Letter from Jon Good day! I would like to comment on all the SHTF and TEOTWAWKI people who are running out getting their amateur radio licenses. Although I applaud their ability to take a test (but the tech test is 35 questions and I have had children less than 16 take it and pass quickly), I wonder some days WHY they are getting a license to begin with. IF the SHTF … [Read more...] about Do preppers really need their amateur radio licenses?
Today we present another article in our non-fiction writing contest – by Salem Probably the best time to get an introduction to Ham Radio if you don't have a friend or relative who can help you along is to visit a club's Field Day operation. Field Day is an annual event for ham radio operators in the United States and Canada, held every fourth weekend in June. Depending on … [Read more...] about An Introduction to Ham Radio – Field Day
By PrepperDoc In the midst of a ham-radio 2-day “bootcamp” license exam course, I wanted to help the group recognize just how easily and cheaply they could make much of their own ham radio station. People today are so used to BUYING everything, that they have lost touch with their ability to MAKE small pieces of equipment for their own use. Licensed ham radio operators … [Read more...] about Dirt-Cheap Ham Radio Antenna Tuner
by Prepper Doc In Part One, (also read part three here) I discussed how you could use Radio Comm training as a way to locate potential allies who may soon share your prepper goals. I went over how you could work to get your own ham radio license, and how to use the Baofeng UV-5R inexpensive handi-talkie for your initial ham radio VHF/UHF experience. In this part, we'll … [Read more...] about Growing A Prepper Group Through Teaching Radio Communications Part Two: Teaching Your First Course & Creating Follow-On Courses
by PrepperDoc One of the more difficult parts of preparing is developing a group of like-minded people. Multiple writers have suggested that a solitary person is at a significant survival disadvantage compared to a group (everyone has to sleep, for a simple example). Reading one text on the subject of "mutual assistance groups," I found only a sparse list of … [Read more...] about Growing A Prepper Group Through Teaching Radio Communications : Getting Your Own License
by PrepperDoc When you start building your prepper ham radio station, the VHF/UHF part is easy -- Baofeng handi-talkies are cheap and work adequately, especially when combined with a simple YAGI antenna or a small amplifier. You can even easily make a cross-band repeater using two of them. But shortwave (HF) ham radio--really useful for longer-range communications-- is … [Read more...] about Growing A Prepper Group Through Teaching Radio Communications : Building an Inexpensive Shortwave (HF) Ham Radio Station With EMP Protection
Today we present another article inour non-fiction writing contest – by PrepperDoc This is a fun, almost novice-level construction project for anyone who has a 2-meter ham radio walkie talkie (e.g., the $26 Baofeng UV-5) and would like more effective range without having to buy an amplifier. If you are currently using a short rubber-duckie antenna, this high-gain yagi … [Read more...] about Dirt Cheap Concealable High-Gain Indoor 2-Meter Ham Antenna Project For Beginners
by – Moira M You are at home waiting on the cable guy on a drizzly Monday morning. You relax in the quiet house since your spouse is at work, an older kid away at college and a younger kid in school. You settle in with a nice cup of coffee and the paper when suddenly the TV show is interrupted for a breaking news bulletin. There have been terrorist attacks in your state … [Read more...] about Emergency Radio Communication Plan For Disasters