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Monday, April 13, 2009

Emergency Communications - Part 3 (thank you WV Santa!)

YES - WVSanta is back with the third installment to his "Emergency Communications" series here on the CPN! This series has received much feedback in the form of comments and there has been much discussion among the members of the Canadian and American Preppers Networks about HAM radio and other types of Emergency Communications because of the stir that this series has caused! We encourage any new readers to read the series in it its order...Emergency Communications - Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 here.

We at the CPN would like to thank WVSanta from the West Virginia Preppers Network for sharing his extensive knowledge about Emergency Communications with us - and we would also like to say - THAT is one Kick-*ss mobile comms station you got disguised as a truck, Santa!

And without any further is the much-anticipated Emergency Communications - Part 3:


This is the setup in my service truck that I work out of everyday. I hope that this will let people see some of what can be done with Ham and CB radio equipment. Now I know my truck is a mess but many times I spend 10 hrs or more per day in it and I did not take the time to spit polish it for the pictures.


On the roof in the middle is my CB antenna. Yes I do use a CB as I am in my own excavating business and need to be able to talk to my other trucks and the scale houses at the gravel quarry. Not everyone has a Ham license so the CB is still a big part of my communications setup.

Next on the drivers side on the tool bed is a 10 meter only Ham antenna.

On the rear corner in the back is what they call a screwdriver antenna; this one in its current configuration covers 12 meter thru 80 meter Ham bands and is tuned by a switch in the cab that raises or lowers the upper mast depending on what band you tune to.( see 3rd picture)

Last is my 2 meter ham antenna on the tool box on the passenger side.


From left to right on the dash CB radio.

Next the small face plate is my Icom 706 MK II G ham rig and the main radio is pictured on the seat (second and third picture below) for this but is normally mounted under the seat.

The next item is the light controller for the bar beacon on the roof which is also a PA and electric air horn. The truck was originally owned by a fire department.

Last on the right is a linear amplifier (by law for ham use only but also will work with the CB just keep that between us).

I hope this helps some people see what these radios look like if you have never seen them before. The pack of cigarettes is there for size reference. Again please excuse the mess in my truck it is a work truck and does see some very long days.

I will be doing more on the ham radio as I get my base station antennas back up in the air and will try to get pictures of that process also for everyone to see. As always if you have any questions please email me at and I will do my best to help you. Sorry it took so long to get this done for you.

God Bless from the Wild and Wonderful West Virginia


Thank you Santa - thank you a hundred times over for being willing to share your knowledge and experience! And remember - you are always welcome to guest-post at the CPN! Thank you!


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