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Michigan Citizens Band Radio Network

A volunteer network for maintaining two way communications during emergencies or communications blackout .

During a emergency situation when normal communications are down the Citizens Band Radio Network is there to acquire and transmit information and messages. Get vital information when the lights go out and the phones are dead.

Network Announcements

We need members! Please join us.

Until the internet goes down, you can use this website to plan, organize, share information and make network announcements. Put as much time and effort as you can spare, but be ready to put the network into place when the need arrives. Be better prepared to survive a crisis or disaster.

So get that old equipment running or buy some used online or at a garage sale. It's not costly and two way radios could be a life saver for you or your loved ones. See our info page for FAQs and guidelines.

Radio Operations During an EMP  - Members need to take precautions.

"Nuclear explosions are responsible for
increasing or decreasing the levels of
ionization in the atmosphere, not only
locally but at large distances away. Communications systems that rely on the "normal" characteristics of the ionized atmosphere may find that the intended propagation path is disrupted for a period of time varying from seconds to hours.
Such disruptions might include an increase in noise level, raised or lowered reflection-producing ionospheric levels, signal absorption or blackout. The area affected may be local to the explosion or may cover very wide areas."

Emergency communications

During emergencies – local, state, and national – the importance of our country’s communications system, including telecommunications, broadcast, cable, and satellite systems, becomes clear. We use our phones to call 911 or to call our family members to make sure they are safe. We turn on our TVs and radios to get info updates.

While there is no doubt that our country has one of the world’s most extensive and dependable communications systems, unusual conditions . . .

CB Radios- An Overlooked Communication Tool for Emergency Preparedness

When an emergency strikes one of the most important survival tools you can have besides your common sense and logic is communication. Being able to know what’s happening can mean the difference between life and death.

Since a majority of Americans now have cellphones, 321.7 million wireless connections as of June 2012 most people assume cell phones will suffice in an emergency situation.

But cellular signals rely on a network of advanced towers, cables, satellites, super computers and droves of maintenance workers. One big disaster could bring the whole network down . . .


The Best Kept Secret in Radio Communication

License free, low cost, two-way communication. What’s not to love about MURS? MURS stands for Multi User Radio Service, and is one of the best kept secrets in personal and family radio communications. Formerly available only for business communications, the FCC has kept five MURS frequencies license-free and open for public use since 2000. Handheld radios broadcasting on MURS frequencies can experience a range of two miles to eight miles depending on terrain and obstructions, while MURS Base Stations can reach up to 20 miles.

It’s Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously

The internet is weak, yet we keep ignoring this fact. So we see the same thing over and over again, whether it’s because of natural disasters like hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, wars like Syria and Bosnia, deliberate attempts by the government to shut down the internet (most recently in Egypt and Iran), or NSA surveillance.

Any number of disasters could disrupt communications on a small to large scale. The following information is a plan that can be used by anyone to help create a citizen's radio network.

Without investing a lot of time or money, you can keep in contact with loved ones, friends and neighbors when critical infrastructure failures occur. By using license free 2-way CB, FRS, MURS and WiFi frequencies, a local area voice and data network can be put together.

Important Links

News and Information

Citizens Band (CB)

"I have heard many stories about CB radios saving lives, but in each one,  someone else was listening and took some action to assist those in trouble. That’s the point I suppose of having two-way communications available, and
listening to it – to be available to others in case of need. By the same token, if you’re the one in need, you’re going to be hoping, praying and cussing about someone listening in. So essentially, this means any sort of communications is, well… better than nothing at all. But, is CB the best? Is it the worst? No to both questions."

FM 24-18 Tactical Single-Channel Radio Communications Techniques Army Intelligence Field Manual

How To Establish a Pepper Network

Preppers for the most part naturally want to encourage others to prepare for disasters, and they generally are willing to help others get started. The reasoning is simple; the more people prepared for a crisis the less looting, violence and theft during a crisis.

Otherwise, law-abiding citizens may believe they must steal to provide for their family during a crisis. Parents desperate for food and water for their children will go to great lengths to provide that food and water.

A Survivalist and Prepper Radio Site

When it comes to being prepared you will find only the military folks more prepared than those hardy individuals know as survivalist and preppers. They sound like they are one and the same but they are quite different. They do compliment each other in that they both need the skills and abilities of the other. is a web site designed to give those who are survivalists and/or preppers an opportunity to learn more about radio communications systems. The hurricane named Hurricane Katrina demonstrated to one and all that the cell phone and the Internet were not all that effective due to the extent . . .

CB Radios

A CB radio or (citizens band) radio is the perfect medium range communications tool. The average store bought 2 way radio usually operates on GRMS or FRS frequencies. These frequencies are limited to a few miles and are limited even further by buildings, tress, mountains and all obstacles. CB radios can obtain ranges up to 150 miles, sometimes more. CB’s operate on a different frequency than traditional consumer radios which allows them to obtain these extended ranges and makes them a preferable communications tools.

The Global Meshnet Project

Our objective is to create a versatile, decentralized network built on secure protocols for routing traffic over private mesh or public internetworks independent of a central supporting infrastructure.


News and Information

Emergency Radios And  Frequencies Guide

"If your spouse and children are away from home when disaster strikes, would you be able to communicate with them and help guide them home? Many folks have become far to reliant upon cell phone and the Internet to communicate and reach loves ones quickly in our modern world. "

Survival Communications – The C.B. Radio

"Even during small scale disasters (earthquakes, seasonal storms, etc.) your normal communications channels can become compromised. In fact, it doesn’t take much to bring down an entire cell network, making the ability to communicate during a disaster one of your top priorities."

The Catastrophe Network Communications Plan                           

The Catastrophe Network and The American Preparedness Radio Network (TAPRN) have teamed up to create a Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan. This plan outlines a standard set of frequencies that should be used by all preppers following a catastrophic disaster.

How to communicate when the world goes silent

So how would you communicate with your family or get help if communications go down?

So if you found yourself in the middle of a wide-scale disaster such as a hurricane or other catastrophe and you had no government coming to help for a while, how would you communicate with your family or others? What if the power grid went down? You won’t be able to rely on your cell phone. There are alternatives, however.

Radio Communication Planning – From a Prepper Perspective

Hi All. I wanted to go over my whole radio plan, which has finally crystallized. I am not done setting it up, by far, but I have a good plan that will set me up well. There will be one thing you will notice about my plan, I am all about having alot of base capabilities. I want to be as versatile and capable as possible. Some preppers go for having many many redundant backups, of the same equipment. That old adage that if you have 1 gun you really have none, if you have 2 guns you have 1. I appreciate that viewpoint, but for me, for the cost, I plan on focusing on acquiring as many different base capabilities first, then worry about redundant, back up items for the most important items.

Coping: Why I Broke Down and Bought a CB Radio

Me… me of all damn people!
Holding a GROL (and the First Class Commercial Radiotelephone before that) and an Extra Class ham ticket…why did I just plunk down $79 for a Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio?  And then a further $22 for a K40 K-30 35″ 300 Watts Stainless Steel Magnet Mount CB Antenna to go with it?

We’re going to take the car, looks like, and therein lies an interesting tale.  At the risk of offending everyone who’s a ham, let me explain:

How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer

JOSEPH BONICIOLI mostly uses the same internet you and I do. He pays a service provider a monthly fee to get him online. But to talk to his friends and neighbors in Athens, Greece, he's also got something much weirder and more interesting: a private, parallel internet.