Relaying basic information to others can be difficult when the power lines are down and cell towers are no longer operational or in range. Having backups and basic knowledge of alternative communication methods can go a long way to keeping you alive…and a little less alone.
Whether you’re in a group or on your own, a radio can help you alert others when you become separated, lost, injured, captured, or attacked by Zombies…not to mention the potential for incoming calls as well. You can warn or receive warnings of impending dangers, safe zones, dangerous areas, supply depots, general updates, and more.
As long as there is someone to pick up the other end, having a means for long-distance communication really could save your life.
Cost: $25 – $100 or more.
Range: 1 – 2 miles or more, depending on surroundings, weather conditions, and other interference.
The signal from a two-way radio is often listed between 10-20 miles or more, but the reality is that they seldom meet those numbers. The operational distance of a two-way radio depends on how clear the line of sight is, whether or not there is outside interference from other electronics, and how hunkered down you really are. Signals are best from high points, open areas, and relatively flat expanses of land or water. The higher the watt rating of a radio, the further the distance your message should go, so look for higher, rather than lower watts when you can.
Two-way radios can be found at most sporting goods and outdoor stores, along with some department stores, pawn shops, and a variety of other locations. The relatively compact design and light weight of most models can be carried by anyone with the space in their pack or on their belt. And the ease of operation means versatility from person to person, regardless of their radio experience…which can be handy in an emergency situation.
Available in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, two-way radios are an extremely popular means of communication…emergency situation or not. These radios often boast a wide range of channels, easily replaceable power-sources (AA or rechargeable), and even optional headsets (great for hands free operation).
HAM or AMATEUR RADIO
Cost: $100 – $1000 or more.
Range: 10+ miles, it all depends on the specific unit, the abilities of the operator, and the size of the antenna.
Used for private recreation, exchanging messages, training, and emergency communication, HAM Radios are a powerful and reliable communication resource…as long as you have the power and training to operate them. The operation of HAM Radios is restricted, and training and certification is required for legal operation…though we doubt you’ll have to worry too much about that during a Zombie outbreak.
While they might require a bit of training and certification to legally operate, HAM Radios are well worth the effort and investment involved for operation.
Cost: $25 – $50 on average for a good used radio.
Range: 1-2 mile average, but up to 20+, depending on surroundings, weather conditions, and other interference.
The less powerful cousin of the HAM Radio, CBs aren’t capable of the distance that a HAM is, but they don’t require a license to operate…or a loan from the bank to buy. CBs are often smaller and more mobile that a HAM, and because of this they are popular among truckers and long-haul drivers, but anyone can have one put into a vehicle…or even use one at home.
You can find CB Radios at swap meets, hobby shops, online, and even Craigslist.
MORSE CODE: This communication system of DOTS and DASHES dates back to the early 1800s… and it’s been used the world over since it’s creation. A reliable and simple method of communication when words wont do or they can’t be used, Morse Code can be applied through both visual and auditory means.
It takes a bit of practice and deciphering, but Morse Code is a must for anyone looking to improve their emergency communication skills and chances of survival. Find our printable Zombease International Morse Code Cheat Sheet here.