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.

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Kenwood Radios

Kenwood Radios

Kenwood Radios is a huge electronics corporation that creates not only communications equipment but entertainment gear as well. Naturally we will be delving into only the communications equipment for this web site. Specifically we will take a look at radio gear that can be used in SHTF, prepper, or survivalist situations. Of course the previous three scenarios could also include portable amateur radio operations but that isn’t what is all about.
The Kenwood line of communications equipment consists of 3 separate areas:

Of course for the sake of discussion we will only be discussing Kenwood equipment made for the amateur radio market.
To start off with let’s take a short peek at the HF offerings that Kenwood has. Kenwood is well known in the amateur radio community as a leader when it comes to DXing and contesting. But neither of those have anything to do with the needs of a survivalist, a prepper, or any similar situation. In fact Kenwood’s three main HF radios can only be used as base stations solely because of the size. Actually Kenwood’s so called “flagship” radio is too large for many average size operating desks. The only amateur radio, for the HF bands, that Kenwood offers that can be used in either mobile or other portable operations is the TS-480HX. Size alone is what makes this radio attractive to preppers and/or survivalists.

When it comes to mobile radio gear Kenwood offers only three choices of radios all of which fall in the VHF and UHF bands. Not that this is a bad thing but they focus most of their attention on their HF radios. As of the date of this posting they offer two 144/440 MHz radios and one 144 MHz radio for mobile operation. Of course any mobile radio can also be used as a base station with a power supply and a base station antenna.

Kenwood has similar offerings in the handheld radio department. As with their mobile selection they offer only three handheld radios. Two of them are 144/440 MHz radios and one 144 MHz radio.

To say that Kenwood would not be a good choice for SHTF scenarios might be true judging by their meager offerings in the mobile and handheld radios department. Combine that with only one HF radio and you will see they are less than attractive for the prepper/survivalist market.