MARS

This Emergency Amateur Radio group remains largely unknown and usually stumbled upon in the moment of crisis?

April 22, 2021

The use of MARS remains a largely unknown or niche capability, one that is usually stumbled upon by planners in the moment of crisis and then poorly implemented. Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC hopes to see changes in USA Defence Department with this largely unknown amateur radio group. The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a […]

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CB radio emergency

What is the best two way radio for emergency communications?

April 19, 2021

Many people would say that the CB radio craze of the 1970s and Ham radio became obsolete when mobile cell phones became commonplace in homes and cars throughout North America. Many hams figured their hobby would slowly fade on the 2 metre and 70cm bands as technology advanced. The airways would become silent as more […]

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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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AA6JA

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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