It has been some time since I have posted on the survival forum
Very nice radio The Libra has bought. It is similar to the Grundig FR 200 I have myself purchased for around the home usage. Hand crank dynamo and
also AA battery power. Useful features to have in an emergency.
Also nice photos of the Yaesu Radios. I own two of similar types. My base station is an older FT 890 General Coverage receiver/transmitter fed to a
long wire delta loop up about 70 to 80 feet in the tops of the trees on my property. It takes me pretty much anywhere I need to go depending of course
on band contitions. I can run up to about 500 watts from a AL 811H amplifier but seldom need to run over 200 watts. Most of my work on this radio is
CW or what some call morse code.
I also run a FT 100D in my truck. This is nice in that it also has the two meter and 440MHZ bands in it in FM and SSB modes of transmission as well as
General Coverage frequencys. Plans are eventually to get a 500 watt mobile amplifier for this truck but it is not immediately high on the priority
What I have purchased recently is a set of walkie talkies in 2 meter set ups. I am constantly amazed in how compact these types or radios and even
cell phones are becoming compared to say..10 years ago. Amazing to me. Same or better performance from less battery capacity than in the olde days.
This is also a big improvement.
Here is a photograph of my new walkie talkies.
THe long antenna you see on one of them is not the antenna which comes from the factory. This is a more effecient antenna that comes with the unit.
Most radios have nominal antennas from the factory and for those skilled in the art there are things you can do to make or purchase a better antenna
if you radio comes with this type of feature which allows such adaptation. You can even make your own antenna portable ...and string such in a
temporary set up from a tree..hoisting it up for altitude. My emergency hoist up antenna which will also work in this walkie talkie with a B/C
connector is the one in this photo. It is called a J-pole and is about as simple as one can get. Made from olde coaxial cable fed into a flat wire
antenna constructed from that olde flat TV/FM type wire. 300Ohm stuff before cable services eclipsed much of its usage.
I have used this antenna on a mobile radio after a hurricane. Powered by an extra car battery I have in my garage. The antenna is hoisted up by this
home made fishing pole over a tree limb. The coaxial cable allows it to be hoisted up about 25 to 30 feet for altitude. I was able to run my radio
satisfactorily for about 8 days before power was restored in this neighborhood. This allowed me ...through other hams to find out where and what gas
stations were open without having to burn up resources finding gas for my generators, cars,etc. Also what was going on around town that I needed to
Incidently ..for those of you who dont know it ..this type of radio also has in it a DTMF set up which allows you to make phone calls of limited
duration. Enough to get into the telephone system and pass limited traffic. That is ..if the telephone system is even working after a weather
emergency or such. This is not always the case ..as was clearly illustrated by Hurrican Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. Be prepared to go
without for extended time if necessary. That is my point. In bad weather emergencys dont count on your cell phones or hard wired land lines to be
working. They often go down in winds up around 75 to 100 miles per hour though they are supposed to be made for 150 miles per hour or so. This also
means your computer systems may be down in addition to phone systems. High techonology is wonderful stuff when it is working. Think this through
In case you dont get it ..this also means the stores..most of them will be down too until they can get thier computerized cash registers working
again. Understand yet??? I mean about these bar code systems??
It means be prepared for more than just communictions..though communications self sufficiencey is important. NO doubt.
It is also my habit to keep several coils of copper wire purchased from Radio Shack ready and in my garage. This allows me to hoist up long wire
antennas quickly and easily for my HF type radios. I have several tuners which can quickly match any such wire antenna for the frequencys used.
This simplifys alot though I can also cut an antenna the olde fashioned way if necessary.
For most of you I think the FRS or family type radios will do for two way communications. Just train yourself to use them and find the correct
channels to stay in touch. Get the ones with the best range possible for the moneys spent. Set back some batteries and rotate them out as needed.
I always try to keep one to two forty packs of AA type batteries around. Just keep the kids out of them. Kids go through alot of batteries for thier
toys and gadgets. This stash of batteries is for emergencys not for fun stuff goodies. Otherwise you will find your family with Zero Balance when the
tough times come about. This requires dicipline even if you have to hide them from the kiddies.
TEach yourself ...basic necessitys here. Dicipline is the order of the day.
Good to see that come of you are thinking along these lines.
[edit on 5-7-2007 by orangetom1999]
[edit on 5-7-2007 by orangetom1999]