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New To Radio / Re: Scanners
Last post by KE5ES - March 01, 2024, 06:19:55 AM
I have the Uniden BCD436HP.  It was expensive but well worth it.  It will even decode P25 radio traffic.  It also has a close call feature that alerts you it someone is transmitting nearby.
Antennas / Re: Duct tape antenna
Last post by 2M0WHN - February 27, 2024, 06:23:25 PM

He is now using Faraday cloth with it sewn into seatbelt fabric. So the antenna is fully collapsible and rolls up into a small area for backpacking.

When he has enough he will sell them.
Military Radios / Re: Thomson CSF TRC-372 manual...
Last post by gil - February 24, 2024, 04:35:25 AM
Hello Ben.
I would look on Ebay, but I doubt they show up often..
New To Radio / Scanners
Last post by Ace - February 18, 2024, 12:01:01 PM
New too radio.just got my gmrs license and looking for a hf,vhf,uhf scanner till I get my ham figured out.
Any suggestions?
I'm way off grid far from "Walmart"
Morse Code / Re: The Case for CW - A 2006 a...
Last post by RadioRay - February 06, 2024, 08:00:44 AM
Thanks Sparks.

Interesting article. Yes, people need to know that Telegraphy was not replaced because it did not work: it worked VERY well, and for over a century.  It was replaced to eliminate the need to pay for for the trained telegraphers in both salaries and training time.  If anyone can push a button to send a message, then companies don 't need to hire the highly skilled radio officers aboard ship, or on shore stations and others.  The 'legend' that 'its too hard to learn Morse code' is untrue as proven by the MILLIONS of children learning basic Morse code in their teens and before. The militaries of the world and radio schools of all stripes taught the code to millions for over a century.   As a child in my very early teens, I taught myself Morse code using LP records, sitting in my room. Later the Army really polished my Morse skills, but that was built on the foundation of Morse I taught myself and used on the air as a school kid

73 de Ray  ..._ ._
Morse Code / The Case for CW - A 2006 artic...
Last post by Sparks - February 05, 2024, 09:55:14 PM

At this URL you will find 8 pages of well-written arguments in favor of CW. Recommended reading!

COPYRIGHT 2006: James Wades for the Michigan Net, QMN and National Radio Emergency Net. This article may be reproduced and distributed provided credit is given to the author and the Michigan Net, QMN and National Radio Emergency Net.
CB / Re: Coordinating with other CB...
Last post by RadioRay - February 02, 2024, 12:28:37 PM
CB radio for community communications certainly has a place. When I lived in a timber community south of Alberta in the U.S. State of Idaho, CB was one community 'intercom'.  The limiting factors are range ( usually less than ten miles on flat ground at best) and also the interference when ( as you mentioned) long range propagation was in.  Being drowned-out by mega power stations from a thousand miles away ruined our community use, often for days at a time, unless we were VERY close together and could reliably set the squelch to not listen to the interfering station coming into our little, secluded valley.  OTOH, up there, most people had CBs (AM was still most popular) so it is a good idea, most of the time. 

The hams among us used 2 meter FM with repeaters on mountain peaks for local/regional and also used the ham 60 meter band for a regional 'party line'.  This being in the frequency range of NVIS gave great communication capability in and out of the steep mountain valleys.  Very little flat land up there, so NVIS was essential to tie communities together. There was also a commercial HF ( MHz)radio community in use for decades, linked with the business of a local bush pilot.  Remote families could call to have the pilot's staff buy groceries and to fly them in to specific meadows/air strips in isolated areas.  I do not know if this is still operating in this era of cell towers, but it worked rather well.

Goos to see you aboard,

RadioRay  ..._ ._
General Discussion / Re: Facebook Group REMOVED ???
Last post by Sparks - January 29, 2024, 08:35:48 PM
Quote from: Tom Line on January 13, 2024, 12:09:09 PMTrying to figure if Facebook group got smoked, or if it's just me.  Haven't been here for a while, and it's certainly more civilized here anyhow.

The Radio Preppers private Facebook group is certainly still there. 9,4 K members. Activity only 2 hours ago.
CB / Coordinating with other CB Eme...
Last post by 9FS1127 - January 26, 2024, 11:45:58 AM
I am a newbie on this site, and my intention is not to dilute the purpose of this forum by any means. I found this site because I was surfing Youtube and found a video from   - love the flag by the way :D.   I have been part of a Emergency Communication group in Canada. We have the bold plan to use relatively easy to aquire CB Radio but specifically on Side Band and wanting to mesh all the members across Canada. That group has members in the states and also in the UK etc.  thanks to Generous SKIP and a bit of amplification :D