Getting information about what's going on is important. One way, maybe the only way during a disaster or disruption, is via radio.
Do you think maybe that "the Internet can withstand a nuclear war" stuff is true, or just "Military Contractor Hype"? I've worked for military contractors -- that experience makes me sort of skeptical about that claim, for some reason. Wonder why?
A Primer on Amateur (Ham) Radio, by Byron Kirkwood
Steve Heller has an excellent introduction page about Ham Radio, including some "step by step instructions on setting up a Y2K-ready amateur radio station"!
What's Ham Radio All About? from CQ Magazine
American Radio Relay League, the organization for Ham radio.
C. Crane Company sells radio receivers and has an informative catalog.
Bill's 2 Way Radio
Universal Radio is a great outfit, has a very useful catalog.
Japan Radio Company NRD-535D -- a friend got one of these. It's one impressive receiver! The Alpha Delta DX-SWL Sloper antenna is outstanding for shortwave broadcast reception, if you have the space for it. They also make similar antennas for transmitting on the ham bands, but I don't have a link for those. Icom R-10 is an amazing hand-held receiver, as is the Alinco DJ-X10T.
Alinco makes ham gear that gives very good value for cost, such as the DX-70TH tranceiver, which transmits on the 160-meter through 6 meter ham bands, and includes a general-coverage receiver tuning 150 khz through 30 mhz, and 50-54 mhz. (See also the Universal Radio on-line catalog page for the DX-70TH.
WWW Shortwave Listening Guide, by John A. Figliozzi -- the web version of his The Worldwide Shortwave Listening Guide book (which you can buy at your local Radio Shack).
Crisis Communications: A Handbook for Emergency and Survival Radio monitoring
by Mark W. Johnson
Published by Tiare Publications, 1990
Emergency Radio!: Scanning the News as It Happens
by Norn Schrein, Norm Schrein
Paperback, 214 pages
Published by Index Publishing Group, 1995
Now You're Talking!: All You Need to Get Your Ham Radio Technician License
by Larry D. Wolfgang and Joel Kleinman
Published by American Radio Relay League, 1997
Comment: You no longer need Morse code to get your ham license, although you should probably try to learn it, since it can come in handy.
Shortwave Listening Guidebook: The Complete Guide to Hearing the World
by Harry L. Helms, Harry Helms
Published by Hightext Publications, 1993
Monitoring the Feds: How to Use Your Scanner or Shortwave Radio to Eavesdrop on the Federal Government
by John R. McColman
Published by Tiare Publications, 1996
Monitor America: The National Communications Guide
by Richard Barnett, William Cobb, and Edward Soomre
Published by Scanner Master Books, 1995
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