Thursday, September 15, 2005

This Week In Amateur Radio 

This Week In Amateur Radio
I'm sure most of you our there are familiar with Amateur Radio News Line which is produced and distributed weekly nationwide and probably world wide for that matter. Here in Pittsburgh you can hear News Line each week on the Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club net Monday evenings at 08:00 PM on the 146.730 repeater. Always interesting and informative I have been listening to News Line for years now.

I was aware that there were other such “bulletin services” like the Rain Report but have never bothered to track any of them down either on the air or over the Internet. While surfing the web recently I came across a reference to “This Week In Amateur Radio” and followed it. I'm glad that I did. As I write this I am listening to the second of a number of editions of this audio weekly report that I downloaded tonight. TWIAR is a full length show lasting almost a full hour and covering a number of topics.

I think you know of my interest in Pod Casting from previous posts here on the blog so I consider this a real find combining a number of hobbies in one swell foop! I was pleasantly surprised to find that TWIAR is broken up into various segments and one of them is done by Leo Laporte. Those of you who where fans of the "Screen Savers” and “Call For Help” on Tech TV know that Leo makes technology not only interesting but entertaining as well. After you download the latest TWIAR Pod Cast check out his web site,Leoville, while you listen.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Pennsylvania state officials to attend mission critical communications demonstration tomorrow in Harrisburg 

Public safety officials throughout Pennsylvania have been invited to the demonstration of mission critical communications solutions for government taking place this Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Four Points By Sheraton Harrisburg Hotel at 800 East Park Drive.

Motorola has conducted several of these "Motovision" sessions thoughout the country in 2005 and the Pennsylvania event is expected to be the final one of the year. These events have drawn hundreds of police and fire chiefs, state Homeland Security directors and others interested in viewing the demonstrations of communications technology available to assist state, local and federal first responders. Other sessions have taken place for public safety officials in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Chicago, St. Louis, New Jersey, Anaheim, and Orlando, among others.

Some of the technology to be demonstrated will include interoperable public safety communications like the systems purchased by Dauphin County and Westmoreland County, among others. There will also be demonstrations of mesh networking, the Motobridge interoperable solution which ties together users of disparate radios/radio systems at the site of an emergency (this was used at the last Super Bowl and is being looked at by first responders to Hurricane Katrina to aid in future emergency communications) and a product called Mobile Video Enforcer, which is an in-car, digital mobile video device that allows for clear video of traffic stops and crime scenes, but also allows for easy storage of these digital videos for use in court (there will also be a demo of the next phase of this technology coming out later this year which includes automatic license plate recognition for police squad cars. )

The Harrisburg session will also include seminars, including one by Rich Matason, Director of Public Safety for Westmoreland County, Pa. He will address the issue of interoperable communications, an issue that obviously came to the forefront of public attention in the aftermath of 9/11 and once again in the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina.

In the wake of Katrina, the topics being discussed in Harrisburg once again ring very true and I believe would be very relevant to your viewers as first responders continue to discuss the need for mission critical interoperable communications in emergencies like these as well as daily public safety situations.

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