Quakes, Passings, and the G20

There are a lot of very interesting news items this morning.  We’ll cover most in short summary form since a pages-long treatment of each gets boring.  Its also useless in terms of payback on time invested.

In keeping with the “excess bandwidth” discussion on UrbanSurvival Friday, we note already the passing of former president George H.W. Bush has, in many media, pushed the Alaska quake and G20 off the “above fold” area of screens.

Which is a mighty interesting thing, when you think about it.  Since, in our ever-so-humble view, the G20 going forward (along with the chances of a West Coast quake) are likely to have a much greater impact on your life.

No explaining other media, but it’s sure an odd spin on reality from our quirky perspective.

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12 thoughts on “Quakes, Passings, and the G20”

  1. The only fair distribution in life is that EVERYBODY has to die sometimes. Wonderfull in my opinion–what’s not is that really bad people are made out to be good after they’ve died ;-((. Can’t we admit to good ridance of evil.

  2. In Hawaii, we hold InterIsland nets morning and afternoon at 0900 and 1600 local HST on 40 meters. Morning on 7.188 Mhz LSB and afternoon on 7.088 LSB (Note that last freq is not for CONUS use. We are in the tropical pacific for that ‘special’ section of the band.) Sometimes the Near-Vertical-Incident-Skywave (NVIS) propagation is great and 5 watts will get you statewide across 3000 miles. Other times with the crappy bands, we cannot hear a full gallon amplifier on the other side of the island.

    We have found that moving to 60 meters is usually usable for interisland nets.. 5.371.5 MHz USB channel. The guys commented the other day that now they know why the Alaska Emergency Frequency in in the 5 Mhz band…. it is usually usable across short distances.

  3. George, If you ever do put a list of emergency net frequencies together for the individual states I would really appreciate you printing it or sending it E-mail ??
    Thanks K0???

  4. About the Alaskan Quake…the one area where government can make a difference is in building codes and planning. The Bay Area has tough building codes that make many builders wince…but for very good reason. Take the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Anchorage. Elsewhere, that may have caused devastation and death…but Gov. Bill Walker said.
    “Sometimes people grouse about stringent building codes, but I am really glad they were in place. building codes mean something.”

    They were put in place after the devastating 1964 quake at magnitude 9.4, the most powerful on record in the United States. Those codes saved lives and billions of dollars in damage.

    As a guy who flipped about 7 homes this year…My contractors grouse about building codes too…but we live in an earthquake zone and while there are those that try to cheat the system and skirt the building and planning departments of local cities, I personally could not live with myself if I had not abided by these rules…especially if we were to have a major quake and people were hurt as a result.

    In theory for some…less government sounds good…until it isn’t.

    • I have to agree with you on this one.

      Admittedly soem codes aspects are purely political, but siesmic, fire and hurricane stuff has proven value.

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