Sparks31: Learning Electronics & CB Radio

Good ideas on both.

License-free, decent range, useful at the very least for monitoring what others in that ten-mile-plus radius are doing.

Shoot, move, communicate, support.

Keep working on each.

And remember that listening is >2x more important than talking.

20 responses to “Sparks31: Learning Electronics & CB Radio

  1. key your mike “and incoming on your position in about 2 minutes”


    shitcan the radio and use runners and anything else besides radio.

    like OPFOR is going to allow your teams to communicate.

    the st00pit. it hurts.

    • Johnny Paratrooper

      In Baghdad we had backpack systems that can block, detect, and range cell and radio transmissions.

      That shit wasn’t even classified.

      You can disable the entire comms for a whole city block.

      From a backpack unit powered by standard U.S. Mil Batteries.

      • Walter Sobchak

        I’d be fascinated to know more about these backpack systems. Who is the manufacturer, Harris corp. or other? What’s the designation of the system? I’m going to do some research myself, sounds like useful information for Freefor to know. Interesting stuff, thanks JP.

        • I think it’s called the wolfhound system or something like that. I’ve seen it mentioned with lots of photographs of the system on several times. FYI the backpack systems are linkable with each other and much much larger systems so they can target you that much more effectively and faster.

          Usually they’ll just sit back and map out an opponents comms & command infrastructure and then employ any number of methods to screw with it and the humans therein. Just blasting the hell out of everything within one kilometer of a targeted transmitter is such a dumb Russian approach.

          It’s much more fun to use an A.I synthesized voice radio transmission that perfectly imitates Pvt. Snuffy’s boss telling him to report to that pesky blacked out command bunker that never emits anything. Meanwhile Reapers are circling overhead with their multi-gigapixel persistent aerial surveillance systems watching Snuffy hoof it to the CP. Now the Reapers adjust orbit slightly and start collecting “Pattern of Life” on every biped entering and exiting the CP.

          Then they set about getting to know everything like the schedules of everyone, where they live, who their friends are, where they live, etc… etc… and they’ve mapped it all out in Palantir and other intel weenie software packages (aka. The BEAST) and figured out who the “Key Node” personnel are. Only then do they have a bunch of command staff & lawyers secured VTCs and decide who to kill, who to capture, who to exploit, etc… Contrary to popular belief there are fates worse than eating a Hellfire. Mental wounds never heal.

      • I understand all that but how many of those backpacks do they have? How many can they spread around the country? If I think I’ve got well organized hostiles in my AO then I’ll be silent. But the other 90% of the time I’ll have them. Besides that I won’t be blabbing my business all day long either. If a hostile somehow manages to be within range of my short range comms all he is going to hear is someone say something like “russet potato” and someone else say “Ok man.” He won’t know WTF and might not think it’s important.

        • Dude, you have to understand the backpack units are a teensy tiny miniscule part of the gigantic and fantastically capable electronic warfare capability presented by the US Government. Just about everything they have that flies either has some capability built in or has a package that can be rapidly added that can hoover up classify, categorize, forward, to ground based infrastructure, and exploit, or jam many multiples of target nodes (xmitter & receivers). The same applies to the hundreds if not thousands of ground vehicle based systems .gov has as well.

          It ain’t about David and Goliath. It’s about David and a couple of million Goliaths. But don’t let that get you down. The most dangerous weapon is your brain and the steel will committed to not stop no matter what. If a bunch of goat molesting turd world tribesmen who cook over fires made from of burning camel shit can outlast the Man……;-)

    • Nunya Bizzniss Sr

      Why don’t you just leave the radio stuff to those of us who can words with more than 2 syllables together and actually understand this shit and you stick to bullshitting and being a blowhard on the internet.

  2. Seraphim of Sarov

    We’re deep in solar minimum so reception will only improve in the years to come.

    Any thoughts on illegal amplifiers?

    • Nunya Bizzniss Sr

      No such thing as illegal post SHTF, stack them high and deep whilst they’re cheap. Just don’t become reliant on them and seek alternative methods including shit such as practicing your tradecraft and doing dead letter drops and so on.

      • Augusto Pintobean

        Mr Bracken – on the point of general tradecraft, dead drops, spying, etc, perhaps you can initiate a dialogue on that like you have with types of gear? What works, what attracts too much attention, etc., etc.?

        • Seriously Serious

          Go on to Amazon and look up espionage and tradecraft books along with spy nonfiction. Read the reviews. Find a few dozen titles you think are interesting. Then go over to and buy serviceable used copies for fractions of what they sell new or used on Amazon. If you want to be really cheap go to your local library and see what they have and inquire about their intra library loan program. There’s also a few decent spy movies that show some tradecraft. “The Good Shepherd” is one that was basically a knock off of James Jesus Angelton’s life. The British one with Gary Oldman called ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” is better. Once you know what to look for the movie is much more interesting and fast paced that it appears to the untrained layman. There’s a bunch of older movies with some decent elementary examples of tradecraft too but none come to mind at the moment.

    • In the amateur radio bands amplifiers of up to 1500 watts are entirely legal to use. Amps with that kind of power are very expensive, the cheapest is at least $4000.00 and can go as high as $10,000.00 for all the bells and whistles.

  3. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  4. Walter Sobchak

    Good article, great info. I definitely want to get some CB added to the CH3 project on our local AmRRON net. I definitely appreciate what tfA-t is saying here. And like CA points out, listening is 10x more important than Tx. I do believe knowledge is power, and the open source SIGINT options are really great to have and can be exploited to great effect by a saavy radio operator. Radio can definitely be a great force multiplier, and could prove very useful in a variety of situations short of being the target of .gov forces. YMMV

  5. most govt shit even at the lowest level in the smallest berg is all encrypted now anyway. lots of fed grant money to help out with that. you probably aint gonna get intel trying to listen to them. doesn’t cost a lot extra for the motorola radio tech to encrypt shit. lotta times they do it for free to win a contract.
    like johnny said, backpack units, no prob.
    son in law was a master gunner with 3RD LAR last year. they had a big exercise, and everyone was not to take cell phones in the field. some dumass lt in the CP of the opfor did. about a half hr into the exercise, it was found quite easily and the CP was taken out fast like, and things went down hill from there. apparently taking out any form of ICOM , as they call it, or finding it, is childs play. i am sure soon yer local prowl car with T-fats favorite people in it, will have the same capability.
    corporate america will throw you under the bus with the tech they want to sell to .gov to use against you, faster than yer neighbor will.

  6. Government radio is just as easy to DF, using a Roanoke Doppler set up and a computer, there’s software to overlay the DF azimuth on a map. Two Roanoke units can DF within seconds.

    It makes no difference if government radio is encrypted or not, you DF their signal, not what they’re saying. In fact, government radio that’s encrypted gives away the fact that they’re the Opfor.

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