By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Satellite link in a backpack provides service for landslide responders


November 29, 2023

First responders and volunteers working at the site of the deadly landslide have a Wi-Fi signal, thanks to a backpack satellite-link setup the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska sent to Wrangell.

The council’s operations center keeps the Starlink setups in Juneau and Sitka for emergencies and community use, said Chris Cropley, director of the Tidal Network at Tlingit and Haida.

The council sent two of its Starlink packs to Wrangell on Nov. 22, and the service was up and running at the landslide response site that same day.

An antenna, which is about 20 inches tall,...

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