Please don't think I'm being trollish on this. I'm just being ignorant. I was a pretty regular listener to SW back in high school, but never got much into the X-mitting side of things. How does Amateur Radio help me prepare for the S hitting the perverbial F? The reason I ask this is that I have 2 old fart friends. Both are retired. One is an ex-spook that used to listen in on the Russians. The other is an ex-Marine of Vietnam vintage. Both have recently bought radios and are going for their licenses. It's the Marine's idea; he's quite a prepper. I was out turkey hunting with the old spook, and he really could not answer my question. He's just doing it to have something to do. Can y'all give me the ways in which y'all are planning on using radio, and what post SHTF problems you see it addressing? Just off the top of my head, I could think of a bunch of reasons to stay as quiet as possible.