reply to post by guppy
Here's a very belated reply, applicable to the US, and maybe to other countries.
Non-crisis situation. If you possess a ham radio and you're out of cellular range and in distress (ie, medical emergency etc), you can legally use
the radio (gasp! without a license) anyway to call for help (ie mayday). If someone wants to dog you while you're in the hospital, tell 'em to have
Crisis situation, worst case. Iran and/or nK decide to carry out nuclear strikes on the US., to the point or partially to the point, that government
If time permits before the strikes, attempt to disconnect and shield the radio, (ie. underground, lead lined box),with whatever you can, to protect
the radio and the portable power source from an EMP burst.
After the laydown (assuming nK or Iran have expended their long range nukes), then you would probably initially prefer to operate anonymously as you
query for other survivors. If the laydown is of such magnitude that FCC licensing doesn't matter, then use the equipment as you see fit, to carry
out post strike survival communications. Minimize transmissions to conserve battery power.
There are operators out there who might be offended by this message, "ohhhh noooo, you can't operate without a license/callsign!" If the FCC is a
smoking hole, it doesn't matter.
The FCC has procedures for ordering the cessation of all ham radio transmissions in a crisis (as was done during World War II), but, again, that
depends upon whether or not there is enough government structure left to execute those policies.
If you have time, you might want to get licensed in order to become a proficient user of the equipment. Familiarity with area repeaters could be
useful in a post strike environment, in case any are far enough from a nuclear laydown to survive. Repeaters are usually high atop mountains and
towers, and they become vulnerable in a nuclear environment, even if they use solar/wind power, as many of them do.
There is a ham radio simulator that might be useful toward deciding if you want to engage in the activity during peacetime, if you can come up with
non-emergency reasons to spend money and pursue it. www.hamsphere.com...
Today's criteria for messing with ham radio is (1) time on your
hands, and (2) money. In the past, beating AT&T long distance toll charges via ham-operators with phone patches, made the activity useful.
Hope this helps,