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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Max Publications (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983505314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983505310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many authors, myself included, have written on the subject of disaster preparedness. What this book does is to focus on the often neglected topic of personal emergency communications. Andrew does a great job of explaining not only why you need a robust communication system (or two), but he also brings it home through colorful narratives. If you're curious about ham radios, personal locator beacons, scanners, and other forms of communication systems, I recommend that you give this book a read.
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This is a very useful book for someone interested in communicating in a disaster or emergency but who has little or no experience with using radio equipment. It covers almost all of the personal radio services, licensed and unlicensed. I think he is fair in his comparisons of the different types of radios and their capability, up to and including amateur radio which is head-and-shoulders beyond any of the non-licensed radio services.

I like the book's approach of "you can do this" and how it emphasizes thinking about what you want to accomplish, having several backup plans, and the need to practice. Andrew manages to explain the basics of different radio technologies while keeping a lot of the technical details from obscuring the basic points. To be sure...to get the most out of your radio and communicate effectively you'll need to learn some of the technology but not all at once right at the beginning.

The sections on personal prep and "go kits" is welcome and can't be repeated enough. Going though his provided templates will help anyone think about planning and their personal circumstances which is a good thing - not enough people do it and are then unprepared.

He provides on-line resources that will help the reader learn more about whatever technology they wind up deciding to use. This keeps the book from becoming an encyclopedia and makes it easy to read all the way through instead of getting sidetracked by details.
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I bought the book from Amazon after hearing the author speak at an Emergency Communications conference.
As a ham radio operator involved in EmComm, I was already 'on board' with the idea that regular folks need
a way of communicating after an emergency that would take out the phone system, such as an earthquake.

The book starts off with the 'why' it's necessary, which is re-enforced from excerpts from a novel the author
has written, and moves forward in logical steps to 'how' to make it happen. While the author is a ham radio
operator himself, he reviews all of the technologies available to the general public besides ham radio, and
walks the reader through building a communications plan. The planning is extremely important, and I've
never seen a book intended for the general public that goes into this necessary level of detail before this one.

If someone is waking up to the fact that some sort of emergency planning would be a good idea, this is
the book you should put into their hands first.

If I could suggest an improvement, it would be to add a discussion of the ham radio National Traffic System,
and how the public might contact a ham who is involved to pass a health and welfare message.
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I have been out of the communication field for over 20 years and this book brings you up to speed on what is currently being used. I am personally convinced that a light weight mobile man packable HAM system is the answer for short and long distance communications using low power radios and efficient antennas cut to the frequency you will need for the distance. So get your HAM license if you are serious on having true comms or as you read the book look realistically what you will be needing but remember you will be competing with others to communicate on the simple radio systems unless you are using a frequency hopper radio and communication security will be none existent.

Its a good book to start with and give direction on where to go.
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First-rate overview of emergency communication options. It helps you determine what sorts of emergency comm you need, gives an overview of the available technologies, two-way radio options including CB and Amateur, determining power requirements, designing a "go" bag, etc. Clearly written, with an excellent Table of Contents and links to help you navigate. Glossary for acronyms.

I hold an Amateur Extra license (the highest class) and I learned useful things from this book.

The only caveat is that the chapter on eXRS appears to be obsolete because the maker of that proprietary technology has gone out of business since the publication date. A minor section of an otherwise comprehensive guide.

Highly recommended.
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I bought this book because I'm a prepper of sorts and want to be ready in a SHTF situation. I found the book to be a bit of a disappointment. Its very basic (VERY BASIC), for people who don't have the slightest clue about survival communications. You would be better served getting your information by surfing the net and watching youtube videos.
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Communications is vital in case of emergency. This book is a primer for any one interested in developing alternate modes of staying in touch with friends, family, loved ones, and getting in contact with those whom can help during a crises... especially if/when cellular and other forms contact are disrupted.
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