by John Galt
October 2, 2012 16:45 ET
Think that the original article was all there was too it? I’m afraid not and although I have linked to several of the tools the listener will need per the radio program available at Amazon.com below, there is so much more than I could ever enter in one short article so I decided to leave this page up permanently so the listener can prepare and accumulate the items needed.
First and foremost for consideration is that all radios must be small, compact, and protected from the potential of EMP or scanning from afar. The best protection when hiding a radio would of course be a safe with foam insulation to prevent contact with the surrounding metal environment. The problem is that grounding a safe is often difficult for most to consider not to mention the lack of portability of such an arrangement. Within the home, a grounded dishwasher, range, or microwave oven is a good place to store sensitive electronic equipment in the event of a pending conflict but risky if the other family members fire up that device not realizing what is happening (which would be the user’s fault).
I prefer the aluminum metallic case or steel if available with foam insulation like the items linked below via Amazon.com:
The other tools that are need are quite simple and available at the Amazon link below and of course within these pages.
I prefer using the traditional alligator clip at the end of the 50 or 100 ft longwire antenna as it is a quick disconnect and can be snapped on to any whip antenna on a shortwave radio with little muss and fuss. The key is to use 20 gauge wire, preferably stranded, with black insulation, painted with camouflage paint if possible. This is a lightweight design with one insulator at the end at a minimum, but using nylon rope to support it at both ends with a splice just beyond the support insulator closest to the radio or approximately 10% (5 ft if 50 ft antenna, 10 if 100, etc.) soldered to a 20 to 30 ft. lead in wire:
The photo above shows the support ropes to the insulators at a height well above a house but in a mobile or field operation where the listener is seeking discretion, the antenna could be constructed inside an attic or placed in the same case with the radio for portability. In the field mounting the antenna at a height of 8 to 10 feet is sufficient and using the shortest possible leader wire with two alligator clips on either end will do, one for the antenna, one for the radio.
The one common variable with this operation is portability but knowledge is important also. As I highlighted in the main article, the MFJ-461 Morse Code reader is crucial for those unable to grasp the basics of Morse Code and achieve an ability to at least read 20 words per minute (WPM). I have included two guides for purchase below to learn the phonetic alphabet and Morse Code below.
However, if you need a pocket copy, one can print and laminate the code below:
As I stated in the original radio program, learning how modern communications works along with who to trust is key. Each quarter, I update the shortwave broadcast schedules on my blog courtesy of PrimeTimeShortwave.com and that page is available here at the link below:
There will be only news that is of any use to the discerning listener, not those that trust domestic outlets or what is left of the internet should the worst case police state scenario occur domestically.