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TV show, Doomsday Preppers, suggesting preppers use ham/shortwave radio.

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA0MNA, Apr 5, 2012.

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  1. WA0MNA

    WA0MNA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Greetings. I remember this subject being touched on in a past thread. Last night I watched, what has been at least the second episode of Doomsday Preppers mentioning the use of ham radio, and / or shortwave radio as a preferred communications method. Anyone else watch this is quite a display of paranoia.
    As a sidebar to the above...I am celebrating 50 years as a licensed ham in June of this year. Novice ticket received June 1962 at age of 14. Take Care!
  2. NA0AA

    NA0AA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fortunately, most of the doomsday preppers seem to prefer playing with guns to radios.
  3. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    We get many requests for information and advice here from people seeking to be able to keep in touch with family and/or their religious organization in the event of a catastrophe. A lot of them seem to come from remote parts of Idaho or Oregon. Sometimes, you have to wonder if we're helping a cult or a bunch of separatists. Occasionally, requests for additional information are met with what seem to be somewhat paranoid reactions. If WWIII ever does take place, I wonder if HF will even be usable due to all the radios coming out of closets or bunkers, and being used by people who aren't properly licensed and have no previous experience on the air.

    You're a year ahead of me. It will be 50 for me next year. I'm now an Old Old Timer.
  4. KC2UGV

    KC2UGV Ham Member QRZ Page

    HF wont be usable due to the immense ionization of the atmosphere... Not because of the radios coming out of the closets.
  5. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes, and the need for them assumes that someone will survive long enough to use one.
  6. KB4QAA

    KB4QAA XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Radio 'blackout' from nuclear blasts lasts from a few hours to well less than a day.

    Sheesh. more paranoid misinformation.
  7. KI6USW

    KI6USW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats on your 50 years as a Ham.

    But TV - as an authority?
    That would be funny if it wasn't ultimately tragic.

    In the real doomsday; there will not be on brick left resting upon another. Nothing left standing for what can be called 'civilization'. I think at that point any antenna would have long before been fallen.

    If they limited the scope of the show to a local catastrophe - such as a earthquake/tsunami/volcanic event - fair to say that one would need to prepared to go into this area of devastation and set up communications. That - in itself - would have to be done by aircraft/helicopter. I think that the nuclear plant meltdown in Japan is a fair example.

    Here in CA, we have to be ready for another large quake. Can't say that I could set up a station in such an event. Would need to have a vehicle that hasn't been destroyed to use as a source of power. Then use whatever equipment hasn't been destroyed. No one really thinks about all of the criteria/details until it really happens. The skills and knowledge already acquired will be as important any any gear that survived.
  8. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    This preppers thingie ? Does it mean preparation for Doomsday ? Just so that I don't miss it, when is it going to occur, has anybody arranged a date ?
  9. KM3N

    KM3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Come on - amateur radio operators - the ultimate preppers. eCOMM - 5 mhz, go kits, Field Day, generators, back up boat anchors with tubes instead of transistors.
  10. NM7L

    NM7L Ham Member QRZ Page

    And let's not forget the wackers with their brighly-colored vests, appropriately adorned vehicles, and the customary amber light bar atop said vehicle.
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