Signal Corps: More Links Than I Can Post

Holy cow.

Just go and keep scrolling as you read.

Very well done.

5 responses to “Signal Corps: More Links Than I Can Post

  1. One word of caution. The makeup of HAM radio license holders, at least in my AO and I’m sure many others, is predominately of the creepy statist types. They got their licenses from the Federales and they’re going to police the airwaves for anyone falling out of line (and trust me, they do, and they do with a vengeance). In my state, open carrying of firearms is not (for the most part) infringed upon. But I’ve showed up at couple of meetings carrying openly and was asked after one to “cover it up” and during a different meeting was told that no firearms or ‘weapons’ of any kind, *including a flippin’ pocket knife* would be allowed while at meetings nor while performing any club business. I told both of them to take a hike, in so many words. Some may question carrying openly, but it’s an excellent way to flush out the turds in a situation like this. Or, if there are too many turds, to realize you are in a toilet (and not a pristine lake) and to jump out.

    Many are also big on working with local, state, and federal officials, *including* FEMA. Oh, I heard (on the airwaves) that when FEMA came for one training session that they were going to change the way they operated; they were going to be completely in charge of communications during disasters. This hasn’t always been the case and some HAMs were, heh, hemmin’ and hawing about it, but there are still many who are more than happy to work side by side with the Feds. And for those in my tribe who carry, openly or not, they’ve essentially been told that, for instance, no need to carry (nor will they be *allowed*) at shelters (most are at schools) because, “oh, no worries, they’ll be a deputy there.” Yeah, right. I’m gonna rely on the Only Ones who shoot worse than Free Men and have a higher percentage of violent criminal element in their ranks. Not going to happen. (Incidentally, this was while discussing being a *volunteer* at the shelters during disasters, not a refugee.)

    So get yer license and make a big push in your tribe for everyone to get theirs, too. But keep your head low and feel out the clubs in your area. If you find them too ‘hot’, then form your own club, or don’t bother; just make it one of the many skills you read up on and hone. You’ll still need to stay on good terms (but remain someone stealth) in order to be welcome on the repeaters, as they are almost always privately owned, but remember there’s always simplex and HF. Regulations still apply, but whoever owns a repeater in question can make his own additional rules and you can be kicked off a repeater. With simplex, follow the FCC regs and know who your local Frequency Coordinator is and your good. HF is for much longer distances (including half way around the world), so won’t apply much to SHTF scenarios. Both simplex and HF, though, require more investment in power and antennas than your typical 2 meter and 440Hz bands used on your typical repeaters, so keep that in mind.

  2. God, I do love good Echoes! The Lord loves the commo man.
    John Mosby

  3. I’ve been a ham for over 25 years, and have observed that the political makeup of hams closely parallels the political makeup of the area they are in. You however are not there to talk politics. Your mission is to become a skilled commo operator. If you happen to acquire a little HUMINT in the process, then so be it.
    VHF/UHF repeaters in my AO are run by a bunch of senior citizens, and have poorly-maintained equipment that dates back to the Nixon administration. Emergency power for them is inconsistent. The activity on them is almost non-existent because everyone has cell phones. They will be useless once TSHTF. Concentrate on VHF Simplex and HF operations because that’s what you’ll be using,
    I’m working on a more articles, so watch the blog.


    • Given that I just got my (General) license this past April, I will defer to you’re expertise here.

      Oh, and with my experience, I wasn’t there to *talk* politics at all. But HUMINT is exactly what I was looking for. I knew a visible sidearm was one way to gain some of that intel. After posting, I realized my incorrect statement about HF. HF *is* good for short distances, but if I’m not mistaken, it’s basically line of sight, correct?

  4. HF is good for around the world with the right antenna and power. 2 meter(VHF) is basically line of sight and very common. Hams do like to police themselves and others using the waves, and work with such as fema. 2m and HF will be most useful for tshtf, 2m for local, hf for distance.