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  • #17037
    Mr. Red
    Mr. Red
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    So as some of you know, I’ve become interested in HAM radio as another form of communication in a SHTF world, and as well as a fun hobby in the normal times. I’ve been scouring the web for knowledge on this subject, and I’ve come across some pretty great *free* study guides (not for Extra classification, however). Lots of great information to have at hand, even if you’re not looking to get into the hobby, but you’d like to have a general knowledge in this vast field.

    Here’s the link http://www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual/

    As I said, the PDF files for Tech and General class are free. I haven’t gone through it all yet, but from guys who I’ve talked to who are seasoned HAM’s, these guides are pretty much all you need to become licensed. If getting the license isn’t your thing, it still has great information that may prove useful to you down to road.

    Cheers!

    Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.

    #17039
    Robin
    Robin
    Survivalist
    member8

    Try these two. ARRL is the Ham Radio Central. QRZ at one time had tests on line that you could take.
    Robin

    http://www.arrl.org/

    http://www.qrz.com/

    #17114
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    ronym
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    member5

    another type radio communication are Handy Talky ( can be FM,UHF,VHF ), walky talky, SW transmitter or homemade transceiver ( can be any band / freq ).
    each type has own advantages also limitation, such as :
    – if we have group of people in our community that it’s location are not far each other ( not more than 5 km ), than handy talky or UHF/VHF transceiver especially mobile are cheap and effective ( 20-30% of member can afford to have it ). also this kind of radio communication are effective if we want to evacuate / make a mobile convoy ( big ham transceiver are not easy to deploy from home to car and back to “home” / “camp”
    – SW transceiver have tenth to hundred of kilometer of range ( if we have 30 meter antenna, we can reach other country or continent ). why SW band transceiver have this capability ? because our earth ionosfer can reflecting our SW radio signal ( FM, UHF, VHF signal are going through ionosfere and loss in outer space ) . but one of it’s disadvantages are poor quality of signal / voice ( compared to FM or UHF / VHF transceiver ).
    – homemade transceiver can be set in freq out of public or even special purpose ( we can make 1 MHz, 30 MHz, 50 MHz or even 200 KHz transceiver ( it’s sound crazy but can be solution for “privacy”, because maybe nobody are using this freq )

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frequency_allocation

    – if we want to transmit our massage for public audience / community than we must choose existing radio band ( AM/FM ) which lot of people are have some form of AM/FM receiver ( in SHTF or post SHTF we are free to use this “commercial” band because existing AM/FM radio station are most of them are heavy damage or out of business.

    #17221
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    libbylindy
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    Yes, the tests are still there. That is how I got my HAM license this year. I just studied for the tests and took the exams. It was not that hard and I took one test right after the other – that is, two weeks in between each test. Now that I have my Extra license, I just have to find the time in my busy day to talk on the radio! My husband does most of the talking – voice and digital both. I am planning now to study for the CW (Morse Code) and be able to communicate that way. If push comes to shove, I think CW will be able to be accessed better than voice.

    If we all got our licenses, it would be a great idea. A network of prepared people that are HAMs is a good thing.

    #17224
    Robin
    Robin
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    CW will work when nothing else will. All your power goes into the dots and dashes and not modulation.
    Robin

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    sledjockey
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    The question bank just changed as of June 30. I have not seen any updated study guides as of yet.

    The easiest way to get your ticket is to use the HAM Test Prep App on your phone. Just keep taking all the questions and memorize them. If you do it enough, you can get the 26 right after a while without having to know all the formulas and such.

    I have had 4 people get their tickets this way and I got as far as General like that. Joined a club afterwards and let them explain what I really needed to know to operate a set. Now working on my Extra.

    http://ageofdecadence.com

    #18793
    Robin
    Robin
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    member8

    The change was for Tech class. General changes next year.
    Robin

    #19639
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    sledjockey
    Bushcrafter
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    Correct. Tech this year. General is next year. Extra is 2016.

    http://ageofdecadence.com

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