Tin Hats and Pitched Forks – Where does Emcomm and Freecom Fit in a National Emergency?

With our government perceiving enough threat to our great nation to pass “laws” like the NSPD-51 (National Security Presidential Directive 51)/ HSPD-20,(Homeland Security Presidential Directive) providing for centralized extraordinary control in emergency and new legislation including H.R. 645 (calls for the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations), Emcomm and its non-government form “Freecom” may be more important than ever.

It sure sounds like our Government expects to have their hands full with core emergency needs, which will flood any operating Emcomm services.

Freecom, the Laize Faire Amateur Radio use of Net Structure to handle non-Emcomm emergency traffic, would be one way to meet the societal needs for on-going communications during an emergency.

Nets would be able to provide support information not core to the emergency, but important to preventing the emergency from being expanded or prolonged.

Bulletins would be able to spread useful information over a larger Amateur Community while keeping Emcomm nets clear for offical government traffic.

One’s survival may well depend on this non-official information source.

Thoughts? Uses?



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2 thoughts on “Tin Hats and Pitched Forks – Where does Emcomm and Freecom Fit in a National Emergency?

  1. Chuck Shinn says:

    Emcomm has made me crazy in that it continues to be far too complex. I wonder why no one has implemented a system of node like servers (similar to dx clusters but modified) with web portals (ins and outs) that allow rf to do the “last Mile” independent of all the bureaucracy and pick up where land lines are broken? Seems all the tools are in place including expertise in software design. Sheesh. A victims family just goes to the web and enters a query on a web page and let the web do the heavy lifting and radio do the last miles. Self healing is not an issue and active participation could easily be managed.

  2. K3NG says:

    Is there some place that defines “Freecom” in more detail? The concept sounds reasonable and I would prefer it over the direction we are going with Emcomm, but due to all these required government certifications like NIMS, I think the days of ad hoc communications networks are over. It’s unfortunate because these required certifications seem to be little more than memorization of bureaucratic structure.

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