"I find this a typical response from a member
who doesn't have something"
On the contrary, I have
used APRS. I have
spoken with Bob over the years and he has
objected quite openly about the way folks are using APRS as a tracking system instead of what he intended. What you find, is only that you've made blind assumptions.
I know what ham radio
did and didn't do after the WTC and Katrina, and in neither situation did APRS "keep responders going" in any large or critical way. After the WTC most of the ham response came through the local ARES, which didn't and doesn't use APRS for normal emergency
operations. After Katrina, the "heroes" of communications
set up wifi
bubbles and got connectred outside by satcoms.
Maybe someone used APRS locally for small tactical tasks, but the use has been incidental and generally unimportant. You'd find the ARRL and ARRL/ARES say the same thing. Neither writes APRS into any of the emcomm plans.
Nor have I heard of any RACES organizations that call for it, or rely on it, in any way.
In a few areas, I've heard of local ARES groups discussing putting trackers on fire trucks and ambulances, or sweep vehicles at marathons and other events
. Emphasis on a few
and even that comes and goes. And that's the tracking-only function that Bob has had words about.
So instead of assuming who has or hasn't anything, why don't you back up your statement and tell me just how APRS "kept emergency services going" after the WTC and Katrina? What services, what operations, what duration? And why that all missed the news? Or did I miss a blurb in QST that said otherwise?