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HF needs to repeaters for around the world coverage.

I don't understand. HF do not need repeaters. I was able to get QSLs from all over the world, with a single quartz crystal, .5 watts, one transistor CW transmitter. The band was 40 meters (7,200 kHz), using a dipole antenna around 30 meters up the ground.

In the right conditions, with an extra level of licensing, with a lot of knowledge needed, and using extremely expensive equipment. These do no make for a good solution for the average person in the event of a natural disaster.

Wow. Such negativity. I thought we were all techies here. It seemed to be cheap enough for me and work well enough for me when I was 12 years old and mowed lawns to buy radio parts. But I guess actual experience with the technology is trumped by your superior intuition.

General class isn't hard. Decent equipment can be had for a few hundred bucks.

You're right, it's not good for everyone, but it's good for techies.

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