Wednesday, September 07, 2005

When ones words are no better than silence, one should remain silent. 

Looks to me like Motorola may have taken someone from the accounting department and promoted him into a management position on the technical side of operations. I can't think of any other reason that some one would make remarks like those in this Wall Street Journal article and violate one of the primary rules of public speaking. That being that you are far better off to keep silent and let everyone think you don't know anything about a particular subject than to open your mouth and confirm the fact for certain. If you haven't yet done so go back and read the posting previous to this one about the article on amateur radio in the Wall Street Journal.

I base that judgment on the following statement from Mr. Jim Screeden who according to the article is the head of all of Motorola's field repair teams for their emergency response business. He said and I quote.

“Something is better than nothing, that's right, But ham radios are pretty close to nothing.”

Why do I have the feeling that Mr. Screeden has never been on the ground, in the field, in the aftermath of a major disaster like Katrina in the gulf or Hurricane Andrew in Florida? I for one plan to let some of the hams that I know have had their boots on the ground in those situations both as amateur radio operators and as representatives of Motorola who supply much of the land mobile communications gear used by public safety departments about these remarks.

I am great full for the Wall Street Journal article as the reporter obviously thought enough of the benefits of ham radio to write a story about it. When the dust settles and the evaluation begins of what was done wrong and right I hope we find out that Mr. Screeden made his statement to the reporter after he had been without sleep for seventy two hours and was running on caffeine. Ham radio operators put their time, talent, their own money and sometimes their personal safety on the line to provide communications in these situations. I think they deserve better in the way of acknowledgment.

You saw the MSNBC article, right?

You also know that there's a big push by telecommunications companies to take over the role amateur radio plays in disasters. They keep failing, but the idea is they want our spectrum. That's why the guy from Motorola said this. It was part of his script, I bet.

Rob of UnSpace
(aka N3RTR)
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