2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF

2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF

2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios “just works”.

The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery. 2-way radios may have their limits on how far they will transmit and receive, however there are some that are perfect for local communications while serving a wide variety of purposes.

We have been using GMRS 2-way radios here at the homestead for awhile now, and they’ve been great (The General Mobile Radio Service). Since it’s just Mrs. C and I, whenever either of us goes out somewhere on the property, we ALWAYS bring a 2-way radio. It’s not only convenient for normal comms, but you just ‘never know’ when an emergency situation may arise. I also always keep a set of handheld radios in the truck for ‘just in case’. Here’s a bit more about GMRS radios, a decent ‘base station’ concept (and base antenna), handhelds, and why I like GMRS for local general purpose comms.

CHOICES

There are several choices when it comes to choosing the best type of 2-way radio for local communications. In short, there’s MURS, FRS, GMRS, and CB radio. I’m not going to get too technical about it, but to put it simply…each of these types of radios operate on different frequency bands and each have their pros and cons. I feel that GMRS is the best for ‘local’ communications, especially given that these radios can operate up to 5 watts power.

“LOCAL”

What do I mean by “local”? I’m talking about a range within just several miles or less. Again without getting into potentially boring technical reasons (although I find it interesting ), there are many factors which affect range. GMRS is ‘line of sight’ (from one radio to the other) although it will transmit through forest, buildings, some terrain, etc.. to an extent depending on …

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Outdoor Toilet Paper Alternatives

Outdoor Toilet Paper Alternatives

All too usually toilet paper is truly needed in an emergency situation. While out camping, hiking, or exploring the outdoors, the instant feeling of regret is felt once it’s been realized that the toilet paper has been forgotten. Even the experienced camper and outdoorsman will forget this important item from time to time. Fortunately tho’, there are several solutions that can be used as another to toilet paper if it’s been accidentally left behind.

Already Packed Items

If toilet paper has been forgotten, some other packed items might come in helpful as an alternative. Some items that may be packed, especially during camping trips, is also coffee filters. Coffee filters are great to use as an alternative to toilet paper because they come in large quantities as well as they can be easily packed and take up little space.

Napkins are also another great various that might also be found packed in a day bag or amongst the camping gear. As well as pages from a phonebook. If a phonebook …

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