Category Archives: Preparedness

Scott’s Elecraft KX3 Go-Box

Many thanks to Scott (AK5SD) who shares the following photos and bill of materials for his custom Elecraft KX3 go-box: Bill of materials The panel was custom laser cut by Front Panel Express. I have the CAD file and I’m … Continue reading

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Reminder: Only two days left to enter our latest radio challenge!

Let’s imagine that your area suddenly loses power–as well as cell phone and internet service–for an indeterminate period. Home and personal electronics remain unaffected, but must be powered off-grid (without mains power).  Moreover, you may be required to evacuate your home…perhaps even on foot. … Continue reading

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Planning for a Carrington Event super solar storm

My buddy, Bill Forstchen, is author of NY Times best seller, One Second After (and many other books). One day, we met for lunch and I admitted to him that I’m less worried about an EMP attack (the catalyst for … Continue reading

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Virtual Radio Challenge IV: Emergency radio and a chance to win a prepper radio package

The SWLing Post attracts readers and enthusiasts from all walks of life. In the past, we’ve put together Reader Challenges based on actual questions we receive from readers, usually looking for the best radio kit for a unique situation or location. … Continue reading

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Gizmodo: Preppers who are ready for next solar storm

Many thanks to several SWLing Post readers who shared a link to this post on Gizmodo which focuses on preparations for a major solar storm like the 1859 Carrington Event. Gizmodo touches on several preparedness basics and specifically mentions tucking away a shortwave radio … Continue reading

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Primary, Ion, and Polymer: a lithium battery primer

Lithium primary, lithium ion, lithium polymer…want to know the differences between–and varied uses for–these diverse types of lithium batteries? You’re not alone…so did I. Recently, a reader asked about the suitability of using AA Lithium batteries in a Tecsun radio.  Several knowledgeable Post contributors–including Richard … Continue reading

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Disaster DX audio podcast

Many thanks to Mehmet Burk of for sharing the following about his new podcast: Disaster DX is a new audio series from that looks at emerging disasters through the lens of humanitarian broadcasting. Episode 1 focuses on the impacts … Continue reading

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