Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hams can do that? For $2B?

"State Said to Be Close to Dropping Police Radio Project" says today's NY Times:
State Said to Be Close to Dropping Police Radio Project
Published: January 10, 2009
State officials are close to canceling a $2 billion contract to build a statewide wireless network for emergency agencies, according to officials briefed on the results.

Every once in a while, a news article stands out. I ask myself how much communications infrastructure could you build for $2 B if you asked radio amateurs to work on this problem? (Even if you pay them a fair wage.) That cost is staggering, considering what you could do with a few NVIS-based networks for, say, 1/1000 of the price!

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