OpenBTS is an open source way to build your own GSM cellsite. My suggestion was, this is something hams should look into. We could build a Part 15 emergency cell tower that we could be part of our to-go kits that we bring when responding to emergencies when normal communications are disrupted. Providing seamless support.
Well, Daniel took that to heart, and writes:
After spending almost two years trying to get a test license to run OpenBTS, I realized that our time would better be spent making something that could work with all the spectrum open to us Hams. That's when I started doing research into making a new digital standard, something open, cheap, that would support time domain duplexing(TDD), and possibly use Codec2, as the DV codec.
Visit: http://www.ruraltelecom.ca/, for more info on the HamCell project.
Currently the hardware is built around a ADF7021 and covers the 2M band. It has a max TX power of ~10W and a theoretical max speed of 25kbps.
He notes that most of this is still in the planning phase and any input or ideas are greatly appreciated.