WSJ Article

A short excerpt:

“Ham radios, battery operated, work well when others don’t in part
because they are simple. Each operator acts as his own base station,
requiring only his radio and about 50 feet of fence wire to transmit
messages thousands of miles. Ham radios can send messages on multiple
channels and in myriad ways, including Morse code, microwave
frequencies and even email.”

At the end, a BPL advocate from Motorola is quoted as saying that ham
radio is “pretty close to nothing.” But a ham operator gets the last
word: “…who you gonna call?”

No matter how you feel about the current state of Ham Radio, in disaster situations, it still brings out the best side of Ham Radio.

“When all else fails…”

(Thank God all the power was knocked out – if there was any BPL in the area, it would have gone offline!)