SURVIVAL RADIO: Avoid Disaster And Decide On A Survival Radio in 15 Minutes

The phone lines and the internet are down. now what? smoke signals?

There is no feeling like the feeling of isolation from the rest of the world. And it can get really bad if you have a pressing disaster in your own hands! Like a medical emergency with no way to get a message out.

So how do you get around this problem? I’m going to give you 3 options. And once you finish this article, you’ll have a good handle on …
1. which of those three options best fit your situation
2. some dollar ranges you can expect to spend.
3. examples of portable radios FRS, CB and Ham radios.

When deciding on the type of emergency survival radio to buy, consider different scenarios. For instance here are two:
1. how far will you be communicating by survival radio? 10 miles, 100 miles, 400 miles, or more?
2. Will you be communicating via survival radio with one other person, five people, ten people, or more?

So as soon as you have some answers to those questions, its time to start looking at your available options.

Survival Radio Options

Although you might think that HAM radio would have the best range, you’d be surprised at the alternatives. For instance some GMRS radios have repeater capabilities. That means, as long as you have clear access to a repeater, you might be able to cover hundreds of miles. And that’s just using a GMRS radio.

FRS, or family radio systems are not serious devices for longer range communications. The 35 miles you read about? That’s bogus. CB would be a better option. Something like the Midland 75-822 CB is a great hand held with car power accessories.

Speaking of power, make sure to have some way of providing electricity, whether it is a solar system or a gas-fueled generator. Otherwise, your precious life giving radios will be dead in the water and unusable.

Dollar Ranges And Budgets For Survival Radios

You can buy good FRS emergency survival radios for around $60. A good example is the Motorola Talkabout MR350R FRS/GMRS 22-channel Two-way radio. It even has a built in LED flashlight.

On the other hand, CB survival radios can be had for around $100. As mentioned before, I picked up my Midland at a pawn shop for about $50. A comparable unit is the very solid the Cobra 75 WX ST 40-channel CB radio. The Cobra has ten built in weather channels. But if you want to go beyond CB, then check out HAM.

High quality handheld transceiver HAM radio set-ups can be bought for around $400. But check this out. There’s an handheld unit called the BaoFeng UV5R that goes for $35. Whats amazing is that its pretty good quality. Its almost worth buying as a throw away scanner. It’s one cheap way to get into amateur radio.

The more I research survival radio, the more motivated I become to get my Ham license. You might want to check it out as well.