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  2. An alternative view to SHTF communications.

    To get connected with good people of like mind. WTH.

    Firstly an admission, I’m an avid CB’er and a freebander.
    One of those “Air pirates, criminals” or whatever derogatory name hams call those who choose to operate without licenses on 11 meters.

    And boy some of those “good people of like mind” are darn good at cussing and swearing at freebanders, threatening and harassing us. “I reiterate, remain courteous and legal.” Yeah right.

    Besides that issue and before ham radio was available to just about anyone including the cat, you had the CB’ers.

    The 10.4 good buddy truckers, them miles from anywhere, farmers, hikers, and people stuck at home, local people, and CB was their communication tool of choice.

    It’s still around, and in the UK as cheap as a ham set. No license needed, 80 channels and SSB.
    (A mode of transmitting known for it’s long range capabilities)

    It’s easy to set up and use.
    Comes in a mobile for fitting into a vehicle, hand held, and home base units.
    Accessories are cheap and readily available, aerials too but you know the one thing I like about it best of all?

    Anyone can use it from a child to a senior citizen with no technical knowledge and a little practical training. (As an example My son aged 6 used it on a daily basis and it improved his speech and personal confidence no end).

    Come some major event local to me there are 8 CB sets within a 9 mile radius.
    So for me that’s 7 chances of getting help to me fast.
    That’s what CB is all about, local communications between local people with local knowledge “of a like mind” close enough to provide practical assistance or just to remain in touch.

    Go ham if you like, all methods of communications are going to be important YET don’t forget the simpler systems that are time proven and just as effective.

    Nearly forgot, CB has only two internationally recognized calling channels Channel 9 (usually kept for emergency traffic) and Channel 19 historically the truckers calling channel.
    As CB sets work on channels it’s a bit easier than having to tune for a spot frequency or mess about using repeaters.

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