COMINT Exercise: More Frequencies For Connecticut

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In light of the recent COMINT Exercise Opportunity, and declaration of emergency in the Unconstitutional Nutball State, here are some other frequencies of potential interest. NB: Make note of dates/times of nets.

Those of you who live elsewhere, please send me your frequency data: , or – Connecticut ARES Nets

region2_handbook – CT ARES Region 2 Handbook – CT ARES. Note SET (Simulated Emergency Test) on 11/8-11/9/2014.

ARES_Region_4_EOP_v3pt11 – CT ARES Region 4 Emergency Operations Plan

ARES-OEM – CT OEM (Office of Emergency Management) ARES Manual

Region_5_090708 – CT ARES Region 5 Radio Communication Plan

Region_3_Member_Handbook – CT ARES Region 3 Handbook


New Class Available: Communications Monitoring & COMINT with SDR

As part of the new instructional line up, I am now offering a new class:

Communications Monitoring & COMINT with SDR

December 13th, 2014 – Waterbury, CT

This is a one-day class that covers the Communications Monitoring and COMINT portion of the regular 3%/Grid-Down Communications Class with an emphasis on Software Defined Radio, in particular the RTL-SDR. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Introduction to VHF/UHF Communications Monitoring/COMINT
  • Installing the RTL-SDR under the Windows Operating System
  • RTL-SDR monitoring software.

The cost of this class is $50/person. A laptop computer running Windows and an RTL-SDR is required for this class. If you don’t have an RTL-SDR, you can order one with an MCX-BNC cable adapter from the instructor for an additional $38.  If you require an RTL-SDR, please sign up no later than November 13th.  If you wish to order yours ahead of time, I recommend ordering from Adafruit.

Click here to sign up.


2015 Class Schedule Now Posted

The initial 2015 Class Schedule is now up.  Right now there are set dates for Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, with dates for Connecticut, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and somewhere in the Southeast USA coming soon. Due to the incredible feedback and demand I’ve received, I’m continuing classes East of the Mississippi for as long as there remains interest and I am able to do so.

I am also working on certain specialized classes in addition to the basic 3%/Grid-Down Communications Class I’ve been offering.  There has been a lot of interest involving those inexpensive RTL-SDRs, so I am working on a one-day class on SIGINT/COMINT focused around the RTL-SDR that  will include one of these powerful little gadgets as part of the class and help you get it properly installed and working on your laptop. There will also be a class for the more adventurous among you…


III%/Grid-Down Communications Course

NEW: 2015 Classes

  • March 21-22, 2015 – Mercersburg/Waynesboro, PA
  • April 11-12, 2015 – Tulsa, OK
  • More to come, including Wyoming, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and SE USA.

The class will revolve around the basics of low power/qrp/covert operation with low-profile/improvised antennas, and communications monitoring focused for VHF/UHF COMINT. It will consist of classroom instruction and a field training exercise  (FTX). The FTX will be held *rain or shine*. Dress and equip yourself appropriately. It is strongly advised that the attendee have at least a General Class ham license, as HF operation will be involved. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their personal commo equipment to the class for the FTX, whether it’s communications monitoring or transmitting gear.

Registration cost for this course is $225. There is $25 early-bird discount for signing up and paying in full one month or further in advance. A $50 deposit will reserve your spot, with the balance due no later than two weeks before the class date. Course fees are non-refundable, but if you’ve paid and can’t make it for whatever reason you can take a later course or have someone take the course in your stead. If a course gets cancelled or rescheduled by me, you can either get a full refund by whatever means you paid (Paypal or MO), or carry your reservation over to another class. Hotel, travel, and meal arrangements/expenses are the responsibility of the course attendee.

Payments via Paypal are accepted through this site:

Those who who wish to pay via Postal Money Order can mail payment to:

Homestead Design Works
PO Box 96
Plymouth, CT 06782

Please indicate which course you are attending and include your email address so I can sent you confirmation.



If you have any questions, email

COMINT Exercise Opportunity

Via one the crew on the S31RC FB:

US Army and Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) stations will participate in a 48-hour nationwide contingency communication exercise on October 27 and 28 as part of an effort to develop greater cooperation between the Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored MARS program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). MARS is encouraging its members to discuss communication interoperability in advance of the exercise with their ARES section and district or local emergency coordinators.

You know what to do…