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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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:
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. General Discussion
    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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. New Member Introduction
    Hello all! I'm new to this, but looking forward to learn and hopefully contribute as I learn. /skills /tags sanger
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. Communications
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/24/quake-exposes-cracks-in-cell-phone-coverage-emergency-response/ When you get the dreaded "all circuits are busy", start Texting. Text is a different band, and the messages are smaller taking up l ess network resources. At Katrina we had text days...
  19. Communications
    I'm considering a CB base station for my BOL. I was wondering if the length of cable from the unit to the antenna has much bearing on power consumption as far as receiving and transmitting. If I decide to put my antenna on a hill 300-500 feet from my BOL, is there anything special about power...
  20. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I am trying to compile a list of symbols that would be useful for communicating information to other survivalists. I am basing them on the old "hobo signs" seen here: Obviously, survivors of a modern SHTF event would require many symbols that were not needed in the day of the hobo. I'm...
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