Most of us who prep have radio gear and some are ham Radio Operators.
And some who read this might even be familiar with Ham Radio Field Day - remote operations on Battery ,Solar and or genset power with the express intent of providing a means of relaying messages if a man made or natural disaster hits our area or Nation.
Being prepared is all about backup plans - remember one is none and two is one. Layered plans that allow continued operation of all critical equipment and processes.
Not just being able to listen but to broadcast while having enough energy to make a cup of coffee and exercise those AGMs a little
Coffee maker a little to the left of the picture
The light above the Radio Rack is straight up 12VDC....when all else fails it is the most simple system. Everything seen in this photo can run from DC other that the power supplies that get 120 VAC from the Garage Inverter.
Two of the panels on the right side are dedicated to powering the charge controller for the 12VDC Ham Shack / Radio Gear / Coffee maker. 17 cameras record all of the 2 legged critter activity and upload to the cloud continuously. The others are dedicated to the main power system on the garage - capable of all lighting needs and a wide array of other device up to 32 amps of AC service.
Standby 5 KW Genset with 150 gallon "Ball" propane tank. Exercised monthly panel on genny housing coupled with simple PWM controller ensures the starting battery is always topped off and ready to go.
Having a plan, taking action and being able to not only listen to World news from real on the ground sources is what makes Ham Radio a blast. Being able to talk to boots on the ground in a foreign country - hearing things from a non propaganda spin is always nice. I particularly like PSK-31 which is a mode that for all accounts allows you to "text message" users all over the world on very low power settings.
We live as if we have no grid power - to be perfectly honest the only thing here that is grid powered is over Large HVAC system on the house - everything else is powered by inverters / fed by batteries / charged by the sun / or in an extremely dire situation a back up genset.
Are you ready to live without the grid?
Do you have the gear to change your lifestyle to the 1890s in the blink of an eye.
What are your power options?
Do you know what your household current (amperage) loads are?
How many phantom loads can you get rid of? Wall warts that remain plugged in all of the time...
How many that subscribe to this forum want to participate in an 80 meter weekly net?
Do you leave lights on all the time- or even try to conserve.
I hope I can provoke thought - and hope that a few will get the Ham License. Having the radio in a box and say" I got the radio" with practicing and being able to contact others in your respective AO is like having a rifle you never shoot - just lame.