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Mar 292013
A Buyer's Guide to Walkie Talkies Part 1 :  Key Features

Please also see our article A Prepper’s Introduction to Walkie-Talkie Radios to provide some background and additional helpful information on this topic, and our article How to Maximize the Range of your FRS/GMRS Radio for further related information. This is the first of a two-part series on how to choose the most appropriate FRS/GMRS walkie-talkie for your requirements.  Read about more features and considerations in our second part. This article assumes you are considering the […]

Mar 292013
A Buyer's Guide to Walkie Talkies Part 2 :  More Features and Considerations

This is the second part of a two-part series on how to choose the most appropriate FRS/GMRS walkie-talkie for your requirements.  Read about more features and considerations in our first part. This is also part of a broader series about both wireless communications and communications in general – you can see our listing of all similar articles for more information. In the first part of this two-part article we discussed the most important features to […]

Mar 272013
How to Maximize the Range of your FRS/GMRS Radios

If you collect any random group of radio owners together and asked them what they would most like to improve on their radios, the chances are most of them would emphatically say ‘more range’. Now, when we talk about greater range, it is important to realize there are two parts to a radio’s range.  The first part is how far away its transmission can be heard, the second part is from how far away it […]

Mar 252013
Explaining the Confusion of Frequencies and Channels with FRS & GMRS Radios

UPDATE :  OCTOBER 2017 :  New frequencies and rules have been set by the FCC.  We explain the new FCC changes to FRS/GMRS services here, and list the new FRS/GMRS frequencies and rules here. The rest of this article, below, remains helpful and relevant and you’ll still benefit from reading it, but the specific frequencies have changed. It should be really simple to understand the different frequencies available for FRS and GMRS radios.  The FCC […]

Mar 242013
A Prepper's Introduction to Walkie-Talkie Radios

In a future ‘grid down’ situation, your normal cell phones will almost certainly not be working.  These days we’ve grown so accustomed to being always in touch with everyone, no matter where we are or where they are, that we’ll almost certainly want to recreate some form of ubiquitous communications, at least with other members of our retreat community and possibly with friendly nearby neighbors, too. There is a wide range of different types of […]

Mar 202013
Using Wired Field Phones for Your Retreat Communications

As we’ve discussed in our article ‘Will there be telephone service after TSHTF?‘, it is probable that any event such as to activate your prepping survival plans will see a loss of both wired and wireless phone service.  We also predict the same failure for internet service, for similar reasons. This will make your retreat electronically cut off from the outside world.  Oh – with the likely shortage or total disappearance of diesel and petrol […]

Mar 172013
Will There be Telephone Service After TSHTF?

Have you thought about how you’ll keep in touch with the other members of your retreat community in a Level 2 or 3 situation? When things go bad, two of the first things to fail will be cell phones and landline phones.  How will you all keep in touch without these modern conveniences? The good news is you have lots of different ways to achieve ongoing communications capabilities.  That’s also the bad news, too, because […]

Jul 222012
Off the Grid Internet

It seems a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it – living ‘off the grid’ but still wishing to be connected to the biggest grid of them all – the internet. But, contradiction or not, for many of us an internet connection is close to essential, and is the best way of keeping in touch with the rest of the world – for business, for personal, and for security reasons.  The problem comes when we find ourselves […]

Jul 162012
Will the Internet Survive a Level 2/3 Event?

We rely on the internet for so much these days.  Some aspects of the internet will almost surely cease to be functional in a major societal breakdown that creates a Level 2/3 event – for example, it is very unlikely that Amazon will continue to offer free two-day delivery to its Prime members of anything they might wish to order. But what about the most basic aspects of the internet – web browsing and email.  […]

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