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How Prepared Are You?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM4ACK, Sep 19, 2019.

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  1. W7ASA

    W7ASA Ham Member QRZ Page

    "...hunt...Oh, and to kill zombies. :) "

    Or combine the two tasks! I'd bet that roasted zombie slathered in Cajun Power Sauce would be a meal to remember!
     
  2. W7ASA

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    Hollywood has lied about basic preparedness - not a shock at all.

    It's been my experience that 99.9% of preparedness is simple 'home economics':

    Snug shelter
    Clean water
    Hygiene
    Eventually some food

    Assuming a short-to-middle duration loss of commercial infrastructure, basic radio communication might allow you to receive news (for me, usually storm track information) , communicate with family and friends, listen to music for your afternoon dance lessons :) My radio scanner in the background brings me information from those on scene with our badged and volunteer public safety organizations as well as listening to Department of Transportation (county level) for road and bridge information. When neighbors see something odd, they often ask me what I've heard on the scanner.

    HF monitoring, for example, helps to fill in the blanks from the National Hurricane Center ,and hams in the surrounding 'one-tank-of-gas' distance also interest me, because the closer 'it' is, the more interesting 'it' becomes to "me and mine". Lastly, if I would like to send health & welfare updates to family and friends, both for myself and neighbors, that's quite easy via WINLINK, CW traffic nets or via a casual ham radio contact: I've rarely had a ham say 'no' to relaying a one way message when I was not in a position to communicate directly. [One of the BEST was when I was in a very remote wilderness area for a couple of weeks and heard a ham who mentioned working at the SAME company where my -then- girlfriend worked. I had him pass a message to her via the company internal e-mail - - - she told me later that she got a good smile from it.]

    To me - I have a spare tire in the car and the means to change it myself, I carry various insurance, and even have an 'emergency brake', first-aid kits , so why not do what was perfectly normal for most of human history; keep a 'buffer' of water, food & etc. as the most practical form of 'insurance'? Once, when seriously injured at work and with such a sudden loss of income, the food in our small'ish pantry allowed us to weather that financial storm for a few weeks until we could sort the situation out; which we eventually did. Fortunately, we both REALLY like 'rice & something'.

    Off to the workshop for me; scanner will be ON while I work on home projects.

    73 de Ray ..._ ._
     
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  3. W4RAV

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  4. KI4ZUI

    KI4ZUI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well prepared to monitor, receive info necessary for personal survival. Reluctant to transmit less I be targeted.
     
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  5. AD5NM

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    Where I live is over a hundred miles from any prominent target of strategic value. My home have been grid independent for years and my well water comes from over 1000' feet below the surface. If that is to become a threat so be it. I've never ran from a fight in my life and to old to start now. Work me casual or contest know that the entire contact was powered by a solar/wind system.
     
  6. K8JHR

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    Yeah... me too ! ;-) ;-) ;-)


    (just poking fun ...) // K8JHR //
     
  7. K3LI

    K3LI Ham Member QRZ Page

    When things get bad, why do you think the phones will even work?
     
  8. VK4HAT

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    I am fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse. My plan is to go down in the first wave and become the zombie king.
     
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  9. VK4HAT

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    As they are here in VK. LOL
     
  10. VK4HAT

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    Who cares if they work or dont work. I dont answer my phone on a good day. Sure as shit not answering it on a bad day. LOL
     
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