Skip to comments.Emergency Communications Plan for when governmental rapacity hits proverbial fan
Posted on 04/30/2011 8:24:59 AM PDT by publius321
Think of what it will be like one day if we wake up one morning, turn on the television and find out the Internet and cell phone networks have been shut down due to a financial meldown or some other inconceivable event.
Despite having formed "tea party" and similar groups all around the country, we find ourselves isolated and unable to mobilize anyone. With no way to communicate, millions would find comfort in the prospect of gathering somewhere with all those local patriots once again. But where do we meet? What day? What time?
It is exactly THAT scenario that The CB Patriot Project is organizing to avoid. The CB Patriot Project, which is a back-up communications plan that may be warranted after the fiscal and monetary abuse run their full course.
The spendthrifts in DC and the counterfeiting of the Federal Reserve are setting us up for a national calamity.
Think about how tea parties formed organically, almost overnight after the foreshocks of 2007-2008. It wouldn't have likely happened without the Internet. Think about how different your life was before Freerepublic.com. It is here on the Internet where the ideas and resolve fermented or "percolated (in the case of tea). It is crazy not to have a back up plan in the event something unforseen (by us) should happen and we lose contact.
Join us at cbPatriot.com It costs nothing to get involved in the project and your identity needn't be disclosed, just an e-mail address, state and Zip code is all that is required.
We take our communication capabilities for granted right now but when the consequences of governmental rapacity hits the proverbial fan, you will want to have a communications plan.
We have some great people who have already joined our team including HAM operators. It is exciting. In times of crisis, our greatest asset is one another, God fearing patriots. If you want to get involved, the project is linked above. Spread the word and let us work together.
Subsequently, my scenario begins with the notion of “waking up one day and turning on the TV to learn that the meltdown occurred. That is making the assumption that the power grid is still up.
My old Collins twins (75S3/32S3) would still work and I have a generator. There are many more like me.
This would truly be a SHTF sit for more reasons than just communication between the people. But yes, CB's would become invaluable.
Morse Code and smoke signals anyone?
Study up and get your amateur radio license and drop about $400 in gear. That will get you basic coverage for a couple of dozen miles in most situations. Possibly longer with the use of repeaters.
Generators are crucial. And very good for peace of mind even in good times -- in the event of even temporary power outages. Mine is Nat Gas, but I still need to get a back-up diesel generator.
Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been hoping such a group would form and apparently my prayers have been answered. I have purchased two walkie-talkies for my family to use in emergencies and will definitely be checking out your link. Thanks.
You can worry about communications and electricity after the basics.
Water will be the most crucial. Everyone should have at least one rain barrell.
we wake up one morning, turn on the television and find out the Internet and cell phone networks have been shut down due to a financial meldown or some other inconceivable event
My Plan if power, cell phones and internet are out:
1) Immediately eat as much as my stockpiled food as I can.
2) Grab bug out bag and carry as much essentials as I can.
3) Try to drive, if roads clogged, hike on foot( I run 30 miles a week—I’m in very good shape) to friends farm 50 miles outside of town.I have my escape route planned.
4) Hunker down and pray.
5) There is a 24 hour window to reach safety. Most will not know what is going on or believe the government will help them.
6) After the 24 hour mark when the food empties out of the stores, legally or by looting, hell will break loose.
7) There will be no help. You are own your own.
8) Wait out the hell, most of the riff-raff will kill each other off in the first month.
Will be checking that out, thanks. I would imagine that Obama and his like are figuring out now how they are gonna jam and counter-intel all these frequencies, though.
There was a good thread on FR about a week ago on ham radio to keep connected. Now I can’t find it.
Can someone post it?
The secret will be coordination and flexibility in frequencies and modes. In a true emergency many repeaters - since they are part of the identified FEMA infrastructure - will be off limits to anything but "official" ham use.
The comms plan needs to be independent of any infrastructure that can be made off limits. Things like CB, FRS and MURS can be used for brief local coordination with HF ham radio for longer haul comms. Using some of the compressed digital modes can make transmissions relatively short and some modes are extremely difficult to evesdrop on. Lots of possibilities but there has to be a protocol.
I’ve been a ham since 1976. My “go bag” for emergencies includes a
2 meter rig with a cigarette lighter power plug and mag mount
antenna. A pad of paper and pen for collecting/sending messages is
useful too. Dispatch to work with Animal Rescue Reserve, ARES or
RACES to support fire and other emerency responders has been a
common activity over the years. One of my ham buddies in San Digo
is blind. He worked almost 40 hours non-stop coordinating rescue
efforts when a large earthquake rocked El Centro. Participating in
service activities e.g. marathon communications allows for practicing
your skills before a real emergency strkes. California Dept of
Forestry conducts free training classes to help survival skills when
supporting fire emegencies in the field.
I’m not convinced a diesel generator will be a good idea in 0 degrees temperature. If anything I’d say backup propane. JM2C
Don’t forget the most important commodity other then food and water. AMMO!
Maybe related to this thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2710264/posts
But I definitely see your point. I haven't gotten one yet, so maybe I'll go for propane instead. Thanks for potentially saving me some $$ and headaches.
We explored a 3 point hitch generator which are considerably less to buy hooked up to a diesel tractor but envisioned having to build a fire under the tractor in frigid temps to get it started.
And more than that. One of the most flexible and powerful digital comm programs is Fldigi when coupled with Flwrap and Flmsg. All free - Linux, Windows, Mac OS. http://www.w1hkj.com
You don't need to be a ham to use the program for reception. Just a SSB receiver and an audio cable from receiver to PC line in. Lacking that, you can just have the PC's mic near to the radio's speaker. Adjust the volume levels a bit and you're decoding. You can catch everyday QSOs with PSK31 on all of the ham bands and there are regular emcomm nets around the country, usually in the evening. Emcomm nets use very noise immune and error corrected modes like Olivia and MT63.
Here is a link to a collection of screen shot videos of digital comms at HF. I think all are on 80 meters using Olivia 8/500 and MT63-1000. There are also some tutorial videos. This is all using W1HKJ’s software. (By the way, he lives in one of the towns hit hard by the tornadoes earlier this week. The funnel just skipped by his neighborhood.)
No, there was a much longer with many posts and lots of info. I’ll keep looking for it.
If you find it, put a link on this thread please. Thanks.
The CB Patriot Project
“Everyone should have at least one rain barrell.”
I’ve been interested in rain barrel systems for a while; gotta do some research. Free rain water combined with free solar might be a good thing.
Thanks. I missed that one.
I guess the problem is if you wake up one day and you can't turn on the TV (or anything else including phone), do you assume the meltdown has occurred? or just that your power's out for some reason and your phone is on the fritz?
Man!, I hate being this paranoid.