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HAM Radio | A Quick Primer

HAM Radio | A Quick Primer

An introduction to HAM Radio (Amateur Radio) – frequencies (pros & cons), ground wave, line of sight, skywave (skip), NVIS, and more…

Anyone Read A Good Survival Novel Lately?

Anyone Read A Good Survival Novel Lately?

I haven’t read one in awhile. But I’m in the mood to pick one up. Before I do, have any of you read a recent book in the survival novel genre? Any good?

Secure Private Email Service Providers That Won’t Track You

Secure Private Email Service Providers That Won’t Track You

If you are someone who may be especially concerned about having an email account that tracks you (e.g. for targeted advertising purposes), or if you're simply skeptical about these companies having records of your email correspondence in their servers, there are...

Emergency Radio Choices From Sangean, Midland, & C.Crane

Emergency Radio Choices From Sangean, Midland, & C.Crane

Do you have an emergency radio? I own radios from all three of the following companies. Each of them has proven to be quality choices. - Sangean - Midland - C.Crane Co. While there are portable emergency radios in various price ranges, you may need to spend around $50...

Human Zombies Unaware Of The Real World

Human Zombies Unaware Of The Real World

How often have you seen this? Head down - in their smartphone - texting - while walking - while crossing the street - or driving their car - or at the dinner table - or in a meeting - or in the bathroom... or, like, all the time? An apparent human Zombie. They've been...

Best AM Radio For DX Long Range Listening

Best AM Radio For DX Long Range Listening

'Best' is a bold word, however in my opinion (and that of others if you search for it) perhaps the best AM radio for long range (DX) listening of the AM Radio Band is the CCRadio-2E by C Crane. I now have this radio, and can absolutely confirm its attributes. Here's...

Emergency Communications If The Cell Network Went Down

Emergency Communications If The Cell Network Went Down

"Cell phones are great but before them people used CB’s (no license needed for CB), and today a lot of preppers are working on getting a ham license and buying a $30.00 radio." says Chuck Findlay who recently commented here on MSB. It doesn’t take a Mad Max grid-down...

Emergency Contact Card For Your Wallet

Emergency Contact Card For Your Wallet

I keep an emergency contact card in my wallet. It's something that I've been doing for a number of years. Here's why it's important: Getting Into A Serious Accident If you ever get into a serious accident whereby you are unable to effectively communicate with first...

10 Survival Movies List

10 Survival Movies List

Have you watched any survival movies lately? While films from Hollywood are often filled with garbage, I thought that I would list 10 survival movies for your interest. I'm not saying that these are not hyped up or unrealistic in any way, however there may be some...

Best Cheap Portable Pocket Radio For AM/FM Band

Best Cheap Portable Pocket Radio For AM/FM Band

I've had this 'best' 'cheap' (inexpensive) portable pocket AM radio for several years and I've got to tell you that I still believe it's the best little AM/FM radio for a survival-preparedness kit in its class (inexpensive and small). UPDATE: There is a newer model of...

Free TV Secret To Cut The Cord

Free TV Secret To Cut The Cord

These days, it seems that there is a secret to getting free TV. The multi-billion dollar cable and satellite industries don't want you to know how easy it is to get TV for free. The free TV secret has been hidden from view, however I will shine the line upon it......

Tell Someone Where You Are Going Before You Step Outside

Tell Someone Where You Are Going Before You Step Outside

Mrs.J and I have a policy that if either of us are going outside, we let the other know... Why? Because accidents can, and do happen. For example, a fall can easily become debilitating to the extent of not being able to make it back to the house. This becomes...

2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

(Midland GMRS 'base' or 'mobile' 2-way radio)   2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios 'just works'. The only...

Smartphone Communications During A Power Outage

Smartphone Communications During A Power Outage

During a regional (or wider) disaster (e.g. major storm) and subsequent power outages, one of the main things that people will be trying to do is communicate with others via their cell phones / smartphones, and searching for information about the event. Back during...

An Essential Preparedness Resource: Portable AM Radio

An Essential Preparedness Resource: Portable AM Radio

Not only do I have a general interest in radios, but they are also an asset for emergency preparedness. Although not in the same preparedness categories as food, water, bullets and bandaids 😉 , communications (listening-receiving, as well as 2-way comms) could be a...

Why Are People Grumpy In Dense Population While Rural Is Friendly?

Why Are People Grumpy In Dense Population While Rural Is Friendly?

Why is it that people who live rural are (generally) more friendly and helpful than people who live in population dense areas? As the population density thickens, it seems as though more and more people have 'drawn in' to themselves and are less friendly or helpful to...

What Are Your Favorite Survival Movies Or TV Series?

What Are Your Favorite Survival Movies Or TV Series?

The best survival movies (or TV series) list is the result of a poll taken by readers on Modern Survival Blog in which hundreds of you suggested your favorite survival movies or shows. Choosing the single best survival movie is certainly a subjective and individual...

Your Digital Footprints From Today And Their Future Consequences

Your Digital Footprints From Today And Their Future Consequences

We live in a modern society which for the most part operates on electronic services. You may not give it much thought, but nearly everything you do in this modern age leaves digital footprints behind - most of which are stored and saved - perhaps 'forever'. Right now,...

Free Speech, The 1st Amendment, And Blog Comments

Free Speech, The 1st Amendment, And Blog Comments

While the internet is largely an openly available place, many people believe that while visiting a website or blog that allows comments - they have a (Constitutional) right to comment and speak their mind as they wish. And if a comment is subsequently removed, that...

Shortwave And Ham Radio Bands

Shortwave And Ham Radio Bands

My grandfather's old TRANS-OCEANIC shortwave radio (with tubes) still works great 'Shortwave Radio' (and HAM Radio) listening can be an enjoyable hobby - even while only listening to communications from near and afar over the airwaves. Not only is shortwave radio...

Keep A Corded Phone If You Have A Land-Line

Keep A Corded Phone If You Have A Land-Line

If you are of a preparedness mindset, and if you still have 'land-line' phone service, you really should consider getting your hands on an old-fashioned corded phone that doesn't have electronics requiring that it be plugged in to power it...   While many people...

Shortwave Radio For Disaster Information

Shortwave Radio For Disaster Information

During a disaster, getting news and information is a key element to making good decisions. At a minimum, get yourself an inexpensive portable AM radio. Even better, take it to the next level with a portable Shortwave Radio which will provide more opportunity (more...

Top Inspirational Motivational Quotes

Top Inspirational Motivational Quotes

Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad week, and can even give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams. I recently came across these quotes and felt the need to share them with you. They truly are an inspiration no...

10 Survival Novels

10 Survival Novels

The results are in from our 2014 poll question of your recommended survival novels. (See the results for 10 Survival Preparedness Reference Books).   These 10 survival books (novels) received the most votes from our 2014 poll results: One Second After One man...