Skip to comments.Communications for When SHTF, by N.M.
Posted on 09/25/2014 3:47:05 PM PDT by Kartographer
Communications is a key element in our everyday lives. If you dont believe me, try going a whole day with no cell phone, Internet, television, or any other means of communications (COMMS). So it stands to reason that having COMMS, when SHTF, is essential to gaining intelligence (COMINT), the safety and security of your family, keeping informed, and keeping at least one step ahead of anybody with bad intentions. Like any skill, it is essential to practice; that means practicing before SHTF, so that you have the necessary skills. While most of the communications methods discussed in this article are in plain language, rather than in code or encrypted, because the day-today rules do not allow the use of codes, there are some methods for disguising the meaning that can be practiced. This article will provide information on various means, methods, and devices for COMMS, as well as communications security (COMSEC), for SHTF scenarios. This article cites the various rules that apply to the different radio services. The application of the rules in normal times is strongly encouraged so that you do not draw attention to yourself from the authorities. Application of the rules when SHTF, well
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Watch the thread as I expect on on FReeper radio enthusiast to add to the conversation.
I once had an Olds with a CB built-in to it.
Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down 10-4?
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.
Ol’ Smokey’s got them ears on and he’s hot on your trail.
He aint gonna rest ‘til you’re in jail.
So you got to dodge ‘im and you got to duck ‘im,
you got to keep that diesel truckin’.
Just put that hammer down and give it hell.
I still have a couple of CB SSB units around here somewhere.
Try going without a cell phone or television?
I’ve never had a cell phone in my life and I cancelled my television service in 2009.
Life is good!
For those with open communications (no encryption) a simple code book can be constructed using letters and numbers. In short, these letters and number combinations are used to substitute for words. Such codes are not very secure as repeated use will allow for code breaking techniques to figure out the code. However, they are more than enough to defeat most non government attempts to listen in.
The building of such code book allows for 260 different slots to be filled with important words. With that in mind, the words should be important words to your situation and location. For example, “farm” is listed as the 1256th most frequent word. However, it might be the name of your secure / bunker location. As such, you may want to include that in your list of 260 words. This list is something that you should develop on your own.
Using a letter/number allows for 260 code words. Simple but somewhat limiting. Using Letter/Letter such as BZ or PF allows for a much larger code set (676) but it also makes for a much larger code book that must be printed / carried by each user.
Once you have this list of code words, they need to be assigned a letter/number combination assuming the simple system. For example M3 might be the value of “farm”. And P8 might be the value for “ASAP”. Thus your transmission might be ... You need to get to M3 P8.
The advantage of a code book is that only the people who have the code book can easily decipher the message. However, this is also the weakness of a code book. It requires the distribution of the actual book to all endpoints. Also, if a code book is lost or compromised, the code book will need to be altered.
keep yer nose outta the ditches and da bears outta yer britches
I was an air traffic controller for 8 years, using line of sight VHF and UHF radios every day, but I did not understand radio wave propagation until I got caught up in the CB craze back in the 70s. I could not figure out why I heard people 3,000 miles away, but couldn’t talk to someone three miles away. CB is on the wrong frequency band, and is not reliable for short distance communications, during high sunspot activity. So, after two years of CB, I got into Ham radio. It was a lot more fun.
You’re just the type they’re looking for.
They had better be careful or they will find me.
Cell phones can save your life in an emergency situation when no one else is around. Think about it.
Now I’m going to have to dig out some old music all about CBs and convoys and such. Don’t have the old CB equipment though.
We used to have a Ham radio guy just up the street. About 3am, when everyone else was asleep, he used to bleed over into the audio on our TV - Back before satellite, and all that when we had rabbit ears and antennas to catch what is now called local channels. His moniker was Country Boy.
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