Club Program Ideas: Public Service Communication Modes

Blue Keyboard In this series on Club Program ideas, I’m providing possible programs for clubs to use in their meetings. You can find a full explanation of the approach in Club Programs – The Series.

Today’s program idea: Public Service Communication Modes.

Whether communicating for a community charity walk or helping in emergency disaster communicationsl, we most often think of simply using voice communications. Usually with a repeater. But, is this the only — or best — way of handling all forms of communication in an emergency?

This program looks at alternative communication methods for the support of emergency communications.

Possible format:

  • Current communication methods
  • Possible communication methods (for example, packet, PSK)
  • Matching communication modes with communication types
  • Implementing a change if needed

The great advantage of ham radio in emergencies is the ability to use different bands and modes of communication to still get through. Yet, in most public service work, we simply use voice communications. This program suggests that there may be other, better modes for some type of communicaitons work.

Scot, K9JY