Threat to HF radio

Submitted: Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 12:56
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For those who have, or are considering the purchase of a HF radio, the following press statement from the Wireless Institute of Australia may be of Interest.

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Open: Interference and disruption of HF radio services

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Kim
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 13:30

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 13:30
Old news Kim, that release was published in August 2004.

Plenty of posts on here about BPL do an archive search and have a read.

What we want to know is what will the Government do.
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Reply By: kimprado - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 14:58

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 14:58
Sorry, didn't realise.
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Follow Up By: locallaw - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:08

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:08
Gidday,

You are forgiven and your fine will be a slab of beer for every one on this post.
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:24

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:24
Arm stretched aloft...............

Count me in, count me in :-)

One slab please
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 17:25

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 17:25
i drink lights ..so i'll have two! 2 slabs that is
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 17:48

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 17:48
Only real beer allowed.
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Reply By: kimprado - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 17:48

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 17:48
A slab of beer for every post, Isn't that un-Australian? On rough calculations, my previous post is going to cost at least $2million. That's going to cut into my weekly drinking budget!

Seriously. John, we are sending a delegation to the Minister this month on an unrelated matter. I'll see if wireless interferance can be addressed during the discussions. If so, I'll report back.

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Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 19:02

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 19:02
Thanks Kim that would be great. Give them a kick in the pants from all of us.

By the way I will pass on the slab of beer.
Two bottles of Chivas Regal will do me just fine. LOL
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Follow Up By: kimprado - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 20:03

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 20:03
John,

Given the telecommunication problems this country currently face, including telephone zoning problems in outer growth areas of major cities, a less than satisfying Broadband Infrastructure and, matters relating to the HF system, I’ll do my very best.

We have engaged a nationally recognised consultant to represent the delegation and have sent submissions to the current Senate Inquiry on the first two matters.

If we are successful, which I seriously doubt, you will get your Chivas Regal.

Regards

Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 20:31

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 20:31
On a Serious note Kim, Who are you associated with in regards to the Telecommunications matters you are referring to?
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Reply By: kimprado - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 18:16

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 18:16
Hang on Mad Dog. Who said anything about real beer?
Next thing I know, you'll want a slab of Grange 55.

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 20:12

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 20:12
Well if you're offering, thanks. Is that on top of the beer.
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 22:15

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 22:15
I heard after the Tsunami disaster that there had been a bit of a shift in Govt. attitude towards HF because in the immediate aftermath of the disaster HF was the only communication mode that worked and it was actually ham radio operators that got the initial news and details out. Well that's what I heard anyway...

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 22:37

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 22:37
I don't know about the Govt shift but what you say about the comms after the Tsunami I know to be true. The sat phones were next to useless because of conjestion and a ground station being taken out.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 07:34

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 07:34
If the traffic on 8022 khZ (seemingly Indonesian) is anything to go by, HF is still the primary means of communication up there.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 09:30

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 09:30
In the event of a major emergency, much of the infrastructure is taken out or severly degraded, including communications.
Hf is one tool that can be set up quickly and cheaply in terms of outside resources.
The Australian defence forces have recently finished a very expensive upgrade to their HF systems.
Those who espouse the "HF is dead" theory have a poor grasp of the frailty of our modern communications systems in the face of disasters.

Radio amaturs have always been at the forefront at such times, and rendered a great deal of assistance time and time again.
They are then largely forgotten by the Govt and press until the next event.

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Reply By: kimprado - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 14:21

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 14:21
Hi John,

For obvious reasons I’m not prepared to discuss that on a public forum in any detail. If you wish to know more, contact me privately on kimmc@satlink.com.au and I’ll fill you in on what we are doing in relation to a number of telecommunication matters.

Regards

Kim

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