Prepping has been around ever since there was a belief that the world would one day come to an end due to some terrible event. However, as the media has gotten more and more detailed and done more and more documentaries on a never ending variety of topics, prepping has become more mainstream.
One of the things that has been advertised on TV as a prepping resource is Amateur Radio. This article will help to outline some aspects of Amateur Radio and how it can be helpful for prepping.
Amateur Radio uses a radio and an antenna to establish long distance and local communications with a single person or groups of people. Amateur Radio has advanced with technology and now allows for things such as email and file sharing over ham radio without the internet, text based communication, and GPS tracking of each operator for group events.
Anyone can become an amateur radio operator, but unlike CB radio or your standard walkie-talkie, amateur radio is highly regulated and you will need a license to be able to operate.
If there were to be a major natural disaster, amateur radio communications groups such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) would be called into action. Typically the group will first meet on a repeater and then figure out who is going to be deployed where.
If you have the ability to provide critical data to a net control operator, amateur radio would be a useful addition to your prepping gear. It is important to have portable antennas, battery power, and the ability to set up your station anywhere and be able to run it for as long as possible. You should have two different sources of emergency power available. A battery and solar panel are a popular choice because you can run off of the battery and then the battery will charge when you aren’t transmitting.
If you want to be able to have communications and send in important information, amateur radio is the way to go in the event of a serious disaster. For more information on how to get started and get licensed, you can visit the ARRL’s website.