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Yowbarb

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #45 on: June 02, 2018, 09:27:51 PM »
MadMax, thanks for reviving this much-needed Topic.
Good ideas!
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ilinda

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #46 on: March 07, 2019, 04:43:14 PM »
And here's yet another head's up.

Yesterday I checked my backpack that I've intended to restock and start carrying in the car for long trips, like 100 miles from home.  To my dismay, I discovered mice had eaten holes in the bottom of the bag (not visible as I walked past it for several years!), and not only that but they gnawed into one ziplok bag, and I made the trip w/o backpack.

So now the project is to restock it ASAP.  It really does pay to have this.  What would you do if you were 100 miles from home and it's starting to get dark and the EMP that just struck Earth has disabled your car and everyone else's, plus there are no nearby motels, and none of them have electricity anyway.  What would you do?

I figure if no predators, especially two-legged, I could walk 20 or so miles a day and be home in 5 days.  The idea of being stranded far from home is unnerving, if unprepared.

MadMax

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2019, 05:11:06 PM »
Be sure to add one of these to your new (restocked) bug-out-bag!

Baofeng x Radioddity UV-5R EX 5W Dual Band Two Way Radio

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« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2019, 01:38:03 AM »
Okay, i know i must sound like a heretic now...
but i know nothing of "radios" [i.e. ham, 2-way, other]

Is this like a high-grade walky-talky?
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ilinda

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2019, 12:41:25 PM »
I still call some of these "walkie-talkie"'s because of their short range.  The literature on the site says "up to 7 miles" range.  So if you were walking 100 miles home, @ 20 miles/day, you could call home on the last day when you're close enough to jog the rest of the way.

However, all joking aside, something like this, since it's receive only, would give a person a pretty good handle on what others in the vicinity are talking about, and possibly even where they are.  This might be very helpful, whether the talkers are good or bad.

MadMax

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2019, 03:48:11 PM »
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Is this like a high-grade walky-talky?

Yes it’s reasonably inexpensive, I use that same model in my “get home bag” that I keep in the car. It is reasonably robust but if it gets dropped / lost , etc… no big deal..

If you want something more “robust” :

YAESU FT-60R
144-148 / 430-450 MHz Dual Band Hand Held FM Transceiver - 5 Watts - 1000 Memories - Wideband RX


But notice the price difference ..

https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-007323

Keep in mind with a small hand-held Ham radio it is able to talk through VHF/UHF repeaters in your area, with a reasonably good antenna communications over a 40-50 mile wide area from your location would not be uncommon (much more capable / useful) than a “walky-talky” ..

https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Repeater-Directory-Inc/dp/1625951043/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=28ZRGIKQTG80J&keywords=arrl+repeater+directory+2019&qid=1552088472&s=gateway&sprefix=ARRL+Repeater+%2Caps%2C-1&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

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Yowbarb

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #51 on: November 03, 2019, 10:23:25 AM »
MadMax thanks for your expert advice on all this!
 :)

Yowbarb

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #52 on: November 17, 2019, 12:44:31 PM »
I still call some of these "walkie-talkie"'s because of their short range.  The literature on the site says "up to 7 miles" range.  So if you were walking 100 miles home, @ 20 miles/day, you could call home on the last day when you're close enough to jog the rest of the way.

However, all joking aside, something like this, since it's receive only, would give a person a pretty good handle on what others in the vicinity are talking about, and possibly even where they are.  This might be very helpful, whether the talkers are good or bad.

ilinda, thanks for your post, I'm reminded of the many survival uses of a walky talky...
years ago had posted something in a Bugout Topic, about how they should be in the bugout vehicles.
So here's a few of the ideas I had then, repeating and adding:
•   Keep walky talky sets in the vehicle.
•   Check them periodically to make sure they are charged.
•   Keep a little log in the glove compartment, dates of batteries.
•   Maybe a battery charger in the car too.
•   In an emergency and/or a bugout, know where the walky talkies are.
•   At least two people should have a walky talky and be able to put it around their necks.
•   Whether it's a car full of people or more than one cars, have the walky talkies.
•   Anything could go wrong on the bug out trip, such: as
•   Bad weather and road conditions, poor visibility,
•   People in the bugout group could get separated. 
•   If someone has a walky talky around his neck, he could contact someone in his group 
•   If people are on foot all the more reason to have walky talkies.
•   Bugout vehicles may not make it all the way to the destination, if people are on foot helps to have walky talkies.
 

 

 

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