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Know How To Communicate In An Emergency
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Know How to Communicate In An Emergency

Know how to use your equipment in an emergency.

As you prepare for the zombie apocalypse or some other natural disaster most people cover all the basic needs and yet still neglect one important aspect of prepping, mainly communications. Sure, they may have a pile of ham radio gear all setup and ready to go, but if you aren't sure on how to use the radio gear and maintain it you are going to be lost. That is where Amateur radio comes in.

Ham radio operators.

ham radio operators have been around for a long time now. Amateur radio operators are constantly checking their equipment and maintaining communications while making improvements to the systems. They have groups of operators that work together to improve their stations, as well as setting up emergency stations during disasters.

Get your radio gear NOW and familiarize yourself with it.

For a prepper communications with your own group of like minded people or just the outside world is important. You would be well advised to buy some ham radio gear and get your license now and start using it as soon as possible, so that you are able to use the gear in times of an emergency. Know all the features and have a way to charge it up in case of extended power outages. Make sure the radio has a good battery with at least 1800Mah of use. Know what buttons do what, and know what frequencies you need to use to communicate.

One issue I used to see a lot when I was in the local fire department was firefighters that really didn't know how to use the radio properly. Sure, they could press the Push To Talk (PTT) and transmit, but a lot of the times the operator would hold the radio sideways while talking into it at arms length. The proper way is to hold the radio with the antenna pointing up and about an inch away from the Microphone. They were always frustrated when they couldn't communicate with dispatch.

Another neat feature of a radio is the capability of extended receive so that you can monitor police and fire departments and the Family Radio service (FRS). The Baofeng is a good example of the type of radio needed. It has extended transmit as well as receive from 108-180 MHZ and 400-470MHZ. You can also listen to your favorite FM broadcast station for emergency messages that may be broadcast.

One other feature I would like to mention is the dual receive of the Baofeng UV-5ra dual band radio. This means that you can listen to two stations at the same time, such as your local simplex frequency for 2M ham radio use AND one of the FRS radio channels. Or you could monitor the local police frequency and relay messages to your group. The possibilities are endless.

So to cut it short the top points would be:

  • Know how to use your radio.
  • Know what frequencies you can and can't use.
  • Know how and when to transmit.
  • Get your ham radio license.
  • Purchase and use a speaker microphone.

In an emergency if you aren't prepared you're already dead

Another point is to use a speaker microphone. The speaker microphone will allow you to hold the radio above your head if need be to establish radio communications. Remember, most VHF/UHF radio gear is line of sight, meaning that if their are any hills or trees between you and who you want to communicate with, the radio signal will be very poor at best. An aftermarket antenna with a higher output will help as well.

And remember, in an emergency if you aren't prepared you're already dead.


Street Talk

Great post, Don. An experience which taught me a lot was a hurricane which swept through Oman when we lived there, taking down all comms and ripping up roads. We were without electricity for a week and water also. With my daughter and her family down the road that was now impassable you suddenly realise why keeping that mobile charged or having a back up is so important. The people of Oman were truly wonderful and rallied round in an amazing way to help us. But lessons were learn by us, no doubt, Regards Keith

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  about 7 years ago

I tell ya Don, you are relighting a fire I used to have for this these types of things. :)

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  about 7 years ago

Glad I could help....lol Radio is one o the few subjects that I know anything about, so I'm running with it. I tend to drive people nuts around me, since that is all I talk about. When I'm not communicating with other ham radio operators, I'm listening/ talking on my CB radio, or surfing the airwaves listening for Pirate stations down around 6.5mhz to 6.9 mhz. Even enjoy listening to Folk music stations from around the world, even if I don't understand a word of it, the music i still fun. You can still listen to the ramblings of Radio Habana Cuba in the early evenings too. I know that station has been around a long time.

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  about 7 years ago

It sounds like your passion. I checked your site out and it is coming along. If you need any help feel free to holler. You should be able to work this niche for a long time!

  
  about 7 years ago
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