We were also lucky enough to experience the true Alaskan wilderness, joining Craig and Don on their respective journeys from Fairbanks and Juneau to their bug-out-location, a 12-foot diameter dome they have constructed 200 miles from civilization where we lived for three nights.
The cacophony of snoring that occurred nightly in the dome, which, thanks to the acoustics created by its “cozy” shape and metallic nature, created an admittedly impressive and yet nightmarish orchestral effect, too powerful for even the best earplugs and a hefty dose of Nyquil. Not being able to go to the “ladies room” without taking my “bathroom buddy” with me (a .45).
The special challenge of directing, and just moving around, while wearing every single article of clothing in my pack all at once, as well as every spare layer of clothing to be found amongst or thoughtfully donated to me by my crew. Sleeping, waking, eating, living in a 12-foot windowless metal shell hundreds of miles from civilization, with ten men who love to prank the boss and, god-bless-‘em, know no boundaries. Tonight on Doomsday Preppers: Pain is Good, Meet Craig, a proud Alaskan living in the woods of Fairbanks fearing the collapse of the American economy. If you really want to experience the ultimate prepping scenario and in Alaska send me an email. Glad to read this entry ~ I often wonder about the film crew on survival and the Doomsday shows ~ where are you when that boats going crazy down the river or that bear nonchalantly walks into the picture? Looks fun and can be paddled if you run out of gas or it breaks down but it is a Honda so it will probably out last your gas supply if you can’t replenish it. But do you have one in your car that is ready for you to use should you already bein your car when things go bad or if you are able to grab your car and go. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Personally I have the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Champ and this is my favourite and, I think, the best multi tool knife – it is quite thick containing some 32 different tools, but fits snugly into my hand and feels very solid.
One of the very good things about the Swiss Army range is that for most of the multi purpose tool they manufacture, they also have a very good quality knife pouch available as well.
All the pouches are riveted together and very strong, just slide onto your belt and they are very secure.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Champ has a main knife blade that can be closed and is under 3″ long, which means it is a legal knife to carry on you. This multi tool pocket knife is just about the right size to carry – fits nicely into your hand and has a lot of tools on it. The projects range from small thirty minute projects, to projects taking several hours, there is something for everyone.
One of the things that you can do to ensure your, your family's, and your possession's safety during a catastrophe is to build a survival bunker. The minimum amount of water you'll want to keep stocked is three gallons of water per person. If you need to use your bunker, then there is a high probability that the power is out or that it will go out soon. If you have weapons, essential documents or valuables which you'd like to keep secure, especially during a catastrophe, you should equip your bunker with a vault.
A bunker can provide the safety needed to outlast a catastrophe, but you need to make sure it is well and securely stocked. In another video this same guy went on to explain and demonstrate his own personal Ham Radio setup complete with a really nice antenna that was suspended from trees and hidden from view with additional comments about how he would not get his Ham license because he didn’t need to be on any government lists and if TSHTF, the first place they would go would be the Ham operators and take them offline. This got me to thinking a while back and I really debated whether or not I should be like this guy and be a conscientious objector to the whole notion of licensing and just be a rebel with my antenna hanging in a tree.
Ham Radio operators can still communicate if there is no electric power, satellites or cellular service. Ham or Amateur radios fall under the control of the FCC and there is a licensing process associated with being able to communicate on the radio.
Like my friend above, I had some initial concerns regarding licensing because like any good Prepper, I am concerned with OPSEC.
Like I mentioned above, Ham radio is probably the single best – disaster proof communication method the average person can use. It turns out that two things influenced my decision on whether or not to be a law abiding citizen.
The second and more important factor that influenced my decision was the learning curve that is associated with Ham Radio. So with all that said, I went and took the exam for my Technician level license and passed. I will add some Ham links to the site on our Resources page and will post from time to time on this subject as I learn more. I would think operating for the shortest amount of time at a mobile location via spread spectrum would be optimal. As Sparky says it will fairly easy to locate any rogue transmissions and jam as they please. I agree with you that if we have a complete collapse, a license will be the least of your worries.
I love pathetic immature childish HAM shills, the FCC does not and doesn’t care, no one finds anymore because no one cares because they know the FCC will do nothing, just look at most repeaters out there all over america. As someone who is just beginning the process of looking into Ham Radio (I will be going the licensed route for this discussion), I was wondering about your comment about the power being down.
For a base station that has its own power supply, the battery backup will work too, but could draw more power at higher wattage. I am still trying to build my system so I hope to write about the process and what I learn as I go. Where you going to learn this tech when the internet is down and local library is being looted? Plus, if you’re worried about opsec so much, you need to immediately quit using the internet on any computer or phone you own or have regular access to.
I understand your belief that the license is a limit, and that’s true during non-SHTF, but during emergencies, ANYONE, ham or not, can operate on any ham band, at any power with any mode.
If nothing else, realize you are far more likely to endure localized natural disasters like floods, tornadoes, ice storms and blizzards than any SHTF scenario.
Hope you took no offense to any of this, just my opinion and point of view from where I stand.
If you’re using this level of PerSec, isn’t your car registered under the name of the trust that owns it?
In Europe many preppers are starting to use PMR 446 band radios imported from China to set up a Non Ham comms system for preppers, its looking also very likely we will soon have access to 12 watt SSB CB frequencies unlicenced like the rest of Europe. I find the scenarios of the government looking up addresses of Ham Radio operators so as to confiscate their equipment pretty far fetched among the probabilities, but everybody has their own imaginings.
And still, Alaska took my breath away and put me at a loss for words – the latter, truly a rarity.
It’s commonplace to those who live in Alaska, but a rare and lucky treat for those of us from “the States” to walk where no one has ever walked before. I’ve come to understand that this may be the only time I will ever have belly strip in my life – it’s so good that most fisherman keep it for themselves. He’s secretly built a bug out dome, designed by friend and Prepping Partner Don, 100 miles away in the feral Alaskan wilderness. Folks interested in Alaska as a setting for an end of the world scenario will enjoy the novel. Security comes from well-prepared bug-out bags, including water, a first aid kit and adequate hygiene supplies. A bag filled with survival essentials that we can grad and go with if we have to bug out and find safety during an emergency. The reason a multi tool is widely accepted as a high priority item by survival preppers is the fact hat they can be so versatile, offering a wide range of tools that are ideal in a survival situation.
The basic model will set you back a measly ?3, whereas the top of the range is knocking on the door of ?700…! There is a toothpick, pen and a pin that are built into the sides at each end of the multi tool which have hard plastic heads with allow you to pull them out – you definitely need dry hands and good fingernails to get these out.!

This bunker can be used as secure shelter in the event of anything from a tornado to an air strike. When you need to head to the bunker, try to get as many important documents as you can, including social security cards, credit cards and money. In addition to everyday wear, keep a coat for each person, along with gloves, socks and shoes. Store enough supplies for each person, and check your stores regularly to make sure everything is intact and operational.
After a lot of thought and some research I decided to pull the trigger and get my Ham license and I want to explain why and discuss why you might want to do the same.
Ham Radio is also known as Amateur Radio and is a network of radio communications that rely on antennas and individual pieces of equipment to communicate using radio waves. That is the primary reason they are the go-to method of communication for preppers as well as emergency response teams in virtually every large city. In order to speak on the air legally, you must first obtain your Technician level license and a call sign from the FCC. Even if I wasn’t into prepping, I wouldn’t want my name and address posted anywhere that someone could easily access it and part of communicating on Ham Radio is that you are required to give your call sign. I could either get my license and put my name and address out there for everyone to see or I could simply buy the radio equipment and use it illegally.
Getting started is pretty simple and once I had a radio, I was listening in on channels fairly quickly, but there is so much you can do that is outside of dialing through some frequencies. Now, as soon as the Government opens back up, and the backlog clears I will have a call sign and my name will start appearing in those databases. I think if you are seriously considering how you could communicate in a grid-down environment, HAM radio deserves a close look.
I haven’t really thought about Ham as barter though, but that does make perfect sense. Unless I am mistaken, the two most common models only have UHF and VHF bands and those are covered under the FCC guidelines for the amateur service. The FCC routinely runs locator vans around the countyside looking for illegal traffic and the fines can be stiff, just ask some of the businesses that get caught without licenses. I got mine now to practice though so that if anything does happen I’ll already know how to use my equipment and will have made contacts I know and trust. And if you’re a licensed ham you will have the skills and equipment to help your friends, neighbors and community.
These 2 m 70cm 5 watt hand sets from the likes of Baofeng and THT have been a boon for us over the other side of the pond, especially as those same sets also have the PMR 446 bands installed as standard. They are a pain to program manually, but with Chirp its a breeze and I just copy the configuration to all my units in a second. Most of us hopefully will never have to worry about the 1% chance that our most ominous thoughts present, but you never know. A simple google search of their call sign points me to most of the websites and forums to which they have accounts.
I had pulled out our Get Home Bags from the trunk and placed them in the hallway so I can get them ready for our journey. It was hard to put the camera down, or to feel satisfied that you could do the beauty of Alaska any justice, no matter how many beautiful images you captured, with eye-candy galore everywhere you turned.
It’s that remote, that untouched, and really hard to comprehend without having been there – but this fact which Craig shared with me, may help put it in perspective: if the population density in New York City was the same as Alaska, there would be a total of 15 people living in NYC. Luckily for us, Don is both a great fisherman and one of the most giving people I have ever met – he wanted nothing more than for us to fully experience and fall in love with his home.
The necessary meals, water, first aid and hygiene items have been gathered and packed for you.
More common crises, like local chemical leaks and ice storms, can necessitate the use of a bunker more often than you'd think.
Keep track of how old the food is because you want to use the older items before anything that is newly purchased. Bottled water is good to keep for drinking, but try to keep the gallon sizes for washing hands or faces.
Stock your bunker with items that can be used with batteries like flashlights, cordless radios and portable televisions.
These can be stored in the vault so that they aren’t ruined or stolen if any looting occurs during a catastrophe. You may not be able to wash clothes if trying to conserve your water supply, so you'll need to have a few outfits for each person. In this video he proceeded to show how you could look up any Ham radio license holders address from several different websites. Ham Radio has many strengths but chief among them for Preppers is its ability to be counted on in a disaster.
With the right equipment, Ham operators can talk to people in other countries using technology that was around in the early 1900s. Your name and information will be listed in at least one public database and this information is freely accessible to anyone who wants to look. Anyone you are talking to, or anyone simply listening in can look up your call sign and see where you are from. The thought process for some people is that if TSHTF, nobody is going to care if you have a license so the latter option is one I considered just like the YouTube guy above.
To get around that, I simply purchased a PO Box in a nearby town and used that for my FCC information.
To fully take advantage of Ham Radio, I would need to practice and you can’t do that illegally, well without risk that is. I am looking forward to finally being able to talk on the radio, but more importantly learning about the different frequencies and antennas I can use to communicate to others should our normal method of communications go down. You can listen in on those radios all you want, but if you want to talk on them, you need to legally have a license.
They simply allow you to talk without to another person without hearing someone else on the channel. Having a license, you learn where repeaters are in your area, how far you can transmit, you gain friends in the radio community who can help you out in an emergency, you learn the best times of days to broadcast, etc. Optimally, I will have two 100w solar panels hooked to an inverter to run double duty charging my battery during the day or if my radios are charged, running small appliances (lights, recharging AA and AAA batteries, laptops) etc.
You need an inverter to convert the DC in the batteries to AC for the radio battery charger. Part of being a prepper is being prepared, hard to be prepared if there is nothing available to prepare with…especially at a time when you need it most.
Limits are necessary during non-SHTF to maintain some order and usefulness on the ham bands. I remember a massive ice storm in Kentucky some years back that took out the vast majority of power in one area (Lexington I think?). I already have three and plan on getting 2 or 3 more the next time I get some milk money saved up.
Then we follow David, a new age spiritual prepper from Hawaii who fears a catastrophic tsunami will strike Hawaii.  He plans to bug out to the top of a mountain with his girlfriend.
This culture of people who have moved here saying they are Alaskans and not really getting what being an Alaskan is. Prepper bug-out bags keep your survival supplies prepped and ready to go, secured in discrete backpacks and duffel bags. There are many resources available for bunker blueprints and even services to build custom bunkers to your specifications. Examples of foods that are good to keep on hand include crackers, canned foods and foods that are in boxes that don’t need to be cooked.
Buying bulk bottled water is best—a large pack is less expensive than purchasing several individual bottles and comes packed tightly, so it will take up less space in your bunker. It is important to have a way to access the news so that you know what is going on in the area, so keep these electronics and any batteries they require on hand.

Ted Barnes, a Mission Viejo vaults and safes specialist, advises bunker builders to opt for a built-in vault, ideally placed in the floor of the bunker, for maximum concealment and security. He did this in response to someone who left very incendiary comments on his blog if memory serves and used this as a lesson in both OPSEC and how it’s bad for the government to have your name on any lists.
If some disaster knocks out the cell phone service, emergency communications can be routed through Amateur Radio and you can keep in touch with others in your family, group, region or state pretty easily. For that reason alone, you should take great care in choosing what you talk about or divulge when you are talking on the Ham bands. Technically you can get on the radio and start talking without a call sign or you could lie, but just because radio waves are invisible, that doesn’t mean you can’t be found. I think of this as a decent trade-off for being able to communicate legally over the radio and besides, it isn’t like my name isn’t in several databases already.
In addition, the radio has a removable antenna, which is also banned for FRS and I believe MURS. An example that comes to mind was a lady who placed a heating pad in her dog’s house to keep it warm during a cold snap and they detected some interference to one of their dishes from it. You’ll have to learn the stuff from wherever, and you may only have minutes to do it in.
In a true major SHTF situation, the repeaters they rely on for any real distance will be inoperable pretty quickly (through loss of power, lack of maintenance, commandeered by the gov, theft, etc). The hams provided comm for the power companies, relief orgs and some gov agencies for at least a week or two. Most HAMs I have ran into have an air-of-superiority-know-it-all-move-over-noob attitude that is a major turn off.
It’s not shooting the most game and trying to impress everyone with your wannabe outdoor skills. Survival bug-out bags are filled with prepper supplies for first aid and hygiene, along with meal replacement shakes and water. The ubiquitous walkie-talkies that everyone has are affective at limited ranges, but what about longer distances? There is the GMRS, which has a much higher power limit, but this requires a special GMRS license, which costs like 90 bucks, as a licensed ham, even i’m not allowed to use the GMRS frequencies without paying the 90 bucks (which is crazy I know, they should do away with the crazy fee).
Nobody will be looking up your location on the internet during a major SHTF anyways, because it will be down completely, blocked by the gov, etc. The only anonymous internet usage is via public computers without any video surveillance near them (good luck finding that), or by the most elite of the elite users.
There are always scenarios that will require you look out for you and yours first (and maybe only), but the scenarios where we’ll have to come together are far more numerous and likely. I told her what a get home bag was and surprisingly she didn’t look at me like I had three heads.
If you want to see real outdoorsmen go visit the kids in the outlying village areas who have to use a chainsaw in the winter to cut ice for drinking water etc. If you are talking on the radio and shouldn’t be, someone can report you, they will find you and the fines from the FCC are steep. As for MURS, like the above radios, Baofeng isn’t certified to use on the above frequencies. If they can locate something as common as this you will have little chance to get away with RF transmissions.
The only way to be sure you understand and are able to use that equipment is to be licensed and use it on at least a semi-regular basis.
I know the wild-west of it can be a bit fun, but the government actually WANTS lots of hams for emergency comms, so they want the ham bands to stay orderly so plenty of people want to use them and be involved.
I took that as a que to proceed with my lecture on prepping an the importance of having an emergency bag in her car.
If you have a psychopath running around trying to find you, chances are there are much easier ways of getting to your house. If they want to find me they already know where I am and just because I have a radio now, that won’t be much more motivation to come get me I don’t believe. The reason they are okay for ham is because, hams are able to use any radio (even a home built one) on ham frequencies, but these frequencies only (except for live saving emergencies, which anybody can use any channel if needed.). By the way, I’m a prepper and just went ahead and got a license a couple of years ago anyway. Also keep in mind, about the only people who even know about the FCC database, are ham operators, most of which, appear to be pretty good people. Hardcore preppers are always talking about using and knowing your equipment ahead of time — why should this equipment be any different? I understand this is for TV but it encourages the social misfits and morons to move here and destroy the real spirit of Alaska. It’s like having a map and compass in your BOB, but never even trying to use it before you need it.
People were covered in dust, their jackets wrapped around their heads while looking for any source of water they could find.
They will NOT assume every licensed ham has a bunker full for food, guns and antibiotics, then hunt them down. In my experience, most hams are old, pudgy white guys whose preps amount to some extra cheetos and tomato soup in the pantry. Over time, depending on your needs, you will modify your bag several times.Important Things to ConsiderBuilding a good bag, whether its a GHB or a BOB (Bug out Bag) takes careful and thoughtful planning.
Knowing how far you might have to walk in an emergency is a great baseline for determining your bag’s contents.
Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack (Coyote Tan) Military Style MOLLE Compatible Tactical BackpackGet Home Bag ChecklistI decided to use my personal bag as an example for this article.
If you have any suggestions or edits, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.Backpack.
I personally believe that military surplus is better than name brand equipment in most cases.
There is also a debate about using military style packs, some people believe that wearing military style packs make you look like a target. I believe this to a certain extent but I also believe that there are other factors that can also make you look like a target.Footwear is second on my list of importance. Whether you are carrying it or stealing a sip from peoples hoses, water is vital to survival. This does not take in to consideration, water for food preparation, current temperature or the difficulty of your trek. Personally, I carry a camelbak, a cup and a life straw, this way I feel like I am covering all my bases.Proper Seasonal Clothing. Carry a comfortable change of clothes as well as protective clothing such as: Poncho, jacket, hat and gloves.
Originally I had several packs of Mountain House meals stashed in my bag until I realized that I needed to carry all the equipment to prepare it with.
You have taken the time and energy to build a proper GHB only to have someone come and take it from you.. Depending on your personal beliefs and local laws, find a method of defense that works for you.
Make sure you are properly trained with the methods you choose.Stanley J509 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter Here is something that every car should have but not necessarily get home bag related. Your BOB will contain more items for survival and is designed to get you to your destination over a period of days or more.

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