I received my first Ham radio license when I was about 10 years old; the old-timers in the room thought it was pretty amusing to see a kid coming in to take the tests.
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 great get away into the wild!
While I never trekked off into the wilderness, well, not at that age, HAM radio allowed me to take all sorts of wild adventures around the world. I stayed up until the wee hours of the night, using my Grandfather’s radios to talk to, and listen to people from around the globe. It was amazing to be able 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 almost every major disaster, local officials rely heavily on Hams to coordinate rescues and organize search and rescue missions throughout the affected areas. Their ability to communicate when the grid goes down is one of the major reasons 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).
- Emergency Communication when Things Go Bad
- Ham Radio for Dummies
- The ARRL Antenna Book: The Ultimate Reference for Amateur Radio Antennas
- The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual
- Morse Code Teacher