SHTF Radios

Emergency Use Radios

I would always recommend studying for and obtaining your basic Amateur Radio Licence. It provides you with a legal route to use communications in a manner that is a real win for emergency situations. Training is available free from Essex Ham

If you have come to this page as a result of reading one of my books or seeing a video, then this radio is what you need.

Hammock Camping
Wild Camping

So you may see these radios on eBay or Amazon for less than my prices, but they absolutely will not be set up to use out of the box. They will set up to use frequencies that will land you in trouble.

Buying from me means you can unbox it, switch it on and get going.

The Baofeng is the first choice for Preppers and outdoor enthusiasts. Widely used in Wildcamping, Bushcraft, Hiking & Mountaineering, it is popular due to it’s very reasonable price compared to Japanese counterparts.

If you drop and break one of these, it will cost an awful lot less to replace than the pricier Yaesu, Icom and Kenwood radios.

There are a few options to choose from. If you would like me to do the magic and program your radio then choose from the first or second options.

Option 1 is a pre-programmed radio that is generic for anywhere in the UK. If you would like the added benefit of having your local repeaters, then I can do that too. That is Option 2, just include the callsigns of the repeaters you would like, or if unsure then put your postcode into the text box and I will do the rest.

The third option is to buy a radio that is untouched by me. Please note that if you do this it is absolutely imperative that you program it yourself. The channels that come on the radio from the factory are NOT to be used in the UK. They can end up with you being prosecuted, or worse put someone’s life in danger.

  • Option 1: Basic Pre-Programmed Radio £38
  • Option 2: Pre-Programmed Radio + Local Amateur Repeaters £40
  • Option 3: Radio Only £35
  • Option 4: PMR Channels Only
  • Option 5: Marine VHF
  • Option 6: (Coming Soon) Special Orders
Available in Black or Camouflage

I have produced a special ‘codeplug’ that is ideal for new Amateurs. Incorporating a set of channels that will let you hit the ground running, there will be no shortage of something to listen to.

This radio comes programmed with a variety of channels which will be of interest to novice and expert radio operators alike.

  • VHF/UHF Simplex Amateur Channels
  • 16 PMR Channels
  • Business Lite Channels
  • Common Marine VHF Channels
  • Local Amateur Repeaters (Option 1 Only)

In addition to this you can choose to have your radio programmed only with the PMR (Private Mobile Radio) Channels or an extensive array of Marine VHF Channels.

I will program you a brand new radio which will be supplied with all you need to get started:

  • 1x Programmed Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF radio.
  • 1x Rechargeable Battery
  • 1x ‘Rubber Duck” VHF/UHF Antenna (Removable)
  • 1x Drop In Desk Charger
  • 1x Lanyard/Wrist Strap
  • 1x Belt Clip
  • 1x Manual

The Baofeng has the following features as standard:

  • Loud Audio
  • Frequency Modulation
  • 5 watts output on VHF & UHF
  • 128 Memory Channels
  • Front Keypad
  • Headphone/Microphone Socket
  • Rugged Design
  • LCD Display
  • Dual Watch
  • Integrated FM Broadcast Receiver
  • Covers 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz

Radios are normally in stock and are despatched within 1 working day by courier at no extra cost. A tracking number is generated and will be sent to your email address.

Payment is by PayPal only.

Collection can be arranged in the Chelmsford CM3 area.

Black or Camouflage
Mobile Number

Ordering Notes:

  • It is important to provide your preferred colour and your mobile number. Not doing so will delay despatch.
  • You can only order one radio per purchase. Just make another purchase if you want more.

Reminder: It is for you to ensure that you are abiding with the relevant laws of your country in relation to licensing and qualifications. Inappropriate transmissions can cause annoyance, interference and in extreme circumstances endanger life. You could have your radio equipment confiscated and you could be prosecuted.