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ZOOM Meeting 04-05-24


Proposed Alternative Communication writeup PDF

Utility Antenna for 88 to 608 MHZ PDF


Quansheng UV-K5  Dual Channel Radio ------ 1st Radio Recommendation

Boafeng UV-R5 Dual Channel Radio ----- Alternate Recommendation

AnyTone AT-5555N II 10, 11,12 Meter Proposed Base Station

10 Meter Antenna DIY Build Simple build for the mechanically inclined


ARRL Amateur Radio League ==== All sorts of information on Amateur Radio


Hi Everyone,

It looks like a lot of the burden of this venture has just been taken off my hands.  I was going to offer to teach a “Technician Level Class”, but found out the FCC rules have changed significantly.  Gordon West is a very reputable source for getting an Amateur License and  is now doing Free Zoom Courses. Link provided.  You can contact me if you have any question N1QDT@aurorasky.net.


As soon as we get 5 people who are in possession of the either the Quansheng UV-K5 or UV-K6 --- I’ll do a Zoom training course on how to use the radio.

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ZOOM Meeting 04-19-2024

Answered Questions:

There are only 4 public domain communication bands that have been mentioned to the group so far,   They are the Citizen Band (CB), the Family Radio Service (FRS) band, the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) band and the Multi User Radio Service Band (MURS).  Anybody can talk on these Bands and they have nothing to do with Amateur Radio.  However the GMRS band is unique because the government wants you to pay them to use it.  It use to be free but somewhere around 2020 during the Biden Administration the government decided it wanted to create another revenue source so they could do whatever governments do.

Ham radio has been mentioned because the radio I'm recommending can do the FRS, GMRS, and MURS bands and much more including a couple of big time amateur bands called (2 neters VHF) and (70 cm UHF).  Amateur Radio alias (HAM Radio) just offers more that some people will want to take advantage of.  However Amateur Radio requires a test be taken which some people run from because they think it is something too difficult for them to do.  Well it is not too difficult and the Technician License is the most popular Amateur Radio license because it is easy to past the test.

Recommended Radios  UV-K6 or UV-K5

Public Domain Frequencies

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ZOOM Meeting 04-28-2024

ACT (Alternateive Communication Technique) clarification:

ACT is a group effort for a state wide and possibly bigger ACT family of like minded thinkers.  It starts with just two people in communication with one another in a community.  A community can start anywhere.  In Lincoln, in Manchester, in Rutland, and possibly Bridgewater are examples.  A starting community of two can expand to three, four or more people having similar interest of being in contact with others should we ever lose the internet and cell phones.  Although just having these ACT devices can be fun and useful tools in many other ways other than just being used in an emergency or crises.   Working with HF (Health Freedom) and VTSUP (Vermont Stand Up) groups that already exist is a great way to grow this effort.  Much more can be said about ACT (Alternative Communication Technique) and participating in the biweekly Zoom meetings is a good place to start.

Antenna Information

Better reception and longer range can be had with a better antenna.  A primary source for these antennas can be from direct purchase at AMAZON, EBay, and various internet sources such as AliExpres.  A personal favorite of many is AMAZON because of fast delivery policy and an excellent return policy.  The following link is to the 15 inch antennas mentioned in the ZOOM Meeting.

Copy following and pasted to Amazon search window: Eightwood VHF UHF 144/430Mhz Dual Band Whip Antenna SMA Female Soft Walkie Talkie Antennae 15in 2-Pack for Baofeng Kenwood Ham Two Way Radio UV-5R UV-82 BF-F8HP

Backup Solar and Battery information

The radio that is being recommended, UV-K6 or UV-K5 has a phone type USB-”C” type connection.  Although there are many solar battery backup systems the one mentioned in the ZOOM Meeting can be found on AMAZON as well.

Copy following and past to Amazon search window: Solar Charger, 20000mAh Portable Outdoor Waterproof Solar Power Bank, Camping External Backup Battery Pack Dual 5V USB Ports Output, 2 Led Light Flashlight with Compass (Red)

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ZOOM Meeting 05-24-2024

Proposed Alternative Communication writeup Short Version PDF

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ZOOM Meeting 06-07-2024

Technical Radio Support

How to setup dual channel monitoring on the Quansheng and covering scanner mode.

Antenna Information

Optional and better walkie antenna for Baofeng and Quansheng radios via Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09G31RLHY?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

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