THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ACQUIRING, ASSEMBLING AND UTILIZING LIFE-SAVING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
When disaster strikes, your calls, texts and emails will not work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded. Having an alternative way to reach family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With Prepper's Communication Handbook , you learn the best tips, tricks and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the Internet fail.
Exploring the best options for every disaster scenario, this hands-on guide features in-depth coverage on a wide variety of lifesaving emergency communication systems, including:
• Satellite Radio
• NOAA Receiver
• GMRS and FRS Radios
• Citizen's Band
• Ham Radio
• Radio Scanner
• MURS Radio
About the Author
Jim Cobb is the author of Prepper's Home Defense and Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness (2013). Mr. Cobb is a prepper and survivalist and author of the website SurvivalWeekly.com. He lives in Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 One-Way Radio: Receivers 4
Chapter 2 Two-Way Radio 20
Chapter 3 Amateur Radio 34
Chapter 4 Online Communication 50
Chapter 5 Putting a Plan Together 60
Chapter 6 Emergency Business Communications Planning 79
Chapter 7 Codes and Ciphers 86
Chapter 8 Essentials for Effective Communication 96
Chapter 9 Body Language 105
Chapter 10 Conflict Resolution 114
Final Thoughts 124
About the Author 136
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After prepping for at least 4 years now, I think I have a pretty good idea on how to make a bug out bag, make a fire multiple ways, create a shelter, and collect & purify water. What I’ve been missing is how to connect with others of the same mind whether it’s before or after a SHTF scenario occurs. Hopefully, I’ve enough in a group of friends to make it successful, if not, at least I can communicate with them. Wait. How am I going to communicate? Tin cans and a really long string? To tell the truth, I bought a Baofeng UV-5R radio quite a while back and haven’t messed with it since then. It was a bit convoluted to just program the thing and work with CHIRP on my laptop. Now along comes Jim Cobb with a book on communication methods and the basics therein. Great timing! After reading some reviews, it looked like quite a few people had wanted this to be THE main source of info for all of their needs when it comes to keeping contact in a world gone topsy-turvy. Heck, reading the introduction and you can tell this isn’t going to be a book like that, which is what I prefer because I’m still a noob. Plus, all of his other books have been placed into my prepper library and I figured this one would be added to that shelf too. If you haven’t a clue about radio and other forms of communication and don’t want information overload, which can cause some to just give up, then this book is definitely for you. If you’ve been a licensed HAM operator for years, then you can probably skip over this book. All in all? A great starting point.
When I saw that the Prepper’s Communication Handbook covered ham radios, walkie-talkies, and shortwave radios, I was a bit apprehensive. Usually, these types of discussions are extremely detailed, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it very easy to read and understand. The material is presented in a clear, concise manner yet does not “talk down” to the reader. I now have a much better understanding of my communication options in a disaster situation and know the direction I wish to take in being prepared with the right tools. In my opinion, the author met his goal of presenting the various options available. The Prepper’s Communication Handbook is a valuable tool to add to your Prepper Library. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Preppers Communication Handbook is an excellent introduction to disaster communications. In it, author Jim Cobb breaks down the most common forms of communication and gives you an overview of each one, telling you everything you need to know. This book covers everything from AM/FM radio receivers and shortwave to two-way radios such as HAM and CB to online methods of communication such as instant messaging. He even discusses codes and ciphers as well as other strategies to make sure your private communications are really private. I especially appreciated the chapters on effective face to face communication, body language, and conflict resolution. Such "back to the basics" skills are necessary for survival and may be all you have following a major disaster, so they are especially important to remember in a world that is depending more and more on technology to help us stay connected. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in putting together a communication plan to round out their preparedness activities. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for this unbiased review.