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Vikingdad 07-08-2012 06:21 AM

Radio Communications
If cell phones and land lines go down, radio is going to be the only way to communicate over long distances. How many of you are HAMs?

opaww 07-08-2012 12:54 PM

I would love to get a ham radio but funds won't allow it right now

W. C. Quantrill 07-08-2012 01:12 PM

I will be before the elections. I have a 50 foot tower erected here now, and as soon as summer farm chores settle down, I will test out. My equipment is in a buddys basement, waiting on me to get the ticket.

Also, I have a 16 foot enclosed cargo trailer, that is going to get modified, and a number of the fellows in this area are going to contribute equipment, one guy is offering a generator, so that we will have a mobile command center if the need arises, we can simply hitch to the trailer and roll to a disaster and re-establish communications.

kycol 07-08-2012 01:13 PM

I am, but have not thrown the switch on for about 4 or 5 years now. Got to thinking about it the other day and hunted up my license to my sure I hadn't let them expire. I'm good till 2014 .

msup752 07-08-2012 01:24 PM

There is an issue with getting a license. My personal information is now public domain under the FCC so a quick Internet search yields my home address and cell number.

W. C. Quantrill 07-08-2012 02:13 PM

So many government agencies have my ID and fingerprints, that one more wont make any difference.

masterPsmith 07-08-2012 04:31 PM

When SHTF and the Gov. cronies start to come, your Ham Lic. will be a bullseye on your location. I personally would not want to be licensed when SHTF. I do have my communication abilities though. It's called underground radio.


HockaLouis 07-08-2012 10:16 PM

I am. And then some. You woulda loved Field Day -- passed by a coupla weekends ago.

clr8ter 07-09-2012 01:12 AM

MasterPsmith, tell us more about this underground radio.

My Father-in-law recently sold my mother-in-law's ham stuff. He got only a couple hundred for it all, no tower, though. You could always get it, and if SHTF you won't need a liscence to run it.

readygirl 07-16-2012 02:08 AM

We have a CB base station in the house, and a mobile unit rigged up in our farm truck we use to haul firewood / trash / feed / etc. around on our property. My parents, and brothers all own property within a 5 mile radius of us. We can usually talk to them, and a few other people on neighboring property's. Kind of like a neighborhood channel,that stays fairly active. Not nearly as powerful as a HAM radio. But we use it alot.

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