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    No fishing network because your internet is down?
    spend a lot of time off grid, beyond range of cell reception?
    Then you need HAM radio!
    https://youtu.be/fLM8vIBaSHs

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    Ps I paid $26 for that radio from amazon.
    you need to be licensed to transmit but it’s perfectly legal to receive without a license.
    Im going in tomorrow in Boise to take my ham technician test. Wish me luck!

    here is the catch..

    if you are in a life and death emergency, you no longer need a license to transmit with the radio and are allowed to call for help.

    so,
    for $26 you can get emergency contact radio to use when there is no cellphone reception.
    everyone is doing it!

    it also doubles as NOAA weather and FM radio in case of emergency. I’ve tested them outside cell reception many times.
    Last edited by tacklejunkie; 04-16-2021 at 03:33 PM.

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    Considering all the big tech censorship, who knows if they turn off your phone because they don’t like what you said. Make sure you can communicate in other ways. ��
    this is still a freedom of speech country as far as I’m concerned. They might boot you off private platforms, but don’t let it hold you back.

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    One more tip:

    this is not a CB radio. You cannot talk to cB radios with this baofeng $26 radio. It does not tune in AM cb bands. Only FM Ham and Radio. It has two ham bands. 2meter and 70cm. Sometimes when you go off roading you will see the trails marked with a CB channel for communicating on that trail. This radio won’t do that. You will need a second CB radio to do this.
    the difference is CB has only 40 channels, runs on am and doesn’t require a license but can only go a couple miles.

    ham radio requires a license or two, has tons and tons of channels, uses FM and a few more modes, and can’t talk to walkie talkies or GMRS or CB legally. If you dial in a repeater, you can potentially talk world wide with a handset. CB is not this way.

    ham would be better in off grid or life or death emergency. Cb is better for off road and trucking, talking to other members of some sort of fleet. Etc.

    cb radio is not quite what it used to be, these days. Lol
    ham is where it’s at!

    25 years ago before the prevalence of cellphones, I watched a Ham contact Australia from his garage in Simi Valley, California.

    who needs an IPhone? Not HAMs. Yes they even have GPS and APRS for location and tracking. No quite google maps.. but you get the idea.
    Last edited by tacklejunkie; 04-16-2021 at 03:38 PM.

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    Passed the Technician test today! Just waiting for my Ham call sign from the FCC and then I can talk on ham radio.
    now to study for the advanced licenses

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    Ok folks you seen we can converse fishing with ham radio.
    now it’s time to save your life with it.

    HT’s (handy talkie) aka “walkie talkie” size ham radios are only good for so much power and distance. In a city, that may be fine. But when you be out in the woods not giving a F like honey badger, you’re going to need a little more juice! Catch my drift boat?

    so we stuffed 50w into the whip and went 30mi into the woods to see if we can save face.

    here, we unbox the high power.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWhMNSisiAk

    and here we get it installed and prepped up, ready for use.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2gplfLwHP0&t=312s

    next episode:
    to be continued.
    saving face. Making contacts and not dying in (the middle of) the forest.

    spoiler alert:
    yes, it would save your life outside of cellphone reception where I go fishing and camping. There is no monthly subscription or data plan. Buy once cry once and done. You definitely do not need satellite if you can understand ham, as ham can talk to satellites.
    Last edited by tacklejunkie; 05-09-2021 at 03:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacklejunkie View Post
    Ok folks you seen we can converse fishing with ham radio.
    now it’s time to save your life with it.

    HT’s (handy talkie) aka “walkie talkie” size ham radios are only good for so much power and distance. In a city, that may be fine. But when you be out in the woods not giving a F like honey badger, you’re going to need a little more juice! Catch my drift boat?

    so we stuffed 50w into the whip and went 30mi into the woods to see if we can save face.

    here, we unbox the high power.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWhMNSisiAk

    and here we get it installed and prepped up, ready for use.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2gplfLwHP0&t=312s

    next episode:
    to be continued.
    saving face. Making contacts and not dying in (the middle of) the forest.

    spoiler alert:
    yes, it would save your life outside of cellphone reception where I go fishing and camping. There is no monthly subscription or data plan. Buy once cry once and done. You definitely do not need satellite if you can understand ham, as ham can talk to satellites.
    That's cool. Looking forward to more of your videos using this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacklejunkie View Post
    Ps I paid $26 for that radio from amazon.
    you need to be licensed to transmit but it’s perfectly legal to receive without a license.
    Im going in tomorrow in Boise to take my ham technician test. Wish me luck!

    here is the catch..

    if you are in a life and death emergency, you no longer need a license to transmit with the radio and are allowed to call for help.

    so,
    for $26 you can get emergency contact radio to use when there is no cellphone reception.
    everyone is doing it!

    it also doubles as NOAA weather and FM radio in case of emergency. I’ve tested them outside cell reception many times.
    Is running out of Minnows in a hot Crappie bite considered a Life or Death event? Lol

    Just kidding of course!!!

    By the way, I do have an extra class Ham Radio License. AA6 ET. I haven't used it in years, good to know it has some value in fishing!

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