I want to highlight two additions I’ve made to my survival comms situation. First is the Cobra WXST38 CB radio . This radio comes with a myriad of features which include: 40 channels, back-lighting (which makes it visible day or night, dual emergency watch channels, Sound Tracker technology (which reduces noise and static for clearer transmissions), 10 weather channels and more.
Next are these Midland 36-mile, waterproof, 2-way radios. While the range might be a bit optimistic, these bad boys come with a host of other features and accessories that still make them a good buy. Some features include: 50- channel, 36- mile range, NOAA weather alerts and weather scan, 387 privacy codes, vibrate alert and 9 levels of VOX for hands free operation.
Between the two of these I can get weather alerts, monitor local situations while I travel back and forth to work and stay in touch with other members of my group in the event of an emergency when a cellphone might not be available.
Consequently, after reading James Wesley Rawles’ “Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse” (which I highly recommend), when I’m not using the 2-ways I store them in a military surplus ammo box to protect them in the event of an EMP. The more open lines of communications you have the better off you’ll be.
Lastly, to keep me powered up in a grid down scenario, I plan on making the Brunton Solarport my next purchase. This gizmo is rather simplistic in design which makes for ease of use. Not only does it charge your AA/AAA batteries, but it also has a USB port to charge other electronic devices. I found a video review of the Solarport, click the link to check it out for yourself.