posted ago by MasterChief ago by MasterChief +189 / -0

Think of the possibilities! You don't have to have a license to just listen. The one's that want to talk would need to get the license, but I hear it's not that big of deal to get.

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flyover_deplorable 13 points ago +13 / -0

"If you are hearing this message you ARE part of the resistance"

Dudemanfoo 11 points ago +11 / -0

We don't?

MasterChief [S] 4 points ago +5 / -1

I don't. Do you? Should I get one?

Dudemanfoo 14 points ago +14 / -0

A lot of them. You should study up on them first, worst thing you can do is spend a lot of money and then blow one up... It ain't just turn it on and talk (well not for anything bigger than a walkie talkie type)

The wrong antenna / wire connecting it can blow it up... very expensive lesson.

MasterChief [S] 2 points ago +3 / -1

I just looked into them, it's not nearly as simple as I thought just to listen. It's also very expensive! (depending on which radio you get, some are <$50 and others are $600+)

PlatinumFMorgan 13 points ago +13 / -0

People spend more on iphones, big screen tvs, and gaming computers.

It has been my experience that most people who whine about the price of radios do have the money, they just blow it on other shit they don't need.

ModernDayMao 2 points ago +2 / -0

I recently saw a video on digital HAM and other handheld radios that you can encrypt and talk to your friends without anyone else listening would be very useful in a SHTF situation.

10MeV 3 points ago +3 / -0

Encrypted communication is not allowed in ham radio.

Various digital modes exist. No legal encryption though.

Santa_Liqueur 1 point ago +1 / -0

Your setup can be as simple as a cheap handheld, and a random chunk of wire as an antenna; or, as complex as a base station with independent transmit and receive antennas, on towers.

People have been doing dumb shit like transmitting with old metal fencing, bedsprings, lightbulbs (though that was unintentional) and all manner of silly contraptions for generations. You can make an antenna that works well, and you can get an inexpensive HF radio and hear the world.

Hell, my first antenna was made of lamp cord, split and strung through my rented upstairs rooms, attached to a borrowed radio with a chunk of cheap cable TV coax, and it worked great. I didn’t even solder the wires on. Why did it work? Well, the dipole is happy to work with the cheap coax, and the coax can be adapted to work with the radio, and the radio’s not too upset about the coax. So it all works. The cost of the antenna was free except for cable ends and adapters.

You can do this. And anything you learn today will help you in a future where you wish you’d known it.

kilkidd 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yes. Yes.

Test is super easy and cheap af lasts 10 years.

RedditIsCommunist 8 points ago +8 / -0

It’s not HAM. It’s just ham. Ham is not an acronym, it’s just the word ham.

This is the best site for license test study https://hamstudy.org/

But especially for HF you really need to know a lot more than what’s on the test.

MasterChief [S] 2 points ago +3 / -1

Oh good to know, thank you!

magnokor 7 points ago +7 / -0

In islam, is that type of radio haram?

Can you have a halal HAM radio?

Chuj 5 points ago +5 / -0

Technician license is not hard to get. You need to prep with the questions for the test, pay a fee, get your call letters after passing

Handheld ham radio is $40

I still have little clue what I am doing though TBH

Sansa_Belt 3 points ago +3 / -0

You're right, It's pretty easy. I spent about 4 hours reading and taking sample tests. Paid the freight, answered the 35 questins and voila, go my license. When you pass though, unless you've studied beyond, do not accept the offer to take the next test that day and get the certification beyond the Technician's license. You'll just be wasting time and money.

It's 35 questions and really not too difficult. Almost all of my shooting buddies are licensed.

Fun fact; According to a sworn court filing by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, Nellie Ohr was hired by that firm to conduct opposition research on behalf of the Clinton campaign against candidate Donald Trump. Ohr's husband Bruce was number 4 in Obama's DOJ, and also involved in the FISA scandal and the fraudulent Steele Dossier. Nellie was well aware of the ability of the National Security Agency to intercept and store every communication on the Internet, so it's mighty curious that a middle-aged DC security person would suddenly get the urge to get a HAM license. On May 23, 2016, she received a technician-level amateur radio license. The timing is significant. The presidential campaign was underway and she and her employer, Fusion GPS, were digging for dirt in Russia to use against Trump, and using the amateur bands, she could communicate without being monitored.

Ohr, Nellie H Call Sign/Lease ID - KM4UDZ FRN - 0025607250 Radio Service - HA Status - Active (as of 050219) Expiration Date - 05/23/2026 (ten year lease)

Amatuer Frequencies

Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands (frequencies above 30 MHz). Limited operations in certain HF bands.

From the https://www.arrl.org website: The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz. These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area. Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment. Technician licensees now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. Technicians may also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice and digital modes.

Steelflite 4 points ago +4 / -0

My father had one, but I never paid much attention to it or listen to him explain how it worked. Probably because I was 18 months old, sitting on his lap while he used it. After he died, I found this folder with all these cards from different people's stations. I didn't even know that was a thing.

Based_in_Space 4 points ago +4 / -0

If you can hear this you are the resistance

RonPaulvoter 3 points ago +3 / -0

You guys need proficiency in HF.. not some crappy $35 walky talkie.

kommisar6 3 points ago +3 / -0

Well only one person can broadcast on a channel at a given time...so it will serious reduce the number of messages out there...

MasterChief [S] 6 points ago +7 / -1

We need more people like Salty Cracker and Alex Jones, they could have their own channels and we would know which stations to listen to at whatever times?

Tcrlaf1 5 points ago +5 / -0

That is why you have nets… Ham has text capabilities if you have the right equipment, and even video broadcast.

GeauxTrump20 3 points ago +3 / -0

There is actually 120 channels on citizen band radio. CEPT is The 40 channels that the truck drivers use CEPT-1 is the 40 channels on top of that band. and CEPT+1 is the lower 40 channels. Get an ICOM 7300 touchscreen. Probably one of the most used ham radios today. I have a Galaxy 99V that gets about 600 channels in my vehicle. RCI 2995dx is another good radio except you have to take it to a technician to Have it expanded to receive the 40 channels of Cb.

Honkycracker 2 points ago +4 / -2

Get a baofeng, make sure you get cables and manual....cheap

MasterChief [S] 1 point ago +2 / -1

I saw those, they are cheap compared to the desktop ones!

Honkycracker 5 points ago +5 / -0

What the enemy used in a very recent war that we surrendered.

MarcusAurelius 1 point ago +1 / -0

The big reason... Different frequencies and power.

The handheld ones typically operate in the VHF and UHF bands, and are limited to about 5 watts.

The desktop units will typically do MF and HF bands. But they can transmit in thousands of watts.

Thirsty_Liberty_Tree 2 points ago +2 / -0

Been hamming it up since the 90's. Bases at the farm, vacation property and camp, mobiles in the vehicles plus handhelds for on foot. Decent radios coming out of china (wouxun & baofeng) for criminally low prices that work very well if you're just getting started and are on a budget, but if you've got the dough and want to get serious you simply can't beat Yaesu, ICOM and Motorola. Hope to hear y'all on the airwaves.

womendriverslol 1 point ago +2 / -1

We should all become hams because there aren't enough lonely old weirdos checking into their nets.

HockeyMom4Trump 1 point ago +1 / -0

Why don’t we all just get CB’s

Mark4-39 1 point ago +1 / -0

What's the range like on one of those high grade boys?

JokerPede 3 points ago +3 / -0

With the right conditions equipment and someone who knows what they are doing: worldwide.

Mark4-39 1 point ago +1 / -0

I just need a couple states worth of distance lol... but that's encouraging. Thanks fren

JokerPede 2 points ago +2 / -0

Look into HF. A few states of range is an easy shot with HF.

Dominion4UsAll 1 point ago +1 / -0

Unlicensed 900Mhz or 4.9Ghz microwave is also a good option.

JokerPede 1 point ago +1 / -0

I've been playing around with the unlicensed ILM band this week. Very interesting stuff.

PlatinumFMorgan 1 point ago +1 / -0

Also 11 meters (CB), frs murs.

RealTXPatriot 1 point ago +1 / -0

You don't need a license to talk, only if they catch you

ICEfan -1 points ago +2 / -3

HAM radios can be jammed.

PlatinumFMorgan 10 points ago +10 / -0

"Don't wear a bullet proof vest because the bad guy could shoot you in the head." - an idiot

My point is NEVER give up a strategic advantage because of what an adversary may do.

Alpha_Lemming 8 points ago +8 / -0

They can, as can any signal from DC to daylight.

The big deal is in order to wash out that entire frequency block, you're knocking out a LOT of other shit, and using a lot of power and really obvious and thus targetable equipment and personnel.

GenericInsult 4 points ago +4 / -0

HAM radios can be jammed.

IF they know where it is located. That, and HAM radios can be easily moved.

Megadeth 2 points ago +2 / -0

They can also be lost in boating accidents with guns too!

GenericInsult 1 point ago +1 / -0

Such a tragedy.

GeauxTrump20 3 points ago +3 / -0

You just get a handy-dandy RF finder and locate the jamming instrument and destroy it

Santa_Liqueur 2 points ago +2 / -0

There are digital modes, like FT-8, which can be received when the signal is quieter than the noise.

So yeah, they can jam, but that doesn’t necessarily stop all signals.