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Part 15 broadcasting is a license free form of broadcasting which the FCC allows in the AM band which covers from 535 up to 1705 kHz along with and FM band which encompasses 88 to 108 MHz. These may not seem ideal for survivalists but one can only imagine the frequencies being pressed into service should TSHTF.
Most notably you will notice that any car or home radio will receive a signal from Part 15 hobby broadcasters. You run into these radio installations at schools, car dealerships, and realtor’s offices.
Use of Part15 radio equipment could be pressed into service in emergency situations to augment a survivalist’s communications system. In other words, you would use Part 15 receivers just as you would police scanners and the like.
Who knows what will happen when (not IF but WHEN) the crap does start to fly? Should some one or some group commandeer the broadcast stations who are hostile to the United States then it would behove a survivalist to keep a suitable broadcast radio available. This might sound elementary to a good many survivalist but broadcast receivers such as car and house radios might tend to get overlooked in case of an emergency.
Since we are talking about car radio and those normally found in your homes it stands to reason that Part 15 Broadcast antennas aren’t all that hard to come up with. On AM you could simply hang a wire from a tree and FM needn’t be more than 20 inches in length. Of course the majority of the radios you find in your home will have self-contained antennas so that isn’t an issue. The only time you might consider an auxiliary antenna for Part 15 radio reception is when you are trying to pull in signals from outside of your area, say like from outside your city, county or state.
Part 15 broadcasting should never be viewed as a major component of a survivalist’s communications system. For one thing locating a transmitter for either the AM or FM band is going to be both difficult and cost prohibitive. Keep in mind that Part 15 broadcast equipment such as is used by businesses and hobbyists are generally designed to stay within the FCC’s 200 foot boundaries. Anyone with any imagination or knowledge of commercial broadcast electronics gear and antennas are totally out of the question for survivalist use.
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Survivalist Communications is a vital part of any survival plan whether the survivor is pitted against nature or man. The standard means of communications in today’s world is, of course, the venerable cell phone. Running a close second and some may contend that the Internet is an intrinsic partner to the cell phone industry. No one could argue the fact that these two technologies alone have allowed people to communicate more with each other. On the other hand it has turned us also into a lazy, self-indulgent society. Too harsh of a condemnation? Maybe, maybe not. Think about how many times you have been in line at the grocery store and Bimbo Geraldine is letting everyone listen in as she barks into her Bluetooth device. Also consider the numerous times you have stood in line at your doctor’s office trying to sign in and you have to wait on Eddy Entrepreneur as he conducts his business? And right under the “NO CELL PHONES” sign on the wall.
Now think back to the time the United States met up with Mother Nature in the form of Hurricane Katrina. Suddenly there was no power in this area of the country. Generators kicked in with a roar and cell phones and Internet services providers were able to stay on the air. But only for a brief time as the hungry generators craved gas or diesel fuel on a regular basis. The problem then was the gas stations could not provide these fuels due to the massive power outages. Internet servers and cell phone equipment was now “casters up”, which is slang for a piece of equipment that is completely broken. People could no longer communicate with each other nor could the authorities and emergency crews and responders communicate. This was, to say the least, an eye opener for the once free spirited cellaholic.
What was left when once reliable communications systems were left gasping for air, or in the case of Hurricane Katrina gasping for fuel? Amateur Radio was, and is, the answer. Not the AM/FM radio that you are thinking of but two-way radio, police scanning radio, shortwave radio. Ever pay attention to the fellow down the street or over in the next neighborhood with an “eyesore” of a tower or mast sticking up over his house with one or more large antennas or sometimes arrays of wires hanging off of it? You might have even participated in homeowner association attempts to get these antennas removed. But it was a much publicized fact that amateur radio, or ham radio as it is more commonly referred to, came to the rescue during Hurricane Katrina and many other disasters before and since.
That is what Radio Survivalist is about, making sure that folks know what communication alternatives are available to them when everyday communications such as cell phones and the Internet are no longer viable. We will go into the world of ham radios, shortwave radios, antennas, and might even touch upon police scanners (although these do not provide much during disasters).
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.