10 Reasons Why You Need a Ham Radio on Your Next Detecting Trip

You may be wondering why you need to take a ham radio with you on your next detecting trip. Ham radios are great for communicating with other detectorists in the event of an emergency, and can also provide entertainment via amateur radio channels.

There are many things that can happen while you’re looking for treasure. Taking a Ham radio with you will ensure that if something goes wrong, someone will know where you are and come to help!

Do you like to go detecting?

You probably have questions about Ham Radio. Why do you need a Ham Radio? What are the benefits of having a Ham Radio on your next detecting trip? How does a Ham Radio work? How long does it last before needing to be charged or replaced? I will answer all of these questions for you in this blog post, so read on!

What is Ham Radio or Amateur Radio?

Ham Radio is a term used to describe the use of voice, text, digital modes, and images transmitted by Amateur Radio Service licensees. These transmissions can take place on frequencies reserved for Ham Radio use, or on commercial frequencies if the Ham licensee has special permission from the FCC.

Amateur Radio enthusiasts enjoy talking to people all over the world. If you are anything like me, hearing another voice over the radio waves is exciting! When I’m out detecting with my friends, it’s always nice to have some entertainment. Sometimes we use our Ham Radios to communicate between holes or tell jokes while digging up treasure.

What can a Ham Radio do?

Ham Radios can transmit text messages, pictures, and even digital files. They can also transmit videos like live news feeds or sporting events!

How does a Ham Radio work?

A Ham radio has to be properly set up before it will function correctly. The antennas need to be raised high enough so that they are able to receive signals from other radios while still being concealed by the vegetation. You’ll also need to connect the antenna to your radio, and know which channel you’re transmitting on!

How much does a Ham Radio cost?

Ham radios are surprisingly affordable and you can pick one up on eBay Australia between $40-55 with 2-year warranty. Check out the most popular models on eBay Australia:

Baofeng UV-10R

Baofeng UV-5R

Australian Ham Radio Handbook




How long does a Ham Radio last?

A normal battery in a ham radio will usually last for about three days before needing to be charged or replaced. That means that if something happens while you are detecting (like getting lost or stuck), you’ll be able to communicate with the outside world.

Do I need a license?

Yes, you need to have an Amateur Radio Operator’s license in order to use a Ham radio. It will take some time and money, but it is well worth the effort!

Now that you know why you should bring a ham radio with you on your next detecting trip,  you should prepare for your trip by looking into getting a Ham Radio Operator’s license!

10 reasons why you need to take a ham radio with you on your next detecting trip. 

  1. Ham radios provide vital communication during emergencies. Ham radio operators are often the first responders to disasters and can provide critical information to emergency officials. A ham radio can also keep you in touch with your loved ones during a crisis.
  2. It allows you to communicate with other detectorists in the area. This can be helpful for sharing tips, locating lost treasures, and coordinating hunts.
  3. It provides a way to get help if you are lost or stranded. Ham radio operators can often reach emergency responders even when traditional communication methods fail.
  4. It allows you to listen to weather reports and forecasts. This can help you plan your hunting trips and avoid dangerous weather conditions.
  5. Ham radios allow you to communicate with other hobbyists around the world. This can provide a wealth of information about detector finds, locales, and techniques.
  6. Ham radios offer a wide range of programming options that can be helpful in detecting trips. These include weather reports, news updates, and information about natural disasters.
  7. Ham radios can provide a source of entertainment if you get tired of listening to your headphones or the detectorist next to you. Ham radio allows you to listen and talk on several different bands, including some that are not monitored by most people.
  8. Ham radios can help you find new friends and contacts in the detecting community. Ham radio operators are often happy to help other enthusiasts, and they can provide a wealth of information about detectorists around the world.
  9. Ham radios can be a valuable tool for finding lost treasures. By communicating with other detectorists, you may get information about where treasures have been found in the past.
  10. It’s important to note that not all detectorists need or should get involved with Ham Radios. It’s a great tool to have in your arsenal, but it is not for everyone.


Q: Do I need a license to operate a Ham Radio?

A: Yes, you will need an Amateur Radio Operator’s license in order to use a ham radio. This can be obtained by studying for and passing an exam.

Q: What type of information can I communicate with a Ham Radio?

A: Ham radios allow for communication in a variety of ways. The most common method is voice, which allows you to talk with other ham radio operators. You can also transmit messages as Morse code or send data as digital signals through your Ham Radio.

Q: Is it illegal to listen to ham radio?

A: No, it is not illegal to listen in on ham radio. However, there are certain frequencies that you cannot listen in on without a license or permission from the operator.

Q: What does ham stand for in ham radio?

A: Ham is an acronym for “amateur radio.” This term is used to describe the use of radios by hobbyists and enthusiasts.

Q: Can a ham radio be traced?

A: Yes, ham radios can be traced. However, this is done by the government and law enforcement agencies only in rare cases where illegal activity is suspected.

Q: Is ham radio legal in Australia?

A: Yes, ham radio is legal in Australia. However, there are some restrictions on what type of information can be transmitted. For more information please consult the Australian Communications and Media Authority website,  click here for more information.

In Conclusion

We hope this blog post has helped you to better understand the benefits of taking a Ham radio with you on your detecting trips. Remember that these radios are not just for emergencies, they also provide entertainment via amateur radio channels!