TV Show The Last Ship using ham radio?

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  1. G1ZQC

    G1ZQC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I noticed the fan was not turning. I am also curious as to how he got it mobile, and without an Aerial attached.....
  2. KC1BLE

    KC1BLE Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's not real, it's a television show :)
  3. N1CZZ

    N1CZZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yep, just like Last Man Standing, yet to see any antennas at the store or the house, could be hidden in the backyard... I'm thinking they will show some antennas in the future at Mike Baxter's nice property.
  4. NY7Q

    NY7Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    for those of you who do not pay attention......the captain has stated several times his father, at a cabin in the woods is a ham radio operator. He has stated it several times.
  5. WB9UDA

    WB9UDA Ham Member QRZ Page

    What I find with TV shows in general, when any radio is being used, the lights are not on and there is no antenna attached to it. I do wish that the producers would get a Ham Radio operator to work as a consultant.
    I'd be glad to oblige, for a modest fee.

    Often they dig an old radio out of a box someplace, hocus-pocus with it a bit and then try to make a call.
    Now we all know it "just ain't that simple", right? How about an antenna? It's usually never mentioned.

    But yes, I too like The Last Ship. Some great acting!

  6. WB9UDA

    WB9UDA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, it's a TV show, but please...... they don't show cars with no wheels on they?
    Or a machine gun with no magazine? But then there's the six-gun that can fire 15 shots. Cheeech!
    So why a two-way radio with NO antenna. That might be just TV, but it's certainly not GOOD TV!

    I might expect some bad props in a 1956 B-Grade movie, but c'mon people, this is 2014 and the age of technology. Eh?
    They spend millions on these TV shows, and they can't spend a sawbuck on just a little authenticity? Hang some coax off the back of the Ham Radio, and maybe turn it ON, so the lights and fan come on.

  7. K3AN

    K3AN Ham Member QRZ Page

    the tv show last man standing has a working Icom station, the antennas are out of sight from the veiwers, and not all of the crew but most have there tickets, and have made lots of contacts on the set, in fact Mr Allen was thinking of taking his tech test, have not heard any more on that. Also there is a faraday cage around the stage.
  8. WA7HAA

    WA7HAA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    During one segment, the older ham operating the equipment sent his daughter (the ship skipper's wife) to an electronic store to get a capacitor to repair the radio. I guess any capacitor will do, as he gave no specifics. My comment is that electronic stores that stock capacitors anymore are few and far between, especially in a small town. She contracted the virus during this shopping trip, but she seemed to have been lucky at picking out the right component, as they did get the radio working. Don't get me wrong, I do like the show, and have watched every episode. I also think that they should turn over this ebola research to those on the ship, as they seem to have come up with a cure in about 2 weeks, as well as producing vaccine. One more question: did someone research the call sign being used in the show to be sure it was not a currently issued call? Maybe they have a ham in the production crew.
  9. KC0KEK

    KC0KEK Ham Member QRZ Page

    LOL. That frequency could support its own sitcom.
  10. N8AGW

    N8AGW Ham Member QRZ Page

    The series is great, and the use of a ham radio, and a call sign is very important in keeping some degree of accuracy in a syfi drama. Also they did not say breaker, breaker, good buddy, this is uncle Joe looking for a clear channel, any body out there. They used procedures similar to ours. This reflects a degree of accuracy that the producers are using, and I respect this fact, although there could be improvements, it is close, and I enjoy the show.
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