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Everyone should have 2 or more radios for communication

Everyone should have 2 or more radios for communication

Postby wesurvive » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:03 pm

Just a reminder, if you don't have a HAM radio it is time to get one while things are still within a reasonable price range. Ebay is a great place to find new and used radios at a great price.

If you are curious what radios to look for, here are some ideas:

Yeasu FT-2800m
Base unit (7 inches long about).
Very nice radio, can be modified easily with changing some solders around already on the board. If you can find one, it is worth the $149.00 dollars. The modification gives you a great selection of frequency ranges and open public bands.

Yeasu FT-2900
Base unit, it is not handheld. Small enough to put on a shelf.
The newer model of the 2800 unit, but can still be modified with ease.

Intek MT5050 446 radio
Another all around good Radio with a variety of UHF, FM, and VHF channels to work with.

Yaesu VX-5R (handheld)
This unit has a variety of mods and it fits Military specs. Others have modified this unit to be used for free bands, others just modified it to receive bands, but not transmit, and again it does both, it can either be modified either way to transmit or just receive on many bands. Worth checking out. Great for a bug out bag too.

Older HAM radios (Tube) are better EMP Proof than the solid state radios. If you find a good deal, don't pass it up. These sometimes can only be modified with Crystals, however non-tube older radio models from the 1960's through the 80's can be modified by just cutting a wire, removing a solder, removing a resistor, or another easy ways.

Places you can find mods on are such places like this: (The Internet is filled with different websites).
http://www.kb2ljj.com/data/yaesu/vx-5r.htm

Now, there are many radios that can be modified to reach lower channels, but if anyone has more ideas and know which ones can, please post them.

For antennas you can contact the group to purchase a great one for $25.00--$30.00. I use one they made and its works absolutely great. I can reach over 50 miles range on low power with this antenna. Or if you live out of the area, just post you are looking to buy one of these antennas and someone will work something out with you to get it to you. Or just ask for the plans and I am sure someone would gladly post it on here to build your own. Since this forum is reaching other countries, I think some will ask for the plans.

If you have questions, please post them here. You want something that transmits and receives both, so before ordering if you have questions, post them.

You can also find some good deals here.
http://swap.qth.com/c_radiovhf.php

I wouldn't waste any time in getting a radio. If you can afford two, get two since you can put one aside in case an EMP (from the solar flare) knocks out one radio you have a backup to talk with. Very important to remember this. Put the other one in a metal tool box (homemade version of a faraday cage) and store it.

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You Must Survive. So prepare for it.
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Re: Everyone should have 2 or more radios for communication

Postby jpf1030 » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:29 am

Mac will be hosting the next BSOSC meeting. He is the Communications Committee Chairman in Task Force #5-Protection as well as Task Force #6 Leader. He and WeSurvive will help any of you with finding good deals on radios. As WeSurvive says, don't waste any time in getting them. They can help you "soup them up" to be more widely functional in disaster readiness. We have plenty of materials for the awesome antennas to which WeSurvive refers and will help anyone to make one. We also have ample supply of the high quality, heavy duty LMR 400 coax cable available. With all the best priced supplies we have and experts to gladly help folks, there is little excuse for not being prepared in your emergency communications needs...jpf
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