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From enough gear that can fit into a backpack, she establishes links from the US all the way to South America and Italy! How awesome is that...and without sat links or land lines! Just 20m of cable and a transceiver. I'm not too versed in HF radio but I know we have a few geeks on here who dig on it. Worth showing because even in a SHTF situation, there is no need to be without connectivity!

And...she's cute :embarrassed2: geek cutie with brains...yum....

Now, to find the info and vid that shows how to set up an internet link over radio...
 

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Just curious with that all stuffed in the backpack where do you carry the stuff you need to SURVIVE with? :D
 

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Do you need a special lic. to use ham radios? Or am i just stupid??
 

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That's pretty sweet. I've never gotten into radios. Shooter, Neo, and you other gurus, could you give a brief observation on how radios could best be used in SHTF/Zombie Apocalypse situations? I could see them being used to track disease outbreaks perhaps but what other scenarios could they be used for? (This would be your opportunity to give me a rationalization for getting into radios. Sell hard.)

Thanks so much,

-'bridge
PS So all the geek chicks with useful skills or knowledge outside of celebrity gossip have been hiding in... New Jersey?!?! Who knew?
 

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I only have a Technician class license [1995 no code tech] I can go 50 mhz [6 mtr band] 144-148 mhz [2 mter band] 430 -450 mhz [70 centimeter band] and up and now with the change in it I can dabble in the 10 mter band around 28 mhz. Anything under 30 mhz is called HF or high frequency [shortwave]

My time in R.A.C.E.S. Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services we only used 2 mtr and 70 Cm with HF for communication from our HQ to state HQ.

Here in Texas they use RACES as well ARES Amateur Radio Emergency Service which is the arm of the ARRL Amateur Radio Relay League ,Sort of the head of amateur radio also SKYWARN uses hams as well Skywarn for those who don't know are trained weather spotters the National Weather Service trains [usually in winter early spring] to go out look at the sky and watch the weather during storms for wind,hail,lightning, rain, and if any tornadoes are forming.

If anyone is really interested in becoming a ham [and it's real easy to do] Ask a ham in your are you'll see them by the antenna's on the car or licence plate many hams will have their call sign on the plate anywhere from 1 or 2 letters then a number from 1 to 0 then 2 or 3 letters afterward.

It is somewhat like CB in a way except the folks are much nicer you meet young and old men women children from ALL walks of lifeeven some famous TV and movies stars and reporters were ham ops.

Oh ya almost forgot 2 mter and up uses repeaters or you can talk radio to radio [simplex] A repeater will recieve your signal and retransmit it out so you can talk father.
 

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Radio communication for short and long range is critical in a long term survival aspect. Stuff that you rely on (fuel, hard goods, machinery, and all the sources of trade) have to come from somewhere. Sure, in the immediate future your survival is first and foremost. But, to understand how industry works is to understand how critical a problem is, and where to go and NOT to go when you're on the move. Planning on "bugging out" to a geologically stable region (Say, if you're going from Los Angeles to Phoenix during a massive earthquake?) and all the sudden, you start getting reports of massive overcrowding? Best to know before you start crossing the desert.

Also, weather does it's thing no matter what mankind throws around. Weather reports from regions where you are NOT are a very good thing. If there is a massive storm front battling Baja, and you're in New Mexico or Arizona, that gives you a day or two and several hundred miles to prepare. Conversely, you can get wind if a major flood or event has taken out a bridge or other such corridor by just scanning the airwaves, making sure your route ahead isn't blocked.

Voice is also not the only thing that can be sent over the radio. Morse code and, in a similar vein small-packet data transmission, can be sent over radio as well. It's not broadband internet, but a fax or text info can be sent over various radio communication networks just as well (what do you think a cellphone is....it's a RADIO!)

HAM radio also has the feature of being able to be sent around the world. This gives you unlimited length to communications that WILL not be dependent on an infastructure. If a critical event were to happen to an entire country, HAM is the method a government would use to communicate with as many of it's citizens to get critical systems back up and running. It would quickly become the internet of the moment. Knowing were Red Cross stations, military outposts and relief depots would be the order of the day on those types of transmissions.

Last but not least: HAM is not a secured system, which means anyone can listen in. This is good to hear who is around, and just how they feel about things before you have to encounter them. It's one of the best ways to eavesdrop without putting yourself in harm's way.
 

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I totally agree Neo and I was just making a joke because all she appeared to be carrying on her day hike was the radio gear. We just don't do that in the mountains in these parts. Weather and conditions can change in an instant.
 

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I totally agree Neo and I was just making a joke because all she appeared to be carrying on her day hike was the radio gear. We just don't do that in the mountains in these parts. Weather and conditions can change in an instant.
Well I'm pretty sure for where she was at (Bay Area) there is really no way to be more than 15 minutes from the city. It's pretty densely populated, and from what I remember living there for 6 months, even when you think you're TOTALLY alone....about 10 other d-bags are trompsing through the area at the same time. That and the weather is almost as predictable as the Valley here in Phoenix.
 
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