An emergency two-way radio is not a necessity for people, but it is an important communication tool in mass, and it will be easier if you have one. So, here we will give some cases to introduce how to use Retevis emergency radio in Prepping.
Ham radio and Preppers
When danger came, we were allowed to use licensed radios and ham radios even without a license. Even so, when we become preppers, we start taking radio lessons and pass exams to become amateurs. Why? Because we have to practice how to use a functional radio to build a valid communication channel in time. Thus, many Preppers spend some time and cost to pass the exam and get their license to operate some ham radios.
There is a story to explain how ham radio works in an emergency.
Long trail is historical hiking in the backcountry, and it means no cell phone service and people there. Alden suffered from epilepsy after physical fatigue. After a simple rescue by another member, he made a difficult radio connection to the repeater on the nearby mountain and contacted a Ham in the town. Ham received the calls and contacted the local rescue organization and sent Alden to the hospital.
Alden does not use a Retevis ham radio, but it is very similar to RT5 radio. Is it a perfect emergency radio?
Not exactly. Because it is not an IP67 waterproof and dustproof radio, so you cannot use it on terrible days and places. And RT5 is a small size radio, so the keyboard is small, and you cannot press the button easily when you wear a glove.
What does a good emergency radio look like?
Portable: you have to carry out a lot of gear and tools with you, so the radio should portable.
UHF&VHF frequency band: the wide enough frequency band can talk to more contacts.
FPP function: it is impossible to take a computer everywhere, so your radio can be programmed on it.
FM radio: Receiving the NOAA emergency channels and your local emergency service broadcast channels are important, it is a powerful way to get the safety emergency information.
Large battery capacity: We have to be online at all times to receive emergency calls, and automatic power-saving and a large battery give us 2 days of standby time.
Here is the emergency channel for reference.
Channel 3 (26.985 MHz) – Prepper CB Network (AM)
Channel 4 (27.005 MHz) – The American Preppers Network (TAPRN)
Channel 9 (27.065 MHz) – Universal CB Emergency/REACT channel
Channel 13 (27.115 MHz) – Typically used within campgrounds and marine areas
Channel 15 (27.135 MHz) – Used by Californian truckers
Channel 17 (27.165 MHz) – Used by Californian truckers headed east/west
Channel 19 (27.185 MHz) – Main trucker channel
Channel 36 (27.365 MHz) – Survivalist network
Channel 37 (27.375 MHz) – Prepper 37 USB
Freebanding CB Radio
27.3680 – Prepper network
27.3780 – Prepper network
27.4250 – Prepper network
34.90 – Nationwide National Guard frequency during emergencies
39.46 – Inter-department emergency communications by police
47.42 – Nationwide Red Cross channel during humanitarian aid missions
121.50 – International frequency for aeronautical emergencies
138.225 – Disaster relief channel used by FEMA
154.265 – Used by firemen during emergencies
154.28 – Used by firemen during emergencies
154.295 – Used by firemen during emergencies
155.160 – Used by various agencies during search and rescue operations
155.475 – Emergency communications for police
156.75 – International maritime weather alerts
156.80 – International maritime distress channel. All ships at sea are required to monitor this channel.
162.40 – NOAA
162.425 – NOAA
162.45 – NOAA
162.475 – NOAA
162.50 – NOAA
162.525 – NOAA
162.55 – NOAA
163.275 – NOAA
163.4875 – A National Guard emergency communications frequency
163.5125 – Military National Disaster Preparedness frequency
168.55 – Emergency and disaster frequency used by civilian agencies of the federal government
243.00 – Military aviation emergencies
311.00 – US Air Force flight channel
317.70 – US Coast Guard aviation frequency
317.80 – US Coast Guard aviation frequency
319.40 – US Air Force frequency
340.20 – US Navy aviator frequency
409.625 – Department of State national communications frequency
462.675 – Emergency communications and traveler assistance in General Mobile Radio Service
So, a dual-band ham radio can talk to most of the emergency channels for survival.