Pre-Jedburgh FTX

The Rock Springs, WY class is less than 2 weeks away, but there is still time to sign up.  Terms are $200 FRN (cash) or an equivalent amount in PMs or barter items due Saturday, August 15th, before the beginning of class. You can also mail a payee blank USPS postal money order to our PO Box.  If you send it out early this week, it should arrive on time. If you’d like to attend, please send me an email to <sparks31@unseen.is>. As previous attendees have attested, this is one class you want to attend.

This past weekend, some of the cadre and I went on an FTX to prepare for the class. We brought portable radios out, set them up, and tuned around to see what we could hear.

IMG_20150801_140406582We loaded up at a local trail head and proceeded to an elevated location where we set up the station.

IMG_20150801_143908587The first thing we did was set up a receiver for monitoring nearby radio traffic.

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The first station was a Yaesu FT-817 using a GoalZero Serpa50 power back and Maldol whip antennas. Since this was a daytime FTX, HF bands of interest were 20, 15, and 10 meters.

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The other radio was an Elecraft KX3 hooked up to an EARC End-Fed Antenna.

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We didn’t bring a throw bag, but this field expedient worked adequately.

Like any FTX, there were lessons learned, and those of you who attend the class in Rock Springs will be first to hear about them.

See you in class.

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Signal-3 is the technical journal for 3%ers, preppers, and survivalists.  Our focus is communications and other technological aspects of preparedness.

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Birmingham, Alabama Non-Resident Grid-Down/Jedburgh Commo Class

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There is only five weeks to go before the Birmingham class!

This is the last class I’m doing in the American South this year, and the last Non-Resident Class of the year.

At the present time, no other classes are planned.

If the situation continues to decline,
there may not be another opportunity to take this class.

Non-Resident 3%/Survivalist Communicator Course

  • September 5-6,2015, Birmingham, AL

This class is a combination of the beginner and intermediate courses. Personal equipment is required for non-resident courses. Registration cost for this course is $200, payable in advance. Course fees are non-refundable.  Hotel, travel, and meal arrangements/expenses are the responsibility of the course attendee.

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We accept the following forms of payment:

Cash – preferred.
Money Orders – payee to be left blank to make them freely negotiable.
.999 Silver Coin – contact us for current exchange rate via <sparks31@unseen.is>.
NOTE: We no longer accept Paypal.

Payment may be sent to:
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Take advantage of this opportunity while you still can.

Commo Like a Jedburgh: August 15-16, 2015 – Rock Springs, WY

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https://sparks31.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/sf_commo.pdf

On August 15th and 16th in Rock Springs, WY we will unveil a new curriculum for the Intermediate 3%/Survivalist Communicator Course: The Jedburgh Commo Class.  Slots are still available if you act quickly.

Let me share what happened during our workshop last weekend in Idaho:

IMG_20150729_132249163This is a $230 Yaesu ATAS-25 portable antenna that broke during deployment. The culprit was this:

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A nylon bolt that might cost 50 cents. Regardless, it rendered the antenna useless. Fortunately, a back-up system was available:

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These things happen, and the Jedburg Commo Class will help you deal with them, as well as avoid expensive mistakes.

This course is designed for individuals with an intermediate level of commo experience, who should have a Technician or General class Amateur Radio License. Individuals without an amateur radio license can practice operation on license-free communications bands or engage in communications monitoring activities.

Registration cost for this course is $200. Barter accepted. Course fees are non-refundable.  Hotel, travel, and meal arrangements/expenses are the responsibility of the course attendee.

  • August 15-16, 2015 – Rock Springs, WY (Sweetwater County)

We accept the following forms of payment:

Cash – preferred.
Money Orders – payee to be left blank to make them freely negotiable.
.999 Silver Coin – contact us for current exchange rate via <sparks31@unseen.is>.
Barter – contact us via <sparks31@unseen.is>.
NOTE: We no longer accept Paypal.

Payment may be sent to:
Signal-3
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PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501

You may also submit payment when you show up on the first day of the class. Just send me an email <sparks31@unseen.is> to let me know that’s what you’re doing.

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Rock Springs “Jedburgh” class coming soon.

A Communications Branch instructor demonstrates a radio to an OSS recruit at Area C.

We are three weeks out from the Rock Springs “Jedburgh” class. Please send in your payment if you would like to attend, or send me an email <sparks31@unseen.is>  if you wish to pay with cash, PMs, or barter on the day of the class.

We are currently in the process of securing a discount at a local hotel for those who are attending.  Information will be coming soon.

Intermediate 3%/Survivalist Communicator Course

This course is designed for individuals with an intermediate level of commo experience, who have a Technician or General class Amateur Radio License. Individuals without an amateur radio license can practice operation on license-free communications bands or engage in communications monitoring activities.

Registration cost for this course is $200. Barter accepted. Course fees are non-refundable.  Hotel, travel, and meal arrangements/expenses are the responsibility of the course attendee.

  • August 15-16, 2015 – Rock Springs, WY (Sweetwater County)

Cash – preferred.
Money Orders – payee to be left blank to make them freely negotiable.
.999 Silver Coin – contact us for current exchange rate via <sparks31@unseen.is>.
NOTE: We no longer accept Paypal.

Payment may be sent to:
Signal-3
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PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501

Idaho Patcon AAR – Links List

I would like to thank the organizers of the Idaho Patcon for the opportunity to speak there yesterday.  I hope my talk helped the attendees out with the communications aspects of their preps. There are a few things I’d like to share with the blogsphere based on my observations at the Patcon:

  • It doesn’t matter if all you have is a Tech license and Baofeng HT. You need to get out and practice with it regularly.  At the very least you should:
    1. Use it as a police scanner receiver and see what you can hear in your AO.
    2. Get with the members of your group and see how far you can talk simplex (HT to HT) with just your stock HT and antenna in your AO.
    3. Work on higher-gain antennas such as jungle antennas and Arrow Yagis to increase your communications distance.
  • Everyone needs to get an adequate (P25 “digital trunking” for the American Redoubt) police scanner and shortwave receiver.  Then they need to start listening to radio traffic in their AO on a regular basis.  Find frequency and system data at http://www.radioreference.com/
  • Everyone needs to get a pair of decent old-school optics; 7×50 or 10×50 binoculars, take them out into the field, and practice with them. Not having a pair of decent binocs borders on criminal. Even a set of cheap Tascos or Bushnells will work for a start.
  • This meetup in meatspace was a good start, but you need to continue to free yourself from the NET.

Links to stuff I talked about:

http://www.qsradio.com/ – Quicksilver Radio.  Good wire and parts source.

http://www.hamsource.com/ – Hamsource. Good parts and accessories source. Especially for Yaesu FT-817 owners.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/ – Eham reviews. Use this to see if a particular radio model sucks or not.

http://www.hamradio.com/ – Ham Radio Outlet. Located in Denver, CO and Portland, OR

http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Digital_Scanner_Comparison_Chart – Digital Scanner Comparison Chart

http://www.forrestmims.org/ – Forrerst M Mims III

https://www.amrron.com/ – AmRRON American Redoubt Radio Operators Network

http://www.ka7oei.com/ft817pg.shtml – KA7OEI FT-817 Page. Good info on one of the better radios your can buy.

http://www.arrl.org/arrl-antenna-book – ARRL Antenna Book

http://www.ta-petro.com/ – TA Truckstops. Local source of CB gear.

http://www.loves.com/ – Love’s Truckstops. Local source of CB gear.

http://www.pilotflyingj.com/ – Pilot/Flying J Truckstops. Local source of CB gear.