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How To Use a CB Radio for SHTF

How To Use a CB Radio for SHTF
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How To Use a CB Radio for SHTF
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One of your top priorities when preparing for any SHTF scenario must be to communicate with your loved ones. And unfortunately, you may not be able to do that through methods you’re used to such as social media, emailing, phone calls, or texting.

Granted, those methods will still work in a number of different disasters. But in a number of others, they won’t, such as disasters that would cause the power grid to go down or anything else that disrupts cell or internet service.

This is why you need to have backup emergency communication devices in addition to your traditional communication devices, and one backup device you should consider investing in is a CB radio.

What Is a CB Radio?

CB radios have been around since 1948. They were developed originally when the FCC decided to create a new radio service to allow citizens to communicate with one another.

In essence, CB radios became the first two-way radio system that everyday Americans could use, though the range was incredibly limited. But at the very least, it allowed people to communicate with one another, for example, on job sites–so it had some convenience.

Today, CB radios have a much-improved range and should be good for around a five-mile vicinity (some models can reach up to ten miles, while others will only reach as little as one mile). In general, don’t expect your CB radio to communicate with anyone outside of city limits.

If that range isn’t enough for you, keep in mind that it would be a good range if you and other people are caravaning during a bug out, if one or more members of your group go out in search of supplies and might need to call for help, or if you just have neighbors you’d like to stay in touch with without having to go out too often.

Types of CB Radios

CB radios are also available in two different types: mobile and handheld.

Mobile CB radios look more like traditional vehicle radios and are designed to mount to the inside of a truck, while handheld CB radios look very similar to walkie-talkies. However, the operations for both are virtually identical.

A CB radio will cost you anywhere from $40 for a lower end model to $200 or more for a higher-end model. As we will talk about later, the higher-end models are often worth the extra money.

Modes and Channels for CB Radios

CB radios are available in two different modes: AM and SSB, or Single Side Band.

Only higher priced CB radios will come with SSB mode, and that’s because SSB provides a much-improved range over AM mode. Why are they so much more powerful? Twelve watts versus just four watts for AM mode.

That being said, AM mode has the ability to communicate with recipients who are using either SSB or AM mode. In contrast to this, those using SSB mode can only communicate with those who are also using SSB mode.

In addition to the two modes, CB radios have forty different channels that are unique by their frequencies.

1 – 26.965 MHz
2 – 26.967 MHz
3 – 26.985 MHz
4 – 27.005 MHz
5 – 27.015 MHz
6 – 27.025 MHz
7 – 27.035 MHz
8 – 27.055 MHz
9 – 27.065 MHz (emergency channel)
10 – 27.075 MHz
11 – 27.085 MHz
12 – 27.105 Hz
13 – 27.115 MHz (used by truckers)
14 – 27.125 MHz
15 – 27.135 MHz
16 – 27.115 MHz
17 – 27.165 MHz
18 – 27.175 MHz
19 – 27.185 MHz
20 – 27.205 MHz 21 – 27.215 MHz
22 – 27.225 MHz
23 – 27.255 MHz
24 – 27.235 MHz
25 – 27.245 MHz
26 – 27.265 MHz
27 – 27.275 MHz
28 – 27.285 MHz
29 – 27.295 MHz
30 – 27.305 MHz
31 – 27.315 MHz
32 – 27.325 MHz
33 – 27.335 MHz
34 – 27.345 MHz
35 – 27.355 MHz
36 – 27.365 MHz
37 – 27.375 MHz
38 – 27.385 MHz
39 – 27.395 MHz
40 – 27.405 MHz

Codes and Slang

When you communicate with other people using CB radios, chances are very good that they are going to communicate with you using CB codes and slang.

CB codes are also referred to as ’10 code’ or ’10 codes’ because the number ten is always put before them.

For example, the code 10-1 refers to poor reception. The code 10-2 refers to good reception.

Other examples of ten codes include:

  • 10-4: Affirmed/Affirmative
  • 10-9: Repeat
  • 10-11: Talking Too Fast, Please Repeat
  • 10-13: Advise Weather Conditions
  • 10-19: Return to Home/Return to Base
  • 10-23: Standby

Here’s a complete list of 10 codes.

In addition to the ’10 codes,’ slang is often used in CB communication as well. Here are some examples of CB slang that you are likely to encounter:

  • Break: Indicates that a new person is on the line (more on this later)
  • Evil Knievel: Officer On A Motorcycle
  • Miss Piggy: Policewoman
  • Gum Ball: Police Vehicle
  • Panda: State Trooper
  • Hundred Mile Coffee: Strong Coffee
  • Bear Trap: Law Enforcement Checkpoint
  • Fighter Pilot: Aggressive Driver

How to Use a CB Radio

CB radios are easier to use than you think. Unlike HAM radios, which are much more difficult and actually require you to take a class and pass an exam, CB radios are comparatively simple.

Now granted, CB radios don’t have anywhere near the range of a HAM radio, and a CB radio should never be considered a viable substitute for a HAM radio. If anything, you should learn how to use a HAM radio as well (just read this first) and take the time to get your license. CB radios are just a good alternative to a HAM radio in scenarios where you’re talking to people only a few miles away.

That being said, let’s go over the process you will need to follow to use a CB radio.

1. Connect the Antenna

The first thing you will need to do is turn on the CB radio and connect the antenna if it isn’t already. The antenna in particular is very important because when you go to buy a CB radio, at least a mobile model, it most likely won’t come with an antenna. As a result, you’ll have to buy the antenna separately, and you should be very selective about which one you get.

It’s not really the radio that will determine how well you can communicate, but the antenna. You can buy the nicest CB radio in the store, but if you get a crappy antenna, it’s going to turn that nice radio into an entry level model that only has AM mode and limited frequencies. That’s not a mistake you’ll want to make if you end up needing your CB radio during a disaster scenario.

2. Tune Into a Channel

Once your CB radio is on and the antenna is connected, the next thing you will need to do is tune into a channel.

As was noted previously, channel 9 is reserved for emergencies, and channel 13 is most often used by truckers. You can change the channel by turning the knob on the device, or in newer models, you may be able to push a button to change channels up and down like you can in a car.

3. Start Talking

Next, press the transmitter button and say “Break.”

You can now listen in to the conversation going on over the radio. Wait for the conversation to end, or for a brief pause, before you enter in yourself.

The transmitter button must be depressed in order for people to hear you speak, similar to a normal two-way walkie talkie like you might be used to.

The reason you say “break” is because it will alert other users of CB radios in the vicinity that a new person is listening and is likely waiting to speak. When the word “break” is uttered, the other speakers will often bring their conversation to a halt so you can speak.

It doesn’t always happen (depending on who you are speaking with), but sometimes other people on the line will acknowledge you verbally.

If no one acknowledges you within around ten seconds of the previous conversation ending, it should be safe to speak. The last thing you want to do is directly interrupt a conversation as it can easily lead to great confusion.

At that point, you can talk into the radio just like you would a phone. Try to keep your sentences to a minimum, and you can further shorten your speaking time by using slang and codes. This is why, if you’re not very familiar with CB codes and slang already, you should have a booklet on hand that tells you.

If your CB radio is a more expensive, higher end model, it should come with a signal meter that tells you how strong and weak your signal is. The really nice CB radios will also tell you how close or far you are from the other radios you are in contact with, so if you don’t feel your signal is getting through or if reception from the other users is poor, the signal meter will indicate if you are really having trouble because of weak signal strength.

Last but not least, you can also use the ANL button to limit the amount of background noise, which can really get loud and noisy in the cities.

3 Examples of CB Radios You Can Buy

Here are three examples of makes and models of CB radios that you can find on Amazon:

Cobra 29LX Professional CB Radio

The Cobra 29LX Professional CB radio is a mobile CB radio that has a four-color LCD display (blue, green, red, amber) that makes using it at nighttime or in dark conditions very easy. It also comes installed with a 24 hour NOAA weather channel service, a clock, and a frequency display and radio check so you can see how strong your signal is.

Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio

The Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB Way radio is a handheld CB radio that offers ten NOAA weather channels and all forty CB radio channels. It is powered by six AA batteries and provides four watts of output power. It also comes installed with an automatic noise limiter and a one year warranty from the manufacturer.

Uniden PRO505XL 40-Channel CB Radio

The Uniden PRO505XL is a mobile CB radio that is unique because it has a button that allows you to instantly switch to the emergency channel 9. It also comes installed with an external speaker jack so you can plug into another external speaker for improved sound, a squelch control device, channel display, mounting hardware, and a large display.


Keep in mind, even if you don’t have the fifty bucks or so lying around to buy a new low end CB radio, you can still find old ones in good working condition in surplus stories or even in thrift stores for just a few bucks.

A CB radio is definitely something handy to have in a collection of emergency communication devices. By no means should you treat it as your only emergency communication device due to its limited range, but for getting in touch with others within a city or another relatively small vicinity, it remains a viable option.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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