Oooohh….Brown Truck O’ Happiness stopped by and:
Tiny radio, big on features. I have a few older Bearcat scanners laying around and a few reprogrammed police radios that I use for keeping an ear on whats going on whenever I hear a siren scream by the house, but they arent nearly as small and portable.
This blog post made an interesting point about scanners…while theyre obviously good for keeping track of whats going on with the cops and fire guys, in a crunch theyre going to be pretty handy for keeping track of ‘the other guys’. I mean, imagine the power has been out for a few days and as youre turning out the lights in your generator-equipped house you hear a voice over your scanner say “Theyre turning out the lights. Be patient.” or youre driving home and just as you turn down your street you hear a voice on the radio say “He just passed the stop sign…get ready.”
Over the top? Probably. But it is reasonable to think that the more clever and well organized harmful elements in a crisis are going to have some sort of communications to coordinate and warn each other. Maybe it’ll be top of the line encrypted stuff…or maybe it’ll be three inbred hicks with some Motorola FRS radios. Two hundred bucks worth of prevention is worth a lot of cure.
The more likely (I hope) scenario in a crisis is that this will come in handy for tracking emergency responders and learning where the trouble spots are.
Anyway, this little jewel is the Icom IC-R6. Its a small radio that would easily clip onto a tactical vest or fit in a pocket. It has tons of features that I’ll probably never understand (but Im trying!) but theyre there anyway. At the moment I have it programmed to cover fire, EMS, cops, FRS, and a few other groups of interest. I need to set up one bank of memory to the frequencies for the TRC-3A intrusion sets.
The missus just renewed her ham license. One of several preparedness-related things I have been blowing off for years has been getting a good radio antennae up around this place and getting a good radio. Maybe thisll be the year.