Communication Gear for SHTF

Saturday, May 30, 2015

When I started preparing several years ago, I was focused on the obvious…have guns, ammo, food, water, shelter and the training to make the most of it.  I was this way for at least a year and a half before I started focusing on communications as a preparedness category.  As I started to demystify the realm of off grid communications, I could not believe why I had not gotten into this field sooner as it was so critically important.

Unfortunately, many preppers have followed this same path; that is, they think HAM radio and other COMMS equipment is too techy and expensive to pursue.  While there is a cost involved, let me help demystify communications, as well as show you the communication gear I have purchased. Read More

Build Your Own Bug Out Bag (Categories & Ideas)

Monday, February 16, 2015

If I could have one recommendation for anyone out there who is new to prepping, try to avoid buying a pre-loaded bug out bag.  Although you might think there is a threat of impending doom with how current events are playing out, you do indeed have some time to make a bag that is tailored to you.  There are many pre-loaded bags out there that are just plain junk, and it is unfortunate that people get sucked into those purchases.  There are other bags out there which are “OK”, but are highly marked up in price due to the convenience factor and are not custom tailored to yourself as an individual.

My best advice to you is build you own bug out bag which is customized to your survival needs, skill level and price. Read More

Convert & Harmonize Your Bug Out Bag Batteries

Saturday, January 10, 2015

When I add any electronic item to by bug out bag, I try to ensure I do not vary the types of batteries.   Why?  Very simply, to keep it simple.  For the most part, any electronics I do carry are AA.  This is because AA is common and I also have a goal zero solar panel charger that charges AA size batteries.  However, sometimes you just can’t get around the occasional piece of equipment that does not operate on AA.  That is where battery conversion kits make up the difference!  It is a very simple housing that multiple smaller batteries can fit in to to make up the size of a larger battery and cost only $4 to $10 per pack.  Keep in mind that you do not get the same power out of these smaller batteries compared to a larger one.  This is simple a way to be able to harmonize your battery stash to be used in multiple pieces of equipment or charge them via a solar charger. Read More

Human Errors – Standardize Your Team (SOPs)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Whether you’re in big business, small business or the military, a common theme found throughout all is the use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  SOPs are step by step procedures to ensure consistency when executing a specific task/purpose.  Just the same, SOPs are critical for the preparedness community if you want your people to be razor sharp when it comes to executing critical tasks. Read More

COMMS UP! – Prepper Team Tactics

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The preparedness community knows that if you go about prepping as a “lone wolf”, you will not stand a chance in a SHTF scenario.  Therefore, you NEED to start building a community of friends and families.  However, I can personally attest that building a preparedness community is a very difficult feat… Read More

Prepper Psyops – How to spot a liar

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Maybe not “psyops” per se, but preppers should seriously consider studying behavioral and psychological ques that people give off when they lie.  Unless you are the lone-wolf prepper that is going to run off into the wilderness and bury yourself in a hole, you’ll most likely have to evaluate the people you encounter as friend or foe.  You may even want to evaluate your own self when telling a lie.  There may be a time when lying is necessary to save your life – make sure you’re making it as authentic as you can.

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Knowledge is Power – Minds are Forgetful

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Preparedness is not only about stocking up on hard assets to weather the storm. It’s also about acquiring knowledge and developing skills.  The only problem with this is that preparedness is such a large domain of information that it’s even hard to be a “jack of all trades”.  In order to effectively combat the loss of critical information, preppers need to store knowledge for when they need it. Read More

Got COMMS?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Communications is an essential aspect of any preparation plan.  Whether you are preparing for a natural disaster, civil unrest, or simply backpacking into the woods, having the means to communicate can be a life saver.

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Large Faraday Cage Contruction

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thanks to one of On Point’s members for the build design!

The build plans for this Faraday Cage are thumbnailed below.  The metal interior of the cage consists of six pieces of sheet metal. Pages 3 and 4 shows two pieces of 10′ by 4′ sheet metal. The top, bottom and four sides are cut from these two pieces of sheet metal. Once the four side pieces are cut out, then they must be folded as shown on pages 3 and 4.

Page 1 shows the sheet metal cuts and folds for the top and bottom sections of the cage. Once these cuts and folds are made then they must be attached to a two by four frame work as shown on page 2.

To create the frame work, two 1/2″ pieces of plywood 39″ by 32″ are required. Attach the top and bottom pieces of plywood to the two by fours as shown in the Page 2 plans. Both the top and bottom plywood pieces will be 2″ larger than the plan shows. Allow this 2″ to extend beyond the metal and two by four frame work where the door will be located. This 2″ will be used to hold the top and bottom of the door closed tightly.  Page 5 shows a third piece of sheet metal from which the door is cut. Attach the door to a 5/8″ piece of plywood and hinge it to the cage.  

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Preparing for Solar Storms or EMPs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

There are many things to worry about in today’s world…the global economy, cold war revival between the US and Russia, nature disasters rising, etc.  One additional scenario that people are aware about but rarely prepare for is electromagnetic radiation that can fry our power grids and sensitive electronics.  I personally put any type of specific preparation (e.g. – Faraday cages) for this situation on the back burner as there was much more concrete evidence of needing to prepare for other scenarios.  However, recent events prove that another Carrington Even, whether sparked by a solar flare or nuclear EMP blast may not be so rare.

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Ham Radio for Under $60 – EASY!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Are you interested in adding HAM radio to your communication preparations, but have an apprehensive attitude towards it due to cost, time investment or knowledge?  If so, this article is an easy way to get started into HAM radio for under $60.00 and about 3 hours of study time.

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