Since the average citizen is NOT an Amateur Radio operator, there is a need to have a standardized method of being able to communicate with one another.  Nearly everyone has at least one form of communication requiring no license to operate: CB, FRS/GMRS, or MURS radios.  There is a movement in the prepping community to setup an emergency communications protocol that will allow people to communicate during a situation when communications are down. Because this link-up protocol is being distributed among various circles, if someone needed assistance they have the highest probability of linking up with someone of like-mind, even if the two parties did not personally know each other prior that moment.

Enter the Channel 3 project. The channel three project is where people will monitor the radio on the threes-

  • FRS/GMRS Channel 3 – 462.6125 Mhz
  • MURS Channel 3 – 151.940 Mhz
  • Ham Radio (simplex) – 146.520 Mhz
  • CB channel 3 – 26.985 MHz

Do NOT use sub-channels, TCS, or “privacy” codes

Make Contact In 3 – 2 – 1
– 3  (Turn your radio on and set it to Channel 3)
– 2  (Attempt to broadcast for approximately 2 minutes)
– 1  (Attempt again every 1 HOUR, on the hour, to save batteries)

If there is a real emergency, you could also monitor the channel threes to give assistance to others in need. To save batteries, monitor for 5 minutes on each side of the hour to increase the chances of hearing another prepper who may be communicating using the “Make Contact In 3-2-1” method. Some operators are monitoring every three hours, some every hour, others will do so continuously. It depends on each radio operators resources and battery capacity.

Remember, when making contact with someone you don’t know, always proceed with caution. Especially during an emergency or SHTF situation. Don’t allow someone inside of your perimeter that you do not know.

Etiquette dictates that if we simply use these frequencies for monitoring and calling others, we can keep the chatter to a minimum and people will be able to monitor these frequencies 24/7 in case of emergencies for important information.

Because this emergency protocol is being distributed among the prepping community, users have a high probability of linking up with someone. The purpose can be either for relaying important or emergency communications or simply conversing with community members as a block watch program.

This project does not take the place of calling 911 in the event of an emergency if you are able to do so. This is an information service when cell or landline communications are out of service during an emergency or any sort of SHTF situation.

In a local, regional or national emergency, traditional communication networks may be overloaded or even nonexistent.  As has been proven time and again Amateur Radio has proven to be the only dependable means of communication.
While a test and license are required to operate a “ham” radio under the current rule of law, there are other means of communication. I have already posted a comprehensive guide to the different radio frequencies.
Hams typically have local “practice nets”; predetermined times and frequencies where they reach out to one another.  Some nets are associated with the Channel 3 Project, where participants will take a break and switch over to channel 3 of CB, FRS, etc. in an attempt to contact local citizens. This is the opportunity for hams to relay any news to the citizenry, and, in exchange, find out about local conditions such as road closures, civil unrest, etc. 

Pass this along. Keep it in mind.

Categories: Communications


Aesop · September 2, 2023 at 6:36 am

Presumably, the protocol is that once you make contact, you move the convo to a side channel and free up the contact channel, on whatever band you’re working.

mike fink · September 2, 2023 at 7:01 am

Marine radios use channel16 for hailing and emergency traffic. The parties aside from Emergency are expected to change to a different channel to conduct the conversation, and ships are required to maintain a watch on 16 at all times. II have no doubt that if SHTF, this radio net will go on in maritime regions as long as the batteries last. It was used in the 2020 plandemic by a non-resident refugee on a Maine island who was trapped in his property by violent locals who feared he was going to infect them all. This individual called the Coast Guard on 16 and they came out to break up the armed siege around is house.
If the channel 3 project gets off the ground and becomes a routine in emergency situations like hurricains, tornadoes, and bad snow storms, it will become a natural and effortless transition to being utilized in a real shtf event.

AZ144 · September 2, 2023 at 11:43 am

146.42 is another prepper freq – commonly used in rural west for this to keep it off .52. See also AMRRON page – not real active, but some more guidance ‘out west’.

Anonymous · September 2, 2023 at 2:28 pm

i have no idea what channel three is. there are no channels on 2meter amateur

    Divemedic · September 2, 2023 at 7:01 pm


Snow Man and the Bandit · September 2, 2023 at 2:39 pm

There should be some made with an alternate source of power for after the EMP strike.
Putin just moved the SARMAT (SATAN) ICBM’s into place and reading a great essay about the compare and contrast of disaster response for CPUSA (D) Hawaii and Red State FLA, it mocks the Bolshevik enemedia slime mercilessly, good, good.

Joe Blow · September 2, 2023 at 5:36 pm

This is great, thanks for sharing. Spread far and wide.
As should be obvious to all of us now, the government is making serious efforts at controlling the flow of information (aka censorship!)
We need our own, parallel network. Assume the Internet will go down/be closed off. Frankly I suspect it will become so fake/ghey it will be unusable. There are actions being taken right now along those lines.
Assume cell access will become spotty at best. Assume the network will be listened to.
You will need an alternate form of communication with the outside world very soon. This is a great way we as a community can spread information.

Francis W. Porretto · September 3, 2023 at 4:13 pm

Hubs for Channel 3 alerts should be capable of rebroadcasting on higher-power channels (Channel3 3 FRS / GMRS is power-limited to 5 watts).

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