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during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??

 
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during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
what are some ideas, high tech or low tech or in between, that people can use in case of disasters? or shtf situations. you cant depend on you cell, look at the 5.8 quake yesterday, cells stopped working.
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08/24/2011 11:28 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
HAM Radio. Get in on it now while you can.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
if all else fails, use smoke signals. tounge
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08/24/2011 11:31 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
walkie talkies?
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08/24/2011 11:33 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
With today's technology, barely anybody has phone numbers memorized. So keep a list of most important numbers in your wallet. Land lines are more likely to work.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
HAM Radio. Get in on it now while you can.
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08/24/2011 11:34 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
both HAM and smoke signals use morse code. so i should get familiar with morse and have morse code printouts handy.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
telepathy
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
pigeons
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
Trumpets ???
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
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Shout like, really loud?
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
OP how long did the outage last?
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
pigeons
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Doom pigeon.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
Smoke signals!

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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
During an event, the cell lines get jammed with everyone trying to make calls at once. But text messages always get through. That is...so long as there is service and electronics still work.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
Hand held portable ham radio.. medium range but works great
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
walkie talkies?
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somehow start finding a way to put notes on pigeon or grackle feet?

I'm pretty much kidding - and really wouldn't want someone to go out and hurt a bird. I do wish I knew how to train carrier pigeons, though.. my Grandfather trained pigeons.. along with HAM radio operation. I should have listened more as a child. :(
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
what are some ideas, high tech or low tech or in between, that people can use in case of disasters? or shtf situations. you cant depend on you cell, look at the 5.8 quake yesterday, cells stopped working.
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I wanna know WHY they stopped working?
Will we even know we were alive when we're dead?
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
HAM Radio. Get in on it now while you can.
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I have a BACON radio!
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
OP how long did the outage last?
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i wasnt in dc, i heard on the news that there were no cell service.
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08/24/2011 11:38 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
talk to someone face to face, idiot.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
I heard on the radio this morning that you should try texting because it takes 1/10th the signal required for a call.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
edit:

nvm

interact with each other

I said smoke signals

but there could be fire and flames everywhere.
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08/24/2011 11:40 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
I wanna know WHY they stopped working?
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Pulse modulated microwave emissions from space causing localized geomagnetic vibrations.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
Trumpets ???
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horn horn2 horn2 horn
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08/24/2011 11:43 AM
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
two-way radios work well for several miles

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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
With today's technology, barely anybody has phone numbers memorized. So keep a list of most important numbers in your wallet. Land lines are more likely to work.
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Land Lines will be most likely to work - but be sure you have an old fashioned phone that you plug directly into the line. Cordless phones won't work if there's no power.

Another thing to have - a cigarette charger for your cell phone. If there's no power - you'll still be able to keep your phone charged up.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
Some landlines travel via cable connections, essentially VOIP, depending on provider and infrastructure, so ensure it's old school telephony before relying on it too heavily.

It's my understanding that only voice calls were disrupted yesterday. SMS should work as should 3G and above (data) so regular web services may still be available (Twitter, IM, etc).

I would also recommend having a CB or two available. Walkie-talkies would be essential for short distance communication; I'm thinking metro area mostly here.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
i don't rely on electronics for the most important e-mails... (energy mail).... but instead have spent 20+ years learning how to listen... listening through my skin.
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
Heytel App on any smart phone
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Re: during yesterdays DC quake, cell phones didnt work. what can people do to communicate in disasters??
ferget the cell fones and texting.. they might work for now, but once your cell fone provided is 6 feet under you can throw your cell fone in the garbage.

even radio waves will be disrupted eventually. There is no way to talk to other people that are distant. You are doomed.

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