Ham Radio in Egyptian Protests

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AC2GK, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. AC2GK

    AC2GK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been following this for the past few hours, very interesting:

    From: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x291092

    Should be interesting to see how this pans out,
  2. N4SVA

    N4SVA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Be careful who you support over there. These protests are being cheered by Iranian state newspapers and many participants are part of the Muslim Brotherhood with similar aspirations of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
  3. AC2GK

    AC2GK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yea, can't say I know enough about whats happening there to support either side, thus far I have not actually heard of any confirmed ham radio transmissions even making it out of the country (theres something like ~200 of them, I sure as heck wouldn't want to be caught transmitting in that type of environment)

  4. N7KJ

    N7KJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    We should, to protect Ham Radio, stay out of politics in this venue. To get involved in political issues like it happens in Egypt currently may encourage governments to shut Ham radio down as they have done with the Internet and the wireless phone service in Egypt. I believe it is advisable to post political and religious comments and or opinions on a webpage dedicated to politics and or religion. No offence....

    Scott N7KJ
  5. KB9RDS

    KB9RDS XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I agree with Scott N7KJ. We should try to stay out of the political side of issues like this. This may seam like helping but the ramifications in the aftermath could and would hurt the hobby and and Emergency Communications efforts in the future.

  6. K7LLL

    K7LLL Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is a sad situation over there.
    In the past, with local wars and turmoil around the world, what has been the history of governments trying to shut down ham radio?
    Anyone know from first hand experience?
    Did they jam the bands?
    Threaten with fines or jail?

  7. KB3X

    KB3X Guest

    Amateur Radio should not be used for this political purpose -- Especially to subvert the will of any government.
    It's not its purpose. This is not emergency communications.
  8. N6DPG

    N6DPG Ham Member QRZ Page

    No place for Politics!

    I second that reply! better to stay out of that storm

  9. N2WSK

    N2WSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Amateur Radio should not be used for this political purpose -- Especially to subvert the will of any government.
    It's not its purpose. This is not emergency communications.

    I second that quote by another Ham Member. Stay out of these politics.
  10. ND1G

    ND1G Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Internet activist"? And this is code for what? Check the web site. Anarchy comes to mind, which is always a thrill to the adolescent mind.
  11. N6CRR

    N6CRR Ham Member QRZ Page


    You're probably right on keeping Ham Radio the heck out of this, but Hams did use their skills and equipment during the occupation of Kuwait way back by the Iraqi army.

    But having said that, you're probably right about Amateur Radio keeping out of the whole matter.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  12. K0WPK

    K0WPK Ham Member QRZ Page

    On the other hand, this would seem to be the perfect opportunity to practice those often underutilized listening skills and remain silent but ready to respond if needed. It certainly wouldn't hurt to listen at those times and on those frequencies when propagation is favorable for anyone - perhaps a US Embassy worker or other friendly "outsider" - in dire need of assistance.
  13. K6DBF

    K6DBF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Definitely no place for Ham Radio. This is not a natural disaster with starving, suffering, disease riddled innocents. Rather, it is an attempt to overthrow one dictatorial regime and to replace it with another one--probably islamofascist. The overthrow is being pushed by "The Islamic Brotherhood"--a terror organization! What else do you need to know? There are enough useful idiots, puppets, and little drummer boys/girls in the world. Don't add your name to the list!
  14. WQ1O

    WQ1O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, I think keeping out of this is best for amateur radio. Outside of letting a loved one know they're ok, there is little we could do to assist, even if we wanted too.
  15. WX1DX

    WX1DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes stay out of the political mess but what is being asked for is support for the fall out of the event by giving medical assistance and safety of loved ones. But Egypt is completely different environment than what is in Iran, Afghanistan,Libya the like. In that the current dictator replaced one of the Taliban like governments of the time.
    The population is well educated and modern what is now happening should be politically avoided but getting information out to those in need something that Ham Radio has been a part of from it's birth and through many many situations Identical to this.
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