Ham Radio

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How to get your Ham Radio license

On December 25, 2020, an RV loaded with explosives detonated in downtown Nashville. In seconds, dozens of buildings were damaged, 8 people were injured, and communication lines in several states were disrupted. Survival Mom readers quickly reported the impact of this outage: “I am in the Nashville area and could not reach my adult daughters all weekend because they have AT&T. “ “My friend in Clarksville, TN says their calls still aren’t really going through and neither are texts.” “911 …

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Ham Radio: Not Just For Science Nerds

My status as a prepper means I’ve developed something of a varied skill set over the years, from spinning wool to the martial arts. So you’d think by now I’d have learned to think twice when the thoughts, “Oh, I could never do that,” and “that kind of thing isn’t for people like me,” enter my head. I used to think that way about canning fruit, but now I can knock out a batch of apple pie filling in like …

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Communication Items You’ll Want Before the SHTF, Part 1

Having good radio equipment is important for many reasons. What will you do when there is no Internet? What will you do when there is no cellphone service?How will you know what’s going on in other parts of the country, let alone the world? Radio signals don’t need an intermediary, they just bounce all over the earth and are received by radios. It’s not even necessary that you transmit (speak) on the radio, but the information you can garner from …

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4 Reasons a Survival Mom Should Be an Amateur Radio Operator

I’m a mom and an Amateur Radio (also called Ham Radio) operator.  You may be wondering why in the world a mom of small children and in her right mind would choose to tackle the physics, algebra, wires and cables that make up a Ham Radio license.  Don’t we moms have enough going on just tackling homework, cooking, cleaning, and diapers?  Well, here are four reasons why I did it and why you may want to consider getting a ham …

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Get your amateur radio license

Every mom I know is nearly surgically attached to her cell phone, and usually for good reason.  She wants to know where every member of her family is at any given moment, and if you’ve ever experienced not being able to get in touch with a child or spouse, you know how scary it can be. Well, imagine a time when virtually all communication is shut down and you’ll know why huge numbers of Americans are getting their amateur (ham) …

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The Skinny on Ham Radio: Getting Licensed

A lot of preppers are talking about Ham radio as a communications system during and after an SHTF event. The ability to listen and even talk with people vast distances away in real time is powerful tool. For a very long time I’ve wanted to get an Amateur Radio license (“Ham”). For one reason or another I never undertook the study and the test. Until now. I have just passed my Technician’s license exam! (as of writing this) While it …

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