When the chips are down, and full Emcomm is running, how will “we, the people” maintain communications?
Emcomm will rightfully be busy providing the communication support to Government & Served Agency activities.
Our ongoing information needs – the life questions that are not priority traffic, but need to be handled to provide social continuity – will need another conduit.
Enter “Freecom” the unregulated social network of Amateur Radio.
Freecom would operate passing traffic & providing bulletins of information of interest to Amateur Radio, but without the infrastructure & overhead of traditional Emcomm.
If a citizen wants to know how to treat their sick poultry, which is in no way an Emcomm class of information request, a Freecom net would get the request out of the disaster area to someone knowledgeable about poultry, and return the reply.
If a citizen needs to know what alternate spark plugs would get their vehicle back up, in case a secondary evacuation was needed, Freecom Nets would be able to respond.
Freecom would be something more than Laize Faire random ham QSOs, and could operate much like the various social & rag-chewers nets.
Do you see a role for Freecom and how would you implement a Freecom ideal?