Originally Posted by icallshotgun88
It was a combination of a few things...
When it comes to prepping I always put communications on the back burner and focused on water, food, guns, ammo, medical, etc. and decided I'm now in a position to focus on something else like communications.
I started looking into HAM radios and realized I had a lot to learn. I then realized that if it was going to be a survival tool I would be an idiot if I didn't take the time to learn how to use it.
So now I'm reading up on it and plan on getting my license soon.
As I'm learning more about it, I can see it becoming another one of my many hobbies.
I'll start by learning more. Listening. Getting a license. Doing some HAMing and then eventually buying nicer equipment if my firearms addiction doesn't lighten up my wallet too much.
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A guy I knew a few years ago who was a big time prepare of the sort where he bought all of the stuff but it sat in storage and he didn't know how to use it, anyhow I met him shortly after he was diagnosed with ALS and given 4 years to live. I met him because he was trying to sell off all of his prepare stuff so his wife wouldn't have to deal with it after he died. He got it all into his garage from the storage locker and would have people (like me) come by and he would sell things for pennies on the dollar. He was a little crazy though and wouldn't sell a bunch of stuff. It got to the point where he said he was just going to haul it all to the dump and throw it away so I offered that my boys and I would sort through it and sell it all off for half of the money. Well, he died a few weeks after we made the deal, but his wife gave us everything. In all of his stuff was a bunch of handheld Ham radios (and probably a dozen GMRS and some FRS) as well as a really high end scanner that will pick up everything from broadcast radio to cellular phone signals. (He had all of the packaging for a really high end Yaesu but we never found the darned radio!)
The sad part? All of this stuff was basically new in package. He never learned how to use any of it. He had everything he needed to get on the air, even has the study material and licensing information. But never did it.
Anyhow, I ended up keeping a bunch of the antenna stuff, power supplies and a few of the HTs. Pretty uch anything that I didn't already have.
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