Ham Radio – Emergency Communications
I guess I wasn’t your ordinary ten-year+old kid, even back then I was into survival. I would order Cabelas catalogs and fishing magazines, making sure to circle all the gear that I needed to make my get away into the wild!
While I never trekked off into the wilderness at that age, HAM radio allowed me to take adventures around the world. I stayed up until all hours of the night using my Grandfathers radios to talk to, and listen to people from around the globe. It was fascinating to pick up the mic and talk to someone on the other side of the world.
When it comes to Survival Communications, HAM Radio is the way to go. It has a number of advantages over CB, GMRS, FRS and other radios.
Why Become a HAM?
To begin with, the knowledge that you will gain as a licensed ham radio operator will allow you to listen to, and communicate with people throughout the world. With little power and a minimal amount of equipment, you will be able to communicate with other HAMS, even when cell towers and other forms of communication have failed.
In an emergency situation, you will be able to stay informed on what’s going on locally, nationally, and worldwide. Even in today’s modern age of high tech gadgets, cell phones, and email, when the grid goes down it’s often HAM Radio operators who provide emergency communications until things return to normal.
During Katrina, local officials relied heavily on Hams to coordinate rescues and organize search and rescue missions throughout the effected areas. Their ability to communicate when the grid goes down, is one of the major reasons that I advise our readers to look into HAM Radio.
Requirements to become a Ham Radio Operator:
Unlike when I got my license, The FCC’s new licensing requirements have been simplified and now only require you to pass a single 35-question written exam; no Morse code required (although I do advise you learn it, as it has a number of advantages in an emergency situation.).