Brushbeater: Understanding Survivalist Communications Needs



Survivalist communications revolve around networking reliably independent of infrastructure.

Consider his suggestions seriously if you are not already working on your signals capability (which you should be doing).

And don’t forget this classic as part of your toolchest:


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10 responses to “Brushbeater: Understanding Survivalist Communications Needs

  1. I have a Yaesu FT60r dual band which transmits 2m and 70cm frequencies and listens to many more, weather comms etc. It reliably hits repeaters some distance from me with that little rubber antenna. I’ve used it simplex in the AZ desert covering miles distance between radios. World class? No. However, it fills a ‘comms’ spot on the list for me and that’s tons better than having nothing.
    I also occasionally use EchoLink just for the fun of it.

  2. Not to detract one iota from the gist of this article, i.e., quality pays. But it’s also important to crawl before walking before running and never put gear before skill. The CH3 project is a wonderfully elegant protocol – as easy as 1-2-3 – CH3 (CB, MURS,FRS, GMRS) as the hailing frequency, broadcast at the top of the hour for one minute on either side of the hour in order to preserve batteries. If you can organize your neighborhood watch to employ that protocol with cheap Chinese crap or yard sale finds, you’re miles ahead of Mr. Gizmo who’s out there blasting away through a 2Kw linear on a mountain top, talking to….who, exactly?

  3. Our local AmRRON net is awesome. Our local AmRRON neighbors/patriots are priceless.

    We communicate via simplex (station-to-station bypassing repeaters). Most of us are using solar-charged battery power. We have folks using both ham (license required) and MURS (no license required). It is very easy to start your own local net. Visit for details.

  4. What would a good starter set look like, pieces and parts. We have a dozen boafangs, 5 and 8 watt, and perhaps a half dozen motorola. We are gtg in the area.

    want a ham set up, for reaching out.

  5. *IF* you’re going to buy a CB radio, get one that does Single Sideband. They don’t cost much more, and you’ll get better range.

    • ‘zackly.

      Uniden Bearcat 980SSB, $107.99 from Target, 12W output on the sidebands.

      And while you might want the ability to reach out c Ham SW, yiou’d better be damned sure who’s out there scanning and DFing your transmission, or you’re going to be the guy looking for an army in the bushes with a flashlight, and woe unto you when you bring them to you like moths to a flame.

  6. SemperFi, 0321

    I went with the compact Uniden 520 Pro XL CB (it was the only size to fit my Jeep dash mount) for $50, Walmart has a comparable Cobra for $40.
    Make sure you get them grounded properly, Sparks had to check mine twice because antennae mount wasn’t grounded right.

    • Indeed. Knowledge and test equipment trump gear. In SemperFi’s case, we discovered the dura-coating on his Jeep’s antenna mount was effectively isolating the antenna from ground, and was eff’ing up the SWR.

      If you can’t find someone locally, got classes coming up in May and June in Wyoming and Washington state respectively. No gear needed, just a notebook, pencils, and a decent attention span. for more info. As WRSA and others who have been there will tell you, I dump as much of my 30 years experience as a comms/tech guy into your head as I can over the course of two days. So far no one has died from it, but last time someone after day one took a rice box out on a muddy two track while yelling “Murica!” over and over again. Seriously, it’s the most fun you’ll have with your pants on. Even SemperFi, 0321 enjoyed it.