This project originally came from a Linkup Protocol used by several individuals and disaster preparedness Retreat Groups to be used in case of a real-world emergency when normal communications are unavailable.
Since the average citizen is NOT an Amateur Radio operator, we wanted to have a standardized method of being able to communicate with one another. Nearly everyone in our circle had at least one form of communication requiring no license to operate, such as CB, FRS/GMRS, or MURS radios. Because this link-up protocol is being distributed amoung various circles, if someone needed assistance they had the highest probability of linking up with someone of like-mind, even if the two parties did not personally know each other prior that moment.
RADIO TYPE CHANNEL FREQUENCY
– CB 3 26.985 MHz
– FRS/GMRS 3 462.6125 Mhz
– MURS 3 151.940 Mhz
Do NOT use sub-channels (or “privacy” codes)
Make Contact In 3 – 2 – 1
– 3 (Turn your radio on and set it to Channel 3)
– 2 (Attempt to broadcast for approximately 2 minutes)
– 1 (Attempt again every 1 HOUR, on the hour, to save batteries)
Simply use your ARN or AmRRON call sign, preceded by the word, “AmRRON”. So if your call sign is Tango-67, you would say
“This is AmRRON Tango Six Seven.” *If you do not have an ARN Call Sign, then your call sign is “AmRRON…” and the initials of your first and last name (or just your last name).
Example: “This is AmRRON JULIET SIERRA” (if you do not know the phonetic alphabet, you could simply say “This is AmRRON J.S.”) Just get the job done.
If you must communicate “in the blind” (attempt to reach ANY AmRRON member who may be monitoring), then you can use the unknown party (or Hailing) call-sign of “X-Ray.”
“AmRRON X-Ray, this is AmRRON Juliet Sierra. Does anyone copy?”
If there is a real emergency, you could also monitor CH3 to give assistance to others in need. To save batteries, monitor for 5 minutes on each side of the hour, to increase the chances of hearing another “Redoubter” who may be communicating using the “Make Contact In 3-2-1” method.
Remember, when making contact with someone you don’t know, always proceed with caution.
Full Communications Plan is available in the S.O.I. for your communications binder!
If you are a newbie, read our post “Prepper Radio Communication 101”.