My Wife is a HAM!! now what?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by N6WT, Oct 14, 2009.

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  1. N6WT

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    Dont you think the satellite system will be a bit overwhelmed in an emergency also?? Your link points to a phone that cost $990 (plus import tax). I think an HT cost about $200. I dont think a ham radio cost anything per month unless you join a repeater system.
  2. N6WT

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    YES I have a major problem with this!!!:rolleyes:
  3. KA4DPO

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    Post removed in the interest of public harmony.
  4. KD8LWX

    KD8LWX Ham Member QRZ Page

    This guy has no connection to those items.

    The way I see it.
    There are enough Freqs to go around. HAMs have theirs. Other groups have their's. There is no reason for them to come into our area. It works for Mars. I know my radio can be opened up for non-ham spectrum. That is what those E-com groups should do.

    As far as forcing people to get licensed, as long as they are not using our normal freqs. it is a non-issue.
  5. KJ4PLT

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    i know of no ecomms people that want the rules changed so they get paid to get there license. all our ecomms people are hams and have been for YEARS and they vol there time to staff the emergency shelters during a natural disaster. we even supply them with there comm boxes. all they have to do is show up. we have our own FEQ's that we use that is licensed from the FCC and the hams ecomms guys do there thing and nothing overlaps.
  6. VK2AKG

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    while voice calls _may_ be difficult after the initial lull during which people are getting their act together, there is a lot of spare satellite capacity. Text messages take very little bandwidth and queue rather well.

    in a REAL WTSHTF scenario that $200 HT will be about as useful as tits on a bull.

    73 Frank
  7. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's now an appropriate time to run as fast as you can, and as far away as you can...


    Take Care. :)
  8. KD5BLZ

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    My Wife is a HAM!! now what? Options

    As others have said do not depend on repeaters 100 percent have a back up.
    As far as HT if you can get a jpole up in a tree you might get 10 miles at 5 watts. My wife can talk to me simplex when I am 10 miles away on her ht on a jpole 40 feet in the air. Mind you it is hanging from a tree limb. I used a sling shot to get it up there. HT are fine but put a mobile 2 meter rig in her car and if she has to go it on foot use the Put a sling shot some rope and a cooper jpole 50 ft of in her trunk. She can put the Jpole 30 or 40 feet in the air connect the mobile or the HT to it and get more range.
    If you expect her to be on foot a twinlead Jpole will do the trick.
    My wife never gets more the about 3 miles from home so we can stay in touch with her using the HT on a mobile antenna. During Hurricane Gustav last year my wife KD5REU Used the HT and I was mobile during hurricane evacuations mobile and it made it easier and prevented several accidents I was able to warn her in advance.
    The one that comes to mind on the return we were on the causeway bridge this is a 26 mile bridge two lanes on each side a part of a guard rail was in the path right a head of me. We were tired and my wife was not far behind me. When I saw the guard rail I picked the mic up and said move over now
    in a firm voice. She did not question and when she saw why she said thank you . This prevented at least two accidents that I know for a fact. I picked up my cell and dailed 911 and reported it. There no way I could have passed this over to my XYL over a cell phone fast enough. I did ID after I gave my warning to the XYL.

  9. N3XP

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    Apparently you have not done any reading. Here are some places you can read, this will keep you bust for about a week.
  10. K0RGR

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    I admit, I shudder whenever a newer ham tells me has "no interest in the hobby". I guess since I am probably way too interested in the hobby after 45 years, that makes me some kind of geek, and nobody wants to be a geek these days.

    But I try not confuse the organized attempts to circumvent the rules and steal our ham bands with the individuals who get involved because they have some practical idea in mind. For many years, I'd have to say that most of our newbies fall into the 'practical use' category. Yes, we used to be a cheap alternative to cellphones. Now, it seems that they all want to take their ham gear backpacking in the wilderness areas "just in case", or they want to do SKYWARN. I've had several couples preparing to sail around the world.

    Oh, how I wish we could turn the clock back to the 60's. Even then, new hams often had some idea of how they would use ham radio for practical purposes - to justify all the effort it took to get into it. But we weren't afraid to admit that we had hobbies, as most people seem to be today!

    But, today we get what we get. The best radio and the greatest skills in the world are of no value at all if there is nobody there to talk to!
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