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Jun 24

HAM Operators Needed

If we loose cell phones, etc. due to natural disasters and TSHTF how can preppers communicate or support our local community? What if an EMP event happens and out electronics are fried, what do we do? The answer is HAM operators. HAM operators have been in existence since before WW2 and is a means of communicating around the world easily. We have a couple of HAM operators in Iowa but we need a network of HAM operators for a continuance of communication. Are there any other HAM operators out there? Are there people that want to be HAM operators? We need your input.

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  1. Robert Lewis

    I am very much interested in this; it is almost what I did in the Army. You are right, SHTF we are going to need something to communicate with.

  2. Robert Burris

    I got my ham General class license for prepping.

  3. tacfall

    If someone could contact me privately about this I would like to dicsuss options.

    Thanks

  4. Mike D

    I am a HAM OP, Tech class license, what ever I can do to help.

  5. KENT RYAN

    I WOULD VOLUNTEER TO BE A HAM OPERATOR EXCEPT FOR ONE THING. I DON’T HAVE THE $$ MEANS TO BECOME A HAM OPERATOR. ALL I CAN AFFORD NOW IS SETTING UP A HOME BASE CB RADIO AND ANTENNA SYSTEM AND EVEN THAT STRETCH’S MY FAMILY BUDGET. ?? IS THERE A GOVT AGENCY THAT WILL FINANCE THE EQUIPMENT FOR CITIZENS TO BECOME HAM OPERATORS? I DON’T KNOW AND I’M JUST ASKING.

    1. tom

      check with county EMA and see if the old local law enforcement wide band radio equipment is available for Free, to be used for Ham Radio use

  6. MzLabby

    I just passed my Tech test and am studying for thr General. I have not purchased any equipment to date I don’t know any other Ham operators yet either I very new but willing to learn and join in !

  7. DB

    In NW Iowa and taking study course now and hopefully by summer will be set up. I do have a friend that has not joined here that is lifetime HAM and will use him until I have acess on my own.

  8. Carol Rivermoon

    Hi Guys !

    I don’t know whether there is any overlap between IA preppers and the local SKYWARN community. What I do know
    is that the SKYWARN Hams have networks set up which are activated (aka the Hams are out spotting/weather-watching) when the weather gets fugly. If nothing else the SKYWARN folk could provide you with more HAM information I’m sure.
    While I’m not a ham operator, I did do broadcast radio for about ten years. I do know just a bit about how radio works…and I hate to tell you…but if there were an EMP event the Hams’ equipment would be fried as well. The only things which could survive an EMP event would be tube-driven radios…because tubes are a lot more tolerant of electrical spikes than transistors are. My guess is that most hams have transistor (showing my age…I mean integrated circuit/digital) equipment by now So I guess we have to hope there’s not an EMP. I also understand that the military =may= have “hardened” radio equipment that can withstand things like EMP.

  9. Lowell M

    Just received my Tech License and interested in getting involved in a Prepper Net. I’d be willing to do the leg work as we manage a 75 unit apt complex and I pretty much make my own hours.

  10. JB

    I’m a technician class soon to take my general. I live in SE Iowa and have rebuilt several tube type radios. I am ready for a loss in modern communication.

  11. Jack

    Carol,
    I hadn’t thought about that. Good point.

    1. Jason

      I have several old heathkit radios that are tube run. They would most likely survive an EMP scenario. However, there is more likely chance of a natural disaster disabling our fragile cell network. Our modern communication system is easily overloaded. I have been in emergency services for 23 years and radios continue to be more reliable that my stupid “smart” phone. That’s why we have ARES, “Amateur Radio Emergency Services”.

  12. Jason

    I am a tech class with several tube radios. I am also a paramedic in SE IA. I would be glad to be part of a network. Also, there is ARES that one can be a part of. Look for local club to join. They are a great resource for new ham and people who want to be hams.

  13. MIke

    I am a Ham Op (General Class), I got into Ham Radio because I am a prepper, and I love having the means to communicate both locally 2M/70cm HT and long distance 20M.

    As to the price issue, there are quality ht’s available for $40 to 50 range on amazon ( I am not an employee of amazon or any Amateur radio co, I swear). I just got a Baofeng 2M/70CM dual band for $40 delivered to my door. It is a good little radio, a bit hard to program, but not imposable. A plus it picks up FM broadcast radio. I would urge every prepper to get an Amateur Radio license, because when TSHTF, we will need comms to get info.

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