COMMUNICATIONS WORLD GONE SILENT
Having a plan for when SHTF isn’t going to do you much good if you can’t communicate with the other people in your group. You’ll want to have a few people you can rely on that supply the skills you’re lacking, and unless you’ve added reading minds to your survival skills, you’ll need a way to communicate with them.
CELL NETWORK COLLAPSE
You may be used to seeing cell phones everywhere, but when things go south you’ll quickly learn that cell networks are about as fragile as snowflakes on a campfire. Cell sites are not required to have battery backups, and the network isn’t designed for everyone to use simultaneously.
Here’s a different option. Radio is the back-up communications link relied on by law enforcement, first responders, and emergency management professionals because it works without any infrastructure. And World Gone Silent has taken the capabilities of a ham radio repeater network and compiled all you need into one kit with their World Gone Silent Repeater Pack.
The sturdy tactical backpack comes with four pre-configured handheld radios and a base station that can be deployed anywhere. Simply hook up the parts according to the instructions, put your antenna up in a nearby tree, and you’ll have access to a cross-band repeater ready for use. It’s even configured with special sub-audible tones to ensure only your team can use the repeater.
The FCC says that in situations where life or property are in immediate danger, anyone can use any frequency at any time. However, ham radio frequencies are designated for those with a ham radio license. If you don’t have one, World Gone Silent has starter kits that provide all you need to help you get your call sign and get on the air legally. They encourage anyone interested in radio to learn the material and get their call sign. Founder Chandler Friedman, W2NP, says “I think having radio gear for an emergency is a lot like having a firearm. If you keep it stowed in a closet, and don’t have the right training, it’s not going to be very useful when SHTF. Getting your call sign and practicing on the air in regular nets or with your local ARES group is an important way to hone your skills and ensure you’re prepared.”
In Volume 6, Issue 2 of AMERICAN SURVIVAL GUIDE a brother and sister in their early teens were given the pack and asked to try setting it up.
The pack comes with Anderson Powerpole cables to ensure power is wired properly, and a precise manual full of pictures and detailed instructions to help get everything configured quickly. It even comes with a quick deploy card so you can clearly see how to get the base station arranged at a glance.
Despite having no prior ham radio experience, the pair of youngsters were able to get the temporary repeater up and running in less than 20 minutes.
A BROTHER AND SISTER IN THEIR EARLY TEENS WITH NO RADIO EXPERIENCE WERE GIVEN THE PACK. THEY GOT IT UP AND RUNNING IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES
Unless you and everyone in your group have perfected the ability to communicate telepathically, you’ll need some way to stay in touch. The VHF/UHF system can get a range of 9-15 miles or more, depending on terrain and antenna height, and can be powered from home with additional equipment. The World Gone Silent Repeater Pack has all you need to ensure you can reach them. No matter what.
Above: The World Gone Silent Repeater pack includes all the equipment required to assemble a four person comunications network anywhere on Earth