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

The Doctor drwho at
Fri Mar 8 08:40:46 PST 2013

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On 03/07/2013 01:58 PM, Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb wrote:

> Can you give me some examples of what you mean?

I have been in touch with a number of ham radio communities that are
working on community wireless-type projects which either have solvable
problems but do not want any help (or solutions), or which are only
interested in building them for their use and no one else's.  Either
way, they have been, to date, uninterested in collaborating or in
opening the networks they build for anyone else to use.  Hence,
'uninterested in liberation technologies' (of the sorts talked about
on this mailing list).

> I would not say we amateur radio people are all human rights
> activists, but most

I will grant you that.

> people I have worked with have been involved in using amateur
> radio
for public
> good.

Most of the ones I have met have been interested in amateur radio, but
I honestly cannot speak to the number who have explicitly mentioned
working for the public good.  The ARES and RACES members I know near
home certainly are (they are why I studied for my ticket, incidentallly).

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

I have encountered it where I live, unfortunately.  I know there are
hams out there who work otherwise, and would very much like to meet
more of them.

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