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Morse Code / Re: Starting the Morse Code Board.
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:22:19 PM »
Using FM for CW, hum... Like making high pitched noises with your voice or verbally saying ditditdah... LOL  ;D

Gil.

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Tactical Corner / Re: So what's your plan?
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:19:46 PM »
It's great to have a Bug-Out-Location, I wish I did... Not everyone owns property in the boonies. I still wonder what the hell I would do if the town went apes--t..

Gil.

2433
Licensing / Re: Do you REALLY need that ham license?
« on: September 08, 2012, 12:25:22 PM »
I certainly agree on getting a license. It isn't difficult or costly. People often forget how much training goes into prepping. Storing a few key supplies and gear is the easy part. Knowing how to use it all efficiently is another matter. Ever built a deadfall trap for small game? I have.. And no, it didn't work the first time.. When the SHTF, it's too late to start learning. Everything should come as second nature then.

Gil.

2434
New To Radio / Re: QSO Card - Please explain
« on: September 08, 2012, 10:33:43 AM »
Hello Sunflower.

A QSL card is like a postcard you mail to someone you had a conversation with, which included a signal report and maybe something about your station. People collect them from all around the world..

Gil.

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New To Radio / Re: Those Mysterious "Q-codes"
« on: September 08, 2012, 10:32:59 AM »
Hello Sunflower.

A QSL card is like a postcard you mail to someone you had a conversation with, which included a signal report and maybe something about your station. People collect them from all around the world..

Gil.

2436
Tactical Corner / EMP protection, what to put your Faraday cage?
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:27:07 AM »
Hello,

Aside from a few handhelds and one or two HF radios, there are other electronic items that should be protected as well. One of them, seldom thought about, is a solar powered scientific calculator. I have a feeling that they would be priceless in a reconstruction effort.. I would also include a couple small solar charge controllers. And why not, cheap Casio watches for everyone in the family, with a bunch of spare batteries. What else would be vital to have?

http://www.futurescience.com/emp/emp-protection.html

Gil.

2437
General Discussion / Re: A question for all prepper hams
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:31:30 PM »
I think there is a lot to say about transparency.. In an real emergency situation, I don't think going all "tactical," as many might be tempted to do, is a good idea. If you're just trying to find out what's going on, who cares.. As Ray says, listen, transmit little. You want to draw little attention, take care of your family and friends and survive. Keep the camo face paint for later. There probably are satellites up there that can triangulate a signal in seconds. I would be much more worried about the gangs of thugs a few blocks from my house than anything else.
Radio might be very important to gather potentially life-saving information, but it would have another most important role: To make us feel less isolated and give us hope.

Gil.

2438
General Discussion / PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:51:43 PM »
Hi Ray, you should post pictures of your KX1 on the technical board ;)

Gil

2439
Tactical Corner / Re: So what's your plan?
« on: September 07, 2012, 12:39:55 AM »
Listening to establish the best plan...

Gil.

2441
Hello Frosty,

I used to be into CB in the 80s, not anymore. I do have a CB radio, but it is barely used.
The HF bands are much more interesting, and "civilized." I am leaning towards 40m as my favorite.
I am also learning morse code, which I consider to be a must-have skill for anyone using radios.
Listen to 40m, you might like it better than 10/12 or anything else for that matter.

Gil.

2442
General Discussion / Re: Moved to a new server. Please read.
« on: September 06, 2012, 01:42:42 AM »
Looks like it works... You might have to re-upload your avatar... Sorry.

Gil.

2443
General Discussion / Moved to a new server. Please read.
« on: September 06, 2012, 01:13:35 AM »
Hello,

I moved Radio Preppers to a virtual server in Iceland. There is still a glitch with avatars, which disappeared all together! You also won't be able to re-upload yours until the problem is fixed. If you notice any other weird software behavior, please send me a private message. An army of Vikings is working on the avatar problem right now. Best part is, they answer email in less than five minutes! Talk about competition in the service industry...

If you have or need a site, you should give them a try:

Web hosting in Iceland - OrangeWebsite.com
Gil.

2444
Tactical Corner / Re: Setup for post-collapse communication with family?
« on: September 05, 2012, 10:40:37 AM »
Hello,

They wouldn't need a special antenna, but antennas need to be polarized the same way at both ends. A dipole for example, is usually strung up horizontally, and that is horizontal polarization. You could have a vertical dipole of course, likely an end-fed dipole.. Vertical antennas are of course vertically polarized. If you tried to contact someone who has a vertical antenna with your horizontal dipole, you'd have trouble (in line-of-sight, via skip doesn't matter). A beam antenna like a quad or Yagi can be polarized either way, depending on how you orient them. Same for a Moxon, which in my opinion is easier to build. Beam antenna are BIG. I would suggest that you equip everyone with simple vertical antennas at a good height. Later you can experiment with different one if you have difficulty contacting distant stations. When choosing your antennas (all the same model would simplify things), look at their angle of radiation. Get one that radiates as close as possible to horizontal (nothing to do with polarization here). Most manufacturers have graphs of their antenna's radiation pattern. Though for CB antennas, not always. The Solarcon IMax 2000 works great, but I think it radiates at a high angle, not sure...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Burning Man Anyone?
« on: September 05, 2012, 12:56:51 AM »

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