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

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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
c/o boxholder
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.

chinajackaldonotuse_1See you in class.

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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
c/o boxholder
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.

Gone Fishing

The Idaho Patcon is this week. I’ll be giving a talk there Saturday, but I’ve got things to do before that.

In the meantime, why don’t you turn off your computer and go explore meatspace for a while.

Go visit the Patcon if you’re within travel distance.

Conduct a long term monitoring exercise.

Set up your CB or ham base station, and make some contacts so you know your gear works.

Whip out your soldering iron and build an accessory for your station.

Build and try out a new antenna from parts you find at the local hardware store.

Just turn your fucking Internet appliance off, get off your ass and go do something in the real world.

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Just fucking do it.

Go where the troll(bots) cannot.

Meatspace.

A Stealthy Homebrew Vertical Dipole Antenna Using Mobile CB Antennas

sparks31:

The fixed URL is http://www.hamuniverse.com/cbstrongtie.html

You can buy manufactured dipole adapters that will turn two 3/8×24 mount antennas into a dipole, not just CB. For HF ham bands, you should mount the dipole horizontally.

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:

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For those who want comms without license.

It’s not like there aren’t boatloads of CB radios and users out there.

Antennas make a huge difference.

Start small.

Think confidence targets.

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Carrying an FT-817 in the field.

You should be looking for ways to carry your radios in the field. With civilian ham radio gear this can be a problem.

This is a recent US military issue CASE, SAW, MULTI-PURPOSE W/CASE, CLEANING KIT. It’s made by Advanced Integrated  Tactical Equipment Systems (AITES).  There are MOLLE webbing straps on the case, a removable shoulder strap, and a secondary MOLLE pouch that attaches to the top of the bag. Cost all of $20 at an army/navy store in Connecticut.

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Nice piece of kit, but will it do the job?

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Fits a Yaesu FT-817 and GoalZero Sherpa50 power pack with a little room to spare.

This case can be used either on its own as a shoulder bag, or attached to a MOLLE rig. Should be available at any decent army/navy store or via mail order.

From Bundy Ranch to Baltimore, keep your headphones on.

bunker2Listening is >2X more important than transmitting.

Since this blog started up, there have been many opportunities to hone one’s skill-set for the coming festivities.

  • Baltimore
  • Bundy Ranch
  • Ferguson
  • Ebola Scare
  • Jade Helm

Can you drop into an AO and collect intelligence with commercial off-the-shelf equipment?

Coming in the Spring of 2016:

Radio Recon Class

April 16th-17th, 2016 – Rock Springs, WY

This is an intense 2-day practical course aimed at beginner to intermediate-level communications monitors who wish to advance their skill level in low level voice interception techniques.

The student will arrive with personal field gear and electronic equipment suitable for communications monitoring in the field.

Day 1 will consist of a morning classroom session followed by an afternoon practical/”dry run” session with the student’s monitoring equipment. Deficiencies will be noted, allowing the student an opportunity to correct them by using local sources.

Day 2 will consist of a field-training exercise.  A quick briefing will be conducted followed by a short (<1 mile) rucksack hike to an elevated location where a field monitoring post will be set up, and the FTX will be conducted in conjunction with continued practical training on on tactical communications monitoring and COMINT (Communciations Intelligence) collection techniques aimed specifically at the 100 KHz. to 2 GHz. frequency range. Personal communications monitoring equipment/accessories, and adequate field gear are required for this class. The FTX is held *rain or shine*. Dress and equip yourself appropriately.

The cost of this course is $150. Students who have taken the Basic 1-Day Workshop Class may opt to redeem their $50 discount for this class in lieu of the Intermediate 3%/Survivalist Communicator Course.

Payment Information

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:
Signal-3
c/o boxholder
PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501

What if?

Net: an entrapping device or situation.

Web: a net made from silk threads woven together by a spider, snare, entanglement.

Imagine OPFOR having to work for a living instead of passively sitting by and letting their intelligence come to them.

Imagine the keyboard trolls and troll-bots being silenced permanently.

Imagine people having to get up and actually live their lives in meatspace.

Imagine something that would hurt the collectivists and totalitarians more than it would hurt us.

Agent T.W. Lee agrees…

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