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  1. Communications
    For those of you who are interested and were on the fringe...now is the time to use some of that free time and study for your exam. :D:
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I know that use is ultimately what matters but I’m seeing these sub $50 versions like the uv5r that have me wondering. Anyone have one of these and can they be trusted?
  3. 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...
  4. Communications
    ham radio, this seems to be a big topic, and conceivably a very expensive one. there seems to be all kinds of advice on what kind if systems to get & antennas to buy. your level of acceptance seems to be the size & power out put of your radio and the ability to reach faraway lands. ( from what...
  5. Communications
    This is from the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC (West coast of Canada). You can use this free web service to listen to various bands. http://websdr.ece.uvic.ca:8080/
  6. Communications
    I've seen multiple threads here on the subject of Faraday cage bags for EMP protection, but I have a question that isn't covered in any of the threads I found: I would like to get a feel for whether or not there's a market for high-end bags that are designed to protect electronics like ham...
  7. Communications
    So you've got your Ham Ticket - (even a Technician Class…) Ever considered using any of the numerous OSCAR's, (O-rbiting S-atellite C-arrying A-mateur R-adio), if it all goes to South? Once the power's gone, and all of them-there Ham Repeaters either exhaust their back-up 12v Lead-Acids, or...
  8. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I wanted to put together a multi-use stand alone HAM radio go-kit using a Pelican #1510 case for this project. I started laying the pieces out to see how it will all fit....it's getting tight! This is what I have so far: 1 Kenwood TM-D700 ( still in Truck) 1 Yaesu VX-6R HT 1 Comet Mag-mount...
  9. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I needed a portable 12v and AC power setup for field charging my Ham radios, cell phone, Laptop, etc... and so I put this together with some slightly used UPS batteries . I rigged up a 300W inverter and made a auxiliary box with 2 -12v cigarette lighter plugs and a set of banana plug hook used...
  10. Communications
    I have decided to study for the license and get me a HAM radio. I want something cheap for now. Being a beginner I don't see the need to invest a lot of money into something fancy. I don't have much money anyway. I know that a lot of times you get what you pay for though. I want this...
  11. 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.
  12. Communications
    I have had my licence for almost a year now (KG7CUV) and have not had a lot of luck getting people on my radio. I am in 2M and 440 for the most part and live in the Moscow Pullman area. I don't know if there just arnt that many people out there and I need to up my licence and go to 10M or if I...
  13. Communications
    I am wondering if someone with more knowledge than me can explain why it would be a bad idea to use the existing wiring for an amplifier in my car to power a 100W ham radio. I have one wire going from the positive terminal of the battery to the trunk, and another wire grounded to the chassis...
  14. 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
  15. Communications
    I've been doing some work in the radio room, and got to thinking about what equipment and skills would make for a reasonable prepper radio shack. Warning this maybe a bit of a ramble... I think there are some obvious equipment needs... HF and VHF transceiver, backup power, SWR meter, DMM...
  16. Communications
    Hi, Jim AJ4XI here. I wrote an 8-volume book designed according to an alternative education theory to be read to a child by an adult or else read aloud within a study group or research team, as I call it. If you're curious or interested, please see "The Young Amateur's Guide to Radio Physics -...
  17. Communications
    Survivalist Radio: Ham vs CB vs FRS vs GMRS vs MURS Survivalist Radio: Ham vs CB vs FRS vs GMRS vs MURS "What type of radio should I get for SHTF with the most communication range?" "How far will that radio go?" We see these questions being asked a lot on various forums, especially...
  18. Communications
    I'm not sure where to post this. I've heard from several of my prepper friends that they would have liked to know about these in advance. So I'm putting the word out to those interested. If it needs to be moved or this is not appropriate then feel free to handle as needed and let me know...
  19. Communications
    Hi All I just finished a long writeup on my entire Radio Communication plan. Its everything I have learned/thought of in the past year or so, condensed into a dream/to do list. I would copy it into this post, but none of the pictures are copying.... You can read it here...
  20. Communications
    As anyone who has read the SS-0131 or MCRP 3-40.3C knows; protecting what your transmitting is just as important as who you are transmitting it to; you don't need "Charlie" hearing every dad'blamed transmission because you're using pop's CB with a 2000W "kicker" while you scream into the mic at...
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