Fixed Base Radios

Fixed Base Radios

Fixed base radios and their usefulness to the survivalist will be the topic covered on this page. Many times communications between like-minded survivalists, or survivalist camps, are needed and this is where fixed base radios come into play. The term “fixed base” is a bit of a misnomer when referring to modern day 2-way and shortwave communications equipment. The vast majority of so-called base station radios run off of 12 volt power supplies making them very adaptable for mobile or portable use.

Best Type Of Fixed Base Equipment

As with other issues this depends upon what is expected of the equipment. A suggestion for those contemplating fixed base radio systems is to purchase radio gear that can be readily pressed into service as a mobile radio or for portable use. That being the case you will want to look at some of the major amateur radio manufacturers (Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu) for radios that run on 12 volts. Why? Simple, your vehicles run on 12 volts and you would need nothing more than a mobile antenna to run these base station radios in a vehicle. Shortwave radios make excellent base station radios as they pickup any and all shortwave frequencies and do it without the possibility of raising suspicions about licensing and so forth.

Fixed base radios do not need to be elaborate to work efficiently for you! Some of the gear (new and used) on the market nowadays is based on simplicity of use while maintaining advanced features. Many of the radios made for amateur radio use will amaze you when you examine their size and then compare the features contained within them.

Should I Buy 2-Way or Shortwave?

2-way radio naturally gives you the ability to talk back to anyone that you may be listening to. Admittedly this requires some sort of a license but this may not be such a drawback for a survivalist. The availability of new, or good used, 2-way equipment may be a better choice for you in the area you live. Shortwave radios are available though and all one needs to do is search diligently for them.



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Ham Radio For Survivalists & Preppers

Ham Radio For Survivalists & Preppers

Ham radio, or amateur radio a it is called by the FCC, is one of the most attractive means of communications available for survivalists and preppers alike. True, you need an FCC license to use ham radio in the United Stated but it isn’t all that hard to get licensed in the Technician class. To be frank about it a Technician’s class license is only half of what a survival situation will require. Tech’s seem to be grateful to get on 10 meter voice but they don’t realize how absolutely flaky the 10 meter band can be. If it isn’t the atmospheric problems it’s the way the band can disappear in the middle of a conversation. Since 10 is the only band a Tech can use voice on they will need a General Class license to work the other bands on voice. Two of the better bands to be on in SHTF scenarios is 20 meters and 40 meters. The 20 meter band is good for day or night communications and is also suited for long distance communications, known as “DXing” in the ham community. The 40 meter band is an excellent night time band, also good for DXing, and can also be used for short-range communications in the daytime. ham radios

BaoFeng Radios

BaoFeng Radios



BaoFeng radios, people either love them or hate them. On one hand you have an inexpensive radio everyone can afford with features which some of the “Big Three” (Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu) don’t include in the amateur radio transceivers they have on the market. On the other hand the detractors of the Chinese entries (such BaoFeng Radios and Wouxon Radios) claim the radios are “cheap” and won’t last long. How long do you want a radio to last given the pace that the technology changes are coming? Really? The BaoFeng Radios run from the high $20 to mid $90 range and people want to complain about them not lasting.

The BaoFeng Radios are plentiful, inexpensive and hard as dickens to program but they work well when you get them set up the way you want them to be. One of the most attractive features of the BaoFeng handhelds is that you can use them for LEO satellites. Put together a hand-held dual-band antenna and strap the BaoFeng onto it and away you go. At a lot less than you would spend if you went with one of the big 3 manufacturers.

How good are the BaoFeng rigs when it comes to survivalist communications needs? That remains to be seen. Sure, they won’t take to being thrown about like the more durable radios. But again, the price and features are such that they are likely more attractive than those of the big three as long as they are handled properly.

  • Let’s take a quick, and brief, look at one of the most popuBaoFeng radios, the BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Hand Held. This feature rich little radio is sellBaoFeng radioing for $27 plus shipping on Amazon as of the date of this posting. The features of the UV-5R are as follows:
  • 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS
  • Output : 4W/1W, Frequency Range: 136.00-174.00 MHz 400.00-480.00MHz
  • Frequency Step Setting, High & Low Power Switch over
  • Battery Saving, VOX Function, Wide/Narrow Band Selection, Auto-Back Light
  • AUTO Keypad Lock, Busy Channel Lock Function, Dual Band, Dual Display and Dual Standby