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Strategic vs Tactical Radios for Defensive Use

tactical radios

A long range ham radio

In any type of serious emergency, be it a major national disaster, a nuclear attack or major civil disruptions you need to be able to communicate with your friends and family.  In addition, you need intelligence, to know how to react to the situation. This leads me to the subject of discussion, strategic vs tactical radios.

Both types of radios are important but they serve different purposes.  Strategic communications would include long-range two-way radios, television, AM/FM radio networks and shortwave.  Long-range two-way radios would be used to communicate with people at a distance.  Television, AM/FM and shortwave would be used to try to collect intelligence.…

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The Family Radio Service Can be Used as Tactical Radios.

The Family Radio Service (FRS) is an improved walkie talkie radio system that was first authorized for use in the United States in 1996. This system uses channelized frequencies around 462 and 467 MHz in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band.  FRS radios are limited to 500 milliwatts by FCC regulations.

FRS radios frequently have provisions for using sub-audible tone squelch codes, these filters out unwanted chatter from other users on the same frequency.  Although these codes are sometimes called “privacy codes” or “private line codes” (PL codes), they offer no protection from eavesdropping and are only intended to help share busy channels. …

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Radio Communications

Communications is a subject that has been on my mind for quite a while.  I have finally reached a point at which I have decided to do something about it.  Over the years, I have acquired a bit of radio equipment, so I decided it was ham radiotime to call in an expert and have him take a look.  It turns out that I have a few useful items, a power supply, a two meter radio, 4 FRS (Family Radio Service) radios and a couple of useable CBs.  The rest is pretty much junk.

Today or tomorrow, I should receive a second radio, a Yaesu FT-270 delivered by Fedex. …

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Tactical Radios

radiosI have read several articles on the internet recently advocating ham and other long-range radios.  While I think these are great and very useful, I going to talk about some advantages of short-range radios.  In my opinion, you should divide radios in two classes, strategic and tactical.  Strategic would include long-range two-way communications, television, AM/FM radio networks and shortwave.

Tactical would include the FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service and General Mobile Radio Service).  The manufactures of FRS radios claim the range is up to 2 miles.  The actual range is closer to ¼ to 1 mile depending on the terrain.  They are small inexpensive two-way radios that operate on 14 dedicated channels.…

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