NVIS Communications: How HF radio can provide a 'safety net' to FirstNet

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 1, 2014

All very good points John. I worked with John and Barrett to get NTIA approval for the Barrett 2050 radio family so federal agencies could purchase the equipment. It also FCC and JITC approved. We finished the testing in 2011.

Radio Randy (not verified)
on Apr 1, 2014

The use of HF is actually not complicated, at all. I've taught office personnel how to activate our equipment for quarterly net check-ins around the state. A half page instruction sheet is all we need to have on hand, as a refresher.
Also, antenna systems for NVIS are simple and cheap...ours cost under $100 to construct for a single band. You simply need two vertical supports (15 to 30 feet in height) that are spaced a half wavelength apart at the lowest operating frequency. Additional bands simply require a little more copper wire.
Don't let anyone convince you that you need to spend hundreds or thousands on NVIS antenna systems.

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