Communications 101

Survival of a person, a community, a region, a state, or a nation, in today’s world, depends on the concept of communications. In our world of 2008, we must understand that without communications, we are damned. I call this day and age a “high speed” world, one using the fast lane, and you can find yourself in a critical situation in a heart beat. YES, all the things that involve the concept of “survival” are needed such as food, water and all that, BUT, without communications, forget it.

In the military world, the axiom that predominates is “shoot-move-communicate”, and that is just about as simple as one can get it. Without the ability to defend oneself, the ability to move, and the ability to know what is going on “out there”, one is courting disaster, and I would not want you to spend all the time and money to try to be able to survive whatever might come to you, and not prepare to know what was coming and when will it get there and then after the fact, the other page of the story, page two!

Before we get too far down this road, let’s get our understanding clear on a few things: From now on when we are talking about the concept of communications we are going to use the term “commo”, to mean the use of the word communications and in place of that word. The made up term, “commo”, stems from my military days and works nicely for any of our discussions. There may be other terms that we use from time to time that will be similar.

Let’s state here that in the case of an emergency, a person does not have to have an FCC license to use any of the FCC frequencies to ask for help from an outside source. Realizing this we have to understand that survival communications MUST include a “transceiver”, and not merely a receiver. While a multiband receiver is fine, as long as we have a transceiver we can talk to “out there”, and frankly, it is a disconcerting situation to not be able to commo with other folks

What kind of a “transceiver” do we need? This depends on YOUR circumstance that will affect you at the moment of time that your emergency situation exists. This situation can vary and planning for it will take at lest a few moments of time to a good while considering the various types of circumstances that you must consider to be possible for you.

Are you going to have a requirement of long range or short, or medium range commo? This is the bottom line of consideration, for we must try to decide how far “might” it be necessary for us to talk in order to get the help that we need? Or do we even desire to have fast arriving help in our need? What if we do NOT desire or need any fast arriving help for if that were to happen it might be the WRONG kind of help?

There are more scenarios to consider than just one, or two, for that matter! You may well NOT need an emergency extraction, especially if you were to be headed in a white bus to a concentration camp, by an enemy invader, or the police state goons. In that case, you might need a multiband transceiver in order to get out longer distances and on very diverse bands and frequencies.

This is my recommendation to you for a transceiver that will cover the multiband scenario. This is a minimum requirement situation. You do not have the money to do anything but “one” thing, and that one thing must do all that you need to be done. You need a 12 volt portable transceiver, that will fit in your truck and pickup, and one that is “opened up” to operate on the following bands: 160 meters, 80 meters, 40 meters, 20 meters, through 10 meters, AND a transceiver that is multiband and will work on 6 meters and 2 meters as well. This will require two different antennas, one for 6 meters and 2 meters, and I recommend a 102 inch steel whip with a long spring. This is to include an antenna tuner. You will not be able to tune for anything on the 160 meter band without putting up a long wire antenna, but a good antenna tuner will tune the quarter wave antenna to the rest of the frequencies except the 6 meter and 2 meter bands.

I have such a radio and it is the ICOM 706MKIIG with the Icom 180 antenna tuner,( automatic tuner), but there are other makes and models out there and I will leave that up to you and your preferences and possibilities of purchase.

If you are on the internet reading this essay, then you have the necessary equipment to search the internet for a radio that might suit your needs, for they are out there.

A radio that has been “opened up” will talk on many frequencies that are normally illegal for you to talk on. SO! You must study your lesson. In an emergency situation you can use a frequency that will get you some help, if that is what you need. In a “clandestine” situation, you need lots of frequencies to have options. You are not going to get out of the fact that you need to study your lesson. What is your life worth?

This “opened up” transceiver will talk to lots of folks, including the 11 meter CB band, so be aware of that and it will fit in nicely to a local situation and a longer range situation.

It will take a lot of discussion to cover all the information that needs to be covered in this communications blog. This is a start, but only a start, and you will have to check back and read more as I get it written. Questions can be directed to:

We will be discussing more as we go along. God Bless and get to work preparing for your future, is your life worth it?

David KE5NNZ