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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

It should be really simple to understand the different frequencies available for FRS and GMRS radios.  The FCC publish two short lists, one of the 14 FRS frequencies, and the other of the 23 GMRS frequencies. So what else do we need to say, except to copy those lists?  Well, unfortunately, radio manufacturers have deliberately made it as complicated as possible to understand exactly what their radios do and don’t have, to the point of […]

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.  […]

Jul 142012
 
Gangs - Possibly Your Biggest Security Threat

You know about gangs from the movies, television, and sometimes from the newspapers, right? You probably understand them to be disaffected lawless groups of underclass urban youth, often from ethnic minorities, and while a problem for sure in the inner cities, not something you’re likely to encounter, either hopefully in your normal daily lives, or – and more to the point – if you ever need to bug out to the safety of your rural […]

May 092012
 
Why You Should Get a Ham Radio Operator License

(Note – this article is a mix of ‘easy to understand’ material and some material which requires some knowledge of radio technologies.  You can read and learn from it either as a currently non-expert or as a more knowledgeable person, and so other than this comment, we make no apologies for some of the more complex content herein.) A key part of any disaster scenario will be keeping in touch with other prepped people. It […]

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