Looking at a scenario where TV is down, Phone lines are down, Cell phones are out and Internet is kaput, what other options are available to communicate long distances? Here are some of my thoughts: 1. Shortwave - I have no experience with this whatsoever. What are the best options (least expensive, longest distance) to break into this field? 2. CB radio - ok, I have a $35 job I got a WallyWorld. Good for about 2 miles on a clear day. 3. CB radio w/ linear amp. Highly illegal, but easily obtainable on Ebay. And hey , in a TEOTWAWKI sit., the feds will have other priorities right? I'd like to hear about any experiences in this area. 4. Sat phones? - Again no experience and how much ground support do these need? Will the network survive? 5. Smoke signals, mirrors - dunno - any other ideas?