ATT outage

  • Posted by KE8HNK on 2024-02-23 at 12:54

    With The outage of AT&T how many local hams have a EOC plan in place?

    How Many personally prep their family in such cases even if the members of the family do not have ham licenses, Ie: GMRS, CB, FRS

    KE8HNK replied 3 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Jim

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    2024-02-23 at 12:59
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    In my case, my wife does not yet have a ham license… (yes, working on it!!)

    When we are in the woods, we do carry GMRS radios just as a precaution in case we lose cell service and we get separated. I admit that at home, in the city, we do not have a backup plan. If cell goes out, we’re cooked. I’m thinking that this might be an additional argument for me to get her licensed!! The good thing is that where I live, there are dozens of repeaters and most of them have back up power.

    So the short answer is that we are currently under-prepared.

    • This reply was modified 3 months ago by  Jim.
  • KE8HNK

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    2024-02-23 at 13:39
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    Jim, Some of our family is over 70 and not tech savvy. They do not feel the need or have the desire to get the license. Others are working on getting the license, our long term plan is to use the GMRS (set and forget on a channel) and simple training on pressing the button. The Jeep and other houses have a GMRS so the older members can call one of us and the hams can relay the message kind of filling in the gaps in the comms.

  • Unknown Member

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    2024-02-23 at 20:57
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    My EOC is at the PD about 10 miles away; I live in the suburbs. I’m lucky I have a GMRS repeater right here in town a few miles away. There’s another one across the sound on the Bogue Pier. XYL doesn’t give a hoot about ham radio but in a SHTF she can use my GMRS license. GMRS is simple enough for people like her who aren’t tech savvy to just push the button and talk.

    I made a GMRS J-pole from 1/2 copper and added it to my past in the back yard and it outperforms the rubber duck on the HT dramatically.

    All my pals wanted one so I ended up building several.

  • Jim

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    2024-02-24 at 12:22
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    I have the GMRS license as well and have been toying with letting Maria off the hook and not pushing her to get her ham ticket. My frustration is managing two systems. I really like the idea of not having two HTs on my belt when I walk away from the RV. I’ll do this. Give it one more year of harrassing; if I fail, I go for the GMRS backup plan. If I succeed, someone takes me out to lunch, okay? 🍕

  • KE8HNK

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    2024-02-24 at 19:33
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    Preparedness is the key though some preppers may jump on the ham bands to without proper licenses and the GMRS bands may not be as busy depending on Geo-Location Such as us we have several schools that use a few of the channels so planning the GMRS takes some listening and maybe even looking for repeaters in the area as well.

    Our family has a relay and plan hat gets reviewed annually this will also get put in as it now has moved from a possibility to a actual event. Our land line went out and they said because of water but we think it was more related to the outage…….

    Awesome job on the antennas but I don’t have the time or tools to test (working on it)

    I still have to get mine up that I bought and tested

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