Several days before I attended the 2020 VA 2A Rally, I started thinking about Alternative Comms. “What happens if I lose cellphone reception and something goes wrong? How can I stay informed?” I started looking at programmable HAM radios and discovered an inexpensive solution. A small, hand-held that could receive AM/FM, weather, FAA comms and local Emergency Services broadcasts. After several days of research I purchased a Baofang BF-F8HP Handheld Radio, BTech programming cable, and Nagoya NA-771 Antenna. OK, not so cheap. These three gizmos cost $105.65. In real terms, that is two hours of Ammo! For a Chinese manufactured radio, no less. So how to “justify” this purchase?
My wife was asking the same thing. I answer “Job growth opportunity!” Will explain, tomorrow. My cat is telling me it is time to go to bed… What are your alt comms?