posted on Apr, 11 2008 @ 03:15 PM
I've heard a lot of chatter on the INTERNET about how to survive the numerous ignominious fates we potentially face, however I have heard very little
rational discussion about communicating in the event of service/societal disruption (could be anything from natural disasters that knock out the
electrical grid to an EMP or reallocation of electrical resources to provide for heavy population growth areas as a result of mass foreclosures and
homelessness. Parts of AZ are already facing the probability of localized rolling brown-outs/black-outs so power can be redistributed to the LA area
which is facing a massive housing crisis and tent cities.
Without electricity, there is no internet in your homes. this is kind of a "duh" thing. You should have already thought of this.
We here at ATS, and those of us who are also communicating on other web-based forums have formed a tight little community which is really nothing more
than a house of cards built on the beach facing an incoming tide.
How do you all think you'll be able to communicate with each other in a survival situation where the internet is down? I've heard about people
spending literally thousands of dollars on overpriced survival items and freeze-dried foods and whatnot. what are you going to do? Hang out in your
survival hut for 6 months completely disconnected from the world in the vain hopes that SOMEONE ELSE will start to put things back together? You'd
end up killing yourself before you even ran out of food.
A few years ago, I spent $150.00 on a 40 meter amateur radio transceiver. It operates on the 7mHz band and is usable for either voice or CW (morse
code). I have been able to talk with Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Russia, Ecuador, and many other countries around the word using only a
12 volt motorcycle battery. this is simple stuff folks. It doesn't take any special skills, if you purchase the radio set on ebay or craigslist, no
one will ask to "see your ham radio license" and you'll be able to get a good set which will ensure your ability to communicate with the rest of
the world for $150.00 or (most likely) less.
This is how towns and communities of people across America could regain immediate contact with each other and get an accurate from the ground reports
of conditions around the world and begin to rebuild society.
Are we so addicted to the internet that we can no longer function and communicate without it? If you haven't thought about how to maintain
communications with other like-minded folks (who are mostly on the internet, cause I'm on the radio every day and I haven't heard a single one of
you from ATS out there yet so don't even lie to me.) then you have already lost. You have failed to survive.
How long do you think your mind can hold out without knowing whats going on in an emergency situation? Really. How long in isolation can you take
it? After two weeks in the wilderness, you'll start to get cagey. After 6 months, you'll be almost totally feral and most likely incapable of
reinsertion into a reformed society.
Don't spend $100.00 on that cheap Chinese crank FM radio receiver. Get something that will actually do you some real good. You don't need to get
your news from Homeland Security, you need to talk to the town next door, or the guy on the other side of the county, you'll need to know if there
are diseases spreading. How will you know if dengue fever has broken out east of the Mississippi river and is spreading west at the rate of 35 miles
per day unless you talk to Arkansas where people are actually dying of it. Wouldn't you like to know three weeks in advance that you might need to
find a vaccine?
Get a 40 meter radio this week. Don't make excuses, they're all garbage and a waste of valuable time. Go online to ebay or craigslist and enter
"40 meter ham radio" into the search field and find one that is in working condition for the best price. I have an MFJ portable, but the Yaesu
FT101 is good too