Ham Radio For Backup Communications (Transcript)

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They’re all indexed and all that. So again, survivalistpodcast.org.

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And like I said folks, I am trying to do a weekly vlog video where I kind of take you outside,

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walk around the property, take you to places, my favorite places to go up here in the mountains,

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places I like to hang out, good outdoor spots, things like that.

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So I recently last weekend got a GoPro camera on one of the, and I’m having a good time with it.

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A lot of them, I’m able to do HD, 4K, 2K, stuff like that.

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So I’m having a fun time with it and I’m also working on the YouTube channel as well now.

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So what we’re going to do is I’m going to try to do like a weekly vlog video and then do the weekly podcast.

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So I’m having fun with it, really a lot of fun. I just got a tripod for it the other day so I can maybe sit and talk to it.

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I do have the GoPro stick, the one that comes with the device that you hold it up and you talk to it.

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But that gets your arm tired after a while. And if I want to put it down too to talk directly to the camera,

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it’s a little more complicated. But I do want to say that I do have it and I am working on the, like I said,

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So folks, one of the things I do want to talk about since we are talking about, you know, I want to talk about ham radio a little bit today.

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But I got to get into the news first before we do anything. It’s just been, it’s been a really tough week.

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The other day, the sounds you’re hearing in the background is Opiate of Underdog.

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He’s apparently digging for, I believe, a bone underneath a piece of furniture.

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But on the news today, folks, well yesterday, the other day, whatever you want to call it,

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they’re talking about we are going to be in the, going to be in a recession by 2023.

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And what’s sad to me about that is, you know, having somebody who had lived through the 90s, lived through the millennium,

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and then obviously till now, you know, you’re seeing the exact same, you know, the old saying,

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those that don’t know the past are destined to repeat it.

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And we’re doing the same thing again that we did in 2008, and the cycle just continues with these people up in Washington.

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So, you know, the last time that we went through the recession in 2008, it all started because of the war and the gas.

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The war started in Afghanistan. The gas prices skyrocketed.

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And, you know, then of course, you know, the housing market boomed, and then, you know, the recession happened not too long after that.

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So, you know, we’re kind of seeing the same thing again here, folks.

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It’s, you know, the same situation. We had, well, maybe not the war, but well, we had COVID,

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and we do have a war over in Ukraine going on now.

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Gas prices went up. Cost of food went up. You know, cost of everything went up. Cost of inflation went up.

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The housing market was booming, and then all of a sudden everything, you know, tanked.

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So, kind of the same situation here. The gas prices went up. Now the food prices have all gone up.

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You know, there’s just so many things that it’s just the same pattern as 2008,

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and it’s really sad that these people up in Washington can’t really figure this crap out.

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It’s really unbelievable. You know, like I said, the inflation, the inflation, they seem to go up 10%.

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And, you know, people are getting 4, 2, 3, 4% increases, and that’s just not enough.

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And, you know, we’re going to be in another bad situation again soon, you know.

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Like I said, this is all, they’re saying that we’re going to be in a recession by 2023.

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I think we’re getting close to it, if not already in it, or starting to get in it, whatever you want to say.

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But, you know, it’s like I said, it’s the same thing. The gas prices went up. The food prices had to go up.

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And what’s making it even worse this time is the supply chain issue, which is driving the price of everything up.

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So, you know, not only do you have the gas prices driving it up like you did in 2008,

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but now you have the fuel price, you know, the supply chain shortage driving it up.

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So, it’s pretty, it’s not in a good situation. You know, 9.1% inflation is the highest inflation that America has ever seen.

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And that’s what it is right now, I believe. And we’re not going to, it doesn’t look like we’re going to go up.

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You know, it just looks like it’s going to keep going up.

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Unemployment is up, they’re saying now, which is crazy.

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And you can tell things are starting to turn around because this hiring boom that we have is, you see it’s starting to slow down a little bit.

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And it really is. I know a lot of people are saying, what am I talking about?

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But companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, a lot of these big tech companies now are putting hiring freezes on

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because they don’t want to hire any more people right now because they’re concerned about what’s going on with the economy.

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So, the hiring boom that was in the tech industry and in some of the other industries are starting to slow a little bit.

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You know, maybe not slow, but they’re freezing hiring.

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And basically what you do when you freeze hiring is an easy way of, what they do, this is basically an easy way of saying,

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okay, we know we’re going to have to lay people off probably. So, what we’ll do with a hiring freeze is as people leave, we don’t replace them.

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And then this way, we do have to lay off, it’s less people.

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It actually is a really smart move by these companies.

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But like I said, you have people like I said, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, all these big tech giants,

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conglomerates that were hiring as many people as they could, now are freezing their hiring.

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So, that’s scary. That just shows you that the whole worker boom thing is starting to slow down.

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I think you saw your other jobs, like laborers and stuff like that, and your hospitality workers, stuff like that.

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I think you’re still going to see a worker shortage there.

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It kind of goes along with the supply chain shortage, I guess.

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But a lot of your big office jobs are starting to slow down, and that’s really scary.

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The interest rates are going up a lot. I don’t know why. They’re saying that’s the way they fight inflation.

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That makes absolutely no sense to me. So, it’s just a situation right now that’s scary.

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As somebody who lived through the 2008 recession, I was very, very lucky to have a job during the recession.

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I remember a lot of friends of mine that didn’t have jobs, a lot of people on unemployment.

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A lot of people like myself that had jobs, but were not getting increases for years on end,

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because the companies couldn’t afford it. So, it’s a very scary time.

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I think part of the problem with this, the reason why this is happening, and believe me,

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as somebody who knows a little bit about the way the economy works,

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I’m by far not an expert, but I can understand how it works.

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Part of the problem is that they pumped the country up during COVID with all the stimulus money.

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A lot of people said if they did that, this was a possibility that this could happen.

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They had to, to keep the economy from crashing, but this is going to be the fallout from it.

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I think this is how COVID, they say long-term COVID.

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Well, I think this is the long-term effects of COVID as far as our economy goes.

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You know, if we prop the economy up for so long during COVID, and now we got to pay the piper sometime.

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By the way, folks, just want to let you know, I’m drinking.

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Obviously, it’s audio, you can’t see anything, but I’m drinking coffee right now.

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This is that Black Rifle Coffee.

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I know there’s been a little controversy about those guys and everything because of the name and Dallas Cowboys and all,

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but I’m not going to get into that.

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I think that’s, but anyway, they’re a veteran-supported company, and I’m trying to support these guys.

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So Black Rifle Coffee, they are not a sponsor or anything like that.

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They’re just a great, I have a huge spot in my heart for our veterans,

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and they really try to support our vets and do a lot of charity work and some of that to help our veterans, VA and all that kind of stuff.

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So if you can’t support these guys, they’re doing a lot for our vets, and I really appreciate that.

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But like I said, getting back to that, though, it is, like I said, this is kind of,

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I think this is the fallout from our, from the stimulus packages.

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And I’m not saying we didn’t need this, but I’m not saying that.

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But I do think that this is the fallout from it, and I think you’re going to see,

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this is going to be kind of the long-term effects now from COVID.

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We’re going to be seeing as far as our economy goes, where things are going to be a little bit tougher, a little bit,

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you know, people are going to have some harder times coming up ahead of them.

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You know, people are already feeling the pinch, and we have, like I said, we have,

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the podcasts I talked about, we have a government that’s not really working for the people.

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And, you know, it’s just, it’s one of those things where it’s unfortunate,

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but American people are going to be the ones that pay the price for the people up in Washington.

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And this whole war going on in Ukraine, what it’s costing Americans.

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Thank goodness we got out of Iraq. I mean, I wasn’t all for us leaving Afghanistan,

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because I felt that, you know, all that, my generation was the Afghanistan-Iraq War,

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and I feel a lot of those people died from nothing because of this.

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But anyway, long story short with that, you know, the, well, I mean, not long story short,

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I mean, a lot of my friends died over there during the war, and then to leave,

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and then one day of 17 years of work just gets turned around, I just,

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but it’s kind of a good thing we did get out, because look at what this Ukraine war is costing us,

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and we would have had both that and Afghanistan going on at the same time.

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And I think possibly, looking at it now, I think that’s one of the reasons why President Trump and President Biden,

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possibly, especially with Trump, because he started it, but Biden finished it,

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the why they started maybe pulling out of Afghanistan,

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because I think they kind of understood that, you know, they probably had intel that Putin was going to attack,

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and they were like, well, we can’t really financially support both wars at once,

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so let’s pull out. I think that might have been part of it. I’m not, I don’t know, that’s just speculation,

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but I think that could be a good reason why they pulled out as quickly, you know, pulled out,

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because, I mean, it really was, you know, imagine having both of those wars,

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how many billions would be pumping in Afghanistan, and all that kind of stuff, and, you know,

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imagine doing that with both of these countries now.

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So it definitely was something I think that we, you know, that maybe we had to do, because we knew this was coming.

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So, it’s unfortunate, like I said, a lot of people were over there, a lot of people lost their lives over there,

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but, you know, it’s really unfortunate, but, you know, we’re doing everything we can right now not to get involved.

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Well, we are involved, but we’re trying not to go in there.

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We’re letting Ukraine kind of fight the wrong war, we’re just assisting them.

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So, you know, we’re trying not to get involved, I guess to a certain degree, but we are involved,

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but I don’t think we want, we don’t have any boots on the ground there yet.

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I really think that we’re trying to avoid that so there’s not another major war,

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even though we are spending what we spent over in Afghanistan, but at least we’re not losing our soldiers over this.

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So, like I said, that, you know, that’s going on, you know, and that could be, you know, that’s attributed to a lot of things,

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and, you know, they’re trying to get these gas prices to have come down, but unfortunately the stock market had to crash for the gas prices to go down,

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so the stock market does start going up, which last time ever, the recession in 2008,

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the first time it started with the stock market going down, and then next, you know, it’s just crazy, you know,

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it’s just, you know, like I said, those that don’t read history are destined to repeat, and that’s kind of what we’re doing.

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And, you know, it’s the same thing, you know, in the 80s we had an issue with the economy, you know,

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and then in the 90s it boomed again, you know, it’s, we go through these cycles, and like I said, those that, you know,

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don’t read history are destined to repeat it, and that’s exactly what’s going on again, so, but, you know,

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like I said, if you, you know, if you do have a job, you know, maybe it’s a good time to maybe think about, you know,

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preparing yourself financially, maybe pay off some bills while you, you know, maybe start putting some money away,

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there’s things you can do to try to help cushion yourself, but, you know, it’s a tough thing, like I said,

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especially putting money away, trying to cut some expenses, things like that right now, so you can,

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or maybe cut expenses now so you can put some money away in case of, there’s definitely things you can do now

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to start getting ready, maybe it won’t help, you know, maybe it won’t do the best for you, but it’ll at least help you

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be more prepared, again, more prepared, like we always talk about, like I said, if you cut some expenses,

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maybe put some extra money away, even if it’s only $20 a week, you know, start putting some money away right now

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so in case things do, you know, in case things do hit the crapper even worse, you have some savings,

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like I said, cut expenses, cut unnecessary, cutting unnecessary expenses is tough sometimes depending on the person,

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but like I said, putting money away, definitely trying to, you know, do, there’s a lot of things you can do to try to

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put a little money away in your nest egg so in case something does happen, you have a little cushion,

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and that’s a tough thing to do, I know it’s very hard to do sometimes, but with everything going on right now,

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it might be best if we all just kind of maybe put a little money aside, you know, to kind of, especially with everything going on,

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to kind of be prepared, because I do think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

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I hate saying that, but I think this is the truth and that’s unfortunate, so, but like I said, start putting money away if you can,

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you know, start, you know, start cutting expenses, you know, start, you know, it’s all you can do, you know,

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if you, it’s a shame, but, you know, fortunately the only people that suffer is the American people and unfortunately the people in Washington don’t care,

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so all you can do is be, you know, live life better by being more prepared.

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So one thing I do want to get into is talking about ham radio.

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One of the reasons why I want to talk about this, and I know a lot of people talk about ham radio a lot,

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excuse me, this coffee’s amazing by the way, I should get them as a sponsor, I don’t know why, I should, if they would,

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I don’t even know if they would, they probably don’t care, but I know they sponsor Rogan’s show, I think they sponsor two or three other shows,

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they have their own podcast too, so, but anyway, I want to talk about ham radio a little bit, so a lot of people say to me,

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well why ham radio, why ham radio, you know, we have cell phones, I think really the main reason why I got into ham radio and got my license was because,

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I really, you know, it was one of those things I got that I thought I was never going to use and surprisingly have used it a few times,

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especially with, so we had hurricanes up here, cell phones weren’t working, the landlines were kind of working,

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and having the ham radio was really great, I was able to, you know, reach out to friends and stuff like that,

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get weather updates, things of that nature, so again, it’s a thing you get that you don’t, at the beginning maybe you don’t think you’re going to need,

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but it actually comes pretty handy as somebody who’s a prepper, so I’m really surprised how much I actually used it,

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how much I actually like it, and I know people say to me all the time, you know, well, you know, you have cell phones,

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well, you can also get fish at the market, but we also go fishing, you can get chop meat at the market, but we also go hunting,

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so, you know, it is one of those things that if you are somebody who’s a prepper, you know, there may become a time,

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especially in an emergency where, and we had it up here with Sandy, we had it up here with the big ice storm we had a bunch of years ago,

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that was about four years ago, my daughter was born around that time, you know, the cell phones weren’t working,

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and it was nice to be, you know, we didn’t have electric, and it was nice to be able to run a battery with my ham radio,

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and be able to get weather updates, cop the business in an emergency, you know, I was able to call out,

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I was able to kind of know what’s going on, was able to help people, I had a couple people that called in that were stranded,

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that needed somebody to call somebody or get a hold of somebody, luckily enough the landline was working,

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so I was able to call, and, you know, there was a lot of, it surprisingly is very, very handy.

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With ham radio there’s a couple things you need to know, so you do need a license to run a ham radio,

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and one of the things about ham radio is that there’s a couple, I’m actually a general class of service,

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and that’s kind of where I stopped, there is an extra class, I don’t particularly worry about the extra class,

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because I just don’t, there’s not, I mean, you do get more bands with it, but I guess with what I use it for, the general’s enough,

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so with ham radio you have the technical class, which will get you on what they call the 2 meter,

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and then what you have is a general class, which gets you on the lines where you can talk all over the world,

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depending on what you want to do, I would recommend probably getting the general class if you’re up to it,

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I mean it’s very cheap to get your license, I think it’s like 18 bucks to take your tests,

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you take the 18 and then you take the, I think you take the technician first and the general,

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you can take them both at the same time if you were feeling daring, but what’s really neat about this is,

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the 2 meter is, like you said, your local stuff here, which is one I really mostly use,

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where you’re able to talk to the local ham radio guys, talk to the local emergency centers, stuff like that,

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and that’s the 2 meter band, and then when you get out to your general class service,

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you get what they call the 20, the 40, 10 meter, stuff like that, and that’s the stuff where you can talk all over the world,

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you can talk to anybody from all different countries, I’ve talked to people all over the place.

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And one of the neat things about that is, is when you really think about radios,

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especially in this day and age, I mean how many emergency responders all that use radios,

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because you can send something over the air, even if there’s no wire, so that’s kind of why,

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when you think about how radio is really used, at the end of the day, if the phones aren’t working,

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and all that kind of stuff, this will still work, because it doesn’t need lines to work, it just goes through the air.

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So, like I said, the 2 meter stuff is your local stuff. Again, I know a lot of people say,

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“Well, that equipment’s expensive.” Well, anything can be expensive, depending on how much you want to do.

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If you just want to get your license and get on the air, you can get a very cheap 2 meter radio,

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you can buy them for like $150, and you hook it up to a J-Pole, which you can make out of copper,

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or you can buy one online for $50, and you connect coax cable to both of them, and that’s it, you’re on the air.

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It’s really that easy, it really is, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on antennas,

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you can string up some wire, and what they call “get a tuner”, and tune, and that’s it, and you can get right on the air.

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Now, if you are going to be doing stuff like where you want to talk to other countries and stuff like that,

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you’re going to need general class service, and that equipment is going to be a little more expensive.

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You’re going to need probably an antenna, a J-Pole, or a Yagi, or one of those kinds of things.

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And you’re going to need a little more expensive radio, those radios are going to be probably $300, $400, $500.

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But it really depends on what you think. Like I said, I like talking to other countries,

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and I like talking to, mostly I talk to people in the United States, but I like talking to people down south,

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and on the other coast, and stuff like that. It is a lot of fun. I do enjoy it.

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I’m not on as much as I used to be, because I just don’t have the time with my wife, my family, doing this stuff, my job, and stuff like that.

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But I am really glad I have it, because like I said, I’m not going to lie, most of my stuff is sitting in a box right now,

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but the last time we had a major storm, I did hook everything up just to make sure it worked in case I needed it.

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And again, it could be that thing you do, you get it, and then you leave it there,

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and maybe you only use it when you think it’s going to be a big storm or a big emergency.

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It’s not something you have to set up all the time, and “Oh, I’m ready to go, I’m ready to go.”

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But it is something to have, it is something to use, and if you are a prepper,

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it is something you really, you know, communication is a big thing that we always talk about,

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that you’re going to need communication with people.

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That is something that is really useful, because you can talk to people, get the word out, find out what’s going on.

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Even if there’s no cell phones, no landlines, no internet.

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So it is, like I said, I definitely would recommend it. Like I said, it doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby.

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It’s something you can get, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

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It’s something you can keep and kind of just, you know, maybe just hang on to it in case of kind of thing.

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But like I said, you will definitely want to get your license.

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Like I said, you have technician in general are the two majors.

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You have extra class if you really want to get involved with it,

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but you don’t have to, technician or general should be enough.

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I say general, it really depends on who you want to talk to.

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But the big thing about that, the other reason I’m bringing up ham radio is obviously,

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of course, the big thing with that is of course CW, or as you know it as Morris Code,

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which is obviously dots and dashes.

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And surprisingly enough, that’s a very, very popular thing to do on ham radio.

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A lot of guys, you know, work that, and that is something that you think about.

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Even if you can’t get verbal communication to somebody, usually Morris Code works as dots and dashes.

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So I always recommend anyway that if you want to learn something that you think you could really, really use,

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Morris Code is something that is not hard to learn.

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And just learn Morris Code.

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Even if you’re not a ham radio person, just learn Morris Code,

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because it’s something that can really save your life in a pinch.

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It has been featured, it was featured on, I’ll try to name it, it was with Chris O’Donnell, Vertical Limit.

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His sister couldn’t talk to him via the radio, so he just starts clicking with the hand thing.

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And she starts clicking back, and they use it.

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It was featured in MacGyver a bunch of times.

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It was featured, I think, in Cast Away.

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It was featured in a lot of movies, so it is something really important to learn.

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Even if you don’t plan on getting your ham radio license, I seriously suggest you learn how to do Morris Code,

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because that is something that even if you’re not a ham radio operator,

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you could use down the road for anything.

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There are videos of people, even just people that were trapped underneath a building that collapsed,

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where they’re tapping Morris Code on the pipes, and somebody recognizes what it is,

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and they’re able to go down and get the people.

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So, again, very important, they used it up here recently,

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Morris Code was actually in the news up here,

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because when they had that coal miner collapse a bunch of years ago,

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that’s actually how they were communicating.

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One of the guys at the bottom was a ham radio operator,

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and he would tap with somebody up there so they could communicate back and forth.

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So, again, even if you’re not a ham radio operator,

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Morris Code is something I seriously recommend any prep or learn,

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because it is something that can be very useful and could save your life.

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It’s not hard, like I said, it’s just the alphabet A through Z, and then there’s five.

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Everything has dots and dashes. It’s a very, very simple basic alphabet.

00:25:02.000 –> 00:25:05.000
One thing I did not know, my mother told me,

00:25:05.000 –> 00:25:09.000
my mother one time, I was doing Morris Code with a friend of mine on a ham radio,

00:25:09.000 –> 00:25:12.000
my mother started talking to me, she understood what I was doing,

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and I had said to her, she had said when she was younger,

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that they actually taught that in schools.

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It was part of your health class or whatever kind of class it was.

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They actually used to teach it in school.

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Obviously, they don’t teach it anymore now, but my mother said in her day,

00:25:28.000 –> 00:25:30.000
and my father said the same thing,

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that in their day that they actually taught that.

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That was actually something you got taught in school.

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You had to learn Morris Code as part of the whole curriculum.

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I think it’s a shame that that’s something they took out,

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because that’s something I think everybody should know.

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It is actually very important and really has saved a lot of lives over the years.

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So I really, really hope that, you know, I really wish that they would put it back.

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Also, too, if you want to know how to learn Morris Code,

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even if you don’t want to do ham radio,

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there are tons of apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Android

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that can teach you where you actually can either type it out

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or they’ll actually play sounds to you,

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and then you have to write back or figure out what they said.

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A lot of the training apps are very, very good on Android and iOS.

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So I really recommend, like I said, if you want to learn it, you can get an app.

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You can take five, ten minutes a day.

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It’s just basically just like you, you know, and I’ve said to people all the time,

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if you can take five, ten minutes to do Rosetta Stone to learn a language,

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you can learn this language.

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And that’s something, too, I want to point out, too.

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Something that’s interesting is my wife and I were just talking about the other day

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about our daughter.

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My wife has a niece that was born deaf, and languages–

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Morris Code, obviously, is its own thing,

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but, you know, that’s one thing they don’t teach is sign language in school,

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which I think is a shame.

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There’s a lot of deaf people in this world,

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and I really think that that’s something they really should be offering in schools.

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You know, they offer French, Spanish, all those kind of things,

00:27:05.000 –> 00:27:07.000
but they don’t offer sign language.

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And I think that’s a really shame because it is a recognized language,

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and they don’t teach it in schools, and I really think that’s very sad

00:27:15.000 –> 00:27:17.000
because it is a recognized language.

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A lot of people are deaf, and a lot of people want to learn it.

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My daughter was really upset, but we ended up finding an app online

00:27:22.000 –> 00:27:25.000
where she was actually taking it and learning it.

00:27:25.000 –> 00:27:27.000
But, again, big companies like Rosetta and things like that

00:27:27.000 –> 00:27:29.000
don’t offer sign language.

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They don’t offer Morris Code.

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And it’s a shame they only offer foreign languages, especially sign language,

00:27:34.000 –> 00:27:39.000
because that’s something that could really be useful, you know,

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in somebody’s day-to-day life.

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I know my wife isn’t fluent, but she’s fairly familiar with it.

00:27:46.000 –> 00:27:48.000
I’m not as fluent as I wish I was.

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I’ve learned a little bit from being around my wife,

00:27:51.000 –> 00:27:54.000
but that is something I think they should offer in school

00:27:54.000 –> 00:27:56.000
because that’s something that can be very useful.

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And especially in situations sometimes where you may have somebody

00:27:58.000 –> 00:28:00.000
that can’t hear you but they can see you,

00:28:00.000 –> 00:28:05.000
I really think it’s something that they should be offering,

00:28:05.000 –> 00:28:09.000
and I think it is something that really could be handy

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and that schools, I really think, should be required to offer.

00:28:12.000 –> 00:28:14.000
Now, obviously, schools do offer it.

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If you are deaf, schools do offer it to you,

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but they don’t just offer it to the regular person.

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I think that’s quite a shame, actually.

00:28:20.000 –> 00:28:25.000
But like I said, talking about–going back to Ham Radio, though,

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one thing I would like to talk about, though, is, like I said,

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you have–I recommend this for anybody, by the way,

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that if you want to get online, if you want to get online, on the air,

00:28:34.000 –> 00:28:36.000
and you do want to talk to other countries,

00:28:36.000 –> 00:28:38.000
there’s something called a Windham antenna,

00:28:38.000 –> 00:28:40.000
which is a long piece of wire.

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It’s 40 feet on one side and 80 on the other,

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and you hook it up, and the wire can go anywhere,

00:28:45.000 –> 00:28:47.000
hanging off your roof, hanging off your roof, hanging off your roof,

00:28:47.000 –> 00:28:50.000
and it’s going to be forever. And what it actually does is,

00:28:50.000 –> 00:28:52.000
it allows you to get on all the bands using one antenna.

00:28:52.000 –> 00:28:54.000
It’s called a Windham antenna. A friend of mine told me about this.

00:28:54.000 –> 00:28:57.000
I do have one on my roof. They’re not expensive.

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They’re less than $30, $40 online.

00:29:00.000 –> 00:29:03.000
Basically, it’s–and like I said, it’s really–

00:29:03.000 –> 00:29:05.000
if you want to start talking to other countries,

00:29:05.000 –> 00:29:07.000
and you want to talk on all the different bands,

00:29:07.000 –> 00:29:11.000
the general class of service, it’s a very cheap, affordable antenna.

00:29:11.000 –> 00:29:14.000
It’s not hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

00:29:14.000 –> 00:29:16.000
You just put it out on your roof.

00:29:16.000 –> 00:29:19.000
It is big, so you’re going to need to weave it around your roof.

00:29:19.000 –> 00:29:22.000
And you hook a piece of coax up to it, and then that’s it, man.

00:29:22.000 –> 00:29:25.000
You just use the tuner and whatever band you want to get on,

00:29:25.000 –> 00:29:28.000
that’s what you use, and you get out, and that’s it.

00:29:28.000 –> 00:29:32.000
It’s really cool, and it’s nice that you can have just one antenna,

00:29:32.000 –> 00:29:34.000
especially if you’re a prepper.

00:29:34.000 –> 00:29:36.000
You don’t want tons of antennas all over your freaking house.

00:29:36.000 –> 00:29:39.000
But with this, you have one antenna, you leave it up on the roof,

00:29:39.000 –> 00:29:41.000
and then that’s it.

00:29:41.000 –> 00:29:45.000
And it really is–somebody like myself who doesn’t use the equipment as much,

00:29:45.000 –> 00:29:51.000
but I do like to talk–it’s nice to just have one simple, easy, cheap antenna,

00:29:51.000 –> 00:29:53.000
and then I can go ahead and get online.

00:29:53.000 –> 00:29:57.000
I don’t need a million antennas, which is something I like.

00:29:57.000 –> 00:29:59.000
And two, it doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s on the roof.

00:29:59.000 –> 00:30:05.000
So if you don’t use it for a while, you just leave the coax kind of tucked up by the window,

00:30:05.000 –> 00:30:08.000
spooled up, and then if you need to get on, just reach out the window and grab it.

00:30:08.000 –> 00:30:11.000
So like I said, that’s what I recommend.

00:30:11.000 –> 00:30:12.000
That’s what we use here.

00:30:12.000 –> 00:30:14.000
Again, I don’t get online as much as I’d like.

00:30:14.000 –> 00:30:16.000
Now, that won’t work for your local stuff.

00:30:16.000 –> 00:30:20.000
For your local stuff, you probably need a J-Pole or a little 2-meter antenna.

00:30:20.000 –> 00:30:22.000
Like I said, or a whip antenna.

00:30:22.000 –> 00:30:25.000
Those things are very, very cheap. The 2-meter antennas, the whip antennas,

00:30:25.000 –> 00:30:30.000
those you can get for, my goodness, maybe a few bucks.

00:30:30.000 –> 00:30:34.000
They’re not expensive, and like I said, you can talk to anybody local.

00:30:34.000 –> 00:30:39.000
I do think, though, if shit’s going to hit the fan,

00:30:39.000 –> 00:30:43.000
I do think that you do need to be able to talk to other countries.

00:30:43.000 –> 00:30:49.000
I mostly care about the local stuff, especially during the hurricanes and the storms

00:30:49.000 –> 00:30:51.000
and all that we’ve been having.

00:30:51.000 –> 00:30:59.000
I do believe, like I said, I really liked the whole situation with being able to talk to local dispatch.

00:30:59.000 –> 00:31:03.000
Actually, up here, and you may want to check in your area, up here especially,

00:31:03.000 –> 00:31:10.000
they have a group, a ham radio group, that’s actually in the emergency comm center,

00:31:10.000 –> 00:31:14.000
and they actually do receive ham radio calls and send them to the dispatcher,

00:31:14.000 –> 00:31:17.000
because there have been, we live in a really rural area,

00:31:17.000 –> 00:31:21.000
there have been situations where people didn’t need to call for assistance,

00:31:21.000 –> 00:31:25.000
and obviously they didn’t have any phones, and they were able to call with ham radio.

00:31:25.000 –> 00:31:31.000
So actually in our area, they do have a local group, it’s called Perry’s,

00:31:31.000 –> 00:31:35.000
I don’t remember what, my freaking man, I don’t remember what the thing is,

00:31:35.000 –> 00:31:42.000
but where they actually do sit in the comm center during emergencies and listen for ham radio calls,

00:31:42.000 –> 00:31:45.000
and from what I heard, they do get a lot of them.

00:31:45.000 –> 00:31:50.000
The other thing too, what I would recommend is if you want to, and I do recommend this,

00:31:50.000 –> 00:31:58.000
I have one in my go bag, I would recommend getting a small handheld radio.

00:31:58.000 –> 00:32:03.000
Local bands are fine, the small bands, 200 meters, you know, stuff like that.

00:32:03.000 –> 00:32:10.000
You know, two meter, just the local stuff, and you keep it in your bag with two batteries and the charger,

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and I keep mine always charged, but, and you keep it in your go bag,

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and this way if you do need, you know, you’re in a bug out situation,

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and, or, you know, where you do need to want to hear what’s going on,

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you can turn the radio on and listen.

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I do have a handheld in my bag, in my go bag, and I have used it a few times,

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especially when we were in the car and I wanted to hear what was going on,

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especially during the storms and stuff, we had a tornado up here.

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It was good to be able to hear the ham radio operators and kind of hear what’s going on.

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Those guys, and I will say this, those guys that are on the ham radio bands are unbelievable in the sense,

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a lot of those guys know what’s going on more than any newscast or anything like that,

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because those guys, they know each other, they talk to each other a lot,

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and it’s basically like its own little community, and really they know.

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So I remember they knew the road was closed before PennDOT knew.

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So like I said, it really is something I recommend if you are somebody who has a go bag.

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You know, I like the, my equipment’s a little more expensive,

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you don’t have to spend money on good equipment.

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I mean, they do have cheap two meter radios that you can put in your bag,

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and I think they cost like less than a hundred bucks.

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It is a good addition to any go bag, and I honestly recommend it,

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because you never know when you might want to hear what’s going on.

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Even too, I have actually seen, and I didn’t think about this, but somebody just showed this to me,

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I thought it was pretty neat.

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I actually had a friend of mine with a go bag, he actually had a scanner in,

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so he could hear the local police and fire stuff, and you can hear that on a ham radio as well,

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but he actually had one that was a scanner and all that kind of stuff,

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and he was able to kind of scan and hear what’s going on with all the police, fire, all that kind of stuff.

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I never really thought about it, and I can do that with a ham radio,

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so I have a handwritten list with all the bands on it,

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and I have it tucked away in my go bag so I can listen to those things,

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but if you are somebody who maybe isn’t interested in ham radio,

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but would still like to listen to what’s going on, buy yourself a cheap,

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you can literally buy scanners, I mean, at Walmart for twenty or thirty bucks,

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and just keep it in your go bag.

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I really recommend that, because you just, you never know when you might need to hear what’s going on with the local channels,

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and since everything is done via radio with emergency responders,

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you can listen in and kind of hear what’s going on with the police, fire, dispatch, all that kind of stuff.

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So, again, that’s something, if you don’t have one in your go bag, it would be a really good addition.

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And, like I said, I keep a small ham radio in my go bag with two batteries,

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you don’t have to do that, but I do, because sometimes I may be out,

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especially if I’m fishing, or in a wide open space, and I’m waiting and I want to chat,

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I’ll fire up my radio, dial in the local repeater, and see who’s on there.

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Again, I’m not a huge ham radio guy, I know enough to be dangerous, and to be able to kind of navigate a little bit,

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but when I am sitting around, especially when I’m fishing, or even sometimes when I’m hunting,

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I’ll keep it on low, I’ll bring a pair of ear buds with me, sometimes I just turn it on and hear what’s going on with the local radio guys,

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and see what they’re talking about, you find out some interesting stuff that you may not know about.

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I will say, if you are going to be somebody that gets into ham radio and you do start talking,

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I will say, be very careful what you say, anybody can hear anything you say on the radio.

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So, it’s not private, it’s wide open, anybody listening can hear it.

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So, I recommend if you’re on the repeater, don’t get into any arguments with anybody politically, or anything like that.

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Keep it clean, keep it fun, I really recommend that.

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Also, do great resources if you are interested in becoming a ham radio operator, the ARRL,

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they are a non-profit association that looks out for the ham radio operator, looks out for our rights,

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looks out for our bands, looks out for all that kind of stuff, and that’s ARRL.

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If you go on their site, they do have training materials, they do have all the books, links to information,

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equipment, news, all stuff on there. If you are interested in really getting more into this,

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after listening to this podcast, the ARRL would be the place to start.

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I do have a membership, I think it’s like 50 bucks a year.

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The magazine, they have something called QRL Magazine, if you’re ever interested in learning about ham radio,

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I recommend subscribing, get in the magazine, there’s a lot of good information on there.

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It’s kind of cool because the magazine, while not a prepper magazine, has a lot of prepper articles in it,

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that are related to ham radio, and ham radio setups, and things that people have done who are preppers that are into ham radio.

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As somebody who got the magazine to learn about ham radio, I ended up finding more and more information

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about how preppers and survivalists use these radios to communicate, especially during disaster situations and stuff like that.

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So I really recommend, if you are interested, go to ARRL.org.

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Again, they are not a sponsor, but they are a great resource for anybody who is interested in ham radio.

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You can learn more about the tests, learn on ARRL’s site.

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If you are interested in taking a test, they do have practice materials, they do have all the books that you would need to pass the test.

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And on there, you can look for a place to get tested.

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Other ham radio groups do the testing, so you will have to actually go on the site when you’re ready to take your test,

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and it will search for VEs, which are volunteer examiners for the ARRL, because ARRL runs the testing information.

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The test, not the information, but the test site stuff.

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So you go on there, you’ll search for, you know, you type in your zip code, and it will show you the list of places where you can take your test,

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and where they are available, and times and dates, and all that kind of stuff.

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So, also too, if you are listening to this and you are a ham radio operator, and you are interested, you can go ahead and go get your VE.

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You can go and become a VE. I did it myself for the Boy Scouts and stuff like that.

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I was helping out the Boy Scouts, and some of those guys wanted to become technicians, so we actually got a VE kit,

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and I was able to give out tests to the Boy Scouts.

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But if you are a ham radio operator, especially for your extra class of service, and you’re interested in listening to this,

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consider being a VE man so you can go and give out tests and get more hams certified. We need it.

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So, if you are listening, that would be something to do. It’s only once a month I think they have these things.

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Or if you’re part of a local ham radio club that’s not doing VE testing, please talk to your group and see if you can convince them to do VE testing,

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because it would be great to get a lot of people into this stuff, especially the Boy Scouts and stuff like that.

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I really work closely. Again, I’m not huge into radio, but I have worked with the local Boy Scouts and the local ham radio group

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to try to set something up. I did have a couple of Boy Scouts recently that were into prepping,

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and they were interested in ham radio licenses, so I worked with the local ham radio group and the Boy Scout group

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and helped a couple of those boys get certified, and they were really happy, so I appreciated the local ham radio group chipping in and helping out with that.

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But like I said, a lot of information on this stuff. I don’t want to overwhelm you, but I do want to get that information out there,

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because it’s very important. I’ve been talking about doing a ham radio podcast for a while, and I know sometimes it’s not the…

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I don’t want to say it’s not… I know a lot of people maybe are into it, aren’t into it, but I think it is important as a prepper that it is something you talk about,

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because it is something that every prepper should know about at least, and could save your life.

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But like I said to you, another thing very important with the ham radios, especially that I want to bring up very, very quickly,

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but when you think about a ham radio unit and you’re running off of plugging it in and you’re using that,

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one of the things you do need to consider is batteries, because if you are running a ham radio in your home,

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you’re probably not somebody that just wants a disaster emergency. You’re either going to be running it off generator or you’re going to be running it off battery.

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So they do sell battery units for these ham radios. I strongly recommend that if you want to have a ham radio for backup,

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you consider getting at least two batteries, have them charged, because the odds are a chance when you’re going to be wanting to use that radio

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is when there’s going to be no electric probably. It’s just the way it is. That’s one of the things they talk about in the overall book,

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that most people that actually do want to use it in an emergency, they don’t have…

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I mean, you have the batteries for it. Even if you’re using a handheld, make sure you have an extra battery,

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but especially if you’re using a cheap, small local rig like we’ve been talking about,

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you’re going to want to make sure you have batteries, because the odds are a chance you’re going to want to be using it in an emergency situation

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and you probably won’t have power. They do have battery kits and stuff like that for these,

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and it is something you definitely should think about. You can run it off a generator if you want.

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I don’t recommend that because generators are going to be hell on a radio. Just the interference and plus two, the electric isn’t the cleanest.

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I think too, if you think about it, you don’t want to waste your generator power on a ham radio.

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So have some batteries, or what you could do is you could have batteries and charge them off of the generator

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and then use them on your ham radio rig. I know we were doing that a couple years ago.

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There’s something called Field Day, which just passed in June.

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Field Day started after 9/11, and what they actually do with it is,

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Field Day is basically a day for ham radio operators to test their skills, to meet with other hams, learn stuff, things like that.

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If you are interested in this, I know Field Day passed, but like I said, get in touch with your local ham radio group,

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and I’m sure they’ll have Field Day, or I’m sure any of those guys will be willing to come meet with you

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and help you get set up and get started.

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Field Day is a very interesting thing because you work with those guys, and I learned a lot about batteries on Field Day

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because we were actually out in a big field where there was no residential electric.

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So we had a generator, we’d run the generator and charge the batteries, then hook them up to the radio and stuff like that.

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So I actually learned a lot about that on Field Day. Field Day did pass in June, and we did kind of miss it already,

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but next year, if you are interested in ham radio, maybe something next year, it’s always around June, in late June.

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Check the ARRL site for all that information.

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The ARRL site is really where you’re going to find all good information.

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If you are interested in ham radio, go there. They have all the information on there.

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If you are a teacher, or if you notice what it is you’re listening to and you want to get into this,

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they do have a program for schools that you can actually work with.

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They’ll work with the school and help get ham radio stuff actually into the school so you can learn about all that stuff.

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So look into that as well if you’re interested.

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But like I said, there’s a lot of good information on the ARRL site. I recommend that site.

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Going there, if you are interested in this, they have a lot more information than I can provide you here in an hour podcast.

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But go there, check on that, and really, if you are interested, go there.

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And if you’re interested and you want to ask, I will give you the best information you can.

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Go to the website, survivalistpodcast.org, or SoundCloud, and my email is right there.

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Email me and I’ll give you all the information I can.

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And I’ll even include the ARRL site in the show notes for you if you are interested.

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And like I said, go there. They’re going to be your main real resource for this sort of thing.

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And also too, if you are interested over the summer and just getting into this,

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there’s something called Ham Fests, which are ham radio festivals that they actually have in the area.

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I strongly recommend going on Google or ARRL. They’ll have them listed.

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Go to ARRL and click on the Ham Fest button and type in your zip code and there will be a list of all local Ham Fests.

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If you are interested in any of this stuff, a Ham Fest, you go there. There’s a lot of hams there. You can ask questions.

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Also too, if you are interested in getting equipment, you go to these Ham Fests and you can pick up a lot of equipment very cheap.

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Ham Fests usually get guys selling their old equipment and if you just want something for backup,

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it’d be something to go there and just buy some cheap equipment. I recommend that. I tell that to everybody.

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I’ve picked up a lot of great deals at Ham Fests on antennas and stuff that people just didn’t want.

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You know, the old saying, “Somebody’s junk and somebody’s treasure.”

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Basically, sometimes a Ham Fest can be a gigantic yard sale for ham radio equipment.

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So I really recommend that. Like I said, www.aarol.org. Click on the Ham Fest button and you can see all the local ham.

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This is Ham Fest season. It’s summertime. So I really recommend it.

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Also too, if you want more information on this stuff, there is something called Ham Nation. It’s a podcast up on YouTube.

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Well, it’s a podcast but it’s also a video. It’s Ham Nation. It’s every week. It’s a great thing.

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It’s Bob Heil and a bunch of those guys that are legendary hams pretty much. They have a great podcast as well.

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Like I said, it’s called Ham Nation. If you are interested in that kind of stuff, it’s a great place to pick up some tips and stuff like that.

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Those guys have a helpline too where you can reach in. They probably know more than I do but that’s another resource as well.

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By the way, I do want to point out too, a lot of famous people are hams. Prince Charles was one of them.

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Tim Allen from Home Improvement and Last Man Standing. That’s why kind of there’s always radios in the background if you ever watched that show.

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Steve Wozniak, the guy that started Apple with Steve Jobs. He was a ham guy. Art Bell, the radio broadcaster.

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A lot of famous ham radio operators out there. If you really are interested. Like I said, next time if you ever watched Last Man Standing with Tim Allen, look in the background.

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There’s almost always a ham radio in the vlog section. It’s pretty cool.

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Like I said, I’m going to wrap it up but I want to thank you guys for listening. We will see you on the next episode. Thank you very much.

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