Ham radio (Amateur Radio) and 2 way radios in general are very popular subjects in the preparedness community, and for good reason. Being able to communicate and gather information in a disaster or SHTF scenario can and will be a game changer.
The problem is, just about everything you read about 2 way radios for preppers tells you why it’s important but falls short of explaining the complete story. Like why ham radio may or may not be the best option for you and your family.
That’s why I wrote this article and did the 3 video series on 2 way radios for preppers. This is all the stuff I wish I knew when I first became interested in amateur radio. Everything in these videos is available online, but it can be tough to find, and like sifting through rubble to get the information you’re looking for.
These videos will not only explain how to get your ham radio technician license, but also help you decide if it’s the right choice for you. I cover what the other 2 way radio services can do, what types of ranges you can expect, as well as some of the challenges I faced, and the equipment I use.
Basically, if you are just getting interested in ham radio or wondering if you should, watch all 3 videos. You will have a very clear idea about not only ham radio, but the other 2 way radio services like GMRS,FRS and MURS as well. If you don’t know what these different radio services are, you will after video 2.
If you spend the 50 minutes to watch these videos, I promise you will save yourself hours of searching on the internet for the same information about the best radio for preppers, and ham radio for preppers in general.
Video 1 | Ham Radio & Preppers: Basics of Amateur Radio, GMRS, FRS & MURS
- In this video I go over why ham radio is so popular in the preparedness community and what you can do “right out of the box”. While amateur radio has many applications, it will take time, practice and better equipment to get to that level.
- I also cover what you can expect from ham radio as far as short range comms, long range comms, MAG groups, bugging out, and how it is useful to preppers in general.
- To finish off the first video I covered what the actual ranges for different radios like GMRS, MURS, FRS, and Ham are. The manufacturer specs can be very misleading, and this will give you a real idea about what you can expect.
Video 2 | Radios and Comms for Preppers: GMRS, MURS, FRS, and Ham
- In this video I go over what the requirements are for GMRS, MURS, FRS and Ham radio. While amateur radio does require a few more steps than these other radio services, it also gives you more options.
- I also cover in detail what some of the pros and cons are for each of these radio services, and how they might be useful in a disaster scenario.
In this video I talked about the channels available with GMRS, FRS, and MURS. The FCC has recently changed the rules regarding these radios and expanded the channels available. You can read more about that here.
Video 3 | Ham Radio for Preppers: Getting Your Technician License
- This is the third and final video in the Prepper Comms series. In this video I go over the step by step process of getting your ham technician license. While it can seem pretty daunting at first, getting a ham radio license is easier than you think.
- After I covered how to get your ham license, I talked about some of the equipment you will need. I also talked about the equipment I use, and the challenges I faced after I got my license.
Ham Equipment & Links
Here is a list of the ham radio equipment I mentioned in the video. There is a long list of quality radio supplies available, but after doing quite a bit of research this is what I use.
- Beofeng to RG8 Antenna Adapter: [View on Amazon Here]
- Beofeng UV5R: [View on Amazon Here]
- RG8 Antenna Cable: [View on Amazon Here]
- Nagoya Antenna: [View on Amazon Here]
- Tram 1480 Antenna: [View on Amazon Here]
- Yeasu FT-7900 radio: [View on Amazon Here]
- MFJ 4230 Power supply: [View on Amazon Here]
Questions & Comments
While the information in these videos is fairly basic, it should give you an idea about whether or not ham radio is for you. I did my very best to explain all the details about ham radio and the other radio services for preppers, there may be questions you have.
Just leave a comment below, or send me an email, and I’ll get back to you ASAP. If for some reason I can’t give you the answer you need, I will get you in touch with someone who can.