Something I haven't seen talked about much in prep is communications - the ability to call for help or coordinate with family, neighbors, or members of your group. Does your prep include methods of communication? If so, what are you using and why?
Depends on how you store them. Obviously, anything that relies on a tower or repeater will be impacted or out of action.None, if SHTF involves an EMP then all comms will be unusable.
Just reviewed those links, that's great info. iDENs sound pretty useful, but appear to be discontinued. Are there any modern alternatives that would provide similar functionality?I have VHF/UHF ham transceivers that can be used fixed or mobile for news and info. If broadcasting during SHTF it will definitely be mobile to prevent triangulation to my living location..
Don't discount the need for comms with your neighbors. You will likely have your best survival chances by working with them, especially if/when trouble comes from the outside.
For community comms I have a bunch of Motorola IDEN phones I picked up inexpensively. These are ideal for coms at local ranges as they have security features like frequency hopping to prevent triangulation. Learn more about them here:
iDen/ISM Cellphones with the MotoTalk/DirecTalk Option, (MOTO Talk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) are a cheap and simple Comms device for the CN...www.survivalmonkey.com
A simplified configuration guide:
Abstract DirecTalk/MOTO Talk capable phones are inexpensive devices that provide secure communications in a limited area of typically 2-5 miles...www.survivalmonkey.com
Likely some of the links in these posts are outdated, so you may need do some searching if you decide to go this route. These phones, due to their security features have been used by military, covert, and even the Secret Service.
There are no other phones I'm aware of in the civilian market with the security features like frequency hopping. That doesn't mean they don't exist.Just reviewed those links, that's great info. iDENs sound pretty useful, but appear to be discontinued. Are there any modern alternatives that would provide similar functionality?
Eventually (maybe as soon as next year), Starlink will provide texting on a cell phone, via its satellite network. At first this will be for T-Mobile phones, but they are saying they want to do it with other carriers too. They want to expand it to MMS and maybe voice.I have a Garmin Inreach that could offer texting using the satellite network. Other than that, a couple Midlands. I'd like to grab a few Baofengs.
Most cell phones use some form of Spread Spectrum, which, depending on the type, is either frequency hopping or time domain (TDMA) or frequency hopping via code division (CDMA). There are a lot of transceivers that use FHSS - e.g., Bluetooth and some unlicensed walkie talkies.There are no other phones I'm aware of in the civilian market with the security features like frequency hopping. That doesn't mean they don't exist.