Night Vision For Preppers

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When it came to the evolutionary ladder, the human predator was cut short on vision.  Sure, we get a full-color spectrum but we miss out on the sharpness of many animals and we are even farther from the natural night vision granted to most mammals.

Because of our shortcoming, we have used technology to our advantage for most of human history.  It started with fire and in more recent times went to the electric light.  While this is helpful and a good flashlight should be a mandatory piece of gear, it has one significant downfall.  It makes us very easy to detect.

Our evolutionary strength is our gigantic brains and someone used theirs to develop light amplification technology.  Though it is imperfect in some ways, this has been a game-changing technology.  It is used by the military, hunters, sailors, fire/rescue, and many other industries that find the need to see in the dark paramount to accomplishing their mission.

As preppers and homesteaders, we have a number of tasks that may come up where this technology is highly valuable.  The military calls this a force multiplier.  For our world, it has been referred to as an advantage multiplier.  In short, it makes us more effective at the tasks we need to accomplish.

I am sure your knowledge and background have already given you some ideas on when and where this could be useful.  We will get into that but first, a brief primer on night vision technology is in order.

Night Vision Simplified

Whole articles have been devoted to how night vision technology works so we won’t go that deep here.  Just what you need to know.  And the first thing you need to know is that not all night vision works the same way.

There are two distinct types of night vision scope, traditional and digital.  Traditional night vision is what is used by the military and is often called Gen 1 through Gen 4.  The original moniker for this technology was light amplification rather than night vision.  It actually works by taking faint amounts of light detected by very sensitive sensors and converting that to electric impulses.  These could then be amped up in power proportionally to the intensity of the light and displayed on a cathode screen.

With this traditional technology, the generation is an important consideration.  A Gen 1 scope can be fairly affordable and it steps up from there.  The latest and greatest can cost as much as a new car.  There are a few Gen 2 options that are priced within the range of the consumer but they are at the high end.  Most people will end up with Gen 1 which has less range and less detail but is still effective.

The second technology is more like what is used by security systems.  Thanks to the decline in size and cost of LED and LCD displays as well as the shrinking of camera size, you can basically get this whole setup in something not much bigger than a traditional scope.

Rather than using light from the visible spectrum, this technology uses light in the near-infrared range.  This has one predominant implication:  You will have to have a source of infrared light which is usually mounted on board.  Without this source of IR light, there will not be enough naturally occurring for your optic to function.

The huge benefit of digital night vision is cost.  A reasonably good monocular can be had for around the $100.00 price tag.  This is orders of magnitude cheaper than any traditional night vision device.

For a more direct comparison, here are some specifics:

Traditional Night Vision

Pros

  • Greater Detection Range
  • More Detail (especially on higher gen models)
  • Does not require additional IR illumination but can use it

Cons

  • More Expensive
  • Limited Lifespan
  • Shorter Battery Life
  • Night Use Only

Digital Night Vision

Pros

  • More Affordable
  • Very Long Battery Life (on some models)
  • Lasts for years
  • Can be Used Day or Night

Cons

  • Shorter Detection Range
  • Washed Out Detail
  • Requires IR Illumination

For the majority of preppers, homesteaders, and hunters the clear choice is going to be digital purely from a value standpoint.  It does not have the coolness factor of the military technology but it is very effective.  But what would you do with it?  We can look at a few common uses but I am sure that your individual needs will bring out new uses that have never occurred to me.

Night Vision around the Homestead

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Night vision is really not a daily use item but it’s surprising how often I reach for one of my optics.  They see use several times a week in one of the following capacities.  However, this can never be a comprehensive list.  You know your needs and there are many clever readers that will find uses that have never occurred to me.

Home Security

Probably the first use that comes to mind is that of keeping your home and loved ones safe.  The predominant use around the world for night vision is tactical operations so it only makes sense that we use it for the same reason.  There is vast power in being able to see in the dark without adding artificial light to the situation.

Though I have never had an actual need arise in this area of use, it’s a comfort to know it can.  There have been times that I used this to ensure there was nothing amiss but it has never turned out to be the case.  Still, I keep the night vision on hand for a time there is an intruder or a worst case scenario of social collapse.

Predator Control

I live in a very rural setting and have a constant issue with threats to my livestock.  Usually, this is coyotes, coons, and possums.  For this, I keep a rifle with a cheap night vision scope that makes quick work of anything before they get to my valuable chickens or goats.  This happens probably every couple of months and has been the best return on my investment.

I also keep a .22 rifle that is suppressed with a similar optic.  This is predominantly for rats that are a real pain when you have chickens, especially young ones.  I have taken over a dozen rats in a single night with none of my neighbors even being aware.  This is a constant problem for the homesteader and one that makes an affordable night vision scope a real value.

Livestock Wellness

I have goats who will occasionally go wild after dark for no reason.  I do have a camera in their enclosure but you can’t see every corner or address every situation.  A cheap $100.00 night vision monocular makes checking in on them safe and easy.  I can scan every animal and every corner of their pen in a few seconds without getting them riled up.

The last thing you need at 3:00 am is a pen full of suddenly awake goats because you hit them with a flashlight.  Goats have poor night vision and after a bright light, they are blinded for several minutes and can go wild.  This helps to avoid injury to the goats and keeps them settled.

Plant Health

This is one I am still playing with but I believe there are applications.  Since digital night vision uses IR light, it can potentially see the difference in reflectivity between a diseased and healthy plant.  This has been used with more sensitive devices by many governmental agencies but with a bright enough IR source and a good digital night vision device, you can see a slight difference.

So far, I am still in trial phases but I have been able to see the brighter look of a diseased tomato plant against its healthy neighbors.  Should this pan out, you should be able to remove unhealthy heirloom plants before they can infect nearby healthy plants.

Notable Night Vision Brands

There are a number of companies producing night vision devices and this has driven the price down to levels we can now afford.  Some are large scale producers and some are off-shore one-off manufacturers.  Not all brands are really worth the price you pay.  To get the best purchase for your money, these are some brands to consider.

ATN

To get the best up front, ATN does some simply amazing things with scopes.  They tend to be a little pricy but they are first and foremost a very effective digital night vision scope.  To add to that, ATN offers their scopes with Wi-Fi connectivity, video recording, and smart ballistics.  You can actually dial in your load and the scope will use an internal rangefinder to put you on target.  If you shoot through a normal scope, it takes some getting used to but it’s worth it.

Their products are all rifle optics and they tend to be a little pricy compared to other brands.  That said, they are worth every penny.

Armasight

One of the original producers of night vision has continued its legacy well into the newer technology of digital night vision.  They offer a wide selection of optics but their scopes are the most prevalent.  They do have video recording and are wirelessly connectable if you want to stream what your scope sees.  Quality wise, you can’t get much better.

In addition to digital night vision, they offer some tradition night vision as well, mostly in Gen 2 models.  Also in their wheelhouse are monoculars, binoculars, and goggles.  Price wise, they are on par with most high-end manufacturers.

Pulsar

Pulsar offers a good selection of products in both the traditional and digital night vision realms.  They make scopes with video recording and the rest in digital.  In traditional night vision, they mostly make Gen 1+ optics in a variety of formats.  The prices are exceptionally fair and their quality is good.  They aren’t the most durable but they are very well made.

Monoculars, rifle scopes, and goggles are the main products but they have produced highly successful binoculars in the past.

Sightmark

Sightmark makes a number of optics products from standard rifle scopes through all types of night vision.  Their digital scopes are decent and affordable.  They offer some traditional night vision as well, usually Gen 1.  They have about the cheapest Gen 1 rifle scope on the market it is quite good for the price, especially for those just getting into the hobby.

They offer some good goggles as well and a monocular that is well liked.

Firefield

Most of Firefield’s products are midrange in quality but function for those who want night vision on a budget.  Their scope works well and is much simpler than those by other companies.  The main point of note about Firefield is their monocular which can be had for less than $100.00 and works very well!

If you only plan to use your night vision occasionally, these are a great option.  You can get them cheap and they will last a reasonable amount of time without issue.  They make mostly monoculars and scopes and both are a good by.

Night Owl

I have tried a few Night Owl products and though they aren’t my favorite, they do function well.  They make a single scope and a few monoculars and binoculars.  All of them work very well for the price.  Night owl started out as a security camera company so they know the business and technology well.  They just make their products at a lower price point.

On a budget, pick one up.  Their products are a little heavier and bulkier but not bad from my limited experience.  I wouldn’t hesitate if I didn’t already have other brands.

Conclusion

As a point, I like to keep my life simple and rely on the older, tried and true technologies.  However, there are some modern devices that can do things that were never dreamed of until a few decades ago.  Night vision is one of those.  While I would hesitate to say this is a ‘must own’ technology, once you try it you will see exactly how useful it can be for any task done in the dark.

Author Bio:

About McKinley Downing from IOutdoorPursuit.com

Mckinley is an avid shooter & firearms instructor. He shoots, hunts and is a patriot in the sense that he enjoys pissing off gun grabbers and an anti-hunters. He has worked with and around firearms for several years, and enjoys talking to anyone interested in learning more about firearms and their 2nd Amendment rights.

Save 31% on Collapsible Camping Lanterns (2-pk)

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I got an email today from Amazon pointing out that, for a limited time, you can save 31% off a 2-pack of collapsible camping lanterns with promo code 312EA2RH.

Personally, I’ve got a few collapsible lanterns like these and have used them for at least two or three years now and I think they’re great! I wrote about one of them a few years back here, though these are a different brand.

Granted, such lanterns are not nearly as bright as a gas lantern, but they’re really good for being battery-powered since they’re LEDs which make them very efficient. In fact, I think they’re among the brightest battery-powered lanterns I own.

Besides that, they’re also super-lightweight, obviously compact (about the size of a can of vegetables when collapsed), safe for kids and adults because you won’t get burned (ask me how I know that’s a problem with gas lanterns), run on only a few AA batteries, and are nearly waterproof (let’s say quite water resistant).

Anyway, I couldn’t recommend them enough for the price at retail and with an additional 31% off right now… they’re a steal.

Grab a pack of two for your next camping trip or do what I do and keep a few placed around the house for when the power goes out.

Solar Lantern Charges Your Phone (link)

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Solar powered lights are all the rage these days, aren’t they? I know I have a few myself and even one made by the folks who created this new inflatable solar lantern that charges your cell phone too.

I know the post talks about this being a prototype and that you can back it as a kickstarter here, but it sure looks to me like you can purchase one on Amazon (link removed because I was wrong) and for a reasonable price too…

“A few deep breaths inflate LuminAID‘s latest lantern. Hang it up and illuminate your entire tent. When the sun rises, the lantern packs down small and recharges with solar energy.

LuminAID has been making portable inflatable lanterns since 2011. The company’s Kickstarter campaign launched February 7 for its PackLite Max Phone Charger. This lantern boasts the same power output as the PackLite Max but now has the ability to also charge your phone…”

Read the full article here

Best Candles For Power Outage (video)

While candles aren’t the best option for power outages due to the potential fire hazard (look for inexpensive LED lanterns and LED flashlights instead) if you must stock candles consider these prayer candles since they’re self-contained and relatively inexpensive. Of course, there are a wide variety of survival candles available which may burn just as long or longer and be better suited for your needs; I keep a variety of survival candles as well but these prayer candles should work great for most situations…

One Item NOT to Stockpile for SHTF (video)

I mostly agree with this video in that candles should not be the main item to stockpile for your lighting needs. My biggest reason being something he glossed over about halfway through: fire safety. House fires are one of the biggest problems folks unexpectedly run into after a disaster and candles are a big reason for that.

Why? Because there’s a big difference between lighting a few candles for a romantic dinner and literally having them scattered around the house, perhaps unattended, with dogs, cats, and children running around and potentially knocking them over left and right… ok, I’m being a little over-dramatic here but you get my point.

When we start doing things we’re not accustomed to (lighting entire rooms with candles, in this case), bad things tend to happen. No doubt, candles can be useful and I certainly have some stockpiled but they are my last-ditch lighting option since there are many far better ideas as he suggests…

Sunjack CampLight USB Light (video)

I’ve reviewed the Sunjack Camplight previously but figured it would be a good reminder that camping season is coming up (yeah!) and that this particular setup has something new: an on/off switch so you don’t have to unplug the light and the ability to daisy-chain multiple lights together which I think is a good idea and something I wish they had when I reviewed the camplight.

Here’s a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KGGBQEW” locale=”US” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″]link to buy the daisy-chain bulb[/easyazon_link] but pay attention as there are different versions of the bulb you can buy like he says. Finally, here’s the video review…

BYB 300 Lumen Collapsible Lantern Review – What a Nice Light!

I was sent this BYB 300 Lumen Collapsible Lantern a while back for review and I can start by saying that, for the price, I was very impressed. In fact, this light *may* end up being my go-to battery-powered camping and emergency light from hereon out.

Although I’ve long been a fan of the Rayovac Sportman lantern for it’s longevity and relative brightness, this BYB lantern has several distinct advantages over the Rayovac, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

As with any review it’s best to have some comparisons, so here’s the BYB lantern next to a few of my other battery-powered lanterns I keep around:

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You’ll notice it’s relatively small, about the size of the smaller “kid-friendly” lantern on the left. It’s really no much bigger than a typical can of vegetables:

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At first, I wasn’t too keen on a lantern that didn’t have an on/off button or switch. Instead, you just slide it up and after it’s raised about a half inch or so the lantern comes on. Pull it all the way up to get maximum brightness, like this:

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Or, just crack it if you don’t want so much light:

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I should point out that this feature is about the ONLY thing I’d prefer to see different in this lantern. That is, the fact that there is NO option for a low power setting to both reduce light emitted but also to conserve battery power. In other words, the light seems to use as much battery power whether it’s cracked or all the way extended.

The manufacturer’s description does state that it has “low power conservation”, whatever that means, but I would have preferred the option to dim the lantern myself.

How does the light stack up against the others?

Compared to the small kid-safe lanterns you can get at places like Walmart and Target for about five or six dollars, there is no comparison. The BYB lantern outshines them by far and it’s obvious:

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Though I’m a fan of the d.solar s10 lantern for the simple fact that it’s rechargeable and super lightweight, again, there is no comparison in brightness:

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Perhaps the only battery-powered lantern I have which can compare is the Rayovac Sportsman (at about 240 lumens compared to 300 lumens with the BYB):

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What are the advantages of the BYB Lantern?

For starters, it’s relatively lightweight. It weighs about as much as the little kid-friendly lanterns but significantly less than the Rayovac (especially when the batteries are inserted).

Which reminds me, the BYB lanterns runs off only 3 AA-batteries, a huge plus when it comes to having to scrounge for batteries to keep it running. 😉 The Rayovac, on the other hand, uses D-cells which can be a pain to stock and/or find in a pinch.

And, did I mention the BYB lantern is waterproof? Well, almost waterproof…

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I submerged it in my sink for a good hour to test that claim and, yes, the lantern still worked just fine after pulling it out. However, the globe was half-filled with water so I won’t say that it’s watertight but it’s certainly good enough to not worry about the lantern functioning out in the rain or if it takes an unexpected dip in the lake.

I was going to take a picture of the globe half-filled with water but by the time I’d thought to go grab the camera the water had mostly drained out and so I didn’t bother.

Anyway, after the water drained I popped the batteries back in and the lantern worked great. I did notice, however, that condensation remained inside the lantern that refused to go away so I had to remove that with some air and heat. No big deal.

Also, being that it collapses in on itself there’s no worry about the globe breaking. I was slightly hesitant that, because it simply slid open to turn on, one *might* inadvertently turn on the lantern if jostled but after playing with it for a while I’d say it’s no more likely (perhaps less so) than accidentally pressing a button or flipping a switch on any of my other lanterns. Besides, a rubber-band or two around the handles would help to keep it from opening… and I could just take the batteries out while in transit.

How long does it run?

That’s about the only question I’ve yet to fully answer. I couldn’t find anything online about battery life so I ran the lantern 24 hours straight on a set of batteries that I doubt were fully charged and it was still going strong. That’s good news because it seems I could easily run this for a week on a set of batteries if I ran it for 4 or 5 hours a night.

So, we’ve covered that it’s relatively compact (a bit larger than a can of beans), fairly lightweight (among the lighter options), uses AA batteries (which are easy to scrounge), is quite bright (the brightest lantern, in fact), runs for a long time on one set of batteries (I still don’t know quite how long)… did I mention it’s affordable?

At a current price of $14, the BYB Lantern is nearly half the cost of the Rayovac Sportsman. That’s hard to beat.

If you’re looking for a solid camping lantern, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one.

OxyLED Q6 Smart Rechargeable LED Flashlight Review

I received this OxyLED® Q6 Led Lamp / Lantern for review and I can honestly say that I was surprised at how useful of a light it’s turning out to be.

Thought I have many lights–in the form of flashlights, lanterns, and headlamps–I’ve never had a flashlight like this, in that, it’s sort of like a lantern but it only illuminates 180 degrees. The best I can describe it is like a self-contained handheld fluorescent light that you would otherwise hang from the ceiling of a garage or workshop… that’s how I see it, anyway.

For starters, here’s some specs on the light from Amazon:

  • 4 brightness settings (dim, normal, bright, and supernova) + a blinking flash mode
  • High-power natural spectrum led provide 200 lumens of illumination, CRI(color rendering index)>70
  • Built-in long life rechargeable battery with Mini USB cable
  • Durable, drop resistant construction; Long Life, Energy saving, Rated for 36,000 hours of use

Now, the OxyLED came delivered in a rather sturdy box that reminds me of a long-neck matchstick box. In fact, it makes a good carrying case:

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The first thing I noticed when I removed the light from the box was how lightweight it was. The stats say it weighs in at a mere 4.2 ounces which is among the lightest (if not the lightest) flashlight I own. I think it weighs even less than the d.light LED Solar Area Lantern which is without a doubt the lightest actual lantern I own (mostly since it doesn’t use any batteries). Overall dimensions are 8″ x 1.3″.

There really isn’t much to the light. On one side is the light, the other side is shielded. There’s also two lanyards that you can attach to the ends of the the light:

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On one end you’ll find a mini USB port for charging the light and a small button that acts as the on/off and brightness selection button:

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Battery / Charging

The battery is expected to last 3 to 72 hours depending on mode selected. The life of the light is expected to be >36,000 hours but that’s assuming 2% brightness and/or 500 charges. Honestly, this light should last for years of use camping, hiking, or for preparedness.

If it wasn’t clear, the light is mean to be rechargeable and does NOT use or take external batteries. To charge the light simply plug into a computer/laptop or portable powerbank and a few hours later you’re back in business. While charging there’s a small red led that blinks next to the USB port. When fully charged the led stays solid red. If the battery is getting low the red led will blink fast three times when cycling during use. It’s all really easy.

Cycling Through Modes

As for use, you simply cycle through the settings using the on/off button. These settings are: dim (2% of full brightness), normal (50% of full brightness), bright (75% of full brightness), and supernova (100% of full brightness). There’s also a flashing mode which, like all lights that include them, is annoying. I still have no idea why anybody thinks that’s useful… unless you’re a bicyclist perhaps.

I do want to point out that I feel there’s at least one cycle that’s not needed, most likely the 75% brightness mode as it just makes you have to cycle through one more setting than needed. Again, I would do without the blinking mode too. Now, I do like the dim (2% brightness) mode quite a bit and I do like that it’s the first mode when cycled on.

The difference in brightness between modes is readily discernible, a problem that many LED lights seem to have. In other words, some lights are difficult to tell if it’s on low, high, or something else… this one is easy to tell.

You can also hold down the on/off button for two seconds to get it to turn off rather than cycling through the modes.

Handling

Overall, it’s quite comfortable to hold. With a lanyard around your wrist you shouldn’t drop the light but it would have been nice if the lanyards were adjustable. Beyond that, you can slip it in your pocket and probably have a bit of it sticking out but not too bad. With the provided lanyards you can even hang it easily. Here’s the light hanging from a hanger in my boy’s closet (the darkest room in the house) and on dim mode:

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Some Concerns

I can say that I was at first concerned that the on/off button was so small and barely sticks out beyond the end of the light. After days of use this is no longer a concern as it’s easier to push and cycle than I originally feared but I’d imagine that if you’re in a hurry to turn on the light it’s not the easiest of buttons to find simply by feel.

If for some reason a lanyard breaks the small attachment points are not wide enough to, for example, fish paracord though as a replacement. You would have to remove a single strand of paracord and fish that through. I can see why they made the eyelets so small (to keep them from snagging) but it would have been nice to somehow make them larger and/or include a folding attachment option to one or both ends. No big deal, just something I noticed.

It’s not rated for getting wet, even in the rain. In fairness, none of the lanterns I own are rated for that. With that in mind, the OxyLED is put together in such a way as I would be surprised if it couldn’t withstand a good amount of rain before giving out. I haven’t tried it, that’s just a guess.

Brightness

This is where the  OxyLED® Q6 Led Lamp / Lantern really “shines” through, if you will. I compared it to a few other lanterns that I have, including an inexpensive Dorcy Mini LED Lantern which runs on 4 AA batteries and is great for kids, the d.light LED Solar Area Lantern which is solar recharged, and the Rayovac Sportsman LED Lantern which runs on 3 D-cell batteries.

Overall, I was quite surprised at how bright even the dim setting was. In fact, it was as bright as the AA-cell Dorcy if not brighter (Dorcy is on left, OxyLED is on right):

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I did other comparisons, even comparing full brightness modes to the Rayvac D-cell (Rayovac is on the left, OxyLED on the right):

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Granted, the OxyLED disperses light differently than a traditional lantern and I know it’s a bit difficult to tell but I’d say the OxyLED might even have been brighter than the Rayovac. Technically, that’s not true (the OxyLED is 200 lumens whereas the Rayvac is 240 lumens) but it sure seems that way. Beyond that, the OxyLED isn’t going to last nearly as long as the Rayovac on a single charge but I was surprised at the brightness nonetheless.

Overall, I currently have no problem recommending an OxyLED® Q6 Led Lamp / Lantern to you for the price. It seems to be a well-built, compact, rechargeable light that I’ll happily take camping and hiking time and again.

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How to buy a Police Scanner Radio for your Go Bag

Go bags are a critical part of any survival plan. While there are many components that make up a successful go bag, a communication device is required. While there is no shortage of emergency communication devices on the market, in this article we’ll review what a police scanner radio is, how it works, and what to consider when buying.

What is a Police Scanner Radio?

A scanner, commonly referred to as a police scanner radio, police scanner or scanner radio, allows users to listen to real-time, unfiltered radio communication. A scanner operates similar to an AM/FM radio in that it receives signals but cannot transmit.

Why do I need a Police Scanner Radio for my Go Bag?

A scanner is a great addition to any go bag as it provides users access to real-time information during an emergency. Popular things to listen to during emergencies include:

  1. NOAA (weather)
  2. Police, fire & other EMS communication
  3. Military communication
  4. Emergency responder communication
  5. Marine communication
  6. Ham radio communication

Police Scanner Radio Types

There are three types of police scanner radios

  1. Handheld
  2. Mobile (vehicle)
  3. Base (home or office)

For an emergency, you will want to purchase a handheld scanner as you can put in your go bag and bring with you wherever you go.

Police Scanner Radio Format

Scanners pick up three different frequency formats:

  1. Digital
  2. Trunked
  3. Analog

Similar to how an AM/FM radio picks up either AM or FM frequencies, scanners pick up either digital, trunked or analog frequencies. For emergencies you will want a digital scanner because:

  1. If you have an analog or trunked scanner, you will not be able to hear digital signals.
  2. Digital scanners can pick up trunked and analog signals in addition to digital so you will be able to listen to all emergency communication regardless of format.
  3. Frequency formats are different all over the US and vary depending on state, county, department and federal agency which can be very confusing.
  4. If your area does not require a digital format currently, in an emergency ,federal communication may be set which will use digital format or you may be moved to an area that uses digital.
  5. All emergency communication will be digital at some point.

Programming

Programming police scanner radios use to be a daunting process but new digital scanners are able to scan all frequencies in your area and save them into your scanner in minutes. You will want to buy a scanner with ‘quick scan’ capabilities which almost all newer digital scanner have.

Things to buy with a Police Scanner Radio

Batteries
Handheld scanners can operate for 6-8 hours on a single charge. As most scanners take 4 AA batteries, you will want to have ample batteries as charging anything in an emergency may not be an option. We recommend at least a one week supply of batteries or 224 AA batteries.

Antenna
A scanner antenna can increase what you can pick up on your scanner. While most scanner antennas are for vehicles or homes/bases, you may want to consider one for your handheld device.

What Police Scanner Radio to Buy

To be prepared for every emergency you will want to buy a phase two digital police scanner radio. There are several to choose from but we recommend either the BCD436HP or the HomePatrol-2 which are both excellent scanners and a great addition to any go bag.

About the Author

Luke Huebner is the founder and owner of Zip Scanners which specializes in police scanner radios, scanner antennas & scanner accessories. Zip Scanners hosts a large Scanner Resources & Learning Center to educate consumers about scanners.

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Baofeng Handheld Radio 72% OFF List Price, Best Time to Buy!

If you’ve yet to purchase yourself a [easyazon_link asin=”B009MAKWC0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Baofeng UV5RA Ham Radio[/easyazon_link] now is the time to buy one since it’s currently at the best price I’ve ever seen! In fact, when I bought mine a year or two ago I swear it was at least double the price now and I’d say it was a good price then, which means you can buy two and be that much better prepared. 🙂

Or, if you would prefer, you could take a chance on the newer [easyazon_link asin=”B00MAULSOK” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]BaoFeng BF-F8HP[/easyazon_link].

Regardless, you’re going to want a [easyazon_link asin=”B00CP0I474″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Baofeng Programming Cable[/easyazon_link] and to know how to program it step by step as well as keypad programming.

You may also want to [easyazon_link asin=”B008Y2SPE4″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]upgrade the antenna with a 14.5 inch antenna[/easyazon_link], here’s why.

Obviously, you’re going to also want to get the proper licensing and training too. For less than $100 you can get two Baofeng radios, two antennas, and the programming cable… virtually everything you need to get your comms up and running in no time! That sounds like the perfect Christmas gift to me. 😉

Baofeng UV5RA Radio
Baofeng UV5RA Radio