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The SATERN CW Net Mission

Amateur Radio remains the most survivable and versatile of all emergency communications systems because it is decentralized and independent of the complex distributed infrastructure required by many of our familiar common carrier resources, such as cellular telephones and the Internet. 

There exists within Amateur Radio a variety of modes and networks, all of which offer specific advantages for specific applications.  For example, voice communications is ideal for general coordination and limited exchange of record message traffic, but it suffers from a variety of disadvantages as well, not the least of which is the fact that its suffers from inaccuracy and a tendency on the part of users to transmit unnecessary language.   Likewise, Digital methods are ideal for large volumes of data and some digital modes facilitate the transfer of binary files.  However, the use of digital modes requires additional equipment of greater complexity and places greater demands on available power supplies.   In other words, there is more to go wrong.  

CW Nets also have distinct advantages for some applications, and the wise emergency communications specialist will want to take advantage of these benefits:

For more information on the advantages of radiotelegraphy, please refer to “ The Case for CW ” article elsewhere on this web page.


The goal of SATERN is to provide reliable, accurate, and well managed messaging services to disaster response teams using radiotelegraphy.   It is not designed to replace voice or digital modes, but rather, it is intended to offer a very valuable alternative in time of emergency.