Shortwave radio is fun. I like it a lot. When traveling I like to turn on the radio and see what new channels I get.
How do you like the baofeng? I remember looking into trunking/shortwave years ago briefly and I think that was one of the recommended starter radios. Are ham radio clubs worth it even if you arent sociable? I heard they could be helpful at times.
>>54276>How do you like the baofeng?
It works great. There's a cheaper variant for around $20 but I opted for this one as it has some fixed software issues when programming and is a little hardier.
>I remember looking into trunking/shortwave years ago briefly and I think that was one of the recommended starter radios.
It is, namely because it's so cheap. It's good for listening to commercial stations or analog transmissions, but if you want to pick up law enforcement/EMS/etc you'll need to check RadioReference to see if your state/area has upgraded to trunked systems. Some rural wizards might get lucky enough that they can pick up all of it on a $20 BaoFeng instead of needing to drop hundreds on a digital scanner. Unfortunately I had to do just that since my state has been rolling out ARMER nearly everywhere.
>Are ham radio clubs worth it even if you arent sociable? I heard they could be helpful at times.
I'm not in a club and haven't interacted with them in any capacity. All I've heard over the years are negative things (IE all they do all day is tattle on unauthorized transmissions and jerk off over whatever hardware they have). It might be a nice experience, but I'm not in a hurry to share my interests with 50-year-old normalfags.
Do you use chirp on it?
I do. It requires a separate programming cable you'll need to purchase, but I've heard it's a massive pain in the ass to program without it. That'll probably go for most radios that aren't pre-programmed or exorbitantly priced.
Well I finally caved and bought a uv5r, so far it does seem a bit difficult to program but it's a neat little thing and its fun searching for stations and familiarizing myself with it.
I don't own a car at the moment but I want to put a cheap CB radio in the next vehicle I buy.
>>54260>do you actually hear anything aside from scattered trucker chatter?
We have two CB bands here in Aus. 27mhz is mostly SSB and mostly people at home. They mostly spend a lot of time in long drawn out conversations and sometimes verbal shitposting. We also have UHF FM CB which is where most of the truckers and serious users have gone.
I also listen to shortwave, mostly amateur radio. Also listen to amateurs a on v/uhf scanner. Unfortunately v/uhf analogue FM is fairly dead due to many amateurs moving to digital modes to escape baofeng pirates.
I've toyed with the idea of becoming an amateur but I'm not much of a talker irl so not sure its worth it.
Sometimes when I have time I can check kenwood radio stations user manuals http://kenwood.manymanuals.com/radio-stations
to find a couple of channels but you're absolutely right- it's much more harder then it seems.. there are not many people who still use radios..
Wht do you do can you talk to people and find friends on the radio? Maybe you could make a wizchan radio channel.
In theory you can but it's not like the internet where I can just give you an address or an irc channel and we're instantly together. It takes time, work, relatively expensive setups since we're all scattered and to be honest unless yo're within a few hundred miles written mail is probably a better way to communicate.
The tecsun/rtl-sdr are only receivers, you can't transmit but it's still interesting to listen to what's going on.
Radios are fun. I never got into the hobby but I were in the army as a radioman and still in the reserves and it's some pretty cool stuff. I see why people get so fired up about it.
Is Morse Code still taught?
Not in school if that's what you meant
I bought a baofeng just because I thought they'd ban then, what with how often everything is banned now days, but never use it. I also bought a 5v adapter cord so I could charge it with cheap 5v solar panels and or 'battery banks'. I sometimes listen to the weather channel with it. I figure if I have to go into the woods or on the ocean some day in a sailboat that being privy to storms would be rather wise.
Also truckers doing radio checks a lot seems to happen….
Honestly no matter how much I search for hours nothing interesting ever happens.
>>59236>Honestly no matter how much I search for hours nothing interesting ever happens.
I hate to say it because I'm a ham myself see >>56683
but really it's because radio is dead. There's no new blood, boomers chased that off with regulation, the internet took over as the communication medium of choice, and really why limit yourself to local networks when you have the entirety of the internet at your disposal for a few bucks.
It's as dead a hobby as you can make it.
ever listened to number stations?
No. I thought they were made up.
>weather>truckers and school buses doing radio checks>rapid beeping stations (towers to warn planes?)
That's all I ever did hear. >>59296
I like only buying go-bag tier sized devices and the radio being small for that reason turns me on to it. The cellphone route is bad because it's a cellphone also unless you can use it after soldering off the various antennas.
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>>59310>I thought they were made up.
They're very real, there are a lot of them, and some of them sound quite creepy. The mystery around them has been shredded however. In short, they're broadcasting benign military exercise commands and info. Info such as "A plane flying West over position X at 0600 is friendly, do not report or engage" read in a simple but ever-changing code. Position X might be in an area where access to electricity is sparse, so the signal strength is very high so that small compact radios like consumer solar pocket CBs can intercept it. The substance of the information is mixed in with static, strange noise, and scheduled nonesense. Stationary receivers pass the audio output through a series of analogue and digital filters that remove most of the noise, but even if such cleanup isn't available the code can still be heard.
A popular one was triangulated a few years ago in southwest Russia. When some radio enthusiasts noticed it changed locations, they went to the initial position and found a small bunker a few blocks from residential buildings. Inside they found a mostly empty bunker but behind some tables or something they found maps and an old codebook that stated something like "during a certain span of days of the year, the transmitted numbers would correspond to these letters, and the transmitted letters would correspond to these positions and times". If the enthusiasts could find a recording of a broadcast from the dates outlined in the book, they'd be able to decipher it in a matter of minutes.
That story sounds surreal, not only did they manage to locate the source but they just walked in and there was no one and they found all these documents lying there? Right.
It wouldnt surprise me. The Soviet Union produced a lot of military stuff. Such a large amount of "guns" that the country fell apart because the citizens lacked "butter". I would assume the russia is trying to operate a lot of this military infrastructure with low investment.
Not required for amateurs in my country. That said it has become more popular since the requirement was dropped.
Number stations are spooky but certainly interesting. I was into them as a child, and would spend time with my dad's shortwave radio searching for them. One idle Sunday I did find one. A succubus reciting numbers in Spanish over and over. Fwiw I'm in the southeastern US, so it's possible it was coming from a Latin American country.
It's a shame that radio is dead. I've always been interested in getting a radio for myself and seeing what I could find. I live in the southern Appalachians so I suppose there's gotta be something out there for me to listen to
Radio isn't dead so much as completely consumed by propaganda.
Also, there's no reason to buy a radio when you can just get any station in the world through the internet.
people use radio for more than music. it also makes sense if you don't have good/consistent internet or if you travel
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