Will "ham radio" be the only communication left should an all out natural disater take place?
Nope, there are lots of highly survivable communications system out there today that do not rely on sattelites.
Probably not, as radio communications has come a long way in recient years. However, back in the 1990s, I was working in Louisiana when Hurricane Andrew hit, and Ham radio was the only game in town there. All of the public service and cell towers had gone down, and amateur radio operators were actually travelling with police and fire ofiicials to act as their communications. So, who knows. Let's hope we don't have to test it anytime soon.
Amateur Radio was never intended to be a full-time communications system. It is in the part 97 rules that this is one of the foundations of the service. But it is also in the rules that you cannot use the service for any type of financial gain. If the SHTF though, the rules along with your government will most likely not be a factor. It would be anything goes and anyone with a station would be a target. As communications are that valuable. You never think about that. And there is no system that is set it and forget it. The public broadcast would go down the tubes if stations did not have and maintain a reliable off-grid power source. The same with any satellite ground stations. They are all dependent on our fragile electrical grid. I do believe that most would figure out a way to at least operate part time until the systems fully restored. Ham operators train daily so that they are ready and have a system set up (the National Traffic System) so they can get messages to just about anywhere. This will help communities get back on their feet. ))
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