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In my opinion, even the small generator found in the crank radio would be very useful for a number of things. A crank radio could be used for short-wave reception (which includes the Ham bands), or to just use the generator to power such things as laptop computer and a QRP (low power) transmitter. With the right propagation conditions I have been able to communicate with Japan from Mississippi, USA with only 1/2 watt transmission power using Morse code. The generator would also work perfectly well to power a 2 mtr transceiver for reliable communications up to 40 miles with a good antenna system. With such a system one can even use digital "packet" mode which is virtually the same thing as TCP/IP used for the internet.

Offered by Ron.