COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS WORLD GONE SILENT

American Survival Guide - - GEAR GUIDE -

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

REACH THEM

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

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