Skip to comments.Vanity: Just passed my General Class License (Ham Radio)...with some interesting observations
Posted on 02/04/2012 12:36:51 PM PST by DCBryan1
20 or so people in there, half of them under 30 going for their technician. I was one of 2 in there to upgrade to general, and one showed up for the highest class, amateur extra.
Anyways, I ask this kid (22-25yo) "Why are you getting into ham radio"? He matter-of-factly said, "For the upcoming zombie apocalypse". I laughed and half the room turned around, glad to proclaim the same, hell even bragging about it! A couple more admitted that they were embarrased to say that but essentially that is why they were there.
I found out with a little more prodding that some of them have family members either already taken the exam(s) or studying for it in solely in case the balloon goes up.
Anyways, your days of old guys in wearing dirty hats, thick glasses, and coveralls with pocket protectors and the newest Texas Instrument calculator or slide scale are LONG gone in ham radio. Lots of young, professional, worried, high and tight clean haircut young adults and family units getting into it as a last ditch effort to communicate with family. Hell...2 girls in there! Wife and daughter!
Anyways, just an acute observation for you guys, especially the Preppers.
Oh...btw...one of the examiners DID look like this:
Ping to the Prepper King!
after death Mormon converts ???
Entitlement Zombies will rise up when the money finally runs out. (or the currency value anyway)
Which one of you are going to get your license?
I'm hanging on to my Advanced class, because it's grandfathered, and I never really wanted to work that tiny slice of bands reserved for extras.
I've spent many years enjoying the hobby. Remember to keep the code speed up. Sometimes, CW is the only thing that can get through.
I’m not surprised at all. More and more people are having their eyes opened and once they get over their shock and disbelief the more intelligent AND willing are starting to do something to protect their loved ones and themselves.
For a few that I have talked to very recently the turning point was the Georgia Obama/NBC decision for others it was MFGlobal and how that has been handled.
I just hope that it’s not to late.
I have some nice Icom receivers(R7100, R1, R20) and have always wanted to get my Ham License...no need for morse code anymore, right?
2nd Kart ping and BTTT.
CORRECT!.....but CW (morse code) is a good skill to learn, kinda like primitive fire making....;)
Anyways, I got my General after 11 hours of study over 5-6 days from Ham Radio License Exam Online.
I scored 95 percent today when I upgraded from technician to general, so I actually OVERSTUDIED by 20 percent! With the ease and simplicity of the online study format, I'm going to go ahead and pay for the Amateur Extra and take that in a couple of weeks, even though, as of yesterday I had no desire.
Were you at FrostFest too? I went there to get back into the hobby. Felt lost with all the equipment.
Looks like you were definitely in the minority there........let me guess, they were all your grandkids.........LOL!
Congratulations but I am taking the advice of another FReeper to not be on any FCC license list if TSHTF (2M).
73’s I got my No Code Tech License in 8th Grade radio club... license was issued on 2/4/92, so today is 20 years.
I never have upgraded, just never found the time/desire to sit down and study it.
As for me, I am interested. This is really something I should do. There are resources in my area; it is a matter of making time to meet.
I’ve read about Homeland Security and the FBI monitoring the Internet for discussions of zombies, since you can discuss survivalism, military tactics and evasion tactics under that guise.
I can also see how ham radio gets a thumbs up post-Apocalypse (of any type).
* Not easily monitored by the government like your cell phone conversations via monitoring software or internet activities.
* Works even after an EMP attack if you put it in properly shielded storage.
* It’s an existing network of emergency communications volunteers today, so joining with hams gives you a communication and support network immediately.
* I know lots of hams who were preppers for nuclear war, so you can find modern day preppers of the older generation, just gaining new ones for new threats today.
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