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  1. Communications
    I recently bought a used ugc-74 in great condition but it has no power. I'm very familiar with electronics troubleshooting but it helps tremendously if I have schematics, board layouts, or circuit diagrams (and an in-depth shop manual is quite handy). Does anyone know who might have some? I have...
  2. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Per a request, I am making this into its own thread. Mobile mesh networking can be done on phones via WIFI or Bluetooth. Let's use Bluetooth as an example. One mesh networking chat app is Bridgefy. If you use it, it connects to any other users of it within the 100 meter range of Bluetooth. If...
  3. Off Topic Lounge
    The purpose of life is life itself. We are the champions of this realm, those who wish to stop us from surviving are the enemies of mankind. Being forced to do nothing is against the interests of survival. All those who tell us to do nothing do not have our best interests at heart. Not once has...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I want to make some local maps for both bug in and bug out scenarios. Does anyone have some guidelines around how much detail my maps should have and how much area they should cover? Specifically: - How much of a radius around my home do I need for a street map to cover? Does it need to show...
  5. Communications
    So I finally studied enough and took my Element 3 exam to upgrade to a General License. I'd been putting it off for far too long. I've done some looking around but not having a lot of hands on experience with HF I'd like some opinions about HF gear. I need a radio and antenna, probably an...
  6. Communications
    I am looking for something to attach to the outside of my B.O.B. that could help me in the communication department after and emergency. I am not interested at all in sending information, but rather I am interested in receiving information. I would like it to be able to have the following...
  7. Louisiana
    http://www.w5ddl.org/hamfest/index.htm Looks like a nice event if you're interested in amateur/HAM radio or just communications in general. Hope to see ya there :) :thumb:
  8. Communications
    Just got my general ticket and interested in any pictures , specs.,opinions of anyone on building a backpack rig. I'm thinking something that would do (80 meters -6 meter band) I already have a 2 meter/70cm handheld. I would like something that could have a fairly high transmit power but could...
  9. Communications
    I couldn't find a place to post otherwise... So here it goes. This is a discussion on communications when all else fails. It occurred to me that most land line and cell phone coms will likely fail. So a few years ago I bought a Galaxy 939 CB radio (11 Meter) - only to discover there is no...
  10. The Tech Zone
    So while watching the latest episode of Morgan Sperlock's Inside Man, on CNN of all places, I was surprised to learn about "the rest of the story", as far as what the internet is actually comprised of and how it works. TOR (The Onion Router) is freeware that allows people to chat, search...
  11. Off Topic Lounge
    Hobo symbols were little, easy to draw, images used by hobos going town to town for work to indicate something about a location. Here are some images for reference: Why do I bring these up? These symbols could definitely be used in a survival situation! Say you come across a house that you...
  12. Communications
    I don't know if anyone here has already found and posted this info (if so, mea culpa) but it looks like it could be handy. http://livingprepared.blogspot.com/2014/11/shortwave-listening-global-station-list.html I hope you find it useful.
  13. Communications
    How different are the exams? If I'm being honest...how different are the study guides? I can get a 2012 Exam book for $3, and the $2016 is $30. Are the updates worth $27? I know I'm being cheap...I prefer to think of it as frugal:) Any help would be appreciated. 73, N2NIW
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hello all! I'm new to this, but looking forward to learn and hopefully contribute as I learn. /skills /tags sanger
  15. Communications
    Hey all. I am brand new to HAM and other forms of commo. I've used a walkie-talkie, and that's about it. I'm networking with some family members to have communication options for (fill in the blank) emergencies, in the event that cell services were to be unavailable. I have been researching two...
  16. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    Hey all. I am brand new to HAM and other forms of commo. I've used a walkie-talkie, and that's about it. I'm networking with some family members to have communication options for (fill in the blank) emergencies, in the event that cell services were to be unavailable. I have been researching...
  17. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    Hey all. I am brand new to HAM and other forms of commo. I've used a walkie-talkie, and that's about it. I'm networking with some family members to have communication options for (fill in the blank) emergencies, in the event that cell services were to be unavailable. I have been researching...
  18. Communications
    I am a new member and have missed a lot, but what are most doing about longer range communication (over 1 mile +) besides ham radio? I heard (rumor) that marine radios can be used 'in emergencies' over land to communicate, are there any other options?? Of course this means mobile and not...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    OK everyone. You have to do this. It was a great experience and we learned valuable lessons. If you are planning on bugging out, practice letting your wife, GF, etc. doing it alone for awhile! My husband and I ran a scenario and was an amazing experience. Here is how it started. Hey honey...
  20. Communications
    Breaker, breaker, calling all CB experts. I have a choice of those two CBs available to me. Which one is better? Anything I should be aware of, or any negative drawbacks to either unit? The Royce is a base station, and the Cobra a mobile▬I was going to use one of them as a base station (if...
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