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    Default The K.I.S.S. Principle and Transceivers – by Tunnel Rabbit (SurvivalBlog)

    "I’ll begin with a note of warning for those who would delve into, or recommend sophisticated radio equipment. The learning curve can be steep, and it requires a significant investment of time to become competent. I recommend using the “Keep, Simple, Stupid” (K.I.S.S.) principle. The apocryphal originator of the K.I.S.S. principle was no simpleton. He was the aircraft design genius Kelly Johnson, and we should heed the advice. It is likely that simple-to-use equipment is the best choice for most."



    Editor’s Introductory Note: Because of the length of this detailed article, it will be serialized into five parts.

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    Thanks IW for those links.

    I have looked up Tunnel Rabbit on that blog and agree with most of his comments...in particular about fabricating antennas to make your walkie talkies more effecient ....with OPSEC in mind of course.
    Have also bookmarked Tunnel Rabbit as somewhere in the comment section of that Survival Blog is a long list of frequencies. That may be useful down the road.


    That prepper group up in central Virginia...I have made available to them two CB/10 meter type radios and antennas....with SSB features..
    I think they are called Stryker radios. This model here..along with home made anteannas..and coaxial cable..

    https://strykerradios.com/store/10-meter-radio-955hpc/


    These radios are ok...and I have used 10/11 meter radios before ..but mostly today as I am licensed through most of the ham bands...I use HF general coverage radios which can cover from the AM broadcasting band to and through 10 meters....including the shortwave bands....as well as in SSB and FM modes.CW/morse code too.

    But for people who are unlicensed and know how to operate in an around the CB bands those Stryker radios are fine..

    Used to have a Uniden 2510 rig which was opened up and it worked fine...I liked it before I got my license.

    But there was some useful information on Tunnel Rabbits Blog.

    Also over the years I have taught myself to fabricate my own antennas for base station use...both in the HF bands as well as VHF and UHF bands...this has come in very very useful over the years.


    Thanks for the links..

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    I appreciate your appreciation >> posted the same thing on another prepper site and got ripped from some azzhat - considers himself toooooo technology advanced to consider it worthwhile ....

    I think the editor at SurvivalBlog does a decent job judging what's worthy and what to reject - there's a lot of info there with links for the ham newbie .....

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    Exactly Right IW...you have to keep in mind the newer fellows or those just gearing up....and not zoom over their heads or look down on them for not being able to follow as fast as others.

    I do not like that Snobby type of thing as one poster was making that point about the hams in their area..

    None of us will be here forever and our investment is in the next generations....helping them along.

    I learned a lot on my own...but also a lot from the olde ones sometimes called in ham lingo "Elmers."


    Not everyone out here is geared to building their own antennas....those that want to know and learn I help them along..but do not look down on those who do not.


    My Ham HF rig is on right next to me now and I am listening to the lower end of the 40 meter band wherein is found morse code...Keeping my skills up before they go arthritic on me from lack of use.

    Have a good day IW.

    Gotta get my day going..

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    I'll have to post up some pics of a homemade directional antenna that we made with pic and tape measures. Adapts to my Baofeng and really works well for foxhounds. Might have all of $5 in one.
    Once on safari in deepest darkest Afganistan we ran out of Gin, and were compelled to survive on food and water for several days.


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