If one more Radio Amateur (
Bacon Whoops Ham) tells me the only way to communicate in an emergency is by Ham radio, I’ll scream!
For the 99th million time there are more people in the world with CB and PMR Radio’s than Radio Amateurs!
They may play with CB’s and PMR sets, some may not “know what they are doing”.
Most who own CB sets know how to set one up and how to put up an aerial.
Some CB’ers even know how to make an aerial from wire
Some even know how to tune it in i.e. SWR it.
Most PMR sets are even easier with a simple switch on and an inbuilt aerial.
CB’ers may not have pretty call signs and follow “the rules” i.e. the etiquette according to the Radio Amateur handbook.
They may or may not be licensed, but one thing they can all do is use a radio.
So why is it that a few Radio Amateur
Bacon (Whoops) hams think they are a cut above the average CB’er, PMR user or freebander!?!
A freebander (if you are not familiar with the term) is just a CB’er with a radio that allows him to stray away from the 40 or 80 channels available in a country and talk on the 11 meter band (calling on 27.555 MHz USB) round the world. Mainly using off the shelf radios and aerials, and always having FUN!
Over the years I’ve scribbled a lot about CB radio and a bit about PMR radio. How it is for the CITIZENS of the world, for you, me, and the others NOT needing to take a special test, who just want to have some basic form of radio communications.
You need some form of communications in a crisis which (and don’t bite me head off for saying this) is idiot proof, off the shelf, works at 12 volts (car power) or commonly available batteries, is easy to set up and use, doesn’t cost the Earth, pretty “bomb” proof, and potentially has a wide audience.
I’m thinking that’s no more than 10 miles tops.
Why is that?
It’s realistic, doable, and a CB set should cover that distance (terrain and conditions permitting).
So if you only want to talk to other
Bacon (Whoops) radio hams (the experts), go and get licensed BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER there are more CB and PMR sets in the world than:-