A New Ham’s Trial By Fire, During A Flood.

April 13, 2021

Interview’s Transcript: Today in the last wire podcast we’re joined with Ed, whiskey four echo Mike Bravo from Tennessee. Welcome to the show, Ed. Hey, thank you very much, John. Well, my father, uh, is a silent key now, but my dad was K D H E J, and he lived in Ohio and I […]

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Is that free tower worth it?

April 7, 2021

They pop up all the time on Kijiji, craigslist or posted on Facebook club sites. Someone has a free tower that they want to be taken down. At the heart of every successful radio, installation is the antenna support structure because there is no substitute for a radio antenna that has sufficient height! So when […]

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Baofeng GT-5R

Is the Baofeng GT-5R, the radio we all wanted – right price, legal, and with increased quality?

April 6, 2021

Do you remember when the first Chinese radio Baofeng UV-5R, which started flooding the country? Do you remember your first Baofeng UV-5R, it has been much maligned and touted as a classical example of you get what you paid for amateur radio. Ironically just as many people who owned this radio also complained about it. […]

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Radio Chest pack

What Amateur Radio Chest Packs should You Purchase?

April 5, 2021

The Last Wire Podcast explores radio chest pack for emergency communications. There are a ton of Radio chest packs on the market — so how do you know which one to buy and depend on for Ham radio events, EMO exercises or during a survival or bug-out situation? Here are three popular radio chest packs […]

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Who was behind Last Man Standing Callsigns – KA6LMS?

March 29, 2021

If you’re a fan of Tim Allen’s TV series Last Man Standing, you’ll have a final chance to contact the show’s Amateur Radio Club station before it goes QRT. The couple’s three daughters are not prepared for the shift to his stricter parenting style. The weeklong KA6LMS radio special event starts on March 24 at […]

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David Casler reviews the “new” Baofeng GT-5R — better than the UV-5R, still just $25

March 22, 2021

Dave Casler checked out the GT-5R. It is restricted to the (American) 2m/70cm band frequencies, and he found that it had significantly reduced spurious emissions. In this video, he mentioned some things I was unaware of, such as Baofeng trying to get away with using one FCC ID on multiple radios and similar things as […]

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amateur radio restored

Amateur Radio Restored

March 20, 2021

Electrical Experimenter, vol. 6, no. 2, June 1919 – HUGO GERNSBACK Winning one war seems like a great accomplishment, but winning two wars, one after the other, is a historic occurrence for which we have few counterparts.  When on Nov. 11 the glad news came that the great war had been won, the world once […]

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Emergency Radio

Should Non-hams have BaoFengs in their emergency kits?

March 18, 2021

You would be hard-pressed to find a website that is outlining what to place in an emergency kit for your family home, car, or workplace, that didn’t include a battery-powered radio on the list.  But this doesn’t necessarily mean a Boafeng radio or other ham radio apparatus. Red Cross recommends that you keep a disaster preparedness […]

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Titanic nterview

What was The Last Wireless Message On The Doomed Titanic?

March 15, 2021

Interview Transcript: Today in the last wire podcast, we’ll be discussing the radio systems found on the Titanic and how it shaped the future of emergency communications. Join me in welcoming Fred, welcome to the show. Thank you very much, John. When people compare ham radio to the social network and being the very first […]

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Learn about the South Wiltshire Raynet

March 15, 2021

Today in the Last Wire Podcast, we’re joined with Tom, (M7GMZ). Who’s part of the South Wiltshire Raynet in the United Kingdom. His group is part of a volunteer communication service provided by licensed radio amateur operators. Raynet was formed in 1953, following the severe East coast floods to provide a way of organizing the […]

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