Skip to comments.The Skinny on Ham Radio: Getting Licensed
Posted on 01/02/2012 10:46:48 AM PST by Professional Engineer
A lot of preppers are talking about Ham radio as a communications system during and after an SHTF event. The ability to listen and even talk with people vast distances away in real time is powerful tool.
For a very long time Ive wanted to get an Amateur Radio license (Ham). For one reason or another I never undertook the study and the test. Until now. I have just passed my Technicians license exam! (as of writing this) While it will still be a couple of weeks before I get my official station call sign, Im very excited and already preparing for the next step of licensing. In this article I will walk you through the details of exactly how to get your first Ham radio license. It isnt a hard process but can be a bit confusing and I didnt find any one source that clearly listed it all.
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You get the call/license so you can practice the craft.
I have been storm spotting/chasing for a long time. Being able to communicate with other spotters and NWS is crucial.
Yeah, that with get your attention!
That is correct. Morse is no longer required.
I got my Technician and Novice licenses in 1952 (Novice Class no longer exists). Both required Morse at 5 words per minute. I let my licenses expire when I was traveling around in the Air Force and couldn't maintain a ham station. About 15 years ago I got what was then called the "no-code Technician" license. Later, when the code requirement was eliminated, I went to the Dayton Hamvention and took the tests for both General and Extra. Passed both. Still operate mostly on VHF because I don't have room for an HF antenna. However, I find it's a nice hobby.
It was highly embarrassing to do it in front of a guy who could do it in his sleep.
So if I buy a Maxowatt Humslinger and start blabbing, declaring myself just a Georgia good ol’ boy won’t be appreciated? lol
Seriously... I’ve noticed (good)SW radios seldom pop up at flea markets or pawn shops. I can see where it’s good to be legit just to get advice on advanced technical issues like antenna design, range, etc.
I need to get one just to broaden my horizon...so to speak.
Did it clear a few components from the board? LOL
I will take the exam(s) in March; figure I know about 75% of the material right now just by osmosis over the years. I purchased both these radios for a total of $160, plus some more in accessories. The Degen active loop indoor antenna (about $27) works extremely well to reduce noise.
I will take the exam(s) in March; figure I know about 75% of the material right now just by osmosis over the years.
I purchased both these radios for a total of $160, plus some more in accessories. The Degen active loop indoor antenna (about $27) works extremely well to reduce noise.
Sometimes prowling the bands is rewarding.
Surprised no one has mentioned the good old Radio Shack scanners. Modern versions can pick up any signal out there, including police, aviation, and ham. These can be programmed to search defined blocks of frequencies for traffic. Even better, one can check the databases at RadioReference.com for a listing of freqs in use in your area and program them into the scanner. Most Stormwatch groups publish their operating freqs on the web, and these are informative during times of bad weather such as we saw last April.
BTW, these are some of the only Chinese products I know of that are really first rate, even state of the art at anywhere near their price class.
I got my Novice ticket around 1955, then upgraded to Tech a year later. A Tech license that old (I kept it kept renewed) converted to a Tech Plus. Since they did away with the General Class code requirement, I believe I could convert the Tech Plus to a General.
I was active on 2m repeaters a couple of decades ago, but now I'm brushing up my code skills, because my SHTF plan includes a QRP CW rig, battery and longwire antenna in a bug-out ammo box.
One of the best thing’s about being a Ham many years ago we had some of the best TV antennas and reception in the community! Now I have the best WIFI.