The prepper wide comms system project has taken on a new lease of life and is progressing full speed ahead after a flurry of activity on the forums mainly driven by NorthernRaider. We have decided that now is the time to try again for this difficult technical project.
The initial discussion we had on the comms requirements that took place a while ago didn’t really take off and although it has been added to over the months it is not definitive. I stated my own requirements in the article ‘Communications Requirements’ although besides myself and LightSpeed there wasn’t that many who got involved in any way and it just faded away and we both did our own things. My own comms system is partially built.
Just to be clear we are not talking about your general communications but a prepper wide communications network on top of your individual comms requirements, possibly an addition rather than another use for existing kit. This will likely mean defined kit and the design and configuration of protocols. It depends what the choice is and if you have that kit already or not.
Now this isn’t a government project with tons of money stolen from hand working people. Thus it needs to be done right and the way to do it is;
- Define the requirements. This is where you come in.
- Design a system to meet those requirements. LS, TimeLord and anyone else capable.
- Build and test the network. This is us again.
- Open it up to preppers everywhere with a user pack
I’m concerned about the way this is being driven atm and we should call a pause and follow standard process. Find out where we are (Step 1), work out where we want to be (Step 2) and plan a path and purchases to take us to that place (Step 3). Although LS has indicated CB is the way to go and things are fast moving down that path it wasn’t that long ago it was PMR446 was the bees knees and so I don’t think we are at the stage where we should rule out anything. We seem to jump around reacting very quickly especially when we see something we think suits us. On the initial survey where LS tried to discover what the current situation was for everyone he ended up with a few responses. I would like to put a spanner in the works, slow LS and NR down and ask people to revisit that poll and answer it. It can be found here. If you don’t have a forum account then leave a comment on this article. At the end of this week, the 8th July, will then have input from all those interested on what they are interested in from a kit perspective and we can restart the process.
The solution can then be devised by our technical people followed by moving on to the specification of the kit we need to perform these tasks. We can then build and test the network.
On thing to be aware of though. This network will not be viable unless we have a good response from around the UK. We need nodes for the base stations and without them there will be large patches of open space. You may have all the kit and not be able to contact anyone.
If you are interested then now is the time to step up. I’m getting involved and we will create a solution this time so make sure you have your say. Let us know who is interested, your location and fill in the poll.