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Should Preppers Learn Ham Radio?

July 17, 2012


tuning into ham radio for information

Earlier this year, I took and passed the Technicians Class Amateur Radio test. I’m now licensed by the FCC to operate an Amateur Radio. I’ve written about the value of Ham Radio as a Prepping Skill and cautioned that There Is No Privacy in Ham Radio in prior posts. Experiences in Ham Radio As a […]

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There’s No Privacy in Ham Radio

March 14, 2012


no privacy in ham radio

“I only have 1500 rounds of .223 ammo. I need to pick up a lot more of that. I have over 10,000 rounds of .22 ammo so I should be okay there.” That’s part of a conversation I heard as I was scanning the 2 meter band on my ham radio recently. The conversation, or […]

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Please Burglarize Me!

March 8, 2012


unlocked door

Think back to grade school or middle school for a minute. Do you remember the “Kick Me!” prank? You know, the one where you tried to subtly affix a sign to the back of a friend that said “Kick Me!” and had an arrow pointing to the unsuspecting person’s rear end? The joke seldom, if […]

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Book Review: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual

February 22, 2012


ham radio as a survival skill

“Whoa, I don’t even understand some of these questions. I’ve got a long way to go.” Those words echoed through my mind as I thumbed through the question pool for the Ham Radio Technicians LicenseĀ for the first time. The Ham Radio License The Technician Class license is the first of three License classes available to […]

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A Case for Morse Code

February 1, 2012


using morse code with a telegraph machine

In 1965, Jeremiah Denton was the Commanding Officer of an attack squadron aboard an aircraft carrier positioned off the coast of Vietnam. One fateful day in July of that year, Denton and his Bombardier/Navigator took off from their floating fortress on a bombing mission over the Vietnamese city of Thanh Hoa. Their trip wasn’t what […]

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Ham Radio as a Prepping Skill

January 18, 2012


ham radio for the prepper

“Why not just get a couple of tin cans and a long piece of string? Or better yet, use smoke signals? Baaahahaha!” That’s the reaction that some people have about ham radio. In a world of cellphones with unlimited long distance, voice over ip (VoIP) that allows you to talk with someone 1/2 way around […]

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