After Katrina, the *ONLY*
communications that worked were HAM Radio, and CB.
Cell phones were all out for several days, and some areas were out for
CY: Were you able to get any thing on AM or FM radio? I know that where I
live, I can sometimes get Am or FM stations from the next city over. I
routinely listen to a FM station from a city about 100 miles away. At night,
the AM band comes to life, and I can get sometimes 100 stations on the AM
dial, in my van.
Power was out for as long as 4 - 5 weeks. I lost commercial power for
10 days, phones and cable were out for 2 1/2 weeks.
CY: That's a long time to be without.
The local TV station was
up on generators, but unless you had a generator of your own, you didn't
know what was going on. For a week, the TV stations source of news was what
came in on the HAM radio, or what literaly walked in through the back door.
CY: I've seen battery power TV for sale. But, now, with the digital signals,
they are all useless. Some people used to take battery power pocket size TV
to sports games.
Personally, I have a whole house generator, so I wasn't lights out for but
just a couple of minutes. I didn't lose any antennas, so I was on the air
almost continuously when I was at the house. Second day after the storm, I
was at the TV station passing message traffic for them. When I was on the
road and stopped anywhere, I was passing message traffic for folks with the
rigs in the truck.
CY: Sounds like a good use of time.
BTW... almost *EVERY*
fridge/freezer that was lost was due to running on
generator and they let the generator run out of gas, or they shut down the
generator when the fridge/freezer was plugged in and running.
CY: Have to remember that. Thanks.