Anytone TERMN-08R – Not A Review

https://anytonetech.com/
Click here to buy.

I have not yet purchased this radio. It is my understanding that some will be present at the Idaho PatCon. I will bring up some test equipment and give them an evaluation at that time.  For the moment, Ham Radio Blog PD0AC has done a review and by all indications the TERMN-08R appears to be a decent ChiCom portable, and undercuts the Yaesu FT-60R on Amazon by $30 US. However, for the price you can buy almost five Baofeng UV5Rs and almost equip a fire-team with their own squad radio. By many accounts on the patriot, prepper and 3% blogsphere, the Baofengs are perfectly good radios, and God Help You if you say otherwise.  As a comparison, the last squad radio I purchased cost me all of $13 at a hamfest.

popcomm-aug1983I figured that if it was good enough for this combat-experienced operator, it was good enough for me.

The reality however, is that as long as your squad radios address certain considerations, it doesn’t matter what brand they are, or band they are on.  So, for $139 you get a dual-band VHF/UHF HT with shortwave RX capability. Excellent bargain, actually.

But, wait a minute.  Click here.

What was that? A dual-band VHF/UHF HT with shortwave RX capability made by Yaesu for the same price.

Well, the VX-3R is not GMRS/FRS/MURS compliant for those of you who wish to comply in a time where FCC funding is getting slashed, 11 Meter Freeband operators get on the air with impunity, and no one is getting busted for running high power on bubble-pack channels 1-7 without sending the FCC $90 for a GMRS license.   It also doesn’t have “FHSS”, although I trust the manual’s Chinglish descrption about as much as I’d trust Eric Holder’s opinions on the 2nd Amendment. The FHSS feature is interesting.  Can’t wait to hit these radios with the same test equipment I used to evaluate the Motorola DTRs and those shitty Trisquare radios…

By Request: Preparing For COMINT and SIGINT

Enrollment for the Tulsa, OK class 3%/Grid-Down Commo Course ends on April 4th.  Please enroll and/or have your reservation paid in full by then if you are interested in attending this course

In the Course, I’ve mentioned sites like Radio Reference and FCC General Menu Reports for getting frequency data for your AO. A recent attendee of the Course asked about further information on setting up a SIGINT plan.  Here is what you do:

In addition to hobbyist sites and FCC license records, there is some other information you will want to have at hand.

Frequency Allocation Data

http://www.sinister.com/~ticom/nebbia98.pdf – Spectrum Use Summary 137 Mhz. – 10 GHz. – A good summary of what’s where in the VHF/UHF/Microwave Spectrum

http://www.sinister.com/~ticom/consolidated.pdf – The Consolidated Frequency List – A good list of frequency allocations.

http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/spectrum/table/fcctable.pdf – FCC ONLINE TABLE OF FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS, 47 C.F.R. § 2.106

allocations – FCC LMR Allocations from Part 90

These allocation charts are for doing spectrum and band/sector searches.  They tell you, in a broad sense, what kind of users will be operating in what parts of the spectrum.  Download and print out all three.  They will come in handy.

Defining Your AO

See my earlier blog post.

Next Steps

  • See what local users are active with radio communications.  Do a box search of your AO (See my earlier blog post.) and run a point search of the locals. If your monitoring setup is not adequate enough  to hear the locals, then fix it so it can.
  • See just how far out you can reach with your monitoring setup. Do some band/sector searches, and identify your intercepts with the data from Radio Reference and FCC General Menu Reports.
  • Maybe do a little Signal Analysis?

ARRL CEO Speaks on Weapons Possession During ARES Deployments

Via Frugal Squirrel’s:

To clarify the issue on the ARRL’s position on weapons, safety, and individual responsibility for ARES activations and ARRL activities the following is official guidance from ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. It is dated March 31, 2014 and supersedes any prior communication on the subject.

“Anyone seeking permission to carry weapons during an ARES deployment is to be advised that the ARRL cannot give such permission. Neither does the ARRL prohibit legal weapons, but the ARRL accepts no responsibility or liability for injury or damages to anyone as the result of possession of a weapon by an ARES volunteer. The responsibility or liability for injury or damages to anyone as a result of an individual’s possession of a weapon remains with the individual. ARES volunteers must obey all federal, state, and local laws while on deployment. When supporting a served agency, ARES volunteers must also adhere to the policies of the served agency.

“The ARRL does not expect volunteers to participate in a dangerous activity or to place themselves in what they perceive to be a dangerous or unsafe environment. Volunteers should avoid or cease participating in any ARRL activity or deployment under circumstances which make them uncomfortable.”
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Please post the unedited policy from the ARRL CEO on all such forums where the ARRL anti-gun rumor is spreading. I believe this policy is prudent, recognizes an individual’s 2nd amendment rights, and addresses questions of liability very succinctly. The ARRL Indiana Section supports this policy and will adhere to it.

The Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator and I will be doing an internal investigation of comments expressed by Mr. Delbert Felix. I plan to publish the ARRL policy in the next issue of the Indiana Section Newsletter. I’ve always claimed one of the downfalls of amateur radio is that operators can literally spread rumors at the speed of light. I plan to dispel any misinformation that portrays the ARRL as anti-gun.
73,
Joseph Lawrence, K9RFZ
ARRL Indiana Section Manager

Two On Net Neutrality

sparks31:

Got samizdat?
Yes CA. I do!
“Signal-3″ coming soon! Old school LO-TEK paper distro.
Thank you, Agent T.W. Lee.

****WHERE WAS WE, YEAH —- USE AUTHORIZED DATA BASE ACCESS
PROTOCOLS ONLY ….. SENSUOUS KEYSTROKES FORBIDDEN ….. DO NOT
STRUM THAT 33 LIKE A HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ….. GRAND CONCLAVE
OF THE PARTIES OF INTERZONE: CHECK YOUR BOX FOR DETAILS…..
PERSONAL ATTENDANCE REQUIRED; SEND NO REPLICA. BENWAY OUT.
TLALCLATLAN ……

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Planning

sparks31:

TLALCLATLAN

Originally posted on Grid-Down Survivalist/Preparedness Page:

****WHERE WAS WE, YEAH —- USE AUTHORIZED DATA BASE ACCESS
PROTOCOLS ONLY ….. SENSUOUS KEYSTROKES FORBIDDEN ….. DO NOT
STRUM THAT 33 LIKE A HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ….. GRAND CONCLAVE
OF THE PARTIES OF INTERZONE: CHECK YOUR BOX FOR DETAILS…..
PERSONAL ATTENDANCE REQUIRED; SEND NO REPLICA. BENWAY OUT.
TLALCLATLAN ……

When I started writing this, I was reading an article in the Westchester County, NY Journal News. It disclosed how the local governments in the area were not cooperating with FEMA by not providing data needed for the re-certification of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant emergency plan. The consequence was that the plant owner, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, and FEMA would invoke the Reagan-era Presidential Executive Order 12657 that lets FEMA and Entergy create evacuation plans without any input from the locals, and later bill the locals for the cost. Executive order 12657, interestingly enough, came about from New…

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Discone Antenna

discone

Spent part of the weekend putting a discone antenna up at a friend’s place. The particular model was a Radio Shack 20-043, and sells for $60.  It’s RX coverage spec is 25-1300 MHz, and will also work for TX on the 50, 144, 220, 440, 900 and 1296MHz ham bands.

Discones are pretty decent general purpose VHF/UHF antennas. They simply get the job done. A good recommendation as a first antenna for your VHF/UHF monitoring or VHF/UHF ham station.

Tulsa, Oaklahoma Class Update

An email has been sent out with the specifics for the Tulsa, OK class.  If you have signed up, and did not get an email, please email me – sparks31@unseen.is

If you are a class alumni (any previous class), and wish to stop by for a refresher/visit, please email me to let me know you’re coming.