Quantity vs. Quality: Putting the Handheld Radio in Context

Posted: June 12, 2017 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized


During the Communications presentation at the PatCon I focused primarily upon the common radio equipment among preppers and survivalists- CB radio because of its inherent commonality (and overcoming potential weaknesses) and the Baofeng UV-5R because it’s cheap and everyone owns them ‘BY THE CASE!’ as one gentleman in attendance pointed out. While that’s all good and well to have plenty of units in the field, and there’s a lot that can be done with them for those thinking outside the box, the ubiquitous  chicom handheld is FAR from ideal for any use other than an inexpensive testbed for antennas or running alternative modes going beyond just pressing a button and talking. The prevailing issue is that people want to do what is not easy to accomplish alone without knowledge of limitations- compounded in part by equipment and a larger part by knowledge.

There exists a strong differentiation which…

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  1. Today’s world is RF and digital heavy aka the airways are noisy as hell.
    But, imagine what it would be like after a major event?
    It doesn’t matter what you use if your intent is to get help, or your intent is to keep covert.
    When silence is everywhere, a signal, any signal, will stick out like a sore thumb.

    To that end it’s good to understand that direction aerials aren’t 100% directional.
    They may focus power in one direction BUT there is always a non directional element to what you transmit.

    Consider this.
    When patrolling on foot you take care of generating sound as in silence a whisper comes across as a shout. Using a radio in any hostile environment is just another form of a whisper.


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