Don't BE UNPREPARED!
It doesn't matter if you are a survivalist or a prepper, you are going to need some type of effective communications when the day comes for you to grab the old bug out bag. As a wise man once said, "don't get ready but be ready."
When the grid goes down there will be a great many folks who will make a grave error one day by assuming the ever present cell phone will remain in use as a viable communications medium. Think about the circumstances that will cause you to grab the bug out bag. Now contemplate whether or not it is just possible the cell systems might be under the control of the very people you are inclined to protect yourself and your family from. So what you need is a communications PLAN just like you have the food, firearms, bug out bag, escape plan in effect. You need to think about and plan for the eventual disruption of the Internet and the cell phone system. People who are putting survival communications plan into effect now are going to be very pleased with the results one day. It goes without saying that both CB radio and amateur radio are going to be two of the biggest players when people begin learning about radio communications. Some keywords to begin your own search on include, frequencies, antennas, license, radios, power, ham, and of course CB (there are others as well but these are the most popular). Elsewhere on the Internet you will be searching for more information about radios for survivors and preppers so here's a site you can begin with. RadioSurvivalist.com is loaded with information about radios, a special emphasis on antennas, and licensing. Yet another web site that you might be able to use for your research is called UKHUNTERS and it can be reached at the following location:
Of course there is an alternative, just like you prepared as a survivalist or as a prepper. The simplest alternative to cell phones and the Internet, is radio communications. It stands to reason that 2-way and shortwave radio cannot be controlled by whatever government agency has caused folks to bug out. Sure they have the FCC but no one will be paying these agencies any mind WTSHTF. So start working on your communications plan that will allow you to replace that cell phone with communications gear that YOU understand. What, you don't understand it? Well it's good that you stopped by here as we have a connection to a web site that was written and designed to help folks that are survivalist and preppers understand what means of radio communications are available to them.
CB or HAM?
That's a discussion that will never be settles as there are proponents on both sides of that argument that can make some pretty good points about how their preferred communications systems is the better of the two. We can get into a little bit of an explanation here without going overboard with radio jargon and stories about how far away a radio signal can be heard.
Enter the CB Radio
Three things make CB radio attractive to preppers and survivalists, and they are:
- LEGAL ISSUES
Starting with the first item of price leads us to discover that you can find CB radios available for as little as $5 in working condition at local flea markets, swap areas, and even garage sales. There are higher priced, base and mobile, units but a survivalist will general trend towards the least expensive gear. One of the main issues with CB operation it that of its low power output. Granted there are modifications and amplifiers available but these are generally beyond what your average survival focused operator is looking for.
As for the availability of CB, we have already mentioned flea markets and garage sales. And then you have Craigslist(tm), eBay(tm), and a host of other online sources for CB equipment.
The only real legal issue concerning CB radio is that you are no longer required to have a license to operate either a base station or a mobile operation. There are other legal issues such as being on frequencies a CB is not authorized to operate on and th use of excessive power output. But these issues pertain more to the operator of the CB station than the CB equipment itself.
Let's talk a little bit about ham radio. Ham radio has many frequencies available to those who hold an amateur radio license (ham radio license). The more popular HF (high frequency) bands have characteristics that allow people to communicate with someone in the next county or another ham in another part of the world. The highly popular 2 meter ham band includes all frequencies between 144 megahertz up to and including the 148 megahertz frequencies.
Not wanting to go too deep into ham radio technology the reader is encouraged to study up on the following antenna types;
- wire antennas
- beam antennas
- vertical antennas
- stealth antennas
- mobile antennas