Band Questions

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by bpaintx, Mar 19, 2012.

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  1. bpaintx

    bpaintx Monkey


    I am considering getting into the HAM arena. My question is how useful / viable are dual vs tri vs quad band radios, specifically handhelds such as the Yaesu FT60R, VX-6R, VX-8R. I am primarily looking for an emergency use system, not for day to day conversation. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator Site Supporter

    You might want to look at the latest Chinese Dual BAND STUFF, just now hitting the US Market. These seem to be getting good reviews, and are very small and light, but with good Battery Life. Would make GREAT B-O-B Comm Units, and some are even Part 90 Type Accepted, so they are legal on Business, GMRS, and Ham bands.


    Wouxun Radios: Powerwerx is the exclusive distributor for the Wouxun KG-UV3D dual band handheld. Wouxun produces high quality ham radio and commercial handheld two way radios. Powerwerx stocks a complete line of accessories.

    V: 136-174, U: 420-520 MHz V: 144-148, U: 420-450 MHz KG-UV3D-2/420-520 In Stock $119.99

    I also saw, a few days ago, some Chinese Dual Band HTs. that were in the $50-$70US each, range.... but
    I can't seem to find the Place where they were advertised again... I will keep looking...

    Just Say'en.... YMMV.....
  3. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    409 shop

    409 Shop in HK has the killer prices and they ship direct to the US. YOu may have issues with warranty work tho...
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  4. ghrit

    ghrit troglodyte Administrator Founding Member

    I think the most pertinent question is, "What bands will be the most useful after SHTF?" I'm sure they won't be the same as the more frequently used ham bands under normal conditions like now.
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator Site Supporter

    Close Ghrit.... The real Question is, and has always been, Who, or Where, do you need to Communicate with? Once that is established the the right Bands, and Emissions, can be tailored to fit the Wanted Comms. Define the Who, and Where, and the rest falls into place, pretty simply. Just Say'en... YMMV....
  6. ghrit

    ghrit troglodyte Administrator Founding Member

    Coast to coast should cover it.
  7. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator Site Supporter

    Then you Go Here: IPS - Global HF - Hourly HAP Charts

    Find the nearest City to your location, then hit Display.....
    When the Map Loads, Pick the Band that gets you coverage
    in the area you need to talk to....

    This Map is updated Hourly, and is very good for picking Bands
    for Specific Comm Links....

    Just Say'en... YMMV....
  8. ghrit

    ghrit troglodyte Administrator Founding Member

    Hm. 10 thru 40 meters might cover it.
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  9. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Pink Floyd; works every time!
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  10. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey++ Site Supporter

    So you guys are sayin my white face Johnson and Texstar 250 ain't goodunuff any more?

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