Dec
28

Prepper Communicator’s Reference Book: “Survival Communications”

Author, John Parnell, of Tutor Turtle Press has compiled an excellent series of reference books titled “Survival Communications” for all 50 states! The reason they are state specific is that the books contain a database of all licensed Amateur Radio operators in the state. This would be a great reference for any prepper communicator to … Continue reading »

Dec
04

A Standardized Coded Matrix for Secure Prepper Communications

Two fundamental parts of a network of preppers are operational security (OpSec) and communications, particularly radio communications. Without these two parts, a network cannot easily function together and or would be compromised to those seeking to steal or attack your network. Unfortunately, radio communications and OpSec don’t usually go well together since most civilian radio … Continue reading »

Sep
02

Clarification on Preppers Usage of Ch 4 and the American Redoubt

I have gotten a lot of feedback since I released the updated version of the Standardized Prepper Communications Plan that included the use of Ch 4 for CB, FRS/GMRS, and MURS. I was not aware, but a group known as the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (AmRRON) had already chosen the use of Ch 3 … Continue reading »

Aug
13

Additions to the Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan

I have received feedback over the past few months regarding a few additions to the Standardized Amateur Radio Communications Plan. I have given some considerations to these suggestions and would like to propose the following additions: FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service/General Mobile Radio Service) Channel 4 (462.6375 MHz) be designated for “prepper” use in local communities. … Continue reading »

Apr
01

PSK31…A Ham Radio Mode for the Prepper

The March 27th, 2012, episode of “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel featured the “Ark Two” and it’s Ham Radio station. However, the mode they were using was not voice, but a digital mode known as PSK31 aka Phase Shift Keying 31. For all you techie Preppers, this is right up your ally, but … Continue reading »

Mar
18

Citizen’s Band Radio for the Prepper

Following any catastrophe, there are likely to be a number of local truckers and pick up truck drivers who have Citizens Band (CB) radios. CB radios have been around as a radio service since the 40′s and are still popular today, particularly with semi-trucks. CB radios do not require a license, unlike Amateur “HAM” Radio … Continue reading »

Jan
02

Another Take at EMP Protection, without an Insulator

After some further research, I have concluded that an insulator between your electronics being protected and the metal trash can or wrapped aluminum foil to protect against EMP is not necessary. Insulators, like paper towel or cardboard in a metal trash can, are very popular in the Prepper community. However, in this test, I actually … Continue reading »

Nov
22

Four Things Government Needs for Catastrophe Preparedness

There four things that our government, FEMA and local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), as well as non-government disaster relief organizations need to do to be truly prepared for the catastrophic disasters that face our Nation today. Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks, deadly pandemics, thermonuclear war, economic collapse, etc. all pose serious risks that we are not … Continue reading »

Oct
30

Nationwide Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Frequencies

Catastrophe Network and The American Preparedness Radio Network (TAPRN) have teamed up to create a Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan. This plan outlines a standard set of frequencies that should be used by all preppers following a catastrophic disaster. These frequencies will serve as a meeting point where information about the event can be … Continue reading »

Aug
23

Long Range Communications for your Network

Introduction Perhaps a few members of your Catastrophe Network are located in a different part of your State or in a different State altogether. Having network members in faraway place has a number of unique benefits. For starters, they give you bug out destinations in case the situation in your area becomes unsafe. Secondly, they … Continue reading »