Announcing Signal-3 Magazine

signal3 Recent events such as “Net Neutrality” and the use of Cyberwar bots as reported by WRSA had me thinking about “LO-TEK” solutions.  Like CA said, “Got Samizdat?”

Yea, I got it.  And you can get it too.

Starting in May, I’m releasing an old-school paper magazine called “Signal-3″.  It’ll be quarterly in schedule, and delivered in a discreet plain brown manila envelope via USPS First Class Mail, just like the way proper pornography should be sent.

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Monday Monitor: Gray Baltimore

So the usual incident was played out in Baltimore once again, a suspect belonging to a “minority” group dies from injuries sustained while in police custody of a “progressive” jurisdiction, and locals riot.

Reports came in from the affected area indicating the local police were using encryption on their comms.

If this is the case in your area, what do you do?

You need to find alternative communication systems to monitor.

In many cases, interoperability systems will be active during a major event and they are usually unencrypted, likewise non-LE agencies responding to an event such as fire and EMS will  be unencrypted.  There may also be other on-scene comms you can monitor.

The basics of communications monitoring are covered in the Basic 3%/Survivalist Communicator Class, and more advanced material is taught in the new Communications Monitoring  & COMINT/ELINT Collection For the 3%er and Survivalist.

Click here for more information.

As things continue to degenerate around us, being able to receive solid information among the propaganda being fed to us by the establishment news media will become an essential skill.

Class and Training Update

The training schedule has bee updated and is available at

Due to recent intelligence reports, feedback, and demand there are changes in the pricing and structure of the classes.

  • Effective 27APR2015 I will no longer be conducting any further group rate or non-resident classes beyond what has already been scheduled.
  • Effective 27APR2015, enrollment size will be limited to 10 students per class.
  • Effective 7MAY2015, the enrollment cost for the Basic 3%/Survivalist Communicator Course will increase to $250. Those of you wishing to take advantage of the current rate ($200) have 10 days to do so. Payment must be received by May 7th in order to do so.

  • Effective 27APR2015, the preferred payment method is payee blank US Postal Service Money Order. Any other forms of payment via USPS will be returned.  Furthermore, payments via Paypal will be subject to a surcharge to offset Paypal fees. You may contact me via email at to receive the mailing address for payments.
  • The new Basic 3%/Survivalist Communicator Course will be a comprehensive one-day class (no FTX) starting 4Q2015. The presently scheduled classes in July, August, and September in Wyoming and Alabama will remain two day classes.

25 or 6 to 4

Why that song, you ask?  It’s about how the muse comes at odd hours, and explains why I’m up at 20 to 6 in the morning on my blog when I have a gun show to work at 9AM.

Today is the last day of the gun show in Gillette, Wyoming.  It’s 9Am-3PM at the Cam-Plex, CENTRAL PAVILION, 1635 Reata Drive, GILLETTE, WYOMING. for more information. Stop by, say “Hi!”, and chat for a while.  I’m sorta in the center of the venue at the table with the tall whip antenna sticking up.  Can’t miss it.  Lots of good stuff here, and most of it is pretty reasonably priced.  There’s also a good preparedness products dealer here if you need some 72 hour food kits, Berkey water filters, and the like.  And ammo.  Lots of ammo.  You can also get up copies of my book, Grid-Down Communications, and sign up for the 3%/Grid-Down Communications Courses at a discounted rate of $175 FRN (aka Cash) or trade a class slot for precious metals or other barter. In addition to the Wyoming classes this summer, I will soon be offering some dates this Autumn, and if you sign up for a class and have to miss it, you can take a later one.  You also have free refreshers available to you, but expect to be drafted as cadre.  Now that I have semi-permanent facilities, expect the resident courses to get more interesting, especially the advanced ones I’m working on.

A lot of people have been asking about the Anytone TERMN-08R HTs.  The III% Society was cool enough to send me a couple for review (Thank you!)  A detailed review along with application notes is going to appear in the first issue of Signal-3, but for now I’m going to answer the one question that’s been on everyone’s mind….

Do I recommend these radios? – Yes.

Yes, they are good radios. Yes, they are a good value.  Some highlights:

  • Feature set is very well suited for our purposes.
  • Nice ergonomics/feel in my opinion.
  • Size makes keypad buttons easier to work than smaller radios.
  • A full keypad means it has one important feature that I talk about in the article.
  • They meet most of my criteria for a squad radio.
  • Anytone is a Christian-owned company.

I hope that information helps you in your decision making process with squad-radio comms for your group.  In ending, the radio is good for a group standard.  If you are a lone wolf operator, it is also a very good general-purpose radio for you.

See you in class.


May 1st, 2015: CPX Jackson

  1. On May 1st, 2015 withdraw as much money as possible from bank accounts.
  2. From May 1st-May 3rd, purchase ammo, guns, precious metals, and other preparedness-related supplies.
  3. From May 1st-May 3rd, restrict purchases to cash at small sole-proprietor type businesses.
  4. Maintain remainder of withdrawal amount as emergency cash fund.

Spread the word.

cpx jackson

A Reader Asks: Questions About HT Radios

One of our readers asked:

I have been reading on your website as well as some other places about radios, and unfortunately not only am I very inexperienced with this sort of thing, but a lot of the electronics techni-jargon just doesn’t sync up with my brain. So you could say I know enough to be dangerous to my wallet, but not to make a truly informed decision.
Therefore, I have a few questions for you in regards to a HT squad-level radio and maybe you can help clear some things up for me.

As stated I’m looking for a radio to use at the squad level, as well as for potentially longer distance comms. I’ve had more than enough experience with the usual 2-mile cobra/midland/etc walkie talkies, and they all sucked, especially once you get a couple hills between you, so I want something better.
The HT HAM style stuff like the ubiquitous Baofeng UV-5R is what’s in mind here. I’ve done a good bit of research on brand and quality- enough to convince me NOT to get a baofeng (haha) and decided on a Yaesu, as they seem to get unilaterally good reviews. I’m willing to spend a little extra for a quality product… Although I’m not made of money.

The two radios I am trying to decide between are the FT-60R and VX-6R

Bearing in mind this being a “field use” radio I saw that the VX was rated submersible with a metal case, so I’m leaning hard toward that one. Because sometimes you fall into water… some of us more than others… haha
As far as money, the VX is about the limit of what I’d be looking to spend.

Now, the questions;

1) Is there any reason I should NOT get the VX over the FT?

2) Dual band versus tri-band. Another topic that’s sailing over my head, if I have a tri-band and another person has the dual band, they’re still compatible right? I mean a frequency is a frequency and if both radios are tuned to that frequency all is well?
The way I’m understanding it, dual band vs tri band just means I can switch between three frequencies with the tri band versus two with the dual.
Or does it also give it more frequency ranges to transmit on as well (ie, 3 freq ranges vs 2 with a dual band)?

3)Here’s another very dumb question- can either of the Yaesu’s here be used on a mode/frequency that’s *not*HAM?
The background to this question is, I know of a lot of guys that use the BF UV-5Rs in various sporting uses. I KNOW half these guys can’t possibly have a HAM license, therefore I’m assuming the radios have other modes/freqs to transmit on? Do these have a GMRS or MURS mode or something?
The reason I ask is I do not have a HAM license yet, and as it may be a while before/if that happens I don’t want to have screwed myself buying a totally unusable radio.

OK. Quite a bit to digest here, but let’s take the questions one at a time.

1. No reason why you should not get the VX-6R over the FT-60.  Both are good ham HTs, but there are some alternatives in the same price range as the VX-6R that you might want to consider.

2. Yes, they are usually comparable, but you have to look at the radio’s spec sheet and see what bands they cover.  99% of the time “dual-band” means 2m and 70cm. Tri-band will include both 2m & 70cm, as well as another band like 6m or 1.25m.  In the VX-6R’s case, it’s 2m, 70cm, and 1.25m.

3. Yes, you can modify the Yaesu ham HTs to transmit outside the ham bands.  This is to accommodate hams who volunteer for MARS (Military Affiliate Radio Service) and operate on MARS frequencies just above and below the ham bands.  CAP (Civil Air Patrol) radio operators used to do the same thing before new NTIA regulations  decertified the use of ham gear on CAP frequencies (and pissed off a lot of hams who were in CAP).

Yaesu ham HTs are not certified for use outside the ham bands or MARS frequencies.  That means they are technically not legal on LMR, MURS, FRS, or GMRS frequencies.  Yes, people do use them outside the ham bands.  Yes, enforcement is non-existent for the most part.  Yes, certain hamsexy types on some of the prepper forums get all bent out of shape about this type of thing.  It’s not a topic of discussion here because I have better things to talk about.

Now some of the Chicom HTs are certified for Part 90 use, which are the LMR bands  (land mobile radio – public safety and business services).  That doesn’t make them Part 95 certified, which is MURS, FRS, and GMRS. Yes, people do use them on those bands.  Yes, enforcement is non-existent for the most part.  Yes, certain hamsexy types on some of the prepper forums get all bent out of shape about this type of thing.  It’s not a topic of discussion here because I have better things to talk about.

Now that I’ve talked about all that, as a ham HT the VX-6R is a pretty good piece of kit.  However, let me throw out two alternatives in the same price range:

Motorola RMM2050 – Milspec MURS Radio that is actually Part 95 certified. You may also want to look for the recently discontinued Motorola RDM2080.

Motorola DTR series – Milspec spread-spectrum radio operating in the license-free 902-928 MHz. Part 15 band.  The DTR-550 and DTR-650 are the models to look for.

The potential advantages of these radios over the VX-6R are:

1. They are much more simple in operation.

2. They do not require a ham license.

3. They are properly certified for their respective bands.

The MURS radios will give you interoperability with other groups that run MURS. The DTR radios offer better privacy with your comms.

The fact is that the VX-6R, Motorola MURS, and Motorola DTR radios are all good choices.  One just needs to decide where they want to operate, and standardize on a choice for their group.  Then get on the air and practice.


Been a busy weekend out here.

HF Go-kit seen at Sheridan Hamfest.

  • I’d like to thank the Cloud Peak Radio & Electronics Group for hosting an excellent hamfest, and everyone who showed up and said “Hi!”.  I’d also like to give a shout-out to Big Horn Trading in Sheridan for their excellent book and preparedness gear selection and their hospitality during their event last Saturday.
  • The Events page has been updated with two new entries:

    Gillette Gun Club Gun Show – Gillette, WY
    April 24-26, 2015

    1635 Reata Drive
    I will have copies of the Grid-Down Communications book available for those who wish to buy one with FRNs or silver.  Likewise, anyone who wants to sign up for a course or subscribe to Signal-3 with FRNs or gold/silver coins/bullion can do so at the show.

    Communications Monitoring (RTL-SDR Emphasis) & COMINT/ELINT Collection

    September 12-13, 2015 – Riverton, WY (Fremont County)

    This is a two-day class that covers the Communications Monitoring and and COMINT/ELINT Collection with an emphasis on the RTL-SDR.

    The class consists of a one-day classroom instruction period and a one-day field training exercise  (FTX). The FTX is held *rain or shine*. Dress and equip yourself appropriately.

    This is an intermediate level class. Communications monitoring beginners are advised to take the Basic 3%/Grid-Down Communications Course first, or at least have read and understood the material in the Grid-Down Communications book. Personal communications monitoring equipment/accessories, including a laptop with an RTL-SDR, are required for this class.  RTL-SDRs are available from from Adafruit and other suppliers.

    Registration cost for this course is $225. There is $25 early-bird discount for signing up one month or further in advance. 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 the course gets cancelled by me, you get a full refund by whatever means you paid (Paypal or MO). Hotel, travel, and meal arrangements/expenses are the responsibility of the course attendee.

Click here to pay via Paypal.

  • The first issue of Signal-3 is coming along nicely. Still plenty of time to subscribe and receive the first issue.
  • The evaluation continues on the Anytone TERMN-08R radios. A full report will be in the first issue of Signal-3, but for now if you were planning on buying them solely for the FHSS, you will want to reconsider your decision.


Anytone TERMN-08R Handheld Radios: First Impressions

  • The overall physical feel and build quality is pretty good, similar to the Woxun, Puxing, and TYT radios.
  • They come with an earpiece microphone. That’s a good extra.
  • The rubber duck antenna is about 6 inches long, which means the ERP might be better than the stock radiating dummy load stubby-duck antenna many radios come with.
  • Sensitivity seems excellent.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the radios are not certified for Part 95 operation. The cert was denied by the FCC.

Pictures from Tulsa 3%/Grid-Down Commo Course

IMG_20150412_105421205Elecraft KX-3 in the field.

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IMG_20150412_112027645Homebrew antenna mast made from wood dowel and PVC pipe. Used to raise center of G5RV antenna in Inverted-V configuration.

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A very good book on antennas.


Field station belonging to one of the students. Yaseu FT-817, Icom IC-718, Uniden Home Patrol, Solar Panel, and accessories.


Close-up of AGM battery power source used in station.

Classes remain available for enrollment in Wyoming and Alabama this year. Additionally I am available for private and public group rate classes.

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See you in class.