You might be wondering what comm’s are, well it’s short for communications and typically refers to radio communications, although phones are used every second of the day in a lot of situations other then yapping to friends or family, however in a disaster situation the two way radio may be the only chance you have to survive, be rescued or gain information on what’s happening.

Some examples for radio use.

Natural disasters:
Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Tsunami’s, Floods, Solar EMP and so on.

Another type of disaster could be man made, such as an enemy emp attack large enough to make the power grid go down and / or take out cell phone, land line systems and all things electronic, which is why as a prepper or survivalist you need to invest or build a faraday cage for your most important electronics.

Another type could be caused by a single cracker {aka} hacker or a group of crackers, perhaps another type of organization of evil beasts.

Regardless of the reason for the loss of standard communication the radio is a great way to locate people that need help, or get help for yourself or just listen in on what is happening in the area near and far.

Types of radios used by the general public:

Amateur Radio {aka} Ham Radio:
The common types are VHF, UHF and HF / AM, FM, Single Side Band and Repeater. Widely used in disasters and bad weather all over the world, as well as what’s known in the amateur world Rag Chew, Contesting and DX.
You must be licensed through the FCC to use a ham radio.

FRS and GMRS Radios:
The Family Radio Service is a private, two-way, very short-distance voice and data communications service for facilitating family and group activities.

The Family Radio Service (FRS) is an improved walkie-talkie radio system authorized in the United States since 1996. This personal radio service uses channelized frequencies around 462 and 467 MHz in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band. It does not suffer the interference effects found on citizens’ band (CB) at 27 MHz, or the 49 MHz band also used by cordless telephones, toys, and baby monitors. FRS uses frequency modulation (FM) instead of amplitude modulation (AM). Since the UHF band has different radio propagation characteristics, short-range use of FRS may be more predictable than the more powerful license-free radios operating in the HF CB band.

Citizens Band Radio {aka} CB Radio:
The CB is another HF band that was removed from the amateur radio use and and given over to the general public and has 1 – 40 Channels AM and upper and lower Single Side Band, mostly good for short range use. 4 watts max out on am and 12 watts out on ssb, although the cb is only 1 – 40 channels some folks have modified their radios to do well over the 40 channels and naturally as human nature is there are ways of gaining more powerful output. (We’ll not get into the legality of that mess.)
No license necessary to use this kind of radio.

Check out the antenna page under the comms tab for information on all kinds of antennas.

A lot of prepper / survivalist frequencies are subject to change over time so try to keep yourself updated for your local area and or group.