The tropics had been uninhabitable for decades. We all live inside the Arctic Circle now; we figure there is another population in Antarctica, but we can’t contact them: all the geostationary satellites are below the horizon.
Then I remember that the Internet interprets damage as censorship, and how as a child I had to fly from Miami to Havana via Toronto.
So we get our biggest lasers and point them at the moon, and spell out H-E-L-L-O in Morse code.
Next month, we get a reply.
(The actual quote is: “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Gilmore)
@futzle Ham radio operators have been using the moon as a passive satellite for radio signals for decades. It's called "moonbounce" or "EME (earth moon earth)." There's even a website dedicated to it: https://moonbouncers.org/
Hams have even used Venus as a passive satellite but that one's more difficult.
@ND3JR And here I was trying to decide if my new idea was scientifically feasible! It is feasible (but not new)!
Obviously all the ham operators were eliminated in this future.
@futzle To ensure our message would be most visible, we performed the broadcast on the darkest day of the lunar cycle.
So in a way, we shouldn’t have been surprised by the reply we received.
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