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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Alinco Radio & Communications Equipment

Slogan: “Around the clock, around the town, around the world.

Alinco is a company known as a manufacturer of communication devices for the amateur radio bands and for business use also. We’ll cover and little bit about the business use of Alinco radios first even though they have little use to a prepper and/or survivalist.

Alinco business band radios

Alinco business band radios are best summed as portable and mobile VHF and UHF radio gear and power supplies as well. Their current business band radio catalog shows a good selection of handheld radios, mobile radios, and at least three different communications grade power supplies. And they also have a linear power supply available in two different models. That covers as much as we need to go into concerning business band radios.

Alinco amateur radio equipment

Alinco’s amateur radio offerings is similar to its business band offerings except for the HF transceivers and shortwave receivers. As of this writing they offer two different HF transceivers which can be used as either a mobile or a base station depending upon the needs of the prepper or survivalist. We’ll start with the model designation
DX-SR8T/E which is listed as an “All-mode Desktop Transceiver.” This amateur band transceiver covers 1.9 megahertz up to 29 megahertz using the following modes: SSB (which is normally referred to as “phone”), CW (the amateur radio shorthand for Morse code), as well as AM/FM. This radio is obviously a clone of the popular Icom IC-718 radio.

Their next offering is pretty much an upgraded DX-SR8T/E since it pretty much shares the same model number: DX-SR9T/E. The DX-SR9T/E has one feature that the DX-SR8T/E does not have which is SDR. SDR stands for software defined radio. Whether or not SDR is attractive or can be used SHTF scenarios is debatable. One can only guess SDR would be a personal preference on the part of the prepper. Survivalists may or may not care about the inclusion of SDR in this Alinco transceiver.

Currently Alinco offers five different “mobile” amateur radio transceivers:

  • DR-03T / DR-06T – TX(T):  DR-03T: 28~29.695MHz, DR-06T: 50~53.995MHz, RX(T):  DR-03T: 28~29.695MHz, DR-06T: 40~69.995MHz
  • DR135T/EMkIII Monoband Mobile/Base – TX(T): 144-147.995MHz (FM), RX(T): 118-135.995 MHz (AM), 136-173.995MHz (FM), TX&RX(E): 144-145.995MHz
  • DR-235TMKIII 25W FM Mobile/Base unit – TX: 222.000 – 224.995 MHz, RX: 216.000 – 279.995MHz
  • DR-435T/EMKIII 35W FM Mobile/Base unit – TX: 430.000 – 449.995 MHz, RX: 350.000 – 511.995MHz



  • DJ-500T/E, 144MHz/430MHz FM Dualband, 5W Handheld Transceiver
  • DJ-G7T/E, 144MHz 5W / 430MHz 4.5W / 1200MHz 1W, FM Tri-band Handheld Transceiver
  • DJ-S45T/E UHF Monoband HT
  • DJ-175 144MHz FM handheld transceiver
  • Alinco DJ-195T/196T 2 Meter HT (with Experimental Insect Repel Feature)
  • DJ-C7T/E Credit Card Sized VHF/UHF DUAL-BAND Micro Transceiver
  • DJ-V17/47T/E 144MHz 4.5W FM Handheld Transceiver
  • DJ-V27T 222MHz 4.5W FM Handheld Transceiver
  • DJ-S17/S47 E 430MHz 4.5W FM Handheld Transceiver
  • 144MHz 5W / 430MHz 4.5W FM Handheld Transceiver


Communications Receivers

Rather than blathering on about the features of these communications receivers we felt it best to just put a link to them on Alinco’s web site. Although communications receivers aren’t all that attractive in SHTF scenarios they could be of some use in base station activities.

Handheld Communications Receivers

Base Station Communications Receivers

DX-R8T/E, 150KHz~35(30)MHz SSB/CW/AM/FM/IQ, All-mode Desktop Receiver –


Power Supplies

  • DM-330MVE/MVT A cigar-plug socket (Max 10A), a set of Max current terminals, and 2 sets of snap-in terminals (Max 5A).
  • DM-340MVT 2 pairs of auxiliary snap-ins along with a cigar socket output on the front-panel.
  • DM-330FXE (230VAC) / DM-330FXT (120VAC) – switching power supply with 2 USB ports.