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  1. Digital has some nice advantages, especially if you're able to conenct to a node (i.e. the internet). Even without the internet, general quality is pretty good--think old-style TV static as analog vs. pixellation when streaming video over the internet as digital. However, there are some downsides to digital, especially if you're looking at emergency comms. For one, it requires everyone that wants to communicate to have digital radios (though digital radios will typically also TX/RX analog). There are also several digital systems out there, like DMR, D-Star, System Fusion, etc., which aren't interoperable. I think the best argument against relying on digital is just that there are lots more analog radios out there.
  2. Good point--hadn't considered prone. Thanks for the info. :)
  3. I'm looking around at options since I don't have a .22 rifle yet, and I'm curious about the preference for a tube magazine. Wouldn't something like a BX-25 offer both greater capacity and faster reloading?
  4. I encourage anyone with an interest in expanding their communication capabilities to get their amateur radio license. Obtaining a technician class license is pretty easy. It's a simple written test that is mostly common sense, requires just a little studying to pass, and Morse code is no longer required like it was in the past. A license isn't required to monitor any frequencies--it just gives you privileges to transmit on certain frequencies--but at the very least, it's a opportunity to learn.
  5. Yes: Here is the actual bill: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/SB/281 I haven't read the entirety of the bill, but the biggest pieces I see are changing "machine gun" to "automatic or semi-automatic gun", and a limit on "large capacity magazines", which is anything that holds more than 10 rounds.
  6. From what I've seen, none of the bids use the 6.8 SPC cartidge--they just use 6.8 mm projectiles. I wouldn't run out and grab a 6.8 SPC AR expecting there to be a flood of ammo once the Army gets around to making up its mind, but I do recommend the 6.8 SPC. I built one a few years ago that I use for hog hunting, and it's been great.
  7. I'm interested in some level of involvement. I'm not entirely sure what to make of this site yet, but it has my curiosity piqued. One thing that really surprises me is that so many militia organizations use Facebook for their home site and as a means for communication. I'd recommend against that... plus, I don't use Facebook.
  8. I keep a "3-3-3" radio plan handy for emergencies. The idea is that if the power goes out, internet is unavailable, etc., you can still communicate with a handheld or mobile radio on some common channels: FRS UHF Channel 3: 462.6125 MHz MURS VHF Channel 3: 151.940 MHz Common Ham 3-3-3 Channels: 146.520 MHz simplex, no PL 146.420 MHz simplex, no PL 146.550 MHz simplex, no PL ("bug-out channel") Here's some more info if you're interested: https://radiofreeq.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/3-3-3-radio-plan-for-shtf-communications/ The whole national comms network idea sounds great, but it requires a significant individual financial investment, the right equipment with non-trivial setup, and probably some training. Plus, unless you have battery backup or a generator, if the power goes out, you're sunk. You can use these 3-3-3 channels on a handheld radio, like the Baofengs you mentioned. Even if you're not a licensed ham, you can still easily monitor the ham frequencies. Something else that's interesting if you're a licensed ham: Kansas has the K-Link repeater network: http://ks0lnk.net. I haven't used it much myself, but it's a nearly state-wide linked repeater network. It's still vulnerable to power loss, but it's also accessible by handheld radios. I'm not sure they'd look too fondly on militia groups using this regularly, but in an emergency, it could be a good resource.

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