ABOUT THE 3-3-3 RADIO PLAN Here’s how the 3-3-3 Radio Plan works: Turn on your radio. Every 3 hours. For 3 minutes. Channel 3.
EVERY 3 HOURS Always use your Local Time for local area communications with the 3-3-3 Radio Plan. At the “top of the hour”, each 3 hours: 3 am, 6 am, 9 am, Noon 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm, Midnight
FOR 3 MINUTES At the top of every 3rd hour, turn on your radio. Even if you don’t need to make a call yourself, always turn on your radio and listen for calls for at least 3 minutes. This is because you never know if someone may be trying to reach you, or may need help. If you need to check in, make a short transmission at this time. Say “This is me, just checking in.” If you have sufficient battery power, or if you have not connected in for a while, then you should listen for 15 minutes. Synchronize your watch with others whenever possible. If you doubt your watch accuracy, compensate by keeping your radio on for a longer duration, before and after every 3rd hour. If you don’t have a watch, try listening to an AM broadcast radio station, they always identify their call letters at the top of each hour.
ON CHANNEL 3 Channel 3 usually applies to CB, FRS, or MURS. These are the most common types of radios used by preppers. If your group has a different designated SHTF channel or Prepper SHTF HAM frequency, you should use it instead of Channel 3. The rest of the 3-3-3 Radio Plan remains the same. Keep it simple.
FEATURES OF THE 3-3-3 RADIO PLAN 1. Easy for everyone to remember the “Rule of Three”. 2. Conserves precious battery life for walkie-talkies. 3. Gets everyone on the air at the same time. 4. Sets a schedule of 8 times per day to call each other. 5. Avoids impractical hourly schedules. 6. Enables the use of short transmissions for optimum success and security. 7. Three hours is enough time to rest in a survival situation. 8. A person can walk 8 miles in 3 hours, the practical distance limit of handheld radios over average terrain.