I've been a lurker here for quite a while, and I love the site, but I have to finally throw in my $.02 about something here...
First of all - great thread! I think I'll be purchasing one of these radios and a roll up J-pole in the near future.
Now on to my rant.... To the mod(s) who have to jump on the "discussion of illegal activity" soap box:
First of all, this site/group is called "Zombie Squad", and the information here focuses on the preparation for, survival of, as well as life after a "zombie" event. In other words a SHTF/PAW/TEOTWAWKI event of some sorts. Correct?
Secondly, this thread does not deal with black & white crimes with obvious moral, ethical, or religious foundation. We're not talking about murder, theft, rape, etc... We're talking about sending RF signals through the air! This is not illegal in and of itself, it is only MADE illegal by the existence in the US of the FCC. No FCC, specified acts are no longer illegal. Regulation of the airwaves was not established by, nor provided for in the Constitution. Correct?
So in the interest of supporting the very purpose and mission of this site and forum, are people not allowed to discuss contingencies, and plans for how they would cope with and communicate following the proverbial "zombie" event? Once the "event" happens and global communications networks have failed or been disabled, where are people to turn to get the information? The time is NOW, the place is HERE!
Most HAMs I know are very respectable, responsible people who take the rules seriously, and I don't think anyone here is talking about running around like an a-hole doing what they wish, NOW - while the FCC is in power. People are trying to discuss methods of survival communications that they could use, should we ever find ourselves in bad times, in a world without a FCC - possibly without ANY formal government for that matter. Does anyone think that in a TEOTWAKI scenerio the FCC will be the last agency standing? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe after an EMP blows the grid to bits, some bored little FCC cronies will be out trying to DF the signal on the radio you had stashed in your faraday cage? Oh wait their equipment wasn't hardened and just got cooked too... Nevermind! Or maybe when the guard troops show up at your door to take your guns, they'll haul you off for having a detachable antenna on your FRS radio. In fact just last week I went through a checkpoint driving home. I thought it was going to be for DUI, but turns out they were measuring the output on my HT.
People... remember what this site is about! I completely understand the rule of talking about illegal activity, but PLEASE consider the context of the convo. Theft and murder will always be unacceptable government or not, but in the PAW there will be no band plan, and that's when the activities people speak of here will be taking place.
Keep this site great, let's not let ruin it by feeling we have to prove something to each other!