.

Like I said, I am obviously biased, but I have not encountered the "ham culture" you mention, but I don't doubt it exists.

thanks,
Bernard
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Bernard / bluboxthief / ei8fdb

IO91XM / www.ei8fdb.org

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