Four Things for Friday

Friday, April 28th 2023

Radio, box, and power supply that powers an amateur radio iGate
An Amateur Radio iGate I built over the weekend. 

Good morning and happy first "Four Things for Friday!" For those not on shift, I hope you're excited about the upcoming weekend. Last weekend, I was able to get some downtown and constructed an amateur radio iGate/Digitpeater. This little device can receive tracking beacons, relay messages, and process weather reports. Mine was a portable version with a built-in GPS for under $120 total. I highly encourage everyone to look into testing for an amateur radio license, especially as a first responder, since the knowledge and access to frequency spectrum can be invaluable when things go wrong.  

TSA Officers Help Save Pilot in Cardiac Arrest

If you haven't met Brandon Griffith, he's a friend, survivor, and law enforcement officer who has done great work promoting resuscitation among the LEO community. I thought of him when I saw this article, because while ideally we want bystanders to start CPR first, our partners in public safety arriving quickly and knowing what to do is the next best thing. Check out the article here and great work!

Sacred Heart University nursing student saves man's life with CPR at JFK airport

Maybe I've got travel on the mind, but a second airport save also made headlines, this time from a nursing student (and other unnamed bystanders) at JFK airport. What warms my heart is that, just before leaving, the nursing student (Natalie Davies) had turned in a paper arguing in favor of more people doing CPR! Read the article here and WAY TO GO NATALIE!

'Over-zealous' CPR might have killed skier who hit skifield fence post

Not all news is good news. Two weeks ago I posted about some ethical objections to CPR, so I've been dialed in on criticisms when I find them. A New Zealand autopsy report is suggesting that CPR may have contributed to the death of a skier in 2019. Unfortunately, some postmortem services weren't available at the hospital to confirm with certainty, but unfortunately the article fails to mention that CPR wouldn't have been administered unless the patient already had experienced signs of a cardiac arrest. Give it a read yourself here. For those of us who are advocates, I think it's important to acknowledge the potential physical trauma of CPR. It's also important to emphasize that, in a sudden cardiac arrest, the life is most certainly lost without CPR.

Make Yourself Happy: Be Kind

This article comes from the Atlantic, and I want to share an experiment they did that is incredibly relevant to what I'm working towards here.

To examine this phenomenon in a laboratory setting, in the 2000s, researchers conducted “public-goods experiments” in 16 communities worldwide. These are experiments in which people have to decide whether to contribute publicly and voluntarily to a pool of investments whose gains will be distributed to the entire group regardless of original offering. Participants then react to others’ contributions with either acceptance or punitive action. The researchers found that in communities without strong norms of civic cooperation, antisocial actors punished more generous contributors.[1]

What concerns me is a society that struggles with volunteerism devolving into one that actively punishes those who help. Give the full article a read, and consider some of the stuff that was brought up in Monday's feature on Civic Engagement too!

That's all for this week, I'll be back on Monday with a post starting to explore motivation. You can catch the teaser here until then. Stay safe!

  1. Emphasis mine, ↩︎