[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:26:15 -0800

"Reverse 911" (where they call you in the case of an emergency) would fit in
nicely with that "niche."  (Using TTY/TDD, since the deaf can't otherwise
make much use of the telephone).  It's not a broadcast service.


Also, digital radio does have the ability to transmit textual information.


John Willkie



De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En
nombre de Russ Wood
Enviado el: Monday, January 28, 2008 2:13 AM
Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Asunto: [opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements



Discussing emergency information systems, I don't think that anybody has
mentioned the Deaf or Hard-of-hearing, what use can they make of radios?


Remember that the demographics are skewed and as people get older they get
deafer so the people who can't use radio will be a higher proportion of
those who need assistance.


If the Bobby (sorry State Trooper) who comes to knock on their door doesn't
know the occupants are deaf - will he just move on when nobody comes to the
door immediately?


Russ - from the UK



From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Cliff Benham
Sent: 26 January 2008 18:44
To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

Craig Birkmaier wrote 

At 10:26 AM -0500 1/25/08, Barry Brown wrote: 

With all that has been written about my initial posting about not having any
battery operated ATSC converter boxes, my principle concern has been missed
- that is when local residents have to spend 4-6 days (or more) without
power after a storm has passed through an area. It is this period when OTA
is certainly a good friend and source of contact with the outside world. 


But we really can't expect a legacy portable NTSC receiver to work, and it
seems grossly impractical to outfit these device with battery operated
convertor box. 

Several years ago a hurricane caused a power outage here in Southeastern
Pennsylvania that lasted 4 days. 

This was serious because out here in the country, power is the only utility
besides phone and cable which were out as well. 

There is no city water or municipal gas system, so I had no water at all,
because there was no power for the well pump. No way to cook or take a
shower. And, no news from radio.
All the radio stations I could receive continued to play 'nationally
programmed' music but broadcast no 'public service information' about
current conditions. Had it not been for a portable 12 volt TV and a couple
of camcorder batteries I rigged to run it, I would have been cut off from
all news. 

Whether you think so or not, a portable TV that can receive current
information in an emergency situation is a necessity, not a nicety.
Come down out of the clouds and remember that the original intent of a
broadcast license was 'to serve the public interest, necessity and
convenience'. Now, because so few radio stations are locally programmed, TV
is the only good source of 'local
specific' information in an emergency.

This e-mail has been scanned for viruses by MessageLabs.

This e-mail has been scanned for viruses by MessageLabs.

Other related posts: