New Side Hobby: Ham Radio

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With all the apocalyptical things going on, there’s no better way to equip yourself than with the primal. I have chose to do this by buying primitive things such as camping supplies and getting to know the ins and out of ham radio.

What is Ham Radio?

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. [See also: ARRL on the Purpose of Amateur Radio.]


Anyone can listen on ham radio, but in order to communicate you need a license. How am I prepping for the license you ask? With the official ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, of course:

I’m just getting into it now, learning about the frequency ranges for pre-defined spectrums (VLF, LF, HF, etc. ) and taking my sweet time with it, so don’t expect me to be a licensed tech or expert any time soon.

What equipment did I start out with? That’s another great question. While this device is not equipped to go more than around 10 miles without an aftermarket antenna upgrade, it will let me get used to pushing buttons, because that is what I do best:

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A special thanks goes out to my mother for getting this for my birthday!

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

18 replies on “New Side Hobby: Ham Radio”

Yeah, I was just looking on the baofeng box at all the different things you can do with it. I never would have guessed. They got games and everything. 🤠

I see you went for Baofeng! We were considering this but because we don’t have license (and won’t be attempting to have one), we opted for the safer Motorola 😉

Yeah I heard some trash talk about the baofengs from enthusiasts. I don’t care. I consider it a toy for what it’s worth. Thanks Ola G. What’s safer about the Motorola, by the way?

Ah, let me be more precise: Baofeng has wider range and stronger signal so it actually (at least in NZ) would require a license. The Motorola we chose is water resistant, which we wanted, but also has a weaker signal and narrower range, so we can safely use it as a walkie-talkie 🙂

Awesome prepper skill! One I have not tackled yet.

Have you seen the movie Frequency? Doesn’t it involve two very manly men talking to each other across time through a ham radio? I love that. Let us know if you contact anybody from the 1950s.

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