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Personal Emergency Communications: Staying in Touch Post-Disaster: Technology, Gear and Planning Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Its a good book to start with and give direction on where to go.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for anyone needing to emergency communications.
Very detailed information for creating and implementing emergency communications and more.
and the types of equipment available, with pros/cons on each. Good discussion on need to plan ahead, including more than just comms. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Hohmann
I ordered this on accident and could not find how to cancel the purchase. Good information but not something I personally need to have a copy of.Published 13 months ago by dls
Great information. Received the book on time in great condition.Published 15 months ago by Marc Miller
It was very informative, especially to someone who is new to Amateur RadioPublished 18 months ago by Relaxer62
Great read for anyone wanting or already having knowledge of radio and what to have and what to do in an emergency.Published 18 months ago by William Harsh