Preparedness


Communications


Getting information about what's going on is important. One way, maybe the only way during a disaster or disruption, is via radio.

Do you think maybe that "the Internet can withstand a nuclear war" stuff is true, or just "Military Contractor Hype"? I've worked for military contractors -- that experience makes me sort of skeptical about that claim, for some reason. Wonder why?


Radio Listening

A Primer on Amateur (Ham) Radio, by Byron Kirkwood

Steve Heller has an excellent introduction page about Ham Radio, including some "step by step instructions on setting up a Y2K-ready amateur radio station"!

What's Ham Radio All About? from CQ Magazine

American Radio Relay League, the organization for Ham radio.

C. Crane Company sells radio receivers and has an informative catalog.

Bill's 2 Way Radio

Universal Radio is a great outfit, has a very useful catalog.

Alinco makes ham gear that gives very good value for cost, such as the DX-70TH tranceiver, which transmits on the 160-meter through 6 meter ham bands, and includes a general-coverage receiver tuning 150 khz through 30 mhz, and 50-54 mhz. (See also the Universal Radio on-line catalog page for the DX-70TH.

WWW Shortwave Listening Guide, by John A. Figliozzi -- the web version of his The Worldwide Shortwave Listening Guide book (which you can buy at your local Radio Shack).


Books


Crisis Communications: A Handbook for Emergency and Survival Radio monitoring
by Mark W. Johnson
Paperback
Published by Tiare Publications, 1990

Emergency Radio!: Scanning the News as It Happens
by Norn Schrein, Norm Schrein
Paperback, 214 pages
Published by Index Publishing Group, 1995

Now You're Talking!: All You Need to Get Your Ham Radio Technician License
by Larry D. Wolfgang and Joel Kleinman
Paperback
Published by American Radio Relay League, 1997

Comment:
You no longer need Morse code to get your ham license, although you should probably try to learn it, since it can come in handy.

Shortwave Listening Guidebook: The Complete Guide to Hearing the World
by Harry L. Helms, Harry Helms
Paperback
Published by Hightext Publications, 1993

Monitoring the Feds: How to Use Your Scanner or Shortwave Radio to Eavesdrop on the Federal Government
by John R. McColman
Paperback
Published by Tiare Publications, 1996

Monitor America: The National Communications Guide
by Richard Barnett, William Cobb, and Edward Soomre
Paperback
Published by Scanner Master Books, 1995


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