Radio Selection Criteria

There is no current production radio that meets all these criteria. There are, however, a few that come close. Radio criteria is for the most part incompatible with present popular radio communications trends.

  • Radio should run off common batteries (AAA, AA, C, D) or 12/24 V DC because these power sources are more likely to be available under difficult conditions versus 120V AC grid power and proprietary battery packs.
  • Radio should be easily repaired at the average Amateur Radio workbench. That means thru-hole PCB construction with discrete solid state components, or vacuum tubes.
  • Radio should be frequency agile from the front panel, and easily operated. No complicated operating or programming procedures.
  • Radios used for tactical communications should be channelized.
  • Hardware-based encryption can useful, but not necessary. Encryption has been known to cause poor communications habits, increased scrutiny, RDF and jamming attempts.

All things considered, late-model Amateur Radio and Citizens Band equipment come closest to meeting these criteria.

In the Northeast, the geography is forests and hills. The best frequency band for this geography is VHF (30-300 MHz.) The higher end of this band would be preferable for more urban areas. Conversely, rural operators will find the lower end of that spectrum works better for them. There are several Amateur Radio and Personal Radio Service allocations available in the 30-300 MHz. spectrum.

Author: Ticom