I'm so confused! As a prepper newbie, I thought that communications would be relatively easy after my initial (and so far, very basic) purchases regarding food, water, firearms, gold/silver, and other survival categories. But not so... I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences regarding electronic communications, keeping in mind initial, must have, purchases and costs. My only previous purchase is a CC Observer wind-up emergency radio with which I am quite happy. But it only carries the AM/FM and Weather bands. There is an *excellent* Survival Monkey essay on basic communications by 308_Scout. But what should my first (and follow-up) investments be as cash allows? I see multiple options for FRS/GMRS, scanners, short wave, and CB radios. And perhaps the most important part of the equation is power!... What kind of batteries and rechargers have you found to be the best? I would appreciate brand/model experiences along with any links you can supply. Thank you so much!