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Overwhelmed by Ham Radio?

• Organic Prepper - Daisy Luther

Every prepper knows that ham radio is an important part of surviving the aftermath of a disaster. Communications are essential to coordinate meet-ups, adapt plans, and learn more about the situation that's going on. With the things that are going on in the world right now, emergency communication could soon be more important than ever.

But what with the testing, licensing, and all the equipment to choose from, it can seem downright overwhelming.

We've got you covered with our new book, The Prepper's Guide to Post-Disaster Communication: A Simplified Guide to Ham Radio. Aden Tate has made the entire process so much easier – and no, you don't need a degree in physics or electrical engineering to get set up. His adorable illustrations, witty wordplay, and clear, concise explanations make this book a friendly, educational read.

What's in the book?

Here's what the 151-page book includes:


Why Post-Disaster Comms?

The Physics Behind Ham Radio

Watt's That

Don't Hit Me with That. It Megahertz.

I Liked That Band Before It Was Cool


Volt Aw Yoo Talking About

Penalty. Interference.


Standing Wave Ratio


Ground Wave Propagation

Surface Waves

Direct Waves

Reflected Waves

Sky Wave Propagation

The Skip Zone

The Radio Frequency Spectrum

What is High Frequency (HF)?

Very High Frequency (VHF)

Ultra-High Frequency (UHF)

What is FRS?

What is GMRS?


What are the Different Types of Stations?


Portable Stations

Mobile Stations

Base Stations

The Prepper and CB Radio

The Prepper and Software Defined Radio

Field Telephones

Digital vs Analog

Improving Your Disaster Resilience by Getting Others Involved in Ham Radio

The Logistics of Emergency Ham Radio

The Radio Book

The Radio Binder

How to Know Which Radio to Pick?

Keeping Your Transmissions Secure

Why Morse Code?

How to Triangulate a Signal

The Prepper and Antennas

Anonymous Antennas

More Info on Directional Antennas

Making or Choosing an Antenna

How to Make a Field Expedient Antenna

How to Repair a Broken Antenna

Using Your Radio on the Move

How to Keep Your Radios Running Off the Grid

Adding a Radio to Your BOB

Vehicular Radio Kit

Radio Fieldcraft

What Intelligence Reports Look Like

What To Do if Bad Guys Come



The Alternate Operations Base

Operations Consideration

How Different Environments Will Affect Your Radio Transmissions

Intelligence Gathering

The Underground Church and Radio

Gray Man Radio for EDC

Defeating Censorship

EMP Radio Protection

Radio Games

NOAA Weather Broadcast Frequencies

Shortwave Broadcasts of Interest to the Prepper

International Shortwave News Broadcasts

Morse Code

Morse Code Abbreviations and Radio Abbreviations

International Phonetic Alphabet