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Title: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on January 05, 2011, 01:06:38 PM
We used to have a thread on the old town Hall about ham radios.
Post here your ideas on ham radio use. I am sure some Members already have ham radios and
are knowledgeable on their use.
Many of us will need to purchase a ham, learn the rudiments of operating one, and many need to
purchase one. Below is an excerpt from Zetatalk on ham radios,
Yowbarb
...

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for November 6, 2010
"My question has to do with clarification of the communications issue...."

Answer:
"We have advised those serious about communications in the Aftertime to focus on short wave radio which is today the emergency communication mode of choice. Governments, worldwide, use short wave radio in emergencies because of its durability and ability to operate out in the field, with only a crank box to generate electricity. Short wave of course includes CB or Ham radios, which are just alternate names and operate in the high frequency range as does short wave. CB, i.e. citizens band, states that these radio frequencies are in the hands of the common man, and Ham radio states that amateurs use these frequencies. Short wave does not require extremely high towers and high voltage equipment, thus its ability to function during emergencies. The grid might go down, but crank electric transmitter/receivers are used by the military to support short wave in the field. High towers might topple during the pole shift, but short wave has the ability to transmit from hill top to hill top, from one short wave user to another, and to bounce off the ionosphere or even the Moon if conditions are right.

More than voice can be communicated if neighbors are prepared to transmit packets of digital information, from PC to PC, so that email or even crude graphics could be transmitted. Packet relay requires that the ability to transmit digital packets exists from start to end point, with any boost points along the way likewise having this facility. When we stated that angels will on occasion assist in getting the messages to their destination we were not stating any MHz range restrictions! Obviously, if a large area were under the control of highly Service-to-Other leaders and were able to support a radio station operating under am/fm frequencies, this would not be exempt from assistance. This setup is unlikely, however, given than any government enclaves struggling to reassert themselves as the governing body would likely be the only ones in the region to have the voltage and equipment for such a setup. Even if survivors were to establish a station, it would be more easily detected than short wave setups, so that looting gangs could hone in on the survival community. Short wave, used in short bursts, does not support that type of tracking."
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Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on January 13, 2011, 09:22:09 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio

Wikipedia

Amateur radioFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Ham radio" redirects here.
 
Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams", use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public services, recreation and self-training.[1]

 The term "amateur" is used to differentiate it from commercial and professional two-way radio services. Amateur radio operation is licensed by an appropriate government entity (for example, by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States[2]) as coordinated through the International Telecommunication Union.[3]

An estimated two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.[
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Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Ed Douglas on June 13, 2011, 07:08:50 AM
Augie, you have to pass an FCC test first, to operate one. Then there are certain places to buy. I have a friend just now getting his 6 meter radio, and is gonna take the test soon. I think he said it costs $15 to take it, and it's quite extensive. His gear will cost him over one thousand dollars if I heard him right.   ed
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Ed Douglas on June 17, 2011, 03:45:21 PM
The biggest use of communications equip't for me will be if I have to be away from my wife at times. I will want the ability to contact her. Depending on who's out there, and what technology they have, I could be triangulated in a matter of seconds. I will only use the walkie talkies for emergency radio, or to contact wife.   ed
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: errrv on August 14, 2011, 12:18:39 PM
I have a wouxun KG-UDV1P dual band handheld HAM radio. I have already received long range communications from 2 states away. You can easily attach a dipole antenna or longwire & really increase that distance.
Erv
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: VillageIdiot on August 14, 2011, 05:37:07 PM
I have a wouxun KG-UDV1P dual band handheld HAM radio. I have already received long range communications from 2 states away. You can easily attach a dipole antenna or longwire & really increase that distance.
Erv
I ordered one of these last week per your recommendation, and it should arrive this week. Since you're only 1.5 states away from me I'd like to run a quick test. Do you have any specific long distance antenna suggestions?
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: errrv on August 14, 2011, 07:08:57 PM
Run to radio shack & get:
Bnc to coax connector that will fit your antenna jack, 10-15 ft coax cable, cobra head connector, 17 or 33 feet of insulated wire (for ease of freq changes).

Looks like this:

insulator=~

~0-0------------------< 17/33 ft longwire >-------------/~||
    |                                                                                 
    |
    |
   /\
 10 ft coax ( donot cross or coil)
   \/
    |
    |
 To: ant coax input
0-0 = cobra head. The 17 ft longwire comes from the Dutch military, the 33 ft longwire a universal/works all crews antenna.

Basically coax out of antenna connector. Coax up 10 feet or so for elevation to cobra head. Longwire to one leg of longwire. Suspend parallel/ level  to ground, with insulators on both ends (can be plastic spoon, rubber bands, etc). longwire will be perpendicular & on azimuth to Tulsa ok.

Or you can try it with the antenna that comes with it. Depending on solar circumstances etc, we can see what will work. Lots of anamolies going on lately.
Call me when ur ready to shoot!
Erv
   
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Initalone on August 17, 2011, 05:46:01 PM
Erv, Does the KG-UDV1P operate mainly in the 2 meter band?   I guess they are mainly used with repeaters to get the distances you mentioned.

For the price I am going to get one, they would have to be better than Cb's if repeaters go down.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: errrv on August 18, 2011, 06:24:47 AM
I have done quite a bit of research on civilian HAM radios. I always thought the HAM was the equivalent of the military HF radios. Military HF works from 1 MHz to generally 30.00 MHz. I know these crews well, however if solar activity is high, you lose the ability to make a long range shot. Our radios were 20 watts output power, which you can increase the gain of by 16db by going to a full wave antenna.

The civilian HAM radio I have operates: 136-174 MHz & 400-480 MHz. These are UHF freqs, and I am very familiar with UHF. It is definitely the most clear frequency range there is. Pilots use this range, as well as space operations and satellite communications.

To build a field expedient antenna for UHF, you need either a Yagi antenna format, or a heck of a lot of wire for a quarter wave antenna.

I also still have an antenna handbook if anyone wants a copy, pm me with your email address.
It also discusses wave propogation theory.
Erv
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on November 23, 2012, 08:36:14 PM
I have just received my General HAM class priviledges!  If anyone else is interested in communication alternatives (other than cellular) please contact me for preparedness ideas!!!

Hope to hear from you!


PS: I am also a AES (Amateur Electronic Supply) employee, and can help you
      with pricing  URL:  http://aesham.com/     8)

Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on November 24, 2012, 04:58:54 AM
I have just received my General HAM class priviledges!  If anyone else is interested in communication alternatives (other than cellular) please contact me for preparedness ideas!!!

Hope to hear from you!


PS: I am also a AES (Amateur Electronic Supply) employee, and can help you
      with pricing  URL:  http://aesham.com/     8)

The GW - that is awesome news!!
Glad to see someone posting here...important topic!
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on November 26, 2012, 09:47:22 PM
You bet Barb!
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: enlightenme on November 28, 2012, 06:58:02 PM
Excellent GW...Good for you!!  :D
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on November 29, 2012, 09:51:46 AM
You bet Barb!

I think I will make an announcement in Member Notices about this Topic...
Maybe more people will see it...
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on November 29, 2012, 09:59:09 AM
OK so I put up a reminder about this ham Topic in Member Notices...
- Yowbarb
.................................................................................................

Don't miss this Topic, Ham radio communications for the Aftertime
« on: Today at 09:55:13 AM »

https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=4681.msg64920#msg64920
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on November 29, 2012, 09:35:59 PM
Thank you Barb,


My goal is to get people stimulated in alternate forms of wireless communication, as the cellular grid
will go down because of an EMP, CME, or martial law shutdown, only a matter of time. We have
become WAY TO DEPENDENT on cellular phones for the last 10 years.  EVERYONE needs a backup plan
when it does go down for whatever reason."

I am trying right now, to design/create a bargain 'dual-band' antenna that can slung over a tree branch for rapid deployment/retrieval (communications on the run ;D ).  I can manufacture them for
about $25-30 USD. They will be water/rain-resistant and flexible to be stored in a loop about 8"-12" in diameter.  I can tune the antennas to be efficient in either the HAM (licensed) 2m & 70cm, or the public (license free) MURS & GMRS (simple license required) bands.

Please PM me here through this forum for more details. Thank you for your time . . .

PS: Through a 'repeater' system I have a made a 'CLEAR' contact over 80 miles away using one of
      these antennas.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on November 29, 2012, 10:32:26 PM
Sounds good, GW...
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Schi-502 on November 30, 2012, 05:47:15 PM
It's on topic but a different product.
I have installed a CB radio in my truck.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: enlightenme on November 30, 2012, 05:54:28 PM
It's on topic but a different product.
I have installed a CB radio in my truck.

That's an excellent idea as well Schi-502, and probably the option I will be going with as well!
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on November 30, 2012, 05:57:21 PM
It's on topic but a different product.
I have installed a CB radio in my truck.

That sounds great...what happens to the CBs if the grids fail...anything?
I'm not real clear how that all works, the CBs and the hams...
It would be really wonderful if these could keep on working...  :)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on November 30, 2012, 10:48:30 PM
Ok, as far as ANY kind of communication goes . . .  Nothing that is monitored or maintained by the Govt.
will survive with a greater certainty!  'CB' <Citzens Band> is ok as an immediate form of communication,
but you will tire (and become frustrated) from ALL of the static and global transmission interference
(the nature of AM <amplitude modulation> and the 27Mhz <11m> frequency) as there is no real protocol
in it's use (basically, a free-for-all) whereas, the other forms (GMRS, HAM) require procedural use.

Though I am willing to bet that there will be hardly ANY order (radio comms included) in ANY system
when the SHTF.  I believe there will be a sense of security and organization on the local level with GMRS
users and HAM operators alike . . .  I have seen this type of cooperation with major disasters around the
World providing communications relief when all of "the other's" have failed.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: willsorr75 on December 11, 2012, 08:35:49 AM
Ok, as far as ANY kind of communication goes . . .  Nothing that is monitored or maintained by the Govt.
will survive with a greater certainty!  'CB' <Citzens Band> is ok as an immediate form of communication,
but you will tire (and become frustrated) from ALL of the static and global transmission interference
(the nature of AM <amplitude modulation> and the 27Mhz <11m> frequency) as there is no real protocol
in it's use (basically, a free-for-all) whereas, the other forms (GMRS, HAM) require procedural use.

Though I am willing to bet that there will be hardly ANY order (radio comms included) in ANY system
when the SHTF.  I believe there will be a sense of security and organization on the local level with GMRS
users and HAM operators alike . . .  I have seen this type of cooperation with major disasters around the
World providing communications relief when all of "the other's" have failed.

Very interesting. So, what would you suggest to someone (me) not knowlegable about these forms of communication? "Simplicity" tells me to purchase Walkies...
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on December 11, 2012, 10:15:52 AM
Will,

Get your GMRS license for an efficiently simple but powerful form of communication!!!

Getting a license for GMRS is very easy and DOESN'T require a written test,
just $85 for a 5 year license and ALL are covered in the household and immediate family
when you are issued (2-3 days) a callsign.

More info here:

ULS homepage:
http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home

Register here to create an online profile with the ULS here:
https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do

Hope this helps!  :D


As I had stated earlier:

My goal is to get people stimulated in alternate forms of wireless communication, as the cellular grid
will go down because of an EMP, CME, or martial law shutdown, only a matter of time.
We have become WAY TO DEPENDENT on cellular phones for the last 10 years.  EVERYONE needs a
backup plan when it does go down for whatever reason."

I am trying right now, to design/create a bargain 'dual-band' antenna that can slung over a tree branch for
rapid deployment/retrieval (communications on the run ;D ).  I can manufacture them for about $25-30
USD. They will be water/rain-resistant and flexible to be stored in a loop about 8"-12" in diameter.
I can tune the antennas to be efficient in either the HAM (licensed) 2m & 70cm, or the public (license
free) MURS & GMRS (simple license required) bands.

Please PM me here through this forum for more details. Thank you for your time . . .

PS: Through a 'repeater' system I have a made a 'CLEAR' contact over 80 miles away using one of
      these antennas.

UPDATE:  This 'bargain' performance antenna is in the final prototype testing stage, and will be ready for limited production on/or about: 12/15/12 (target date)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: enlightenme on December 11, 2012, 06:22:30 PM
This certainly sounds exceptional, I am extremely interested in your dual-band antenna.  And I'm definitely going to check into the licensing as well.  Thanks so much for the information and posting!
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on December 11, 2012, 08:56:37 PM
Thanks enlighten!

Here is  web site to determine if any GMRS repeaters are in your area!
You need to look closely at their membership requirements as some are
'members only', 'free membership' and 'open' types.

http://www.mygmrs.com/browse


If ANYONE has ANY specific questions please 'private' mail me!   8)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on December 15, 2012, 05:33:36 PM
The Gw thanks for sharing the info.  :)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: willsorr75 on December 17, 2012, 07:25:13 AM
GW, Thanks for your reply. I'll definitely look into getting a license and check out the links you have provided.
Thanks again....
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on May 22, 2015, 12:27:54 PM
GW, Thanks for your reply. I'll definitely look into getting a license and check out the links you have provided.
Thanks again....

Willsorr75 we haven't heard from you in awhile. How's it going?  :)
Did you ever get your ham license? I didn't, but I need to get one in the next few weeks.
We all need to...
All The Best,
Barb T.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: ilinda on May 23, 2015, 05:54:41 AM
GW, Thanks for your reply. I'll definitely look into getting a license and check out the links you have provided.
Thanks again....

Willsorr75 we haven't heard from you in awhile. How's it going?  :)
Did you ever get your ham license? I didn't, but I need to get one in the next few weeks.
We all need to...
All The Best,
Barb T.
We have an older SWR and need to power it up to see if we can get anything.  For the first time experimenter with these things, what is the best length antenna wire?  I have the antenna wire all coiled up waiting to be strung into the correct length (apparently length of wire is important) and up off the ground somehow.  ?In the trees?  I think I wrote down somewhere the two frequencies to check first, but not sure where I wrote them!

Any ideas of best frequencies to listen to?
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on March 15, 2016, 11:38:04 PM
I just moved the Topic, Ham Radio for the Aftertimes to this new board and changed the topic title.
This new board will be all about ham radio and other forms of communications.
Please feel free to post here, adding your expertise and your questions.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on March 17, 2016, 01:52:38 PM
One excerpt from the article, below... the article is worth a read...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio

Amateur radio

excerpt -
History

The origins of amateur radio can be traced to the late 19th century, but amateur radio as practiced today began in the early 20th century. The First Annual Official Wireless Blue Book of the Wireless Association of America, produced in 1909, contains a list of amateur radio stations. This radio callbook lists wireless telegraph stations in Canada and the United States, including 89 amateur radio stations. As with radio in general, amateur radio was associated with various amateur experimenters and hobbyists. Amateur radio enthusiasts have significantly contributed to science, engineering, industry, and social services. Research by amateur operators has founded new industries, built economies, empowered nations, and saved lives in times of emergency. Ham radio can also be used in the classroom to teach English, map skills, geography, math, science and computer skills.
.................................
Image:
An example of an amateur radio station with four transceivers, amplifiers, and a computer for logging and for digital modes. On the wall are examples of various amateur radio awards, certificates, and a reception report card (QSL card) from a foreign amateur station.

Emil Neuerer, DJ4PI - Emil Neuerer, DJ4PI

Amateur radio station of DJ4PI
CC BY-SA 3.0
File:Amateurfunkstation.jpg
Created: 31 May 2005
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on March 17, 2016, 02:00:37 PM
Yowbarb Note: Just a few facts about HAM (I'm learning.)
...https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Amateur_radio&redirect=no

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) describes the use of radio frequency spectra for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;"[1] (either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).

The amateur radio service (amateur service and amateur-satellite service) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through the International Telecommunication Regulations. National governments regulate technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual stations licenses with an identifying call sign. Prospective amateur operators are tested for their understanding of key concepts in electronics and the host government's radio regulations. Radio amateurs use a variety of voice, text, image, and data communications modes and have access to frequency allocations throughout the RF spectrum to enable communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space.

Amateur radio is officially represented and coordinated by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which is organized in three regions and has as its members the national amateur radio societies which exist in most countries. According to an estimate made in 2011 by the American Radio Relay League, two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.[2] About 830,000 amateur radio stations are located in IARU Region 2 (the Americas) followed by IARU Region 3 (South and East Asia and the Pacific Ocean) with about 750,000 stations. A significantly smaller number, about 400,000, are located in IARU Region 1 (Europe, Middle East, CIS, Africa).
continued:]/b]  https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Amateur_radio&redirect=no
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on May 04, 2016, 03:32:20 AM
The largest gathering of HAM Radio in the world takes place here in town the weekend of May 21st:

http://www.hamvention.org

All the major HAM radio suppliers will be there you can see all their equipment setup and operating. There is also a LOT of prepping/survival vendors there as well. Solar power, storable food companies, etc/.

Well worth attending if you live not too far away and are able to make it for even one day of the event..

Free HAM Radio classes/tests are also conduted throught out the three days of the convention..


Max.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on May 04, 2016, 03:45:10 AM
Emergency Communications will be a major theme of this years event:

http://hamvention.org/hamvention-seeking-emcomm-vehicles-for-static-display/

DAYTON HAMVENTION® EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS UNIT DISPLAY

Emergency communications groups such as ARES, RACES, MARS, CERT, SALVATION ARMY, DHS, NATIONAL GUARD, CGAUX or any groups who have a sincere interest in emergency communications are invited to display their emergency communications TRAILERS, VANS, TRUCKS or other displays at Dayton Hamvention®.

This is an opportunity to show off working units and their capabilities to the 25,000+ attendees at Hamvention. There are many groups that are thinking about building units and would get beneficial ideas from displayed units.
Set up is on Thursday May 19, 2016. The order of arrival and parking depends on the type of displays and their size.

General admission tickets are provided for 5 people and two parking passes included. The coordinator will require the names and calls of the display’s team to receive a ticket.
Please consider to have units fully manned, functional and demonstrate its capabilities throughout the show.  Organizers encourage teams to have flyers or handouts describing the unit its parent organization organization. Remember, this is also about sharing information and ideas!
Organizers hope to hear from interested parties as soon as possible as space is limited! Please contact NJ8BB, Gary Hollenbaugh to reserve a space at the EMComm Display!

Max.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on June 21, 2016, 03:16:22 PM
GREAT article about HAM Radio Emergency Communications:

When everything else fails, amateur radio will still be there—and thriving
Ham is now a full-fat fabric that can provide Internet access. Why aren't you using it?

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/06/when-everything-else-fails-amateur-radio-will-still-be-there-and-thriving/

It’s a good time to be technical. Maker communities are thriving around the world, tools and materials to create and adapt are cheaper and more powerful now than ever, and open source hardware, software, and information mean that if you can think it, you can learn how to do it and then make it happen.

For one group of technological explorers, this is more than just a golden age of opportunity: it’s providing the means to save one of the oldest traditions in electronic invention and self-education, one that helped shape the modern world: amateur radio.

Radio amateurs get a sweet deal, with effectively free access to many gigahertz of the same radio spectrum that companies pay billions for. They’ve earned it. Throughout the history of electronics, they’ve been at the borders of the possible, trying out ideas that commerce or government deem impossible or pointless—and making them work. Here's one example of hundreds: Allied military comms in World War II needed a way to reliably control the radios used by front-line forces, replacing tuning knobs with channel switches. Hams had the answer ready and waiting—quartz crystal oscillators. (Those are part of computing history, too. You’re probably using about 10 of them right now.).

Then, there’s backup. Take the European HAMNET, for example. That’s a four-thousand-node high speed data network covering a large part of continental Europe and providing full IP connectivity at megabit speeds. It connects to the Internet—ham radio owns 16 million IPV4 addresses, believe it or not—but is independent of it, doing its own robust and flexible routing. If the Internet was to go away, HAMNET would still be running. The same’s true of nearly all ham radio infrastructure. When everything else fails (power, comms, roads), ham radio is still there. These days it can even be a full-fat digital medium.

Max.

Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on June 21, 2016, 09:03:48 PM
Madmax: Awesome posts!
:)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on September 18, 2016, 04:05:05 PM
An important bill just passed the House for HAM Radio and Emergency Communications!

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives!

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/amateur-radio-parity-act-passes-in-the-us-house-of-representatives

09/14/2016

“The bill is passed without objection.” With those words, Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 on a voice vote under a suspension of the rules. The focus of the campaign to enact the legislation into law now shifts to the US Senate. The House victory culminated many years of effort on ARRL’s part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities to erect antennas that support Amateur Radio communication. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” While similar bills in past years gained some traction on Capitol Hill, it was not until the overwhelming grassroots support from the Amateur Radio community for H.R. 1301 shepherded by ARRL that a bill made it this far. The legislation faces significant obstacles to passage in the US Senate, however.

“This is huge step in our effort to enact legislation that will allow radio amateurs who live in deed-restricted communities the ability to construct an effective outdoor antenna,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. “Thanks to everyone for their help in this effort thus far. Now we must turn our full attention to getting the bill passed in the Senate.”

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee, has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward. “This has been a multiyear effort that is finally seeing some light,” he said. “The passage of the bill in the House is a major accomplishment, due to the hard work of so many — from the rank-and-file member to the officers and directors.”

Lisenco said it’s not a time to rest on our laurels. “We are only halfway there. The focus now shifts to our effort in the Senate,” he said. “We are beginning a massive e-mail campaign in which we need every member to write their two Senators using our simplified process. You will be hearing from President Roderick and from your Directors, asking you to go to our ‘Rally Congress’ page. Using your ZIP code, e-mails will be generated much like our recent letter campaign. You’ll fill in your name and address and press Enter. The e-mails will be sent directly to your Senators without you having to search through their websites.”

Lisenco said getting these e-mails to members’ Senators is a critical part of the process. “Those numbers matter! Please help us help you by participating in this effort,” he said.

As the amended bill provides, “Community associations should fairly administer private land-use regulations in the interest of their communities, while nevertheless permitting the installation and maintenance of effective outdoor Amateur Radio antennas. There exist antenna designs and installations that can be consistent with the aesthetics and physical characteristics of land and structures in community associations while accommodating communications in the Amateur Radio services.”

During this week’s limited debate, the House bill’s sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), thanked ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for reaching an agreement to move the bill forward “in a bipartisan and very positive manner.” He pointed out to his colleagues that Amateur Radio antennas are prohibited outright in some areas.

“For some this is merely a nuisance,” Kinzinger said, “but for others — those that use their Amateur Radio license for life-saving emergency communications — a dangerous situation can be created by limiting their ability to establish effective communication for those in need.”

Kinzinger said that in emergencies, hams can provide “a vital and life-saving function” when conventional communication systems are down. He also praised the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), a US Department of Defense-sponsored program, comprised largely of Amateur Radio volunteers, that also supports communication during emergencies and disasters.

Max.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on September 18, 2016, 05:50:08 PM
MadMax this is awesome news!
Now, if it will just pass in the Senate...
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on September 30, 2016, 04:04:17 AM
Stay connected in remote areas with GoTenna Mesh


http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/30/stay-connected-in-remote-areas-with-gotenna-mesh.html


GoTenna Mesh
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By Ajay Kumar Published September 30, 2016

GoTenna, which created an off-the-grid communication device of the same name that earned our Editors' Choice, is rolling out a new product—the GoTenna Mesh.

Where the first GoTenna product was able to carry out point-to-point communication using VHF (Very High Frequency) radio, the new product can set up a long-range, consumer-ready mesh network.

"We're addressing something bigger than just unreliable service," says GoTenna co-founder and CEO Daniela Perdomo. Mesh differs from the first generation GoTenna, which is limited to sending a message between two individuals or a select group of users within range of each other. The Mesh operates on a different frequency, selecting publicly available frequencies on the UHF spectrum. This allows it to be sold internationally, since it isn't subject to the same regulations that hampered some aspects of the first GoTenna.


The Mesh can also send one-to-one messages with text and GPS over long range, but most importantly, it can use a technique known as store and forward to create a mesh network and extend range. So the more GoTenna Mesh users there are, the stronger the network range and connectivity will be, increasing what people can do while remaining a compact, off-the-grid device with no fixed nodes.
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Perdomo talked up "people-powered connectivity" that runs in tandem with traditional communications infrastructure. "We're set on redefining communication based on need as opposed to access, and with GoTenna Mesh, we're one step closer to achieving this on a larger scale," she said. "It starts being useful when you don't have service, but we believe mesh networking of this kind will soon be a part of the everyday communication stack."

Finally, GoTenna Plus is a $9.99 per year subscription service launching alongside the Mesh, allowing users to take advantage of special features like topographic maps, trip statistics, automated location tracking, sharing with trusted contacts, group delivery confirmation, and network relays into traditional SMS.

Max.
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on November 18, 2016, 09:58:32 AM
I have done quite a bit of research on civilian HAM radios. I always thought the HAM was the equivalent of the military HF radios. Military HF works from 1 MHz to generally 30.00 MHz. I know these crews well, however if solar activity is high, you lose the ability to make a long range shot. Our radios were 20 watts output power, which you can increase the gain of by 16db by going to a full wave antenna.

The civilian HAM radio I have operates: 136-174 MHz & 400-480 MHz. These are UHF freqs, and I am very familiar with UHF. It is definitely the most clear frequency range there is. Pilots use this range, as well as space operations and satellite communications.

To build a field expedient antenna for UHF, you need either a Yagi antenna format, or a heck of a lot of wire for a quarter wave antenna.

I also still have an antenna handbook if anyone wants a copy, pm me with your email address.
It also discusses wave propogation theory.
Erv

Erv,

Actually, the US HAM VHF (2m) band is 144.000 -> 148.000 MHz and the UHF (70cm) band  coverage is 420.000 -> 450.000 MHz.  ;D
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Tiburon on November 18, 2016, 10:07:32 AM
Sorry,

I have been silent for awhile, 2 new additions to the family and I have started a new business, you guessed it, "commercial communications" where I live so . . . I do have solutions, and I am more than willing to help!  I am glad you have kept this thread alive, sorry for the loooong silence, things have been 'cooking' in the oven of life!   ;D

TGW
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on May 28, 2017, 04:16:36 AM
Very good article..

Five must-have communications devices for any emergency!

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-26-5-must-have-communications-equipment-for-any-emergency.html

Five must-have communications devices for any emergency

Friday, May 26, 2017 by: Tim Wesley   
Tags: communication tools, disaster preparedness, emergency equipment, emergency survival kit
Image: Five must-have communications devices for any emergency

(Natural News) It’s crucial that you have the right communication equipment during emergency situations. Your ability to communicate with the right people can spell the difference between life and death. Having the right communications tool can save you during times of crisis. That being said, there are five essential communications devices you must have during emergency situations, according to SecurityandSelfReliance.com.

NOAA emergency radio with specific area messaging encoder –

Battery-powered AM/FM radio – Emergency situations sometimes mean going back to the basics.

Scanner radio – A scanner radio can scan for and locate channels that may offer a lifeline during times of emergency.

Two-way radio – A two-way radio creates a private communication line between people who are tuned in on the same channel, letting you keep in contact with your group during emergencies

Portable shortwave radio – A shortwave radio can communicate over long distances — you can listen to broadcasts from other countries — and in real time.

Communication is essential in a disaster. If you prepare accordingly, you will come out of any emergency situation unscathed. With the kind of technology available to us, it should be easy to create contingency plans for your family.


Max.

Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: R.R. Book on August 06, 2017, 02:15:47 PM
? :)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on August 10, 2017, 11:43:09 PM
Sorry,

I have been silent for awhile, 2 new additions to the family and I have started a new business, you guessed it, "commercial communications" where I live so . . . I do have solutions, and I am more than willing to help!  I am glad you have kept this thread alive, sorry for the loooong silence, things have been 'cooking' in the oven of life!   ;D

TGW
Tiburon, I'm not sure what happened to your Membership.
Please re-apply.
- Barb Townsend
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on June 14, 2018, 09:02:17 PM
HAM Radio Basics- HAM 101

https://youtu.be/Ow1hxClR5J8

...
Introduction to Ham Radio and Technician Training Class

https://youtu.be/RGluTpM7_K8

Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on June 14, 2018, 09:14:48 PM
Getting Your HAM Amateur Radio Technicians License  9:04

https://youtu.be/bYEzUbb07Mc
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: Yowbarb on September 05, 2018, 03:04:50 AM
Marshall Masters new book:

Radio Free Earth: Community Preparedness and Two Way Radios

17256231451111

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1725623145/yoowwobo-20
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: R.R. Book on October 19, 2019, 05:58:19 AM
Listening to Dave Hodges interview Robert Griswold on how we need to change our prepping strategies to meet new conditions, I have learned some things about short-wave radio that I didn't know (and Marshall has likely already addressed this):

*Of the three frequencies (UHF = Ultra-High Frequency, VHF= Very High Frequency and HF= High Frequency), HF does not require repeater towers, which PTB seem intent upon removing in certain areas.

*Short-wave radios have been banned in every conflict.

*Having a short-wave receiver in such a situation, as opposed to a transmitter, allows the user to listen in on vital information without being detected, as it puts out no signal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-EhtokPDME

(Note: Please ignore partisan comments in the dialogue)

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War is 90% information.
~Napoleon Bonaparte (as paraphrased by Griswold)
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on October 20, 2019, 04:40:39 PM
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HF does not require repeater towers, which PTB seem intent upon removing in certain areas.

I have posted extensively about this in other threads here ..
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: R.R. Book on October 21, 2019, 06:32:43 AM
Thanks for diligence in doing that Max, and for your patience as some of us who are slower to become involved with it get caught up!
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: MadMax on October 21, 2019, 04:19:50 PM
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Thanks for diligence in doing that Max, and for your patience as some of us who are slower to become involved with it get caught up!

Here is a great video from “Survival Tech Nord” to get you started ..  ;)  :D

Grid Down Emergency Communications for Preparedness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saTV4jpAAvQ

Hello Operators .
Grid Down Emergency Communications from a personal perspective is usually overlooked in the ham radio emergency communications community. It tends to focus on augmenting public service communications, rather than providing practical grid down comms ideas for families, groups or individuals finding themselves in a grid down disaster. This video is intended to be a bridge between Amateur Radio Emergency Service and information about grid down Comms preparedness, which is lacking in the prepper community.

If you're interested in Ham Radio emergency communications for preppers or are generally concerned about practical emergency radio communications, this video is a great introduction and point of discussion.

73
Julian #OH8STN
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: R.R. Book on October 21, 2019, 05:48:08 PM
The film really laid everything out plainly - thanks Max!!
Title: Re: HAM RADIO and Other Communications
Post by: ilinda on October 21, 2019, 06:51:59 PM
The video is somewhat mind-boggling!  Yikes.