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  1. Robert96

    CB Radios

    But keep in mind that operating marine VHF for other than marine operations, and with proper licensing, is illegal. Save the marine radios for a WROL situation. Might consider MURS instead. Nearly the same capability, and MURS is an unlicensed service. It also allows digital and remote control operations.
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    Help me find a ham radio!

    If you're going to use amateur radio, first thing to do is get an amateur license. Not too difficult so far, just get the license manual and study for a month or so. Radios can be had for not too much (plan on at least $100 for an entry-level handheld). 5 watts with a good antenna system should do 37 miles, as long as there's not too much high ground in between. Chances are better than average that there's an active ham repeater nearby that you can access. Another thing to check, if you don't want to take a license test, is GMRS. It operates on a UHF band similar to the ham 70 cM band, and requires a license, but no test. It also allows for repeater stations, which extend your communications range. Even Citizen's Band should do 37 miles with decent antennas, but you have to put up with all the "good buddy" garbage, and a lot of other stuff that's not fun to listen to.
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    Four Tools for Survival

    OK, let's see.... 1. Swiss Army knife 2. Gerber, I think mine is an 800-something, but they're all pretty good. 3. Randall Model 14 (What can I say, I've been carrying it for 40 years.) 4. Folding saw or something like the pocket chain saw or the sabercut others have mentioned.
  4. Capt Bart and Modo, Several of the hams in our local club have bought and are using the Wouxon radios. There was a good review in the magazine of the American Radio Relay League. The radios work pretty well, but the programming can be dicey, even with the software. That being said, they are a functional, handy, and very reasonably priced little radio. We're pondering a purchase of 5-6 of them to use as "loaners" for our ham students to get started right after they pass their tech test. And DO get that license. The effort is minimal, and the payout huge. I figure if I can pass the exams, they're accessible to about 95% of the human race. We have tested 9 year olds for General Class, and they have passed handily.
  5. If you're locked in to CB, and want to go portable, just buy a handheld. Same output power, but fits in the hand and has internal batteries. With a separate speaker mike or headset, a decent antenna, and a way to fit it into or on your ruck, you're in business. Midland and Cobra both make reasonably priced handheld CB's. If you're really ambititous, you could build a box with a mobile CB, SLA battery, and antenna system to fit your pack. Fun project. Might be kinda heavy, though.
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    Emergency communication

    Sat pones work fairly well. The two most common are based on the INMARSAT system, and the Iridium system. INMARSAT uses geostationary satellites, while Iridium uses LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Both have some advantages and disadvantages. The one thing they share is high cost. You're looking at several dollars per minute for talk or data time, plus the cost of equipment and service fees. I've used 'em all over the world, with great success, but I'm REALLY glad Uncle Sam was picking up the tab.