At ARRL there was an eye-catching title in a list of old posts on the side bar (much like all the titles of my posts on my side bar).
HMS Bounty Rescue
“Okay…”, quoth I. “I wasn’t aware that HF transceivers were available to the crew of HMS Bounty, an 18th c. Royal Navy full-rigged and ill-fated ship.
It happens that a replica of HMS Bounty was built for the famous film. It was sailed around for a while, but eventually wrecked off the coast of North Carolina thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Some of the crew died, but most were rescued.
They had tried all the means of communication they could to get the Coast Guard, sat phone, Marine Mobile Net on HF. Nothing worked. No one responded. But one of the crew, a ham and DXer had WINLINK stuff, which they were using to post, via HF, to Facebook. They sent an EMAIL to the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard arrived.
This really caught my eye because last night on ZedNet we talked a little bit about Winlink.
I am pretty intrigued by this tech… email when there is no internet.
Email when there is no internet.
Think about it.
Read that post. It is really interesting.
Meanwhile, a screenshot of my entry at QRZ for my contact with the Pitcairn Islands.