Warren County Technical School students Abbie Heim and Tucker Dunham were inspired to do something after learning of the devastation in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria in September and the communication crisis that followed. In response the classmates developed a project for their Electronics class at Warren Tech. Students in the program routinely develop their own electronics projects from scratch, so when the opportunity came along this year, the pair attempted to tackle the problem of limited communication after an emergency, when traditional forms of communication are down. The result, “A Data Communication Network for Emergency Communication.”
The Data Communication Network for Emergency Communication is a small, portable, self-sufficient, digi-peater that can be deployed in strategic places after an emergency to provide a data communications backbone. The device uses solar power and is reliable in the event that cell towers are inoperable.
“During an emergency, passing information is a very important thing,” described Dunham in his presentation. “This is where ham radio operators are critical. Lists of needed supplies or health and welfare traffic, needs to be communicated to people and emergency services.”
The project is gaining attention as Dunham, a junior and Heim, a sophomore recently traveled to Dayton, Ohio
As part of the Dayton Hamvention young people from around the country are recruited to present their projects. Heim and Dunham are the second presenters from Warren Tech selected to present at the convention in as many years. Last year, 2017 graduate Evan Markowitz presented his project, which was a device that allowed Emergency Responders to more easily communicate using portable radios in mountainous terrain, where rescuers can often be out range.
You can view the student presentations below.
Abbie's Presentation - Click Here
Tucker's Presentation - Click Here