When will ARINC HF radio operators become obsolete?

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  1. ARINC_dude

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    Recently hired as an HF radio operator for ARINC. While I'm very excited to start, naturally I'm curious about the longevity of the position. Will CPDLC make it obsolete anytime soon? Is there some other technology that might make it obsolete soon? Or is this a solid job for a while? Do major airlines still give position reports?

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    This reddit post seemed to have a lot of helpful information -- Sure looks similar :)
     
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    I really wish HF would go away, it's a pain.
     
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    With SATCOM and new digital voice technologies, I think ARINC HF operators' days are numbered. It's like DDD (direct distance dial) using DTMF became a disruptive technology with thousands of long distance operators losing their jobs in the 1950s.
     
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    I don’t know, we still have VORs and NDBs out there. The FAA is notoriously slow to let go of the past. We still call for SELCAL checks with Gander and Shanwick using HF and there are operators that don’t have CPDLC yet. I see HF being around for quite a while as a backup to CPDLC and SATCOM.
     
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    Airinc will still need bodies to answer calls on the replacement. Telegraphers turned into teletype operators once upon a time.
     
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    ARINC is used for more than relaying position reports and as a backup to CPDLC. They also manage phone patches with company dispatch and medlink for the aircraft without sat phones.