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.