President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 54 years ago today. A century from now historians will mark that date as the beginning of the end of the United States.
Since Bob, K0NR opened the gates of hell for a glimpse at amateur radio in the Internet connected future, let’s consider his notion of the long microphone cord, the remote operation of ham radio equipment:
“The day is coming when a DXpedition to a remote island will consist of a helicopter delivery of a remote radio box (with satellite link and self-deploying HF antenna) that is operated by someone sitting at home using their smartphone”.
I’m pretty sure that the most recent Heard Island Dxpedition included an operator back in California running some gear that was located on Heard Island.
There’s probably too many things that could wrong with a fully remote operation using a self-deploying antenna, but it doesn’t seem at all far-fetched that some future DXpedition might send only two or three maintenance guys with a boatload of gear that they would setup and keep running.
Think how much money could be saved by not transporting a twenty-person team along with all their food, water, and shelters. It’s an interesting concept to consider but one that, for now, would require commercial satellite connectivity.
I know what you’re thinking, “that’s not real radio”. But what if the link was provided by an amateur radio satellite parked in a geostationary orbit - would that be “real radio”?