Why You Need a Good Radio Receiver
Hallicrafters Sky Champion
I have written several posts on radio communications. Now I know that some of you don’t like the idea of transmitting after or during an emergency. In addition, I know some people don’t like the idea of getting a federal license. You have to disclose the address at which you keep the radio and people can find your location from the call letters.
Vintage National NC-88 Tube Ham Shortwave Radio Receiver General Coverage AM CW SSB
Now for family reason I have elected to proceed with two-way long distance communication. Now for many of you this is not necessary, you may not have anyone you wish to talk too. But, what about learning what is happening in the rest of the country. I recently found a 1939 Hallicrafters Sky Champion. This radio was made from 1939-1945 and originally sold for $49.50, making it a fairly expensive radio for its day. This is a four-band receiver, covering all of the frequencies from 540 Khz to 44 Mhz. This covers the high frequency ham bands giving you the capability to listen in, but not to transmit. The other good thing about this radio is that it is virtually EMP proof.
Vintage Hallicrafters SX-25 Super Defiant Shortwave Tube Receiver Radio Demo
These old radios are available on Ebay and in antique stores. They are not overly expensive. If you are not interested in the older radios, you can buy a modern shortwave radio. But these should be kept in a faraday cage. The new radios will receive over a wider range of frequencies. Having a good radio receiver will provide you the ability to gather information without being detected. Remember that information may make the difference between life and death.