Some of these products I own, and some I just recommend. All of them will become very important soon as the earth cools and food and security become important. For most of the products below, I get a small (very small) commission for recommending.
Note I will be adding products as time goes by.
Non-Ham Radio – Licence free radioes
The above Cobra radios are LONG RANGE UP TO 23 MILES: Provides an extended long-range signal with 2662 channel combinations. Note from the Author – the range on these radios depends on the topography. The line of sight could possibly be 23 miles, but not in normal usage. Just so you know. These are actually very nice radios.
Note this is a 23 channel radio which covers the FRS/GMRS frequencies. You will require a cheap FCC-paid license to use the GMRS channels. The FRS (Famly Radio) is free to use by anyone.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES INCLUDED: Includes rechargeable batteries and a micro-USB charging cable.
10 NOAA WEATHER CHANNELS & WEATHER ALERT – Be prepared for storms and emergencies with the built-in NOAA radio receiver providing coverage of all government-operated weather channels.
VOX – VOICE-ACTIVATED TRANSMISSION: The user’s voice is detected and the radio transmits without the need to press any buttons, freeing hands for other tasks
CALL ALERT WITH 5 SELECTABLE TONES: 5 selectable tones distinguishes between different parties on incoming calls.
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The Author owns three of these radios which are used by all of us on the farm as they do not require a license.
Cheapest of the Cheap Ham Radio radios
BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio with Built-in LED Flashlight (Pack of 4) + USB Programming Cable. Wow are these cheap, but they are built like a brick. You will need Chirp software to program these little nifty radios. The author has would you believe 10 of these. I get good audio reports on nearby repeaters. Simple to program and comes with a programming cable. Get Chirp Here to program the radios. This is a 16 channel FM radio walkie-talkie or Hand-Held or Handy Talkie (HT) radio.
Note Chirp can be used by Mac, Windows, or Linux computers – just choose the correct download and install.
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Cheap but not as Cheap Ham Radio radio
BaoFeng UV-5R Ham Radio BaoFeng Radio with Extra 1800mAh Battery and TIDRADIO 771 Antenna Two Way Radio Includes Full Kit BaoFeng Walkie Talkie. I have three of these. Again I use chirp to program these. See above where to get chirp. This offering has two batteries, a microphone (I use this in my car), a programming cable, and a better antenna. Nice kit. When I take trips with this and is my radio of choice which I use in the car, but can take it with me.
Check out this offering at Amazon HERE
Get your Ham License
If you really want good communications, I would suggest that you get your ham radio license at a minimum the Technician level which is easy to do. Here is a good study guide – Ham Radio no longer required code to pass an exam. All the questions and answers are in the study guide.
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You will need lights
Yes, and those lights should not need the power grid to charge. The following light is what I recommend. I use this light every night to head out to my greenhouse to check it and turn off things, I probably have 10 of these and have given them as presents. Everyone is happy with them. The first one I purchased over 5 years ago is still working like the day I purchased it. I highly recommend this light
Check out this light HERE on Amazon
Personal protection is – well so personal. Here is one item that I have owned for years, and it is a KABAR knife. This is the large size unlike it smaller version which is next. The KABAR is used by law enforcement and those who like to carry something that does not cause all that much attention. I place mine on the left side of my belt so I can cross-draw if I choose. This knife is sharp so be careful. I have owned mine for 6 years. Love it. Highly recommended.
Model Name 1480
Handle Material Glass Reinforced Nylon
Blade Material AUS 8A Stainless Steel
Item Dimensions LxWxH 8.38 x 4.25 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 0.4 Pounds
Blade Shape Drop Point
Blade Edge Plain
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And then there is the small version. This one can be worn around the neck and is called the Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement LDK (Last Ditch Knife) with Hard Sheath. I love mine but parted with it when I gave it to my young Grandson. This is a great personal defense knife. I talked to one fellow who gave it to his young daughter to wear when she goes out. Good idea! I purchased mine 5 years ago. This little dude is sharp and very pointy. Great quality and highly recommended. Note: when you put your index finger through the hole on the knife, it becomes almost impossible for someone to take it from you.
Note: I would not like to meet up with someone with the above two knives in the day or night.
Color Stainless Steel
Blade Material Stainless Steel
Item Dimensions LxWxH 6 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Item Weight 18 Ounces
Blade Shape Clip Point
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The water from my rural water system tastes pretty bad. I have a filter on my refrigerator for ice making and the Berkey filter for kitchen use. Water is getting pretty nasty by the day, especially during a drought or city water in general. When I lived in New Orleans, there was a joke that the water from the Mississippy river had gone through four blatters before arriving in the tap water in the kitchen! Probably not far from the truth.
The Berkey below is pretty well the standard for family water filters. Again highly recommended. Not having pure water to drink can cause health problems.
The filter has a2.25 GALLON CAPACITY- The portable Big Berkey Purification System effortlessly purifies water for about 1-4 people each day. If yo want faster filtering, you can add additional Black Berkey Purification Elements (the Big Berkey System can hold a maximum of four) to increase the flow rate. The system is just 19.25” tall and 8.5” in diameter.
POWERFUL PURIFICATION- Berkey systems equipped with Black Berkey Purification Elements purify water—not just filter it—by addressing over 200+ contaminants in tap water or raw, untreated freshwater sources like ponds, rivers and streams.
ECONOMICAL, LONG-LASTING- A pair of Black Berkey Purification Elements lasts for up to 6,000 gallons before needing replacement. Each additional pair of elements (sold separately) adds an additional 6,000 gallons of purification power to your system.
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