Angry letter after network outage - maybe Kiwi-related?
Yesterday - around 0116 UTC (25 July) the Northern Utah WebSDR lost connectivity for about an hour after a direct lightning strike to one of our ISP's sites: Fortunately, the damage was largely limited to mains power as the telecom gear was well-protected.
Today the ISP got (and forwarded) to me an irate letter from someone claiming to be part of the "Boating Industry Coalition" (amazingly, there is no Google match to those three words!) from a Proton Mail address (likely anonymized) berating the ISP for not having better back-ups and claiming that it ruined/foiled an expensive international demonstration of critical life-safety systems and techniques.
Obviously, the WebSDR/KiwiSDRs have never claimed to be any more than "best effort" in terms of reliability and the tone of the letter mystifies us. If we take it on face value (which due to the anonymity and the fact that the coalition this guy is representing doesn't seem to have an obvious web presence, and is thus difficult to do) that some sort of operation was disrupted, it occurred to me that they may have been using the TDOA on the KiwiSDR(s).
The questions are these:
- Has anyone else had similar dealings with groups under the impression that the TDOA system was anything other than "best effort" and supported by volunteers?
- On the presumption that they were using the TDOA system, where is the best place to find logs from about 0000-0130 UTC indicating who/what might have been on the KiwiSDRs using the TDOA system?
For your amusement/confoundment, you can find the letter here: http://www.sdrutah.org/info/BIC_Letter.html
Personally, I'm not taking a "courageously anonymous" letter too seriously - but I have added additional disclaimers to the KiwiSDRs just in case someone just doesn't "get it".