Never Trust Anyone Else’s Infrastructure…

..Because if you don’t control it, you can lose it.

http://www.neowin.net/news/level3-suffering-major-outages-effects-are-felt-worldwide

Level3 suffering major outages; effects are felt worldwide

And also via John Jacob Schmidt of AmRRON:

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-repeaters-fall-victim-to-washington-wildfire

Amateur Repeaters Fall Victim to Washington Wildfire

  • Have a police scanner, shortwave receiver and AM/FM radio so you can get news and information from local to regional to nation/worldwide.
  • Think VHF simplex and HF NVIS instead of VHF/UHF repeaters.
  • Know your equipment inside and out, and practice with it.
  • Think about portable tactical repeaters that you can deploy to extend the range of your HTs.
  • Remember, it’s called the NET and the WEB for a reason.

ts-meatspace

See you in class.

qai2x

One Month Until Riverton, WY “3-Sierra” Class

Scanners, Security, and Surveillance

September 19-20, 2015
Riverton, WY

This is a two day class covering, communications monitoring, security, and surveillance systems focused on the needs of the 3%er and survivalist.

It has been my observation that these three skills are sorely lacking in the 3% and prepper community, and this class has been developed to address this deficiency.

The cost of this class is $150. Alumni of any previous class can attend free unless they feel obligated otherwise. In said case just toss me a box of .45 ACP, .308/7.62mm, or a 1oz Silver Round on the day of the class.

Residents of the Western American Redoubt (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Western Oregon, and Western Washington) can pay what you can afford on this and any other class.

Click here to pay via Paypal.

In addition to Paypal, we also accept cash, checks, money orders, silver bullion (contact us for exchange rate – sparks31@unseen.is), and barter.  Send payment to:

TAC Enterprises, LLC
PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501

One week until Birmingham, Alabama class begins.

A week from Saturday we’ll be doing the Non-Resident 3%/Survivalist Communications Course (Beginner-to-Intermediate) in Birmingham, Alabama.

There is still time for you to sign up. Click here to enroll and pay via Paypal.

If you want to pay via snail-mail I would advise sending it out via priority mail no later than Saturday. Send cash or a payee-blank USPS Money Order in the amount of $200 to:

Signal-3
PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501

This is going to be a busy and intense class happening over most of the weekend. Being a combined beginner/intermediate class, there will be a lot of material to cover. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday – Classroom instruction and practical
Saturday evening – Urban communications monitoring exercise.
Sunday – FTX (Field Training Exercise)

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 is strongly advised that the attendee have at least a general class ham license, as HF operation will be involved. If you don’t have a general license, you can do a COMINT/monitoring track on the Sunday FTX.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Considerations for III%er/Grid-Down Communications
  • Equipment Selection
  • Improvised Antennas
  • Low Profile/Covert Operations
  • Basic Cryptographic Systems and Techniques
  • Non-Radio Communications Options
  • IFF (Identification Friend/Foe) and Interoperability System Considerations
  • Basic Improvised Surveillance/Security Systems – Off The Shelf Solutions
  • VHF/UHF Communications Monitoring/COMINT (Communications Intelligence)  Equipment and Systems
  • Basic COMINT and COMINT Analysis

This course is the distilled embodiment of 30 years experience doing electronic communications as a profession and hobby, and a year’s worth of fine-tuning and improvement from lessons learned in previous classes. Want a taste? Click here to read the book.

I hope to see you in class next weekend.

-Sparks

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Basic Commo Assistance – NC/SC area.

If you are in the NC/SC area, and need basic commo assistance with your gear, setting up your station, et. al., romeofoxtrot@unseen.is (aka PSYOPS) is offering to help you.

“In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King..”
That said, anyone in the NC/SC AO, who needs help in setting up basic level comms, not Sparks/Dan Morgan kind of hi speed shit, but entry level vhf/uhf/simple hf/scanner/solar stuff, can reach out to myself and a couple other folks are are willing to assist. …My/Our way of giving back, we’ll teach/guide you what has /does work for us, locally, then regionally, then nationally….You must however, agree to obtain a Ham Tech license, as if you can’t use the kit now, before a shtf moment, you will not be doing so then….Pretty basic….PSYOP

My Radio Research Library (or at least the essential books)

For those of you who are interested:

It’s important that at least some of you who are doing the commo thing learn how to repair radios, build stuff from spare parts, and just generally know the science behind all this stuff.

Eventually, maybe sooner than we think, everything is just going to collapse around us. We’re gonna need some people who can fix and rebuild things.

Find a local hackerspace, and sign your kid up. They aren’t going to teach her/him this stuff in the public school system.