Amateur Radio VS Emergency Radio


We all know that a ham radio comes with so many fun things to do. They range from ham radio contesting to fests, flea markets and more. Others get involved in the amateur radio for other reasons. This type of communication has proved to be reliable and efficient in emergencies. For this reason, many operators start their career as hams to help other people who have their backs against the wall due to critical situations. Many public services cooperate with ham radio operators on regular basis. However, you should not think that amateur radio is the same as emergency radio. They differ in many ways though having some common features.

Frequency is the first thing that differs DX radio stations from emergency ones. Emergency radio operates mainly on traditional FM and AM bands. Shortwave frequencies are also available in some rare cases. They are used to inform people on weather conditions as well as upcoming disasters. The only problem is that those bands and frequencies will be unavailable in case of disasters. Moreover, internet and cell phone connections are also very likely to go down. Sounds like an apocalypses, doesn’t it? Luckily, ham radio will be operating whatever happens. This is why it appears to be so efficient in case of extreme situations. People use it to form special rescue team as well as inform others on the closest shelters.

Ham radio technology may seem very simple if compared with modern advances. On the other hand, it lets hams monitor and identify all types of communication modes not only within their neighborhood, but also state or country. Another great thing is that DX never deals with any commercial issues. It means that broadcasting will keep on without any ad interruptions in the most crucial moment. Moreover, the data you receive will be objective and clear. Language barriers are broken as there are various modes to create a signal including the Morse code.

The last but not the least is that DX radio stations do not require too much power unlike other types of communication equipment. Some models can be recharged at short notice without any efforts. They are very compact and easy to transport or carry in the car. Operators can proceed with transmitting form a boat, basement or space. Even if the grid goes down, a ham radio will still receive and transmit signals.

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