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A lot of people have been asking about ham radio lately, and Kyle has asked me to present some information on the topic. I have an advanced class amateur radio license and have been a ham for 15 years. Ham radio would be a great way for ZS members to communicate with each other, both now and in case of an emergency.

Amateur (or ham) radio is a hobby and a service. Amateurs are people interested in radio communications who get licenses from their respective governments to operate individual radio stations. They use these stations to communicate with each other all over the world.

Virtually all countries permit their citizens to become hams (North Korea is the only one that doesn’t). This is because they are very useful; hams volunteer their radio skills during emergencies. Hams provide communications when regular communications fail. Whether it is a natural disaster like Katrina or a terrorist attack, hams lend their skills to provide communications for emergency personnel in times of need. They did so during the days following 9/11 in New York; they are doing so now for Katrina. When there was an attempted coup in Russia several years ago and the official communications channels were cut, hams kept the outside world in touch with that country. Hams practice for the day when, as we say, the shit hits the fan. They not only regularly drill for emergencies with on-the-air networks, but also practice setting up emergency stations out in the woods (“Field Day”).

It’s also a fun hobby enjoyed by 6 million people worldwide. There are many different things you can do with it. Here are some of them...
...just plain chat
...use small handheld radios to communicate locally
...send and receive TV
...participate in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service). ARES people are helping with Katrina as I write this.
...use Morse code
...use radioteletype
...participate in SKYWARN (weather emergency hams)
...send and receive data using packet radio
...DX (try to talk to as many different countries as you can)
...use ham radio satellites (several in orbit)
...help with MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System) that uses ham radio to help overseas soldiers keep in touch with home
...participate in on-the-air contests
...bounce your signal off of the Moon
...talk to astronauts on the International Space Station
...use a repeater (powerful stations that retransmit your weak signal)
...go on foxhunts (finding hidden radio transmitters)
...experiment (new antennas, laser or microwave communications, etc.)
...build your own radio or collect antique radios
...volunteer to help with marathons, parades, and other public functions where they need trained communicators
...participate in a net. A net is an on-the-air meeting of hams who have a particular interest. There are nets for hams who are pilots, hams who travel in RVs, hams who are in high school, hams who served in WW2, hams who are gay, hams who collect Civil War memorabilia, and a few hundred more. There are “traffic nets” that are used to pass information worldwide; for example, for missionaries to communicate with their families. We are particularly interested in starting a Zombie Squad net, and that is one of the reasons that we are encouraging ZS members to look into getting a ham radio license.
...and many more.

Licensed ZS members could communicate with each other using ham radio during emergencies (or even when all’s quiet). If we get enough people, we could get a network that would stretch across the USA, and even beyond. The hams could then communicate with local ZS members using CB radio, the Family Radio service, or some similar shorter-range radio service.

In the next post, I’ll explain how easy it is to get a ham radio license.

Part 1 - Intro
Part 2 - Licensing
Part 3 - Equipment
Part 4 - Networking

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Awesome beans, I am looking forward to your next post.


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Nice, Nice looking foward to the next post.


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cool, I am looking into this.

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cool, I am looking into this.

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Interestingly enough you can also listen to local TV stations talking to thier personel in the field. You will never watch news the same way again.

You can listen to some local police radio traffic.


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Have you ever talked to the ISS?

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No, I have never talked to the ISS. They usually talk to school groups and such, and, to be honest, I haven't looked into it that closely.

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Seems like an interesting concept though I doubt those guys would want a few drunk ZS guys asking them how it is to poop in space.

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Cool, I've always wanted to learn about ham radios.

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Well, things are going slowly so far...but we're hoping for more.

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My step dad contacted the ISS. It was kinda neat, they talked a lot.

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Fixed the links in the original post. Seems they were out of date and have links from our old host from 2006. oops. :)

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Do you want to set up an HF net? Set a time and frequency and I'll try to be there--if my crappy antenna obliges ;) .


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A few of us have had HF contacts informally. Watch this part of the forum for the next time we give it a go, probably after Z-Con.

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Doctor Jest wrote:
A few of us have had HF contacts informally. Watch this part of the forum for the next time we give it a go, probably after Z-Con.


Or how about at Z-con? We should be on the air around 10am-ish Central time on Thursday June 12th, right? :)

Jamoni was supposed to be working finding contacts for that but I'm not sure where he's at with that.

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Thanks Dr. Jest! The family is working on get licensed! This is Great Info!

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I'm actually working on getting a ham license so some time in the future I could chat via radio to some of you guys.

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Have any frequencies been set for regular HF meetups? I'm a general and would love to find a group of us on 40meter or 80meter! Even if it was only once a month though once a week would be even more fun.

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I saw a thread somewhere that listed GMRS, CB, and HAM frequencies in use by ZSC013 but can't remember what thread it was, I was thinking it might be a good idea if we do get the ZS network up and running to establish an SOP and standard frequencies/channels on Ham/CB/GMRS and FRS for ZS members to switch to in an EOTWAWKI/PAW when we need to get in contact with each other...or even just for ZS members traveling through unknown territory to switch over and listen for other members in the area just for a get together or someone to talk to on a long road trip or anything really

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Doctor Jest wrote:
A lot of people have been asking about ham radio lately, and Kyle has asked me to present some information on the topic. I have an advanced class amateur radio license and have been a ham for 15 years. Ham radio would be a great way for ZS members to communicate with each other, both now and in case of an emergency.

Amateur (or ham) radio is a hobby and a service. Amateurs are people interested in radio communications who get licenses from their respective governments to operate individual radio stations. They use these stations to communicate with each other all over the world.

In the next post, I’ll explain how easy it is to get a ham radio license.

Part 1 - Intro
Part 2 - Licensing
Part 3 - Equipment
Part 4 - Networking


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If you have been a real ham for 15 years - why did you stop when you got your Advanced Class License?
You can't even give a Amateur Extra VE exam or operate on the AE portion of the bands with a Advanced Class License....

Its just a matter of passing a 50 question test...

How can you give good advice if you aren't willing to advance your own position in the amateur radio community?

No class of license was designed to be a stopping place?


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Not a troll

Just a person that went all the way and not just talked about it - but did it.

Amateur radio is not designed to be used as personal communications.

You can't just take, you have to give something back.

Doing things such as joining a club is a start.

Participating in club activities and joining ARES and RACES would be another good start.

Doing things to promote amateur radio in a positive light - beyond just talking about how great it is as a substitute for your cell phone when it doesn't work - doesn't promote amateur radio. IT JUST PROMOTES YOURSELF.


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You come off pretty strong. I apologize for the troll remark, but you did really light into several people with your 1st couple of posts. If you see what I posted in the other commo thread, not everybody goes straight into vol. work. My point about getting a ticket is: Get It. Then, you will be able to learn a lot from operating. Hell, I've got one of the locals coming over to help me string up my HF dipole. Talk about a brain-picking.

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