CA Now Goes After Ham Radio

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    CA Now Goes After Ham Radio

    Another shining example of the spread and increasing severity of symptoms exhibited by liberal, socialist communist politicians' brains after long years of drug use, the CA "government" (and I use the term loosely) is now going after Ham Radio licensees.

    https://wzogo.wordpress.com/2019/12/...in-california/

    Why, oh why, can CA not get it's act together and ban all politicians?
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    That is really messed up and controlling. BTW, did yíall know that Gavin Newsom is Nancy Pelosiís nephew? A lot of folks donít but this may explain the mentality since apples donít fall far from the trees.

    CWO and I were watching a YouTube on Sodom and Gomorrah last night and I had just said that from what all the man on the video was describing it sounded a lot like how CA is now, the lack of morals and evilness.

    CA will either keep burning or fall in the ocean within the next 10 years is my prediction, hope our small amount of family that is there can get out - they are gun friendly ppl that are caught up in all of this and truly do want out.

    Have been wanting a ham radio for a while, this may be the time to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister View Post

    CWO and I were watching a YouTube on Sodom and Gomorrah last night and I had just said that from what all the man on the video was describing it sounded a lot like how CA is now, the lack of morals and evilness.
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    They will try to tax anyone for an extra buck to fund their crud.
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    I have not thought about HAM radios in a long time. Had an uncle back in the day who was an operator.
    I might just have to look into getting one if not too expensive. Sounds like a good emergency form of communications.

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    Getting a license is MUCH easier than it has ever been. It is a remarkable hobby. Since the 1970's I've talked with other hams in every country on earth, a lot of places that are just famous rocks in the ocean, the Arctic and Antarctic, and even outer space with astronauts aboard the ISS.

    The basic license costs almost nothing and requires only a few hours of class time. Local amateur radio clubs have volunteers to give the exams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammeow View Post
    They will try to tax anyone for an extra buck to fund their crud.
    CA is going to get real creative getting new taxes with more and more of their productive tax paying population leaving and being replaced with homeless non-tax paying welfare recipients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KILTED COWBOY View Post
    I have not thought about HAM radios in a long time. Had an uncle back in the day who was an operator.
    I might just have to look into getting one if not too expensive. Sounds like a good emergency form of communications.
    HF equipment is generally expensive - HF radio ($1000+), 50 foot tower ($1000+), HF antenna ($1000+), power supply ($200), cable, concrete, etc. You can get a 2 meter (146 MHz) handheld (walkie-talkie) for under $500. Mobile units similarly priced plus you need an antenna and cable. A lot of Chinese made junk these days though. Labor extra, of course. Not a cheap "hobby". You could go the cheap route and get a dual band handheld and use internet connected repeaters to talk around the world - just hope the power doesn't go out anywhere.
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    Their only recourse is to locate private locations to house their repeaters. Less effective, but getting everything away from any government interference. Under no conditions should Ham Radio provide the state with emergency assistance - only to private citizens and other Hams. The rest can do without the evil Ham lifesavers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NECCdude View Post
    HF equipment is generally expensive - HF radio ($1000+), 50 foot tower ($1000+), HF antenna ($1000+), power supply ($200), cable, concrete, etc. You can get a 2 meter (146 MHz) handheld (walkie-talkie) for under $500. Mobile units similarly priced plus you need an antenna and cable. A lot of Chinese made junk these days though. Labor extra, of course. Not a cheap "hobby". You could go the cheap route and get a dual band handheld and use internet connected repeaters to talk around the world - just hope the power doesn't go out anywhere.
    Looks like may cut into the gun and ammo budget too much.
    I still think it is a good idea, maybe look into the used radio market. perhaps someone looking to upgrade their equipment may put it on sale used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KILTED COWBOY View Post
    Looks like may cut into the gun and ammo budget too much.
    I still think it is a good idea, maybe look into the used radio market. perhaps someone looking to upgrade their equipment may put it on sale used.
    It is by no means that expensive. Just like guns, some people believe you have to have the most money involved to be effective. You can invest $25,000 in ham radio equipment and be assured that no one on the other end will have any idea you spent that much.

    I have worked well over 100 countries with 5 watts of power and a $100 antenna system. In fact, one of the greatest satisfactions is seeing how many miles you can carry on a conversation with the least amount of expense and power. I can talk anywhere in the world using 1,000 watts and a multi thousand dollar antenna system. That quickly gets very boring. There is an indescribable feeling to being heard 9,000 miles away and replied to when you're running with very little in the form of equipment.

    I also know that there are a lot of hams who spend lots of bucks for VHF/UHF hand-held radios and either never use them, or spend their whole life talking to a group of people they could drive 10 minutes and have a cup of coffee with. There is nothing wrong with that, but you don't need a $500+ dollar FM Digital radio to do that. I have two inexpensive VHF/UHF radios (yep made in China) that we used during Harvey (and yes I used a $400 base/mobile radio also) but the key was not what radio I was using, but what repeaters I used to communicate. In a more extreme disaster, the inexpensive radios could be life-savers as they can equip other members of my family. They cost $50 or less and trust me, they work just fine. That is infuriating to folks who believe the only good radio is one made in Japan and costing $500-700.

    One other thing. When the power goes out the skilled operators are the only ones still communicating. Not and insult, just a been there, done that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    It is by no means that expensive. Just like guns, some people believe you have to have the most money involved to be effective. You can invest $25,000 in ham radio equipment and be assured that no one on the other end will have any idea you spent that much.

    I have worked well over 100 countries with 5 watts of power and a $100 antenna system. In fact, one of the greatest satisfactions is seeing how many miles you can carry on a conversation with the least amount of expense and power. I can talk anywhere in the world using 1,000 watts and a multi thousand dollar antenna system. That quickly gets very boring. There is an indescribable feeling to being heard 9,000 miles away and replied to when you're running with very little in the form of equipment.

    I also know that there are a lot of hams who spend lots of bucks for VHF/UHF hand-held radios and either never use them, or spend their whole life talking to a group of people they could drive 10 minutes and have a cup of coffee with. There is nothing wrong with that, but you don't need a $500+ dollar FM Digital radio to do that. I have two inexpensive VHF/UHF radios (yep made in China) that we used during Harvey (and yes I used a $400 base/mobile radio also) but the key was not what radio I was using, but what repeaters I used to communicate. In a more extreme disaster, the inexpensive radios could be life-savers as they can equip other members of my family. They cost $50 or less and trust me, they work just fine. That is infuriating to folks who believe the only good radio is one made in Japan and costing $500-700.

    One other thing. When the power goes out the skilled operators are the only ones still communicating. Not and insult, just a been there, done that.
    Thanks, I was not looking for another hobby. I would just like to have a set up for the zombie apocalypse. LOL
    Life line when all else fails. Nice to know I can do it for a lot less money than I was believing in.
    I do not mind spending money on my passions, this is probably not going to be one of them, but who knows until I try.
    Is there a strong secondary market for these set ups?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KILTED COWBOY View Post
    Thanks, I was not looking for another hobby. I would just like to have a set up for the zombie apocalypse. LOL
    Life line when all else fails. Nice to know I can do it for a lot less money than I was believing in.
    I do not mind spending money on my passions, this is probably not going to be one of them, but who knows until I try.
    Is there a strong secondary market for these set ups?
    Yes. They are called Swapfests and consist mostly of people passing one set of junk off to another ham, then rushing across the isle to buy some else's pile of junk.

    Seriously...you can find a lot of stuff for sale here as well as lots of reviews and information:

    https://www.eham.net/

    Or you can find good bargains on new equipment here. This is kind of the PSA of the Ham Radio world - well sort of.

    https://www.hamradio.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    Yes. They are called Swapfests and consist mostly of people passing one set of junk off to another ham, then rushing across the isle to buy some else's pile of junk.

    Seriously...you can find a lot of stuff for sale here as well as lots of reviews and information:

    https://www.eham.net/

    Or you can find good bargains on new equipment here. This is kind of the PSA of the Ham Radio world - well sort of.

    https://www.hamradio.com/
    Tanks OldChap most helpful, much obliged

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    Another shining example of the spread and increasing severity of symptoms exhibited by liberal, socialist communist politicians' brains after long years of drug use, the CA "government" (and I use the term loosely) is now going after Ham Radio licensees.

    https://wzogo.wordpress.com/2019/12/...in-california/

    Why, oh why, can CA not get it's act together and ban all politicians?
    Whats Ham radio?...Sounds deeelicious
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