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Shortwave Radios: Your Best Friend in a SHTF Scenario
Shortwave radios have been used for decades as a way to transmit information and stay connected before the advent of digital technology. Broadcasts can be heard for hundreds of miles, thousands if a repeater is used, and they have been considered the “go-to” resource to fall back on during a crisis. However, many people have simply forgotten about them as the Internet and satellite communication has swept the world.
They Are Still Broadcasting
Many entities still use shortwave radios to broadcast messages, especially in areas where normal radio transmissions may be regulated or blocked by the government. Spies, yes spies, religious groups, pirate radio stations and government propaganda services still avail themselves of this resource to get their messages out to the world. Many amateur radio operators use shortwave broadcasts to say whatever they want as well. In a nutshell, you can find a wide-range of broadcasts to tune into and catch some really interesting stuff.
They Are Still on the Market
Old shortwave radios used to have slide-rule dials and came in portable or base-station models. Digital variants exist today that allow the listener to have an array of options at their disposal. This includes being able to tune into a specific frequency, record simultaneous broadcasts over a broad spectrum and automatically tune into broadcasts once they come on the air.
They Are Still Perfect for Post-Disaster Broadcasts
If you think of the communications blackouts that can come from a wide-array of disasters, the world will be plunged into chaos. Consider how sensitive electronics are to everything from solar flares to an EMP or a short circuit due to flooding from a severe storm. Governments as well as individuals will most definitely use shortwave radios to communicate to those who are listening, and this could very well be the only way to get current and reliable information in a SHTF scenario.
The most important thing to remember about shortwave radios is that the quality of the receiver and antenna will determine how many stations you can pick up. Your location also influences reception. If you can put an antenna at a location that is higher than the surrounding terrain, chances are that you will be able to pick up signals from great distances. On the other hand, if you are using a portable radio with a built in or telescopic antenna, your capabilities will be limited.
Consider getting a radio that gives you the option to attach a coaxial cable and wire it up to an antenna on a tree or long stand. This will allow you to capture more broadcasts and get information when you need it the most.
A shortwave radio is a very small investment in terms of obtaining equipment and rigging a good antenna system, and it can be easily dismantled and moved from place to place. While this may be something far from the minds of most people in the modern world, having one on hand can give you a distinctive edge in terms of getting and relaying information to others. Give some serious thought to getting one just to have as a backup, and you may find yourself in an advantageous position during the aftermath of a major disaster.
Psychology Of Survival – How Your Mind Affects Your Ability To Survive
Now I’m not suggesting that knowledge isn’t a powerful ally, I’ve said many times in the past that “knowledge is the key to survival.” But if knowledge alone is enough to survive, why is it that so many people, with little to no actual survival training, have managed to survive some of the most horrific survival scenarios imaginable?
For instance, take the Uruguayan rugby team that crash landed in the rugged snow swept Andes. You may have seen the movie Alive, which is based on the real story.
Here is a group of guys that had little if any actual survival training, no gear, and what most experts would say was no real chance of survival. The team had little food, no source of heat and lacked the proper clothing and shelter for the environment. Yet, despite the odds being stacked against them, many of them survived and were rescued after enduring over two months of unspeakable conditions.
What is it that drove these people to survive?
In my opinion the key ingredient was their mental attitude. They refused to accept the thought that their situation was helpless. They refused to accept the fact that they might die. Instead, the survivors had an unwavering will to survive, and they were not going to let their situation dictate their outcome. They chose to survive.
On the flip side of the coin, you can take someone with all the training in the world and give them every piece of survival gear every made, but without the will to survive that person is as good as dead. Having the knowledge of how to survive is important; having the will to survive is unquestionably the most significant factor in actual survival.
There is a mindset that will ensure survival.
Anyone forced into a survival situation, is going to experience unimaginable stressors that will ultimately influence their thinking. The overwhelming amount of stress that a survival situation will produce, and how you ultimately respond to that stress, will be the determining factor in your ability to survive that situation.
How Fear Affects Your Survival
In a survival situation, fear usually affects a person in one of two ways. The first example, are those that let fear take over to the point that they are unable to act. These people literally become debilitated by fear; so much so that they are literally unable to make any decisive decisions, until ultimately their indecisiveness becomes their downfall.
The second example is people who let fear drive their actions. These people give into their body’s natural chemical reaction, and allow adrenaline to take over. They are often quick to make decisions, usually at the expensive of thinking, and they ultimately fail because they get themselves into trouble that should have been easily avoided.
In both cases, the root cause of the problem is fear, and how the person lets that fear dictate what happens to them.
Developing a Survival Mindset
The key to your survival, in any stressful situation, is your ability to manage your thoughts, your anxiety and your fears. Your ability to take control of your mind is paramount to your ability to survive. The reactions that your body will experience in a survival situation, when used in a healthy way, can actually propel you into doing things you never dreamed possible.
There are a couple of things that you can do to ensure your ability to handle stressful situations.
Check your Ego at the Door
Don’t give in to, “it will never happen to me” thinking. People often fool themselves into thinking that they have no fears, especially men. Most men consider fear to be a weakness; so much so, that a lot of them never admit, or analyze their own fears.
Even the strongest man in the world can’t escape their body’s reaction to a stressful situation. It’s wired into our DNA and is a natural part of the human condition.
Don’t pretend that you have no fears. Instead, truthfully analyze what things would cause the most anxiety should you be forced into a survival situation. By analyzing your fears, you can begin to train yourself in those areas of concern, and build confidence that can help you through those fearful situations.
Cultivate a positive mental attitude
The ability to maintain a positive mental attitude during a survival situation is something that needs to be taking seriously. It’s also something that you need to start working on now. Being able to maintain a positive attitude in a stressful situation takes practice. It’s not an easy thing to master, but once you do, it will be well worth the effort.
Train, Train & Keep on Training
Those who prepare themselves, through rigorous training, are less likely to submit to fear. In fact, the more you train yourself – in real world situations – the more likely it is that you’ll be able to manage your feelings during a real situation.
Most survival situations can be can be overcome by practicing the basics of survival. The more you train, the better you will be able to respond both physically and mentally to a stressful situation.