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Should give AMSAT members and sat supporters something to think about...

"Telecommunications in the Service of Humanitarian Assistance"

http://www.reliefweb.int/telecoms/intro/whatis_eng.html

in part

"To the Satellite and back

"For the providers of international humanitarian assistance,...
telecommunication satellites have become indispensable tools. ... By 1995
the five major international humanitarian institutions had more than 250
land mobile terminals in use - and spent more than 25 million US Dollars on
the resulting communication fees (14).

"Over the past few years, however, it was not only the number of
humanitarian crises requiring international assistance which increased, it
was also their complexity and their duration. The acute phase... lasts for
days or weeks. During this period, all available means will be mobilized,
often regardless of their cost, including the provision of particularly
expensive telecommunications links, in particular the use of land mobile
satellite terminals. Contrary to this, the response phase in what is
defined as a complex emergency is likely to extend over months, if not
years, and the cost of telecommunications places a heavy burden on the
providers of response, while at the same time resources tend to diminish
with the duration of a crisis - not the least because of a loss of interest
by the media.

"As a result, all partners in humanitarian assistance are increasingly
looking for cost saving alternatives for their communication networks.
Technology has come to the rescue. Almost unnoticed, in the shadow of the
spectacular developments of satellite technology, new modes for data
communication lead to a revival of the all-but-forgotten shortwave radio."

...

73, OJ ex-N5JXU



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