TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 19.50 DATE: December 15, 2019
SUBJECT: WHAT IS COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE?
You may have heard of infrastructure, which about anything that is man-made that can be used to move something from one place to another, such as pipelines to transport gas, water, or sewage. Power lines for electricity, airports for air transportation, and the highways, bridges, and railroad systems to allow vehicles to get from one location to another.
Communications infrastructure is about anything having to do with communications. The communications can be any form whether it is voice or data, wired or wireless, metallic, air, or glass. It can be in the air, such as satellites, above ground, such as towers, or underground, such as buried cable.
When you talk about communication infrastructure, you are talking about anything that lets you pass information from one place to another. So, if you hear someone say at all communications infrastructure has been destroyed, that is a lot of damage, and about everything in the world will have been destroyed.
If the radios you have stored away, or the ones you are carrying are still operational, it's still possible to pass information from one location to another, as long as you can find someone else to communicate with.
As long as humans are alive, they will find a way to communicate with each other.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV