During a zombie outbreak, communication is going to be key to information gathering and survival. Midland sells a cheap CB (citizen’s band) radio that gets the job done. CB radio spectrum does not require a license to operate on, and unlike HAM radio, CB radio may be used for both business and personal communication.
You can find the Midland CB radio for as low as $24, but you’ll need to get an antenna as well. A simple whip antenna will do the trick for most purposes. For this review we purchased the Midland CB and a Cobra magnet base whip antenna as well as a cigarette lighter plug with unterminated cable leads to crimp on to the CB power cables.
Once you get the CB setup you’ll want to tune to channel 9, 17, or 19. In the U.S. channel 9 is reserved for emergency and police communication (don’t broadcast on this channel). Channel 17 is used by the trucking industry for traveling on east-west bound interstates and channel 19 is used for north-south bound traveling.
Don’t forget you’ll want something to power the CB while your on the move. In our field testing we powered the CB directly from one of those all purpose portable air compressor, battery jump, and weather radio battery packs. Duracell offers a good selection of power packs that range in the number of DC/AC outlets and overall wattage. A good portable battery pack is going to be crucial for any survival kit.