Ham radio has been part of the survivalist’s arsenal for decades. Sure, it is easy to get intimidated by the mechanics and hidden “codes” of building and using ham radio, but don’t be. It’s easier than you think to get set up, and building your own ham radio is part of the fun.
What It Takes
Almost anyone with rudimentary skills can build a ham radio. Even a child can be taught to build and use a ham radio. But it’s important to know that to legally use your ham radio, you will first need to pick up a license from the FCC.
Now, getting a license from the FCC isn’t as hard as it sounds, either. For info and practice tests, go here:
There are three tiers of license – Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. You would apply for the next tier after you’ve gained some knowledge and experience. The first tier only requires that you correctly answer a 35-question multiple-choice test.
The other operating knowledge that you’ll need to operate your ham radio can be learned by listening to other operators and paying attention to how they communicate with one another. It’s also helpful to have a friend who is a seasoned ham radio operator to show you the ropes in person.
The cost of building your own ham radio can be as low as between $100 and $120 for a basic kit. These kits, sold online, typically come with everything you need to get started, including a UHF and VHF transmitter and receiver, a programming cable, microphone, and manual. The first time you build your own ham radio, it’s definitely worth it to use a kit. After you become more accustomed to it and understand the workings, you can attempt to build your own ham radio from scratch. If you’re looking for a good place to start checking out HAM radio kits, click here: http://www.radioinc.com/oscmax/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=3430
The Benefits of Ham Radio
Survivalists understand that we won’t always be able to depend on the power grid. In the event of a crisis, ham radio operators will still be able to talk to one another and convey important information.
For example, if we experience a damaging electromagnetic pulse (EMT), a ham radio would still be fully operational. A manmade or natural EMP (from the sun) could disable the power grid. EMPs can also be generated by large-scale nuclear weapons attack, which is something that every prepper knows is a possibility.
Another benefit to ham radio as opposed to other radios is the content you will encounter over the radio waves. Ham radio operators aren’t interested in selling things, running advertisements, or filling up the airwaves with garbage. For the vast majority, ham radio is used to either A) communicate important information, or B) communicate, share ideas and connect with others. For survivalists and homesteaders, this last use could be considered the most valuable.