Why worry about which type of radio is best for emergency and prepper use, when you can have them all at once? In one radio! Turn your walkie talkie into a super SHTF survival radio with HAM-FRS-GMRS-MURS-MARINE-WEATHER-BUSINESS channels. The secret is in the programming.
UPDATE November 2013 : A new updated programming file is available! 98 channels of VHF & UHF HAM GMRS FRS MURS with increased Marine and PMR frequencies, click here. – RadioMaster
In an emergency, you may need to communicate with others on the channels…
…they have in their radios. Are they using an FRS radio? Or is it MURS or GMRS? Or are they on HAM? Whatever it is, you are now prepared with all those channels in your radio. Just dial them up and talk.
A Prepper SHTF Survival Comms frequency file for programming VHF-UHF handheld transceivers (VHF-UHF HT) is provided here. This file turns your HT into a wonderful HAM-FRS-GMRS-MURS-MARINE-WEATHER-BUSINESS radio.
The original source of this article is the RadioMaster Reports blog.
Many small inexpensive HTs are sold without suitable default programming. To use these radios, as well as similar Ham radios, it is necessary to either program them manually using the keypad, or to use software to load the desired channel frequencies into the radios.
For example, the Chirp software is convenient and popular.
The downloadable file we provide here can be opened in Chirp, and modified if necessary to add some of your own frequency channels. Then use a USB-to-Radio cable to load the file into your HT.
This CSV file and its companion printable list contains a variety of useful frequencies for the Emcomm Operator, Prepper, Survivalist, or Disaster Preparedness Communicator.
PRINTABLE FREQUENCY CHART:
Then open it in Chirp.
As a starting point, the CSV file and its companion printable list contains a variety of useful frequencies for the Prepper and Survivalist. To begin with, all FRS, GMRS, and MURS channels are programmed (both with and without the most common PL tone squelch). Highly recommended Prepper and SHTF Survival channels, well-known Prepper organizations’ calling channels, Marine, along with Ham radio 2 meter simplex channels are included. Weather and Aircraft Distress channels are provided for receive-only purposes. For easier use, each channel has a corresponding abbreviated Channel Name that can be displayed instead of the frequency, selectable in some types of radios. You may need to unlock your radio for full spectrum transmit. YMMV.
Simple hack. Turn your HT into a HAM FRS GMRS MURS Marine Business Survivalist Prepper SHTF radio.
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6. Illegal or unauthorized access via electronic means.
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