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Guest article by ‘CD in Oklahoma’ Most of us are aware of how important communications, or intel, is and will be during an event that could impact our lives, whether it be world-wide or local. There are many articles here on MSB pertaining to radios, phones, and receivers to help us keep in touch and provide us the communications needed for us to react to or monitor events around us. But there’s another type of communication that doesn’t seem to get as much attention, and I wonder if we truly appreciate how important it is and could be to our
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As quickly as the world of social media changed the world, the world of social media is changing. Unfortunately, its changing for the worst. Instead of these technologies being vast opportunities for free speech and expression, certain people are being silenced. We are all figuring out that we want and what we don’t want out …
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“Cell phones are great but before them people used CB’s (no license needed for CB), and today a lot of preppers are working on getting a ham license and buying a $30.00 radio.” says Chuck Findlay who recently commented here on MSB. It doesn’t take a Mad Max grid-down World to have the cell network go down. Any terror attack and it gets overwhelmed. I think I read that when the Boston Marathon bombing happened they shut down the cell network just in case there may have been cell phone bomb triggering devices. No one wants their cell phone shut
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I keep an emergency contact card in my wallet. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a number of years. Here’s why it’s important: Getting Into A Serious Accident If you ever get into a serious accident whereby you are unable to effectively communicate with first responders or anyone else, an emergency contact card in your wallet will provide important contact information. If you are unconscious or unable to communicate, at some point emergency or hospital personnel will want to contact someone about your condition. You will likely have your own drivers license or other ID in your wallet, and
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Have you watched any survival movies lately? While films from Hollywood are often filled with garbage, I thought that I would list 10 survival movies for your interest. I’m not saying that these are not hyped up or unrealistic in any way, however there may be some lessons learned for SHTF survival, possibly including what NOT to do! I have watched all of these survival movies at one time or another (and lots more). The following list came to mind, all of them unique in their own way. If you’re looking for some movie entertainment, you might watch any of
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Nice to see that someone, somewhere, at some level of bureacracy, had the presence of mind to greenlight this:
Each Portland Fire & Rescue fire station has an “orange go-kit”: a 55-watt Icom IC-2100H and a roof-mounted antenna. NET volunteers are permitted to use this equipment if they have a valid FCC amateur radio license. The kit CANNOT leave the fire station, and so cannot be checked out; but, a volunteer can visit a fire station and use the radio there.
I recall years ago when the LDS church was encouraging a similar plan amongst their membership.
- Lighted LCD Display, Rotary Volume Knob, Stereo Headphone Jack, Sleep Timer
- 400 Memory Presets, Direct Entry Keypad, Autoscan Tuning, Signal Meter
- Runs approx. 60-70 hrs. at moderate volume on (2) AA batteries (not included) or can be powered by an optional AC adapter
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In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a major hurricane and extensive flooding in Texas, wildfires in California and Oregon, and now a Category 5 hurricane is threatening Puerto Rico and Florida. September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it is very timely to discuss various aspects of preparedness. Communications is Crucial In an emergency, it is important to have a way to communicate – you need it to contact emergency services as well as with friends and […]
“Once upon a time” is a great way to start a fairy tale, but not an article on emergency communications, because once-upon-a-time was a really lousy place to be when it came to communication. In those fabled times, there was nothing except what you could transmit on foot or horseback or by boat. Maybe there […]
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I’ve had this ‘best’ ‘cheap’ (inexpensive) portable radio for several years and I’ve got to tell you that I still believe it’s the best little AM-FM radio for a survival-preparedness kit. That is if you’re looking for a small little battery operated radio that splits cost versus quality pretty well. UPDATE: There is a newer model of this portable radio since I purchased mine: Sony ICFP26 Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio It’s great for hearing news and information about what’s going on during an emergency or disaster. And it’s perfectly fine for just plain old listening. When it comes to
Communications Grid Down! Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! So, you got your long term storable food and fresh water is covered. You have your ammo and some gold and silver. Imagine a grid down scenario…no power, no running water. We now enter the Psychology aspect of Prepping. The isolation. The not … Continue reading Communications Grid Down!
4 T’s of Emergency Communications Planning If the lights go out or if a serious disaster strikes how will you know what’s going on? Do you have a communication method that will help without the aid of electricity or Wi-Fi. Many preppers have powerful radios that use the power of the sun to keep them …
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Ham radio has become an increasingly popular tool for preppers and people living off the grid. While it is a fairly inexpensive hobby to get into (you can buy surprisingly good imported handheld radios for under $30) there are a few things you need to know before you purchase a ham radio. Get a License […]
Yes, I am living it right now. I made a decision and quit a job with the state of Wyoming, moved to Nashville with everything I owned (that I hadn’t sold or gotten rid of) and started from scratch again. Had a job building corporate Dell PCs for two weeks, but after knee surgery 6 months […]
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Emergency Communications Ray Becker “Renaissance Man” Audio player provided! Way back when our prepping community was developing on YouTube, I had identified an important subject; Communications. In a grid down scenario or some other emergency, being able to communicate or at least listen, would be vital for information, Intel and would be a huge psychological … Continue reading Emergency Communications
Hello, my friend and welcome back! Twice a year, “Field Day” happens all across America and around the world. There is Summer Field Day that is by far the biggest, and Winter Field Day which…
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You’ve probably heard of something called a coronal mass ejection (CME), otherwise known as a massive solar flare, and you probably know it could be very bad for the United States if the we happened to be facing the sun when it impacts earth. A large CME has the potential to have devastating impacts on everything from our global positioning systems (GPS), satellite operations, space operations, aviation and even our power grids, knocking them offline in an instant and destroying critical power grid infrastructure. A CME is one of several extra-terrestrial events that could possibly impact earth that are collectively referred to as space weather. Although much less likely, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) can produce the same impacts, most commonly seen as a result of a nuclear explosion. In a world where international terrorism is a real threat, the possibility of an EMP weapon being used against the United States is a real concern. Experts agree that a direct impact from a large CME or a successful EMP attack is an existential threat to the United States that could instantly bring an end to our modern civilization.
On October 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events that outlined the country’s contingency plan in the event such weather events lead to significant disruption to systems like the electrical power grid, satellite operations or aviation, stating “It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship.”
With this EO, President Obama ordered that the federal government takes steps insure that the national infrastructure is secure in the event of a space weather event. The National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan ( PDF ) was announced a few days later in conjunction with President Obama’s executive order, along with a PDF of The Implementation of the National Space Weather Action plan, complete with a White House official summary. The official pages aren’t up on WhiteHouse.gov, but here is the latest information I could find on those too.
After years of Congress knowing about the problem and failing to take action, I was pleased to learn that the President did what he could through the executive office to try and protect the critical infrastructure of our nation. However it is still up to Congress to set aside the funds to follow through and take action in support of the specifics laid out in this order.
So what does this mean for me and every one of you concerned about national security and the protection of our extremely fragile power grid infrastructure? The phrase “Within 120 days of the date of this order…” is used repeatedly in this executive order. If you take a look at the calendar, we are at that point right now. I’ve read for years about how everyone knows this is a threat, yet no one is willing to take action. Well, the former President did what he could do in response to a lack of action by Congress and now it’s our turn. Call your United States Representatives and your United States Senators and ask them to take action on President Obama’s executive order to coordinate a national response and strengthen our national power grids against the possible catastrophic impacts of a massive CME or electromagnetic pulse attack. Find your US Representatives and your US Senators and urge them to take action on this very important initiative today.
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(UPDATED) Of their many duties, the police are there to enforce the law – not to interpret the law with regards to a judgement of you and the circumstance you may be in. Depending on the circumstances, you may be arrested, even if you are innocent. But here’s the thing… when a LEO reads you […]
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Communication is important – both in normal, everyday life and in a SHTF scenario. Suburban homesteaders have the benefit of being nearby people and, often, don’t have to worry about being stranded without normal communication equipment functioning. That doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from Jim Cobb’s latest offering, Prepper’s Communication Handbook. This book will not
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Preppers spend a lot of time and energy figuring out what they need to do to protect themselves and their families in a wide variety of situations. However, their preps usually have more to do with basic sustenance than they do with prosperity. This is by necessity of course, since when disaster strikes, mere survival is often the best any of us could hope for.
But if we want to really thrive after a major disaster (and in this case I mean a truly cataclysmic disaster that throws us into a new dark age), hunkering down in our homes with weapons and freeze-dried food isn’t going to cut it in the long run. At some point after the dust settles, we’re going to have to come out of our bunkers and start rebuilding the kind of civilization that we want our children to grow up in.
Which, when you think about it, is an incredibly daunting task. A civilization that could provide even a fraction of the amenities that we have now, would rely upon millions of people carrying out thousands of unique services, any of which can derail civilization to some degree if they’re not fulfilled. And when you think about it that way, it almost seems impossible. Where do you even begin?
The truth is, that while civilization depends on everyone carrying out countless (and often thankless) jobs, there are a few core pillars of civilization that are more important than anything else. If after a disaster, these tasks are taken care of, everything else will eventually fall into place. Once it’s safe enough for you and your family to start engaging with what’s left of your community, these are the problems that will need to be solved first:
As much we preppers like to criticize the government, we all know that if there isn’t some kind of system that punishes people who murder and steal, then we don’t have a civilization. Nothing will be rebuilt if people don’t feel safe enough to leave their homes.
After any kind of collapse however, there is a brief period of time where just about anyone could come to power, including people who have no business telling the rest of us what to do. You see this all the time in developing nations, where bandits, warlords, and drug cartels are often the only form of authority for some communities. The actions taken by you and your community after the collapse, will determine whether or not you will live under criminals, or live under a system that respects your rights, protects your property, and appropriately engages with neighboring communities.
Rebuilding Communication Networks
A civilization is only as advanced as its mode of communication. If after the collapse, the only way to send a message is by written letters delivered on horseback, then your community will have all the luxuries of an 18th century village. But if you can establish some kind of electronic communication, you’ll be in pretty good shape.
Obviously, the survivors of the collapse won’t have the resources or know-how to get the internet up and running again. Instead, ham radio operators will likely be the best candidates for rebuilding global communications. Even though these radios can’t send or receive signals globally, they still have a range of dozens of miles, and sometimes hundreds of miles in perfect conditions. A network of these operators working together, could help small isolated communities relay messages across any given continent.
Opening Transportation Routes
It’s been pointed out before that once the trucks stop delivering goods, civilization will grind to a halt. One of the first orders of business for any fledgling survivors, will be reopening and repairing transportation channels, so that goods can once again reach their homes. This may require the removal of abandoned cars from crumbling roadways, or if nearby bridges have collapsed, survivors may have to construct pontoons or makeshift cable ferry’s to transport goods until the bridges are rebuilt.
Producing Trade Goods
And finally, any community that wants to thrive after the collapse will have to produce some kind of tangible good or useful service that the world around them needs. If your community can make something that other communities need, it will be on the fast track to full recovery after the collapse, because then you’ll be able trade on a wider market and attain desperately needed supplies and labor for rebuilding civilization.
It could be something as simple as producing a surplus of food, or reopening a mine that went out of commission when everything fell apart. Communities that can’t produce something that the global economy needs, will be mired in poverty for years, and may resort to unsavory practices to survive. So if you’re thinking about moving to a rural area that will be safe from the chaos of a social collapse, take a good hard look at the local economy, and make sure that community produces something tangible that the world needs.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
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Have you ever wondered what might happen in the event a massive, earth directed solar flare were to erupt hurling a powerful coronal mass ejection (CME) at our home planet? What series of events could unfold? What would the impacts be? How do you think we might react? Well, this infographic gives us a look into what that future eventuality may look like.
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GoTenna is a 6-inch antenna, sold in pairs, that can be hung from a backpack, purse or belt. It pairs via Bluetooth to Android and IOS mobile devices. It uses their messaging client app to transmit text messages and GPS location data over 151-154 MHz (The Multi-Use Radio Band or MURS), to one, or more, GoTennas paired with other mobile devices.
Why not just use MURS Walkie-Talkies?
While the GoTenna may be more expensive than some sets of MURS handheld walkie-talkies, it does give you some advantages over them.
- You can send text-style messages to one device, or a group of devices simultaneously.
- No talking = No sound, so if you need to remain silent, GoTenna has you covered.
- You can send your GPS location to other GoTenna devices, in your meshed network. These coordinates can be viewed on the Go-Tenna’s downloadable, high-resolution offline maps.
- Multiple devices can send and receive messages at the same time, with walkie-talkies, you normally can’t hear while transmitting.
- GoTenna’s messages don’t touch the internet. They can only be intercepted using a radio scanner. All GoTenna communications are encrypted using RSA 1024 encryption, so even if the signal is intercepted, it should be gibberish.
The range of the GoTenna can vary greatly depending on the environment and terrain. These were our results. Based on your local terrain and environment, your mileage will vary!
Open and Flat terrain
GoTenna’s signals claims around nine miles in an open environment. We did achieve almost 4 miles. Thank you, western Ohio, for being so flat.
The rest of the World’s terrain
When operating in a a more hilly and densely wooded area, the signal seems to drop off around 2-3 miles.
In dense urban environments, we were limited to much less than 2 miles, sometimes as low as 500 – 1000 meters.
Best case scenario terrain
The good news is that since this communicates on the MURS Band (151-154 MHz and limited power to 2 Watts), we can extrapolate that if someone was high enough and had a clear view of a horizon the signals could theoretically travel up to 50 miles.
I have spent the last couple months using these devices to communicate on hikes, with my companions and from the trail back to camp. In these rural areas, you can get by with handheld walkie-talkies, but they don’t give you the ability to send your GPS location, nor to communicate without using your voice. This device would be essential should I fall into a ravine or am injured and need someone to come get me now!
When disaster strikes or the unexpected happens, standard communication mechanisms can become overwhelmed, prevetning you from contacting essential people. GoTenna fills the gap to provide a secure method of mesh communications between mobile device in areas with no cell service!
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Hello my friend! In today’s post, we are going to take a look at hand-held communications and why more power is better in some cases and not in others. Knowing the difference could just save your life in an SHTF situation so set back and grab a cup of coffee while we chat. So, what …
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In the event of an apocalypse, you want to be fully equipped with tools that increase your chances of long-term survival. Prepare yourself through tactful outfitting of everyday accessories that can withstand harsh conditions. Many of the devices you use are powered by battery or electrical energy, which may not be at your disposal in an emergency situation, so make sure you own devices that are sufficient enough to sustain power and support your perseverance. Here are the top everyday items you should have on you to withstand an apocalypse:
Your watch should be equipped with information that helps you keep track of the progression of time in several ways. For example, the Casio GSHOCK GA100SD digital watch is inspired by the military and has world time, a precise stopwatch, a countdown timer, four daily alarms, a 24-hour countdown timer, a date display, 29 world time zones, daylight savings and a 24-hour format. This helps you track time no matter where you are and who you need to contact.
The watch also is built with ultra-tough shock resistance, water resistance up to 600 feet and a steadfast buckle closure, so it can last through almost anything. The battery life on the watch lasts two years, so store enough batteries in your shelter in case you need a replacement.
Your phone needs to be able to withstand any unpredictable conditions. A phone like the Galaxy S5 has up to 29 hours of talk time and up to 20 days of standby time as well as GPS capabilities, plenty of memory and 4G connectivity, which helps ensure that you can contact friends and family members after a disastrous event.
Pair your smartphone with the SatSleeve for Android to enable satellite access to your phone for reliable communication in remote areas. The satellite coverage provides access to phone calls, emails, instant messages and apps within Thuraya’s network that spans across 161 countries. The high penetration alerting capability lets you stay connected and receive calls and notifications even when the satellite antenna is stowed. The SatSleeve also can make predefined emergency calls without being docked to your smartphone.
Carry a multi-tool in your pocket to avoid having to carry a myriad of tools. The Leatherman Wingman multi-tool includes a 420HC combo knife, spring-action regular pliers, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper, three kinds of screwdrivers, scissors, file, bottle opener and can opener. It is thoughtfully designed for accessibility, as many of the tools have outside-accessible, one-hand spring action features. It has a pocket clip and measures at 3.8 inches, so it’s easy to carry around without adding any extra weight or bulk.
Pocket-Sized Kinetic Charger
In the event of an apocalypse, traditional energy sources may not be at your disposal, so it is important you have the means to create your own energy to power your devices. Harness energy from kinetic movement through the Ampy Move motion-charger battery. It is about the size of a deck of cards and the weight of a smartphone, which makes it easy to carry around in your bag or clipped to your pocket. It can charge any technological device that uses a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, including your smartphone and smartwatch. An hour of movement or exercise can produce up to one hour of smartphone battery life, five hours of smartphone standby battery life and 24 hours of smartwatch battery life. The Ampy Move is waterproof, but not submersible, and contains an 1800 mAh battery.
Being a DIY’er is a lot like being a gun guy. Any self respecting gun guy has (at one time or another) bought a gun simply because he had either a holster or an odd box of ammunition that he didn’t have a gun for. This DIY Battery Pack project is like that, I recently […]
Post Objective: Demonstrate setting up Mumble server on a Digital Ocean droplet.
Skill Level: No skill is required to follow this how-to.
As you probably already know, at ePrepper, we are focused on communications. Today, we are going to dig into Mumble and show you how to cheaply set up a server using a Digital Ocean droplet. You can get started with a $10 credit to Digital Ocean which is enough to get your server running for a full two months! There are no commitments and this is a risk-free offer.
What is Mumble? Mumble is a chat server that is often used in gaming, but has some great features including…
- voice chat (using mic/headset preferred)
- text chat
- open environment making it easy for people to join a chat
- all communication is encrypted
- iOS and Android apps available as well as OS X and Windows
Step 1: Create your Digital Ocean Droplet
Click Create Droplet:
I’m a huge advocate of information that that enables people to control their own communication. That’s why I often write about Ting and other providers that give you full control.
In this case, that provider is Digital Ocean. I first heard of Digital Ocean about two years ago. I’ve experimented with various server applications, like “OwnCloud” (which give you the ability to securely share files) and WordPress (which you’ve probably already heard about).
Now, it’s time to do some secure chat using eJabber (an XMPP chat server).
The how-to should be really easy to follow, but don’t hesitate to comment if you have questions. Digital Ocean How-To: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-ejabberd-xmpp-server-on-ubuntu
Now, the best part is that you can try Digital Ocean with absolutely no risk. Just use this link and get $10 credit to spin up your own server. The credit is enough for you to run the cheapest server for a full two months. To get started with Digital Ocean, just click here.
Comment with your issues or questions.