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General Discussion / Re: 3.818MHz Net on Sunday nights
« Last post by lc65 on November 14, 2017, 04:09:38 PM »
Yaesu VX- 7R - receives the HF bands. It is discontinued, but I believe the VX - 8R is similar. In addition it is water and shock proof. Also EXPENSIVE !
 I have been picking up an AM station from Japan ( at least they are speaking Japanese - I am in Pennsylvania, USA ) on a regular basis. 5.86 MHz I believe.
BTW - is there a place to look up SW transmission information? That is a list of transmitters on the air.
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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« Last post by gil on November 14, 2017, 03:48:45 AM »

Gil.
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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« Last post by gil on November 13, 2017, 03:59:04 AM »
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Sorry but I did not know that this is a chat room that you have to pay for.

Hello,

No, you don't have to, but you can if you want to.

Gil.
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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« Last post by kb1dzc on November 13, 2017, 02:51:21 AM »
Information is a vital commodity in a disaster situation. Whomever has any, in the absence of Internet, phone and power services will have a great advantage.

Radio Preppers aims to provide individuals interested in disaster preparedness with an independent tool for the exchange of information about emergency radio communications and preparations. Hopefully it will also help build a community of like-minded individuals who could contact and help each others in times of what is commonly known as 'SHTF' or 'TEOTWAWKI.' Like-minded here means self-sufficient, strong-willed and responsible people. Independent means regardless of nationality, race, gender, political and religious beliefs, as well as unrelated to any organizations. Whether you are a licensed HAM operator, CBer, or simply curious about radio preparedness doesn't matter here.

My motivation for creating this site came from my inability to find an emergency radio club that really wasn't related to some kind of organization, mostly governmental or politically affiliated. Survival is a personal, family or small community affair. I am always suspicious of organizations that plan on telling people what to do for their own good, or else... That said, anti-government rhetoric will not be accepted here. If you don't like your government, vote accordingly. There are plenty of other boads for political ranting. This one is not one of them.

Sign-up, it's free, and stop by once in a while. If you have anything to contribute, please do so! Topics will not necessarily be limited to radio but must be related to disaster preparedness. To avoid spamming, you do need to answer a couple radio related questions; nothing a quick Google search can't answer.

Rules are few: Be courteous. Although some civil political discussions are acceptable, try to avoid them; same goes for religion. Do not suggest anything against the law, or you will be immediately banned.

Please consider supporting this site after joining by subscribing at: Profile > Summary > Actions > Paid Subscriptions. You will get more privileges!

Note that members who do not participate at least once a year will be deleted.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I hope you enjoy this forum and that it helps make you and your family safer.

Gil.
Sorry but I did not know that this is a chat room that you have to pay for. Yes I am a ham radio operator and proud of it. But I am not associated with any club to say, but have knowledge of proper radio edicate and many ideas that might help some people that are new to the game.

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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« Last post by brian44 on November 12, 2017, 11:37:25 PM »
Hello , Ive been back to ham radio after years of absence , am interested in qrp..like this site and videos Gil has ..dont know much about battery for qrp , thanks , brian
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CB / Re: CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
« Last post by James S. on November 11, 2017, 03:43:18 PM »
You have to go with whatever works for the area you are in. And around here, that's CB. There are a couple of guys using MURS programmed Chinese mobile's while operating heavy equipment several miles away and I get them on my scanner around lunch time. They keep their qso's short and to the point. CB on the other hand is still the wild wild west of radio communications around here. Foul language, 800 watt amps (Class A-B no less!), music in the background, drug deals openly discussed, etc. Ch 32 is the only place locally to find a sane conversation, mostly retired blue collar types. I really enjoy talking to them. But even that channel has this one guy with a heavily distorted S-7 signal with 300 watts of what I can only imagine is a Class C amp. He can hear everyone just fine with their stock radio's. But claims he cannot shutoff his amp, says that it is inside his radio with no switches of any kind and he just plays dumb about it. "This is how the radio came from the guy who sold it to me, nothing I can do". Total BS in my opinion. At least I can switch over to the ham bands to avoid this guy. But the non-hams are simply stuck with him. This is what's wrong with CB. The only comforting thought is that this guy will not be on the air in a grid-down situation. Unfortunately, neither will most of the other guys. I've made a point of getting on the CB during power outtages just to see who's on the air. More often than not, its just me.
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CB / Re: CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
« Last post by NF822WNY on November 08, 2017, 11:22:09 PM »
I picked up a Uniden Pro 510xl and a Hustler mag mount from a guy on craigslist the other day for $25. I was amazed at how well it works. All of it was band new in the original packaging. I heard some truck drivers loading gravel at a local quarry about 12 miles from my house, they gave me a 59 signal report. I also was surprised to hear them talking like 'normal' people, no CB slang. The 510 is still rated the best CB for the price in 2017. All in all a good experience.

Joel
N6ALT

I hear local quarrys and loading docks all the time.  Usually on channel 11.  I don't know if that is standard but my Uniden 980SSB has scan feature which makes it easy to hear who is on or not.  I turn it on as soon as i start my vehicle up in the morning. 
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Tactical Corner / Re: Preparing for an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)
« Last post by red90 on November 08, 2017, 11:09:39 AM »
Yeah some of these new electronics it doesn't take but one tiny little mistake, almost static electricity level, to cook something.
I sure don't miss fusible links though.

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CB / Re: Channel 3 Project
« Last post by caulktel on November 08, 2017, 09:48:38 AM »
Good site, shows who is on what channel, thanks.

Joel
N6ALT
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CB / Re: CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
« Last post by caulktel on November 08, 2017, 09:44:57 AM »
I picked up a Uniden Pro 510xl and a Hustler mag mount from a guy on craigslist the other day for $25. I was amazed at how well it works. All of it was band new in the original packaging. I heard some truck drivers loading gravel at a local quarry about 12 miles from my house, they gave me a 59 signal report. I also was surprised to hear them talking like 'normal' people, no CB slang. The 510 is still rated the best CB for the price in 2017. All in all a good experience.

Joel
N6ALT
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