How Prepared Are You?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM4ACK, Sep 19, 2019.

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  1. AE5GT

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  2. G4OBB

    G4OBB Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are some preppers here in the UK, but they are regarded as NUTS...
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  3. MW1CFN

    MW1CFN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The propensity to wear 'official' looking garments is always a worry...
  4. PA0MHS

    PA0MHS XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Wow.... I'm glad I'm not your neighbour...
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  5. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    And this is for a reason.

    Amateur radio does not fit into the management doctrines of today, as they have evolved from "message passing by signal-men" into real-time interactive multi-media communications done by the officials themselves.

    The communications abilities offered by current amateur radio are not well-suited to these scenarios, and even less when taking our diminishing numbers and increasing ages into account.

    Over the years, many efforts have been made to "sell" amateur radio to the authorities for disaster communications, but to no avail.

    They have "viewed the hand" and found a bunch of greying, over-weight people in reflective vests, that have little or no working knowledge of the inner workings of modern emergency communications procedures.

    In their eyes, radio amateurs are mainly seen as "attention-getters" or "wanna-bees" that interfere with the proper functioning of "official business".

    Some fifteen years ago, there was an incident here, where self-appointed "wanna-bees" in reflective vests demanded access to a County Government HQ during a preparedness exercise to "take over in
    order to restore communications".

    When the officials had finished laughing, they were shown the door without further ado.

  6. W5UAA

    W5UAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Plan. #1. If you don't have a plan, you won't last long. Couple of days? Maybe a week? That's enough for many natural disasters. But it'll be miserable and you'll then understand what "prepping" means.

    Most people forget the stress of dire situations takes away your ability to think and function like you think you'll be able to think and function. Folks in the military or have been in the military know this.

    Practice. #2. Absolutely. As the video states, with practice, you learn your weaknesses and can strengthen them before you need them. Again, folks in the military or have been in the military know this.

    But before radio communications:

    Basics: Food, water, fire, shelter. Basically, the lowest rung of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. Been like that for 1,000's of years. Food and water: either stored in sufficient quantities or the ability to produce your own--the latter being the best. Most people won't be able to accomplish the latter (for many reasons). I have a limited supply of food (freeze dried). Enough to last 2+ months if I barricade myself (and my wife) in my shelter, with muzzles pointed outwards (security from those who didn't plan). I figure 2 months is enough for 99% of the possible natural or man-made disasters based on what I've seen and, well, it's my best guess. If society's not back up to some semblance of civility, then it's time to check out. Water is my #1 priority. If my water runs out, I'll be relying on rain for water and can process all but the worst case water supply.

    Physical fitness is extremely important. Physically fit people can deal with stressful situations better and have a better chance of success. Darwinism...

    Once basic survival and security are under control, then comes communications. My only advice is to keep it simple. Simple has the highest probability of success. Field day is a good day to test your set up.

    I'm 100% certain (barring an EMP that wipes out all electronics) that I can be on the air for 24 straight hours (110 AH battery that I check regularly) under Field Day conditions. The probability begins to drop for longer than 24 hours because other factors, like the ability to fuel a generator. That's give me half an hour a day of air time for 48 days.

    If we lose phones, my family "meet up" plan is on 7.130, noon(L) every day. (Best chance/best frequency based on several tests in the past regarding propagation and distance.)

    It seems obvious, but many people still don't get it.

    #1. Plan
    #2. Practice

    There are some other aspects of my "worst case scenario" planning not mentioned here having to do with security (integrating with my next door neighbors) and re-integrating into society using old-fashioned bartering techniques, but that's beyond the video.

    Yes, ham radio is a gateway into prepping. Yes, prepping is a gateway into ham radio. They go together.

    As for the naysayers, don't worry, the government will take care of you. After all, that's their job, right? And they won't let you down because you're voting for the right people to take care of you.

    As for the naysayers, go ahead and keep mocking us. You're correct in the short-term. You won't hear us laughing at you later.
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  7. NO9N

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    I live back in the woods you see
    My woman and the kids and the dogs and me
    I got a shotgun a rifle and a four-wheel drive
    And a country boy can survive
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  8. K4AGO

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    I totally agree. Noah was not a ham radio operator.
  9. K4AGO

    K4AGO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ever see Dr. Strangelove?
    I say ride the bomb to vaporization. Now that is the way to go out in style.
    Live fast, die young and leave a whole lot of smoke.
    Always tune for maximum smoke.
  10. K2NCC

    K2NCC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't forget guns. To hunt, and to protect your home and supplies from marauders.

    Oh, and to kill zombies. :)
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