Propper prepping and planning requires more than just buying a couple baofenf handhelds for anything more than close range communication . You will need INFORMATION and you will need to learn how to program the radio to transmit TX and receive RX on a repeater to get any distance . If your not up to this you should at least get a SW Radio AND a Bearcat scanner with good antenna to pick up general info .
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Realities Of Tactical Comms, How To Deploy SHTF Equip. Wildland Fire Edition, Part One
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Prepper Intro To Antenna Basics. Practical Theory On Choosing Antenna Gear
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