uncleben03 wrote:Unless you're on the space shuttle. They have a specific exemption for broadcasting.
Or W1AW...or K1MAN (since the FCC refuses to do anything about him).
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squinty wrote:Safety isn't a lever on a gun, a guard on a knife or any other mechanical device. Safety is a behavior.
crypto wrote:Call me crazy, but I dont really enjoy talking to strangers who know my name and address.
NYKh wrote:I’ve had my tech ticket for a little over a month. Having a great time learning the in’s and out’s, experimenting with building antennas, and presently surprised with the distance I’m able to get with my set up. Definitely some good skills that might come in handy.
But I have to honestly say, aside from picking up a lot of pointers from folks I talk with, the overall conversations are kind of dull. I know a lot more about the dietary habits and physical ailments of total strangers then I’m actually interested in.
I think I’ve found yet another hobby that I’m the youngest in the crowd.
crypto wrote:I see very few HF kits and very many $3000 HF monster rigs. Based on that, I'd say that the industry and hobby has moved away from DIY radois and has moved to consumer products based around integrated circuits and sophisticated functionality.
NYKh wrote:That’s 3min continuous. Most repeaters will cut of your transmission if it is constant for that length of time.
In theory you can key up again and continue talking. Running at the mouth for 3min straight, keeps other traffic from joining in. and could impede the ability of emergency traffic.
If your running at the mouth for 3min with out giving someone else a chance to brake in, you should just be on the phone. Or on HF talking about your liver spots….
Raptor wrote:Carrying weapons openly and dressing in cammies (even if legal in the area) will get you killed.
Kommander wrote:So now ... we [are] worried that we may be faced with multiple heavily armed and armoured assailants in our day to day life ... I must have accidentally stumbled into the Somalia chapter subform or something.
Medic77 wrote:I have always been intrigued by radio communication and am a fairly new HAM operator (since 2009). Ever since getting my license I too have been disappointed with the general, everyday talk that occurs on the HAM bands. The conversations are the same mindless, dull, and generic forms one could imagine. I don't even announce my call because rarely is there anybody I would want to have a conversation with... mainly because everyone seems to be 70 years old and older and I have nothing in common with them. I am in my early 30's, listen to alternative/metal/screamo, into tattoos and piercings, etc, etc... so yeah, it's hard to find others of a similar demographic to converse with.
However, I still have an interest in the Amateur Radio community and think HAM radio has awesome capabilities when crap really starts to happen. I do listen more in the Winter months during large snow falls and Winter storms when Skywarn Nets are set-up.
I have been pretty impressed with the mission and fantasy element of the Zombie Squad. I think the whole "Zombie" front to the very important arena of emergency preparedness is exactly what is needed to spark interest in the younger generations and garner their participation. Young people do not want to attend HAM club meetings and participate in events with members that look more like nursing home residents out on a Sunday excursion.
Noven wrote:Being in my 20's, I agree that it can be hard to have a conversation with people in their 60's+. I even went to a local club meeting to realize that I am the youngest by at least 30 years. I still do the occasional conversation with the old farts though, since they know their radio stuff and once and a while yo can have a good chat with them about life in general... like kids and whatnot.
J.C. wrote:For us, really, HAM is about having comms when SHTF. It may be the *only* way we will get reliable information about what is going on in other parts of the country. For example if I'm being told by local officals "just evacuate to here and its all good" but on the radio I am hearing this same message is being said to every single american city then I know we are looking at a potential INCH scenario and I can bug out accordingly.
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