What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

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Hopefully, you’re only dealing with a temporary power outage if you wake up one morning without any electricity. While it may not be a life and death situation, having to go without electricity has its major inconveniences. To help make your situation more manageable, you’ll want to be stocked up on a number of different emergency items. These are emergency supplies that you need to have if the power goes out.

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

1. Non-Perishable Foods/Liquids

Having an emergency supply of food in your pantry will be a godsend that your family can fall back on because you never know if your local grocery store will be open or not. You should have at least a one to two-week supply of both food and water. Consider having the following:

  • Canned fruits and veggies
  • Canned meats
  • Canned soups
  • Dried fruit
  • Protein bars
  • Nuts, Trail mix, beef jerky 
  • Bottled water
  • Gatorade/Powerade 

2. Water Purification

If your power outage turns into something that lasts for a couple of weeks, you may eventually run out of your supply of bottled water. There’s also the chance that your tap water that comes from your kitchen sink may not be safe to drink. You’ll want to invest in a water filter that removes any particles that may be in your drinking water. You could also buy Purification Tablets from Amazon or one of your local stores.

3. Sleeping bags 

Getting a good night’s sleep without electricity during cold weather can be difficult to do unless you have enough good-quality sleeping bags for everyone. Look for sleeping bags that have the temperatures that will work in the areas where you may use them.

4. Camping Stove

If your stove range runs on electricity, you will need a camping stove so that your family can continue eating hot meals. Make sure that you also have enough propane as well. Years ago we decided to change to a natural gas stove. I enjoy the “instant-on” feature of the flame, the lower utility bill, and the convenience of cooking with gas since I know I can make the stovetop work without the electric ignition by using a match or lighter.

If you want to make bread, bake some casseroles, cook grilled cheese sandwiches, or make pancakes, you may want one of the Camp Chef Stove/Oven. If you decide to buy one check the adaptors because some come with the small adaptor or the small propane canisters. I opted to use the BBQ size propane tanks so I had to purchase a large propane tank adaptor. You may not have to buy one, but it’s critical you know before you MUST use the stove after a disaster.

5. Weather Radio

Your emergency situation may already be bad enough as it is. Don’t allow things to get worse by not having a weather radio on-hand. Your local news will keep you posted and updated on any other possible threats that may be coming your way. Emergency Radio (this one can charge your cell phone as well)

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This will also help you stay in touch with the outside world so that you don’t start feeling fear of the unknown. Be sure that you have plenty of batteries to use, or go with a weather radio that is hand-cranked or run on solar power.  

6. Car Cellphone Charger

Keep your cell phone charged by plugging your charger into your car. You can also purchase backup charging packs that work great.

7. Baby Wipes 

Unless you’re trying to stay cool, you probably know just how unpleasant a cold shower can be. Baby wipes are a way that you can keep clean in between showers. The next time you go to Sam’s Club or Costco, pick up a box. If they dry out you can refill them with water and they will still work.

8. Bucket

You may need a way to flush the toilet after the power has gone out if your local water district pumps don’t work. In case you missed this post, 29 Reasons To Save Buckets For Survival

9. Duct Tape

You may be scratching your head on this one, but duct tape has proven itself time and time again to be an effective tool for emergencies. It’s extremely versatile and durable and can be used to repair glass and temporarily mend clothing, etc.   

10. Flashlights

Don’t be left scuffling around in the dark without several flashlights strategically kept throughout your house. I have a bunch in my home, many I keep charged by the sunlight coming in my window. I love these solar flashlights! Lanterns and Flashlights

11. Batteries

You will be needing batteries for more than just your flashlights. Make sure that you stock up on all different types of them, including C’s and D’s that light up lanterns and flashlights. 

12. Cardboard

Cardboard works as a great insulator. You can use it to cover your windows so that cold air doesn’t creep in. Although not too comfortable, they can also come in handy as mats on the floor since concrete can be pretty cold to sleep on.

13. Garbage Bags

Garbage bags aren’t just for taking out the trash. During an emergency, they can be used as a cover for a shelter, and also insulate your doors and windows. You may even need some heavy-duty garbage bags for body bags, I learned this in my C.E.R.T. certification. Hopefully, we will never need to use them for covering bodies, but it’s a good idea to have some of those super strong ones.

14. Manual Can Opener

Be sure to have a manual can opener set aside to handle your canned goods because most of them don’t come with an easy-open tab. Please stock more than one can opener, one is none and two is one. I’m not sure if I said that right, but you get the drift. Can Openers

15. First Aid Kit

It’s common for injuries to happen during an emergency. You will need a first aid kit that has bandages, dressings, disinfectant ointments, and a pain reliever. If you don’t have time to put one together, the one above is brought to you by the Red Cross, which comes with an instruction booklet. In case you missed this post, First Aid Kits-What You Need To Survive

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16. Hand/Feet Warmers

Keep your hands and feet warm if the power goes out during the wintertime. You can pick them up at places like Walmart and The Home Depot. You can also buy them online, Hand Warmers.

17. Prescription Medicine and OTC 

For those of you who take prescription medication, ask your doctor if you can have a week’s worth of your prescription that they might have on hand as patient “samples”. If you tell your doctor it’s for emergency purposes, this shouldn’t be an issue. I try to get my prescriptions filled in 90-day doses so I never run out. I’ve heard some doctors are willing to prescribe in one-year doses. It doesn’t hurt to ask. You should also have enough OTC pain reliever, stomach relief, and cold and flu medicine on-hand. In case you missed this post, 35 OTC Medications You Should Store

18. Snacks

Having plenty of snacks tucked away will help your family’s mental state immensely during an emergency. For situations such as this, it’s okay to indulge your sweet or salty tooth a little, whether it’s cookies, chips, or chocolate that does it for you. 

19. Board Games

There are a lot fewer ways to entertain your family following a power outage. Teach your children some of your favorite board games that you enjoyed playing with your family when you were a young child. 

20. Cash

The businesses in your area may not take debit or credit cards during this time, but they may be accepting cash. So it’s a good idea to keep a small stash of money somewhere safely hidden in your home. (Just don’t forget that you put it there.) Make sure you store one’s, five’s, and ten’s.

21. Gas-Powered Generator

If you can afford to do so, I’d recommend that you get yourself a generator. That way you can keep your lights, refrigerator, and a few other appliances functioning as normal. If you get a really high-powered one, you can even have it hooked up to where it keeps your furnace and AC unit working. Keep in mind that there are fuel storage issues, and you’ll need room outside your home for the installation.

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

Final Word

Candles and matches are other items that you could certainly use, but you have to be extra careful with them. This is why I’d recommend that you stick with flashlights or battery-powered lanterns, especially if you have children or pets. What are some other items that you think may be needed following a power outage? I’d love to hear from you. What will you need if the power goes out? May God Bless this world, Linda.

33 thoughts on “What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

  • March 19, 2021 at 7:19 am
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    Chemlights from Dollar Tree. Also bring in your solar sidewalk lights at night and place them strategically along the hallway to the bathroom or other important places.
    I’ve got a deep cycle with an inverter that runs the wife’s CPAT and a fan in the bedroom.
    One year I borrowed a portable AC and put it in the living room and hung a blanket over the doorway and ran it on a small generator. Just slept in the recliner which we do sometimes anyway.

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:24 pm
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      Hi Matt, I need to go check for those Chemlights at the Dollar Tree, thanks for the tip. I love the portable AC you used for the living room. The recliner is the best!! Great comment, Linda

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      • March 20, 2021 at 1:14 pm
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        Just did my annual clean out of the storm shelter. My Kaito radio stopped working. It was a pretty old one so I remembered you had a link. I got the yellow be so it stands out in the debris in the aftermath should it ever happen.
        This new ones got a USB port which is nice.

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        • March 20, 2021 at 1:36 pm
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          Hi Matt, wow, good thing you checked the radio!! Do you have a storm shelter?? That is so awesome!! The USB port would be nice! Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 7:41 am
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    We have all of these except for the hand and foot warmers. I’ll have to get some of them soon. We also have a wood heater, but it’s not set up yet. We also have a couple of generators. One is dual powered. Gas and/or Propane.

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:27 pm
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      Hi Deborah, we only use hand warmers when the kids or grandkids go snowboarding or skiing. Some use them for hiking, they work great. In the desert, we need items to keep us cool more than warm. But I still like having a box available. Costco used to sell them up north but not here. You are lucky you have dual generators and a wood heater. I love it! Linda

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      • March 20, 2021 at 6:55 am
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        Yes Linda, I’m very lucky. We used to lose power quite often. We don’t very often now. We had a week of below freezing and lots of snow in February, but we never lost power. We did use our propane fireplace to keep warm. That way we didn’t use the power that everyone else needed.

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  • March 19, 2021 at 7:46 am
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    Install nightlights that automatically turn on brighter when the power goes out along halls and in the kitchen and bathroom. Most of them can also be used as a flashlight. Costco was selling a 3 pack of these – don’t know if they still do for $10. It’s made it nice to navigate the house without turning on a light if you get up in the night. I get back to sleep faster if my eyes haven’t been exposed to bright light. These are really nice to have on a regular basis.

    If you can afford it I highly recommend replacing old leaky windows with the newer triple pane. It has been a game changer at my house. The house is a lot more comfortable and our utility bills went down. I no longer use our gas fireplace to add heat to my bedroom which was a cold spot at night. Now when I read to cover windows with awful black garbage bags I don’t have to worry about doing that.

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:32 pm
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      Hi Kay, oh, triple pane windows are awesome! We had them once when we lived up north. They make a big difference in power bills. I have night lights everywhere throughout my house, I will check Costco the next time I go there. I love tips like this! Thank you, Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 9:20 am
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    Hi Linda, great items and food for thought. Just an FYI for people buying manual can openers. I know a lot of people that have bought manual can openers from the dollar stores and thought wow now I am good! Then I said, try to open something with it. Ha Ha, they were so dull that they wouldn’t open anything or it took them 3-4 tries to get the cans open. The point of this story is to buy something of quality not some cheap POS just to check it off the list.
    God Bless and stay safe…

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:18 pm
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      Hi Bill, I agree, we do not want useless can openers or flashlights. My motto is to buy right the first time. Great comment, Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 10:12 am
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    I was at my local Walmart the other day and saw a solar/ hand crank flashlight with built in radio. I already have a radio but figured hey why not buy this gadget anyway. It was originally $30. I got it on sale for $9. Stay blessed and prepared everyone!!

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm
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      Hi Audrey, $9.00 is a great buy! I love having more than one emergency radio, cooking device, can openers, or whatever. Good job! Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 12:08 pm
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    I am ready! Bring on the power outage! Ready – yes; bring it on – no!
    I have a few of the hand warmers but, Linda, you know I am a big supporter of hot water bottles!! I can justify the use of my butane to heat water that goes in the bottle and is reusable! I will only use the disposable hand warmers IF and only IF, I start running out of my supply of butane for my one burner stove.

    I have several flashlights that take batteries and the batteries to power them. But, I purchased some of the Energizer Emergency flashlights – they are plugged in to the power and when the power goes out, they light up immediately (or when they are removed from the power).

    As for the radio, I have a radio that has multiple ways to charge it: power cord, solar, battery, and crank. It has a flashlight, strobe light, USB charging port as well as AM/FM and weather channels. It is put away or I would note the brand. It was not a cheap radio – I think it ran about $60 5 years ago. I also have 3 solar chargers for powering my cell phone along with a non-solar battery bank for the cell phone.

    You have always suggested having more than one can opener so I have 4 + different ways to open cans. As I do not have an electric can opener anyway, all of my ways are manual! Well, one is run on batteries as I had shoulder surgery a year ago and couldn’t use a regular manual can opener for a few months.

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:14 pm
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      Hi Leanne, I do not worry about you, you are one prepared woman! You are the one that reminded me about the water bottles, a genius idea! We all grew up using them, and somehow I shelved the idea until you reminded me about them!! Yay! Solar chargers are critical for times when we have zero power. Thank goodness there are so many choices. Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 6:39 pm
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    better than a gas generator is a solar generator – with a gas generator, it’s only as good as long as you have fuel – a solar generator never runs out of fuel (tho’ it does nothing during the nite) – but the long term advantage of solar over gas is incomparable – and you can buy or make as many solar generators as you want/need and gang them for the capacity you wish

    and you can get batteries, old car batteries are adequate, even you tho’ they don’t last forever like gel cell batteries – they will get you thru an emergency with essential power – and you can upgrade your battery storage to whatever capacity you wish – but, remember, you usually don’t have the same nitetime need for power as you do daytime

    you can buy them commercially or watch DIY videos on youtube

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:12 pm
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      Hi Greg, I agree with you, Mark and I have not purchased a gas generator for this very reason. But, our winters are pretty mild. The food in the freezer will be BBQ’d for the neighbors. Life is good when you have more than one option. Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 6:41 pm
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    again, ms linda, thanks so much for all you do to inform and get some folks off their keister!

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:09 pm
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      Hi Greg, thank you, cousin! We do need to get people prepared! Linda

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  • March 19, 2021 at 7:10 pm
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    Has anyone had luck with outdated had and feet warmers?

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    • March 19, 2021 at 8:09 pm
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      Hi BBarton, this is a great question. We rotate ours so I only buy what we can use in a year. Linda

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  • March 20, 2021 at 12:02 pm
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    that’s awesome! I love the hot water bottles! you can build a clear plexiglass box with a lid or door and put those bottles in it in a sunny window and get up over 100 degrees! and no butane!

    and like your solar cell charger, get some solar battery chargers with rechargeable batteries and you’ll have endless power!

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    • March 20, 2021 at 12:48 pm
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      Hi Greg, solar is the way to go for sure! Leanne mentioned the Hot Water Bottles one day and I quickly ordered one. My mom always had a hot water bottle. Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 12:21 am
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    I was confused about the article regarding an emergency radio. In the picture you have a basic radio that covers different frequencies, but the link to amazon refers to a Kaito radio. Kaito radios along with most of the copy cat radio are worthless as they try to do too much with very little power. You don’t need a radio with a flash light, phone charger due to the fact that the solar charger on these radios are totally worthless, and the crank is a good idea, but it is also totally worthless. I really don’t feel like cranking on it for 5 minutes to get 1 minute of radio. Don’t go by the reviews as some of those are fake or are based on the fact that they were NEVER used in an emergency. It is better if you just got a basic battery powered AM/FM/Weather radio that uses rechargeable batteries. In fact, you can get hand held FRS/GMRS communications radios that you can tune to FM/Weather stations and more. Eliminating the need for a dedicated radio you described.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 6:28 am
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      Hi Larry, I appreciate your comment. I’ve been sent several emergency radios over the years to do reviews on. I sent them all back. I finally found the one in the picture off of eBay. It’s amazing but in all reality, we would all love a Ham radio license or at least some of us. Great tip, Linda

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      • March 29, 2021 at 5:08 pm
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        Sorry, This was an after thought. The FRS radios do not require a license, just common courtesy. The FRS/GMRS radios require a license only if you use the GMRS frequencies. The GMRS license was $60 five years ago, renewable every five years. No testing. Some units have FM stations available to listen to. I personally have 4 of those radios for use in an emergency situation. One for FM/weather. One for GMRS emergency channels and two for personal use in our two cars in case of an evacuation. If, no when, problems happen a FRS/GMRS radio will be the only communications available. Most cell towers will on generators during an emergency and only have power/fuel for three days. Plan ahead and get a FRS/GMRS radio with rechargeable batteries/charger. Get an inverter (DC to AC) that can connect to your car battery, then you can plug your battery charger into the inverter to recharge the batteries, phone, etc.

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        • March 29, 2021 at 5:32 pm
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          Hi Larry, grab a link for the one I should buy, I need to get my act together. I need one. Thanks, Larry for your help, Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 4:51 pm
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    So what is the radio in the picture?

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    • March 29, 2021 at 5:20 pm
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      Hi Larry, let me get the link. I bought it off of eBay. Let me grab the ridiculous price one on Amazon. Most are used, I wanted NEW. They start at $69 and up to $174.00 I paid. $50 or so on eBay. Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/3cvYbaG

      Emergency radio is built to handle the elements, as well as a power outage
      Hand crank can be used to recharge the built-in battery
      Tunes AM/FM and 2 shortwave bands, including weather radio
      Tuning knob features a superimposed fine-tuning control knob
      Features a white LED emergency light

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  • March 30, 2021 at 12:08 pm
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    My original hand held radio was a BaoFeng UV5A. I have since moved up to a newer, improved version. I bought them in a set of 5, sold 2 of them to neighbors and kept the other three. With these radios you need to remember that the amount of power (WATTS) determines how far you can transmit. Right now the maximum number of watts available in a hand held is 8 watts as determined by the FCC. Most, if not all of the hand held radios are made in China, but they are fairly good radios. You can also buy a larger extended life battery for them which adds to your run time on the air. When you get one it will have to be programmed for the frequencies you want FRS, GMRS, marine or all three, plus weather frequencies. There are Youtube videos on how to do that. The radios come with a small antenna that you can replace with a larger 14 inch whip antenna if you wish. Some kits come with a whip antenna. I would also recommend you get a magnetic mounted car antenna to help extend your range when you’re driving. Radio performance is always determined by the amount of interference in your area, such as trees, buildings, hills, etc. All hand held radios are “line-of-sight”.

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    • March 30, 2021 at 2:46 pm
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      Hi Larry, this is awesome, can I share this on my FaceBook page? People need to learn this, thank you so much, Linda

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      • March 31, 2021 at 11:12 am
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        Of course. Nothing I’ve mentioned is restricted and most of the information is common knowledge among ham radio operators. I encourage more people to become familiar with their equipment and get the proper license from the FCC. There are some more very expensive radios on the market including those sold in retail stores. But for the money, being frugal myself, BaoFeng was in the right price range and performance, even after all of the modifications.

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        • March 31, 2021 at 11:36 am
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          Hi Larry, thank you, I had heard about the BaoFeng one, but those links hep me. I need to get a handle on this. Thanks again, Linda

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