Hello my friend and welcome back! In part 2 of this post, we are going to look at camp communications, as well as what frequencies and websites you will want to monitor. Grab a cup of coffee, my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Well, let’s start today with camp communications for talking to other members of your group who are not present in the Communications center all the time. You are going to need the ability to let others know if you hear something that may affect you. For this, I strongly recommend using the Baofeng UV-5R hand-held radios. They are cheap, but built to last. I have several of these myself and believe me, they are damn near indestructible. They run about $25.00 each on Amazon at the time of this writing. They have a 5 watt output they say, but I find it’s more like 4 watts myself.
These are important because if you have someone on lookout, they need to be able to warn you without giving their location away. You can download free software HERE to program them and they cover both VHF (2 meter) and UHF (70 centimeters) radio bands. You will also need a programming cable for them and it just doesn’t pay to get the cheap ones. Spend a few extra bucks and get a good one. You will be glad you did.
Now let’s talk about software and websites. To program the Baofeng radios, you will want to download a program on the internet called “CHIRP”. It’s free and if you do a quick search for it, it’s easy to find. Install it on your computer and connect the cable then connect the other end of the cable to the radio. Just follow the directions in the software to program all the frequencies you need into the radio.
Another program you are going to want to add to your computer is “Echolink”. This is a great little program that allows you to connect to radio repeaters all over the world and talk over the airwaves using just your computer. It’s a great little website and the software is a critical one to have in the event of SHTF and you need to communicate to someone in other parts of the US of world. Having it is literally a game changer.
Winlink is another piece of software you are going to want to have on a computer because it uses radios to send and receive Email. This allows you to send and get emails even when the internet is down. To find out more about it, a quick search on the internet should help you find what you need to get started using it.
As for frequencies you are going to want to monitor, there are a lot of them, and which ones you decide to use is completely up to you. Here are just a few:
Well, I had hope to make this a two-part post, but I just feel like I need to add a third part to cover everything I think you will need to set up you own EOC at your Bug Out Location.
With that I will say I hope you are enjoying this post and I will see you back here tomorrow for the third and final part of this post. Until then, please stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!