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A ham radio is a small radio transceiver found throughout the wastelands.

Background[edit | edit source]

Throughout the wastelands, radio communication is achieved by way of ham radios, which are known as transceivers. The variants of the Capital and Mojave Wastelands were manufactured by Radiation King. Most are found paired with a microphone, and are able to both transmit and receive information. Some radios are functioning and transmit radio stations and messages. Other ham radios broadcast a signal that serves as a beacon to lead the player character to locations.

The signal received by one's Pip-Boy is not sent from the above-ground tower, but rather from the actual ham radio unit itself. These transmitters can be found in various sheltered locations, such as drainage cisterns, tunnels, or caves. The broadcast will become more clear as one moves closer to the ham radio unit and conversely, turns to static and fades out completely as one moved farther away. The player character can turn the ham radio off once they reach it, which stops the broadcast. Ham radios are found both destroyed and intact, cannot be damaged by the player character, nor added to the inventory.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Fallout 3[edit | edit source]

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

Fallout 4[edit | edit source]

Fallout 76[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Some NPCs will turn ham radios back on after the player character turned them off and vice versa.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Ham radios appear in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76.

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