Ham Gear when the Balloon goes up
By Joseph Parish
Often people start to become paranoid about our government and their concern over our freedoms or the removal of said freedoms. Granted there are some legitimate complaints and concerns but in many cases the issues at hand are nothing more then needless rumors.
One particular concern was raised recently in a conversation with several friends over a cup of coffee. They were very vocal in expressing their worries over the use of ham radio equipment and the government tracking of it. I recalled reading about a similar concern several years previously and after becoming aware doing some necessary research on the topic.
First of all there are in force millions of pieces of ham communication gear in operation around the nation and logically thinking our government would be unable to keep track of who owns what in the way of ham radio equipment. Just out of mass numbers it is almost an impossible task or would not be practical to waste the resources needed to even attempt to track the equipments location. So if you have one or two pieces of equipment, I feel you would be safe in assuming our government is not tracking your radios and do not want them.
Usually when there is any sort of major disaster in our country the ham operators are out in force to assist in any communication endeavors that they can. Many look forward to aiding their fellow American with this method of assisting. Therefore, why would the government even consider abating a system which is so useful to them?
With the advent of data warehousing our government is likely to know a lot more about you than what you may imagine. Passing an FCC test and obtaining a ham radio license is simply not going to add significantly to what they already know about you. When I was in Security Service they could tell me more about myself than I could even remember.
Many times people are worried that they will have their equipment stolen by either the government or those criminal elements that will abound when the balloon goes up. Being realistic here we have to fully understand that anything which we own is subject to the same conditions. On a daily basis we have a chance of losing our weapons, food, or of a vast number of survival supplies including our very own lives.
This is simply not justification to deny the purchase of something that we may want or need. Looking at it from a different perspective in the event that we fail to purchase something for fear of having it taken away from us denies us of that product in the event that we actually need it. On the other hand by the mere act of buying the item in question we mat have it when it’s required.
Some people complain that the cost of the ham equipment is more than what they would like to spend however in all reality you could get set up with a functioning station for as low as $500 dollars. That is the equivalent price of a desktop computer.
In an emergency your ham radio may perhaps be one of the most important pieces of equipment that you may purchase. In the end you will likely be glad you invested the money for the gear and the time for a license.
Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish