Out Of The Shack – Into The Bush


More good stuff on comms from Brushbeater.

Keep in mind that once the PTB get their global diversion war (a/k/a GWOT on steroids) started, the only reliable info will be from trusted sources operating covertly.

Are you ready now to operate in that environment?

Tempus fugit.

17 responses to “Out Of The Shack – Into The Bush

  1. interesting material about DF avoision via low-power transmission. I’d still concentrate further on keeping the messages extremely brief and well away from any base of operations. During the 26 November – 7 December 1941 run-in to the Pearl Harbor attack, the IJN naval strike force hit bad weather at several points and used low-power talk-between-ships to re-assemble the formation. But the signals bounced all over the north Pacific, were picked up by US listening stations – in the Phillipines, at Pearl, on the west coast – and, with the call sign of just one of the Jap carriers, triangulated to very accurately plot the daily positions and course of the attacking force. During the June ’42 Midway battle, a lot of TBS transmissions were picked up at Pearl…1,300 miles away

    • Then who let that “sneak attack” happen? Note: FDR wasn’t Jewish.

      • Roosevelt, of course. By way of a plan put forward by the Reds at State (Alger Hiss and friends; Hiss not a Jew) and Treasury (Morganthau + Harry Dexter White, both Jews). Both groups, after Roosevelt had failed to provoke Germany via his undeclared Spring-Summer ’41 Atlantic naval war, talked him into back-dooring America’s way into the war by provoking Japan instead. During the late summer and fall, i.e., directly after Hitler and Stalin went at it and things looked desperate for the SU, FDR cut off 2/3 of Japan’s trade and 90% of Japan’s oil supply. That worked….

    • There’ve been several lengthy works on this, during that time period. The military at that time was in baby-shoes as to monitoring at that time and they had to rope in old FCC hams as advisors on DF’ing & they weren’t up to speed or even close to it by then. That the signals were there, sporadic & of short-duration, not readily recognizable, and might have been picked up by regular maritime listening stations is of no consequence, conspiratorial or otherwise. CW goes over the ocean many thousands of mlles. Especially if both ends are sitting in one of the most reflective salt-water reflectors of all time.

      • no, US Navy SIGINT intercept stations already had the frequencies AND the call sign of IJN Kaga – flagship of Jap CarDiv 1 – and even knew the specific operator aboard by way of his particularly “heavy-handed” technique. Robert Stinnet, DAY OF DECEIT (NY, 2000) documents this issue quite thoroughly, though he’s off the mark on some other points.. THE DF information, however, only reinforced what Roosevelt already knew about the upcoming attack by way of an early AM, 26 November 1941 trans-Atlantic radiotelephone conversation with co-conspirator Churchill. Though still stonewalling the issue, it is by now evident that the Brits – unlike the US, which had broken only the Japanese diplomatic code – had also cracked large chunks of the IJN code. In short, Roosevelt and a half-dozen others in the know – Marshall, Stark, Turner, Hull – committed High Treason during the run-in to Pearl Harbor

    • Baloney. Of course CW transmissions travel long distances over salt-water. Unidentified & sporadic signals were probably available for hearing by a variety of maritime listening stations – IF they’d been listening on that freq instead of int’l distress freqs or process routine ship-to-shore comms.

      I suggest you find & read “The History of the Radio Intelligence Division Before and During World War II” by George Sterling W1AE/W3DF & some things may clarify for you as to what a sad state we were in regarding this capability & why the FCC had to “assist & mentor” the military.

      • Radioman First Class

        Indeed they did assist. My radio mentor was a WWII vet of the FCC, stationed at Great Lakes. He was on the team that first located Bismark, leading directly to her scuttling. (Sorry Haxo, I know that probably stings a bit. Lulz.)

      • will do, thanks for the ref

  2. What’s the best way for an old dog to learn code?

    • I will defer to more experienced operators, but the one that has resonated most with me is buddy A and buddy B (both like-minded) agree to meet on air at x/y date/time at z freq. They then just pound it out as slowly as they need to do so.

    • Virgil,
      Just do it. Get recordings of code at slow speeds. Start copying 5 gpm, then 7, then 10, then 13. It is like trying to copy popcorn popping at first, but you will get it. Once you can copy above 10 gpm, use an oscillator and start sending.

      When I reclassed, they were phasing out code all together. I was able to get to 15 gpm, which is prety slow compared to what good commo men did in the old days. But then, our AIMC training was only about three weeks. In the old days, a good commo man could easily send/receive 18-22 gpm. some were even faster.

    • It rather depends upon how the old dog learns. 🙂
      If you already have a radio & key (or paddle) refresh how to set it up so you’re just listening to your sidetone (w/o transmitting). And then, perhaps, get a program such as Just Learn Morse Code available here:

      If you’re old-school enough to study through a Koch-method book (search engine is your friend & PDF’s abound) you can use that also, but the trainer is available & supports that method which has proven pretty damned good over time.

      SIMULTANEOUSLY with that you’re practicing your sending and developing your “hand” as well as doing live listening on the radio. Some good frequencies (on several bands) to hang out on are listed at the SKCC (Straight Key Century Club) web page here:
      Take the time to read the stuff in the left margin and the different pages they have for different stuff, including recommended frequencies and a Beginner’s Corner. I will also mention that they have quite a few members who could probably send 30+wpm with an old military key but REALLY enjoy helping those learning, “hang out” around the recommended slow-speed frequencies, and are delighted to downshift to whatever you need. (That’s an unwritten rule anyway, the faster operator always downshifts to the speed at which the lesser one can reliably copy.) Example: They recommend on 7120 on 40 meters but usually you can hear someone from 7114 up to 7120.

      A little of that coupled with some old-dog initiative and you’ll be on your way. By the way, don’t set your initial goal at the OLD pass-the-test goal of 5wpm – you’ll blow by that so quickly you won’t believe it. If you set that software listed above for 5wpm you will realize how slow it is & you’ll take a nap or die of boredom. So don’t worry much about how quickly you can achieve what you “think” is an acceptable minimum speed to get on the air. Clarity in good keying is more important than speed anyway. The software can help with that. “Listen to picture. Miyagi say make like picture.”
      Happy trails.

  3. Good piece. I would second the author’s mention of SOTA as a specific resource to vet your antenna designs (is it theory or tacit knowledge?). Their operators in the field (pursuing their own goals for their own reasons) give an opportunity to test in many directions/distances & are are known for giving reliable signal reports if asked rather than the typical “59 thanks” of the usual contester.

  4. Concerning rf signature and HT’s:
    I recently purchased a yaesu vx-3r HT specifically for it very low 100 mW power output, as well as for it’s tiny dimensions. I was so impressed with its size and function that I bought two more. These are great little radios. If you you are planning on purchasing one don’t forget the AA battery pack. Kind of pricey at $22 but necessary all the same. However — A lithium battery replacement can be had with charger from amazon for only $16.58.
    The VX-3r may not be a mil-spec radio bu

  5. In regards to DF…it is it’s own topic; and beyond the scope of the article. ANY and ALL electromagnetic radiation(that being RF emitted by you whenever you key up) can be Direction Found. The key is if the right person is listening, and the right people are your OPFOR. I wrote about my experience intercepting Taliban communications with a plain old RS scanner in the current issue of Signal-3.

    As a general rule, the lower the TX power the better and be very flexible in planning your SOI. This means PACE. The more obscure the signal, the more likely it is to go unnoticed. In addition, the very first time your patrol sends a signal, it’s unlikely you’ll get hit. Recorded, probably. If someone is listening(assume they are.) This is also assuming of course you haven’t been compromised before you stepped off. But, again, that’s another topic. Set a pattern though, and you’re done.

    As for HTs, I concur that the VX-3 is quite nice and offers some significant value for its form factor and RX range. It’s a great clandestine listening radio. However, it’s still(like all VHF/UHF HTs) a Line of Sight set, intended for local use. Almost all HTs that I’m aware of are technically low power(>5w-ish), and can operate in a lower power setting(1w or so, depending on model). MSG Morgan did a superb piece on the Squad Radio on his blog.

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