Hello, Frank here.
Many people do not have an interest in getting a ham radio license. Most people want to listen, and by listen, I mean shortwave radio from around our country and around the globe. There is another group of folks that like to listen to a police scanner describing activities that are happening in their immediate area. Remember, it is legal to listen to any radio transmission, and be aware that different states have different laws regarding a scanner in a vehicle. So, for those of you that want to listen, and not transmit, this re-post is a good review. If you need more detailed information, look in Frank's Radio Communications on the right hand side of the blog.
It's been a while since Fern and I have re-posted an
article. I was reading through old posts a few days back and this
particular post caught my eye. There is also a small rant toward the bottom of this article which was published late December of 2013. Please read it and try to convince yourself that things are actually getting better. And if you can, please share with us how. I hope you enjoy the re-post. And remember, don't get on the bus.
We'll talk more later. 73, Frank
Originally posted December 28, 2013
Hello, Frank here.
you're a listener or a talker, radio has something for you. If you read
this site for entertainment, that's good. If you read it to increase
your knowledge base a little, that's even better. If you read this site
because you know and can see what is coming, then that's what we're
going to talk about today.
going to talk about listening, be it AM/FM commercial radio, shortwave,
scanner, ham radio these are all good areas to listen. You'll
need two radios. First, being a scanner. Now some areas signals that
you would normally scan are going digital, which means a normal analog
scanner will not pick up those signals. But, many, many areas are not
going digital. What I am talking about here are police, fire and
ambulance, because it just plain and simple costs too much. Along with
the increased costs, many municipalities are finding they have increased
inability to communicate effectively. So, before you buy a digital scanner, which
right now, they are somewhat pricey, check and see what your local guys
use. You can buy a good, functional analog scanner for around $100 new.
A good, functional digital scanner costs around $400 and up, new. Why a
scanner? Your newer scanners can pick up CB radio, VHF/UHF ham
frequencies, GMRS, FRS, MURS, aircraft traffic, police, fire, rescue,
school buses, railroads, Coast Guard, utility vehicles and the list goes
on. A handy tool!
next radio will be some form of shortwave listening radio, SWL. You can
buy a fair SW for around $100 and the price goes up. My recommendation
is contact your local ARRL and tell them that you're
a used HF radio. HF means high frequency. Unlike scanner traffic, SW
may be coming from 10 miles to 10,000 miles away. You need a piece of
equipment that is a little more sensitive. Even if you can pick up an HF
radio from a ham operator that does not transmit, for whatever reason,
but it still receives, then you are getting a finer piece of equipment
than you will with most shortwave radios. The frequency bands are the
same for HF ham and SW listening. And the bonus in this case will be
that you can also pick up the ham side bands. Remember, this post is for
listening purposes only.
If you want to improve your reception dramatically, then you will need an outside antenna. For your scanner, a simple discone type antenna will work great. For your shortwave radio, the longer the wire, the better. I will include resources and diagrams.
Shortwave connectors: This is a part
of a dipole antenna. Take the center piece, the coax from here connects
to your radio. This center piece needs to be as high as you can get it.
Go to any hardware store and buy 12/2 or 14/2 insulated electrical
wire. This is standard house wiring. You do not need flexible. Cut the
wire to the maximum length that you can have it going outward, the ends
connecting to the little insulators need to connect to poles also. The
higher the better. In the ham world you need to
fairly precise with the length for transmitting. It's also important
for receiving, but not critical. Have the ends as high as you can get them also. Avoid going over metal structures, but if you don't have a
choice, go ahead and do it. Connect rope to the end of the insulator,
but do not pull it rigid tight.
These next two items apply to your coax connection. One is an exterior tape, the other one is an inside goo type stuff. This will help keep moisture out of your connector. If you need help, contact the folks at ARRL.
Mounted on a single pole, this will give you a more than adequate ability to listen. You will need coax cable running
from each antenna to your radios. You will also need a very simple
power supply, because it takes very little energy to listen. This would
be an excellent place for a small solar panel with a charge controller and a battery.
You can put both antennas on the same antenna pole and you can listen
to almost any signal being broadcast, be it local or long distance.
good AM/FM radio will come in handy also. Most SW radios will receive
AM radio, but something I have learned along the way, no matter how good
your radio or your antenna, if there is not a signal there, you are not
going to receive it. At my house, I cannot pick up local AM commercial
radio and that means no Rush Limbaugh. I am broken hearted. Okay. Back
Why do you want to
receive radio? News, weather, sports, military movement, dams breaking,
local disasters, check point locations, icy roads, where the bus is
parked gathering people, what is happening two states over. With this
listening radio set up, with a little bit of practice and a little bit
of knowledge, you will be able to know what is happening on the
coast or west coast, and that's from people on the scene. You will also
know what's happening locally. You can hear CB traffic, and you say,
"Why would I want to listen to that foul mouth type talk?" Because we're
talking about an emergency crisis situation. Those ole' boys running
mega watts of power from who knows where will no longer be on the air.
And if they are, you might want to know what's happening five states
over, from a simple CB radio. Whatever they're talking about might be
heading in your direction.
You might say here, "Why doesn't this guy just stick with radio facts and information?" Because there are hundreds of internet sites that will teach you how to get your ham license. This
site is to help you get prepared for what is unquestionably coming. If
you can't see it, I am sorry. But there have been way, way too many
things happen in the last few years that solidly indicates that
significant changes are not just on the horizon, but they are happening
as you read this.
A side note here. Yes, I have a ham radio license. I do not contest, and many days I don't turn my radio on. My wife and I communicate
farm with handheld radios that anybody can buy. Being ham radio
operators, we also have radios in our cars. So can you. Our house is
also set up with ham radio equipment. And if you could care less about
ham radio, you can still listen.
Example. A couple of nights ago, I was listening to my
CB radio, and yes, I have a nice CB antenna and a nice CB radio. I was
not on SSB, this was regular CB AM channel 28. I listened to a guy in
Portland, Oregon from southeast Oklahoma, just as clear as a bell. If
you want to be able to communicate with your neighbors, CB radio is the way to
you can use GMRS/FRS. GMRS according to the FCC requires a license. I
have never met a person to this day who has one. You don't know what
GMRS is? It's those little two way walkie talkies that hunters use and
children play with. I can't stress enough the
importance of having communications. Whether you want to listen only,
which is what most people do. Or you want to go the talking route with
CB and GMRS. Or you want to get your ham radio license. You are going to
want to be able to communicate when this thing comes upon us.
Okay, what is this thing I am talking about? Religion, church is under
attack. Schools, public education has been under attack for years. Now,
all of our medical records are going to be under attack, and this
little issue is going to extend out in ways we have not even thought of
yet. Our military is under attack from the inside out. Agriculture and the agricultural industry
been under attack for years, imagine GMO foods. And if you don't know
what I'm talking about, then you need to pull your head out of the sand.
Look at privacy and security. There are no private phone calls or email
messages for that fact. Look at political correctness, what we say and
can't say. Look at the 2nd Amendment. Did you know that there will be no
more lead bullets
manufactured in this country? Do you know what
NSA is? Do you know what NDAA is? Have you taken your little girl to an
airport lately and let some guy feel her chest and put his hand in her
crotch? And we stand there as parents and let this happen? And then that
same guy does the same thing to your wife? Feels her chest and gropes
her crotch? We call this freedom? Do you know what TSA means? These
folks are now setting up check points at ballgames, shopping malls and
interstate highways. Are you aware that police do not need search
warrants anymore? Have you looked at some of the vehicles our local
police departments have been given by Homeland Security?
Wake-y! people. Look at our banking system. Try going into a bank and
withdrawing a large amount of your money. You will be questioned as to
why you want it or need it. If it's above a certain
you'll have to fill out a form. Did you know that you cannot pay for a
new automobile with cash? When you go to buy a house, you have to
provide a financial statement of where your money is coming from. Wall
Street. The Federal Reserve Bank is propping up our currency and Wall
Street to the tune of approximately $86 BILLION dollars per month. Yes,
that's BILLION with a big 'B'. PER MONTH. Unemployment is out of control,
but we are told by the government controlled news media that everything
is getting better. Example here. A man that used to work 50 hours per
week at $20.00 per hour and is now working 30 hours per week at $8.00
per hour is considered gainfully employed. Suicide is now one of the
largest killers in this country. Think about that. Pharmaceuticals. A
huge percentage of people are taking prescription, mind altering, legal
drugs every day. And this is only a partial list with no detail.
wasn't that pleasant? If you can't see what is coming, or if you choose
not to see, then I pray that someday you wake up real soon, because all
of the above mentioned topics are occurring while you read this. If you
want communications and you have the desire and
means, you can still go to the store or go online and buy these items.
But one day, you're not going to be able to. It appears to me, and this
is just a personal observation, that there are lots and lots of people
that do not want to deal with reality. I really don't know what's going
to happen to all of these people, but I don't think it's going to be
pleasant. Folks, all I deal with here is communications. I don't talk
about food storage, beans and bullets, gold or silver, just
communications. It's time to get it done. Go back and read the other posts, there is lots of non-technical information provided. I hope this helps.
We'll talk more later. 73, Frank