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Old 07-08-2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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I would love to get a ham radio but funds won't allow it right now
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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.
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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 .
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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.
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So many government agencies have my ID and fingerprints, that one more wont make any difference.
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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.

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