Is anyone here using packet on the ham bands? I'm not doing so yet, but I hope to be doing so fairly soon. Listening to the news about political unrest in foreign countries, one of the things we hear about governments doing is shutting down the Internet when the SHTF. I don't know about you, but I get a fair bit of my news through the 'net (e-mail, etc). If things finally cross the line here, and the govt either forces US carriers to shut down or gets even worse about Internet censorship and snooping (CALEA, etc), I won't be able to count on that as an info source any more. But if there are enough hams making digital comm available, we might still be able to move news around the world. Sure, the part of it that moves over HF will be slow, but it will still be better than nothing.