System Failure

Posted: September 15, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

Another good reason reason to get involved in ham radio.
How else are you going to be able to communicate and find out what’s going on in your AO?
You can’t count on the interwebz,although the BBS system does have possibilities-if you know how to set up and use the system,and your group/tribe all understand how to use the bulletin board system.

  1. Ham Radio?
    Just saying , lets not get fixated on one thing.
    Think on this one.
    There are more CB’s out there than ham radio sets.

    As a group we operate CB’s within a 9 mile radius.
    That’s a range that we can guarantee good comms most of the time.
    “most of the time”? Sometimes even hams cannot radio beyond their gate due to atmospherics.
    At the worst case, help is only 18 miles away within our ‘cell’.
    At best, 4 miles from me.
    Local range, local knowledge, close enough to walk if all else fails.
    As said, just saying.


    • gamegetterII says:

      I agree on CB’s for close/local communication.
      It’s still good to know what’s going on 50 or 100 or 500 or 1,000 miles away.

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      • Interesting viewpoint yet I can do that with a good wideband receiver and long wire aerial.

        Another thought for you.
        In the US there is a large number of people called freebanders. Working with HF ham sets or “modified” CB sets on what is affectionately know as 11 meters. Hams hate them by the way!

        Anyway their calls are regularly answered here in the UK and further afield.

        As for range, on 12 watts I regularly speak to a couple in Prague ( 914 miles), and one guy in Milan ( 918 miles ), a smattering of French, not forgetting the way too happy (probably hippy) lot in New Jersey (3400miles) when skip conditions are right. That’s no different from hams incidently.

        But extreme range doesn’t matter when you have a decent wideband multimode receiver. Sometimes you hear the most interesting things from afar and listening only is good security. Worth spending the money on is a good quality wide band communications receiver.

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