If you are on this site, and not into communications, then you should be. Communications is key, even if only you plan "to listen" in a SHTF scenario. The annual "Field Day" is this weekend, starting at 2:00 PM Eastern time ( but many people will be there all of Saturday and part of Sunday). You can find the Field Day location with a ton of amateur radio operators by going to this site: Field Day Station Locator (just type a ZIP code) I would encourage everyone on this site to learn as much as you can about radio as a form of communication. My local club will be setting up Saturday morning -- you can learn a lot by helping setup, as well as by asking questions during the whole Field Day. Most clubs will setup a GOTA station -- "Get on the Air" -- where anyone, regardless of experience or age, can get on the air and make a "contact" with someone else around the country. FIND YOUR NEAREST FIELD DAY LOCATION AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW !!!