The other day, I read a post which got me to think. It was a simple post which basically posed the question of what would others suggest to be the best ham radio. Surely, the purpose of this post was to elicit different opinions on which make or model would stand out as best-of-the-best. When I read the question, however, I immediately responded “one that would get used.” In my opinion, any radio (or any equipment for that matter) that would get used consistently in practicing a given skill would surpass any top-of-the-line item that just sits on a shelf, in a box, or in a shed to collect nothing but dust. I have seen that happen. I have seen some preppers purchase all kinds of great gear only to store it away to be used when and if the world falls apart. WRONG IDEA!
Having great gear does not equal having great skills.
Prepping includes all kinds of skills. These skills include such things as gardening, food storage, first-aid, communication, self-defense, so-on and so-forth. To obtain these skills, you must practice, practice, and practice some more. The truth is…prepping is a life-style…and the only way you can get a sense on how prepared you really are, is if you are trying to use those skills now. True, having great gear certainly does make a difference, but if one doesn’t know how to use what they have, they may have a very rough ride in breaking themselves in when the need to use that skill arises.
For example, take ham radio again. My husband went to an event recently where other hams gathered together to practice using their skills for emergency communications. What was surprising is that some of these hams had difficulty in doing something as simple as programming the memory of their radios. It was a good thing this was just a drill, but it did highlight how important practice was in the event of a real emergency.
Programming a radio may be a trivial thing to some, but the lack of practice in some skills can have serious consequences. Take self-defense, for example. If you choose to carry a gun, thinking that just having the weapon should be sufficient for protection, you are sadly mistaken. There are just too many things that could go wrong if your skills are lacking. Of all prepping skills, this illustrates the need to practice, practice, and practice some more, as the lack of competency, in this instance, could prove deadly.
There is no need to feel overwhelmed in trying to learn all skills at once. I have found that with consistent study, use, and practice, any skill becomes easier, and as these skills become easier, it then gives us the confidence to move on to other things we desire to learn.
I don’t know if practice always makes perfect, but practice will certainly make us more prepared…and that is goal we’re trying to reach, right?