"Signals allow the manipulation of a process from outside its domain as well as allowing the process to manipulate itself or copies of itself (children)."

"Signal(3) - SIGQUIT - quit program"

https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=signal&sektion=3&apropos=0&manpath=FreeBSD+11.0-RELEASE+and+Ports

See also https://sites.google.com/ste/sparks31commo/.

January 31, 2016

English shortwave broadcasts sorted by time

http://www.primetimeshortwave.com/time.txt

SELECTED ENGLISH LANGUAGE DXSWLMEDIA PROGRAMS ON SHORTWAVE

http://www.worldofradio.com/dxpgms.html

A Reader Sends: Motorola DLR

h/t "JS"

http://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/products/two-way-radios/on-site-business-radios/dlr-series-digital-radio.html

The Motorola DLR is a less expensive version of the DTR.  Both are compatible with each other.

41etjtbxqpl-_sl250_

January 25, 2016

A Reader Sends: We brought an antenna to Davos to track private air travel, and here’s what we found

h/t "root"

http://qz.com/600590/we-brought-an-antenna-to-davos-to-track-private-air-travel-and-heres-what-we-found/

I've mentioned this before on the blog:

https://sparks31signalcorps.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/situational-awareness-via-sigint-ads-b-reception-with-an-sdr/

The article shows a real-world application.

41tgkbmxtzl-_sl250_

$23 from Amazon, combined with some free software and a laptop.

Definitely worth getting and playing with.

Thanks, WiscoDave!

Via the discussion over at: https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/best-communications-for-fixed-positions/

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/swiss-military-surplus-field-communication-set-with-4-phones?a=1923609

625455_ts

January 24, 2016

Best Communications For Fixed Positions

In light of recent events, I was thinking about the best communications solution for a fixed position, such as a homestead.  My first choice would be these:

TA-312.agr

This is a US military-issue TA-312 field phone.  It uses two "D" cells that last forever.  You could also get these:

TA1wcb

This is a US TA-1 Sound-Powered Field Phone.  Less range, but no batteries needed.

Both of these items are available online from various surplus dealers.  Fair Radio has TA-312s for $200 each, and they are considered one of the more expensive dealers.  I bought a couple Czech field phones at an army/navy store a couple years back and paid $40 each for them. The US and European field phones (the old analog ones) will all talk with and signal each other.

For short-range, on-site, radio comms that will keep the average hobbyist from intercepting your signal, go with Motorola DTR series handhelds.

410a6nbjbkl-_sl250_

$230 each on Amazon.  They use old-school Nextel accessories and have all the neat surveillance-type earbud microphones available for them.  Very simple to use. Easier than a Baofeng.  They run digital frequency hopping on 902-928 MHz. and hide among all the SCADAs and other spread spectrum stuff there very well.  Maximum range is an honest 2 miles.  Unless you're in the Berkshires where they get about a quarter mile.  Perfect radio for the homstead.  Motorola puts the indoor range at 350,000 square feet, or a little more than 8 acres.  Outdoors in the open they go much farther. Milspec-810 rugged.  19 hours on a single battery charge, 12v DC adapters available.

Finally, they operate on a license-free band, so no ham ticket is needed.




 

If you needed to discretely communicate around your farm or homestead with a little more security than ham radio, MURS, FRS, or GMRS, these items would be my recommendation.

Advice For Attending the Workshop

The first series of workshops are in April, a little over two months away.  Plenty of room left in the Wyoming ones.  Not sure about South Carolina, but you can go visit http://sparksinsc.wix.com/0416 for more information on that one.

First thing you should do is read the book.  It's free, although I'd appreciate it very much that you either buy a hardcopy or make a donation if you liked it, and/or learned something from it.

The next thing you should do is get some radio equipment.  I've put a few recommendations up on the right sidebar for some stuff off Amazon.  The workshops are hands-on, especially with the new V2.0 material.  If you don't have them already, get a good police scanner and/or shortwave receiver.  I've always said receiving is >2X more important than transmitting, and the new workshop material will reflect that.  If you are just starting out, get your receiving gear squared away first.

Read the manuals, and get some hands-on time with your radios before the workshop.  This way we can get right down to business.

Dress for the weather and climate.  The V2.0 workshops will be mostly outside, unless the weather is potentially more lethal than usual.

Take notes.  Take lots of notes.  Ask questions.




 

For the Wyoming workshops:

Pack a lunch, water, and toilet paper.  The facilities in Wyoming are primitive, and far from civilization.  There are places in Dubois and Riverton, WY where you can get a sandwich, or something for the BBQ grill.  Speaking of which....

There will be a BBQ grill available for those of you who want to cook something hot.

Dinner will be provided Saturday Night, as long as you like steak and potatoes off the grill.  BYOB if you want something with a little kick to it.

There will be a swap meet in the rendezvous style during the workshop. Bring your trade goods.

Try to take a few extra days to do the tourist thing.  Both Cody (Buffalo Bill Museum) and Jackson Hole are right down the road (by Wyoming standards).

January 16, 2016

Food Preparation Classes Available From a Fellow Blogger

http://starvinlarry.com/learn-the-procedures-and-techniques-to-safely-feed-your-tribe-under-any-conditions-and-provide-proper-nutrition-neededas-people-will-be-under-stress-and-healthygreat-tasting-food-not-only-boosts/

The End of The 3%

I am no longer affiliated with anything involving the so-called "3% movement."  It is dead, or pretty close to it.

  1. The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is nothing but a sad joke, from the lack of logistics preparation, to losing their comms due to lack of proper radio maintenance, like making sure the batteries get charged.  Since no one owns the terms "3%" or "militia", nor is there a viable nationwide organization of same, any idiot or nutcase can grab hold of those words and use them for their own little group., regardless of the consequences.

  2. I can understand, and even agree with, suing someone for defamation of character if you rationally believe they slandered you.  Tort law actually goes back to the beginnings of common law that all the sovereign citizen types like to wax poetic about, and like to reserve their rights under by way of UCC 1-207 & 1-308.  However, filing a restraining order against someone two states away over talking about you on his blog is just simply a dick move, especially when you're a martial arts instructor who presumably would know enough to protect yourself.  Not showing up for your own lawsuit makes it even worse.

  3. The original 3% blog started in November of 2007.  People have had over eight years to get it right.  If they actually paid attention to all the "praxis" posts on that blog, they would have been a lot closer to getting it right.  With that said, I should add that the blogger in question asked me to violate operational and personnel security by disclosing the name of a potential attendee of one of my classes.  He should have known better, but since things have progressed in a different direction since then, I guess it's all good now between the parties involved.

  4. The term "3%" implies a minority.  Where I live, the vast majority of people are well-armed, put aside extra for unforeseen circumstances, live a self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle, and generally have a conservative-leaning, libertarian-type, constitutionalist sociopolitical belief system. I moved a family 2100 miles to find such a place that still had enough of a viable economy where a guy could get a decent-paying job in a place with reasonable living expenses where one could set up a homestead for long term self-reliance purposes, yet be rugged and desolate enough to keep the idiots out, and keep it from turning into another New Hampshire.  If you are a "3%er" and don't live in such a place, you are both a fool and a dead person walking. If you do live in such a place, you don't have to be a "3%er" because you are not a minority.


My dislike of the NET and WEB has been made pretty clear to everyone for some time now, and this 3% phenomena is a prime example why.  Anyone can claim to be part of the "militia", "patriot", or "3%" movement.  And if anyone can do it, then why do it in the first place?

Peaking CBs

A reader of the blog asked about "peaked" CBs available for sale online, and whether they were worth the extra price charged.

This was a good question, as peaked CBs were one of those things that I forgot about over the years.

Short answer: No.

Unless I personally knew the person who worked on it, and knew they were competent, I wouldn't trust any peaking modifications, or pay extra for them.

However, for those of you with an interest, nominal skill in electronics, and basic test equipment, there is this:

seg-cvr

http://www.cbcintl.com/segbook.htm

I have an older copy of this book from the late 1980s.  It has a lot of good information on repairing and peaking CB radios.

With the knowledge in this book, a little self-confidence, and some basic electronics tools, you can peak your CBs and otherwise make sure they're operating at their best.

It's a must-have for the resilient communications library, especially if you run CB gear.

 

 

The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business, by Derrick Brose

What have I been saying for the past year?

Don't trust anyone else's infrastructure.

Reblogged on WordPress.com

Source: The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business, by Derrick Brose

The End of 3%

I am no longer affiliated with anything involving the so-called "3% movement."  It is dead, or pretty close to it.

  1. The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is nothing but a sad joke, from the lack of logistics preparation, to losing their comms due to lack of proper radio maintenance, like making sure the batteries get charged.  Since no one owns the terms "3%" or "militia", nor is there a viable nationwide organization of same, any idiot or nutcase can grab hold of those words and use them for their own little group., regardless of the consequences.

  2. I can understand, and even agree with, suing someone for defamation of character if you rationally believe they slandered you.  Tort law actually goes back to the beginnings of common law that all the sovereign citizen types like to wax poetic about, and like to reserve their rights under by way of UCC 1-207 & 1-308.  However, filing a restraining order against someone two states away over talking about you on his blog is just simply a dick move, especially when you're a martial arts instructor who presumably would know enough to protect yourself.  Not showing up for your own lawsuit makes it even worse.

  3. The original 3% blog started in November of 2007.  People have had over eight years to get it right.  If they actually paid attention to all the "praxis" posts on that blog, they would have been a lot closer to getting it right.  With that said, I should add that the blogger in question asked me to violate operational and personnel security by disclosing the name of a potential attendee of one of my classes.  He should have known better, but since things have progressed in a different direction since then, I guess it's all good now between the parties involved.

  4. The term "3%" implies a minority.  Where I live, the vast majority of people are well-armed, put aside extra for unforeseen circumstances, live a self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle, and generally have a conservative-leaning, libertarian-type, constitutionalist sociopolitical belief system. I moved a family 2100 miles to find such a place that still had enough of a viable economy where a guy could get a decent-paying job in a place with reasonable living expenses where one could set up a homestead for long term self-reliance purposes, yet be rugged and desolate enough to keep the idiots out, and keep it from turning into another New Hampshire.  If you are a "3%er" and don't live in such a place, you are both a fool and a dead person walking. If you do live in such a place, you don't have to be a "3%er" because you are not a minority.


My dislike of the NET and WEB has been made pretty clear to everyone for some time now, and this 3% phenomena is a prime example why.  Anyone can claim to be part of the "militia", "patriot", or "3%" movement.  And if anyone can do it, then why do it in the first place?

January 15, 2016

Lies & Misdirection: There is a solution.

http://katu.com/news/local/harney-county-fire-chief-resigns-sides-with-armed-protesters

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-01-14/fbi-agents-werent-posing-as-militia-ex-fire-chief-clarifies

First they were, and then they weren't.

Who do you trust? What do you trust?

Trust the intelligence you collect yourself.  Don't let the "news" stories on the WEB catch you.

sigint-viet

Where do you start? What do you need to learn?

greenlakeswy

The answer can be found in in beautiful Wyoming.

radio-beam

https://sparks31signalcorps.wordpress.com/upcoming-training-2/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4KFqutD7hw

See you at the workshop!

January 14, 2016

Are you free?

Are you free?

Are you free?

Do you read "news" stories off your favorite sites, and get caught in the WEB of garment-rending because Osama Bin Obama passed an ineffectual Executive Order after trash talking and shedding some nominal tears on network television?

Then you're not free.

Do you have the means to find out first hand about activities in your local area of operations?

If the answer is no, then you're not free.

If your InterNET consumption appliance and/or "smart" phone were to stop working for whatever reason, would you have the means to stay in touch with those people who matter?

If the answer is no, then you're not free.

Would you like to be free?

No one, including myself, can grant you freedom.  Anyone who claims they can, will actually give you the opposite.

What I can do, however, is impart some knowledge that will help you get there.

It's called the Grid-Down Communications Workshop.  It will show you how to free yourself from the NET and WEB by setting up your own communications and monitoring networks.

It's a two-day event in the beautiful state of Wyoming.  It's all DIY, and most of it is spent outside.

If you're interested in learning a way to regain some freedom, come join us for a weekend.

https://sparks31signalcorps.wordpress.com/upcoming-training-2/

 

January 13, 2016

Reality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHs77fmNOC0

1. There is a significant portion of the population that does not like them (OPFOR).
2. That OPFOR has money and time to send expensive hate mail.
3. The recipient is lucky he didn't receive something more dangerous than sex toys.
4. Would you trust food sent though the mail when you know some of the mail is coming from OPFOR?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxamzMUFvZ8

You do not want to be inside the circle when it starts to close.

January 12, 2016

Modern Social Media On A Network YOU Control

Modern Social Media On A Network YOU Control

While it's nice to know there is someone a half country away who shares your social and political beliefs, and will virtual-world garment rend every time Osama Bin Obama cries and threatens executive orders because some liberals were shot in Kalifornica by an  Islamist, it has very little to do with the reality of the real world.

  • You need to know what's going on locally.

  • The information needs to be real time and accurate.

  • You need to establish local contacts with like-minded individuals.

  • You need to do it off the NET


Here is solution #1:



It is a 40 Channel Uniden 980SSB Citizens Band radio (CB).    You will need an antenna to go with it. I recommend the Solarcon A99.   This radio requires no FCC license, and will work great for local communications networks.

Here is Solution #2 for those of you willing to get a ham license:



It is an Icom IC-2300 2 meter base/mobile  transceiver.   You will need a Techncian class ham license to legally operate this radio.  This is a 65 watt radio which makes it well suited for local simplex networks when installed with a good base antenna.  I recommend the Comet GP-1.

Until you get your alternate power setup installed, you will need a power supply to run these radios.  There are several makes and models available.  I have used Astron Supplies without incident for many years now.   The Icom IC-2300 requires at least 11 Amps.   Get the biggest supply you can afford to run your station.  I wouldn't go with less than 20/25 Amps for your first supply.

It doesn't matter what radio you use.  Get all your local contacts and group members on the same band (ham or CB).  Decide on a frequency/channel to use for your network.  Communicate.   Get off the online social media NETworks.  Do something constructive. Collect local intelligence information. That is more important than some conspiracy nutcase's rant on the NET and WEB.  Don't get caught up in it!

Eventually you will get idiot on there that will want to disrupt/troll your network, just like we get on the NET and WEB.   In most cases on the NET there isn't much you can do about it.  However, on your radio network you at least know the idiot is local to you.  Here is the solution:



Armed with the information in this book, and some equipment you can build, you can find the offender and have a little chat with him regarding his behavior.   You can't do that with any effectiveness on FB.



Radio Direction Finding is a topic I get a lot of requests about, and is now covered in the Grid-Down Communications Workshop V2.0.

greenlakeswy

The Workshops are located in beautiful Wyoming. We have hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, Yellowstone Park, ghost towns, gold prospecting, rockhounding, and many other things for you to do here. Come visit, attend the workshop, and enjoy a few of the many activities we have in our state.

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Click here for more information on the Workshops.

See you in class!

January 11, 2016

On Not Going Off Half-Cocked

Consider how much food, toilet paper, water, laundry detergent, etc. you use in the course of a week. Multiply that by the number of people in your group.  Now multiply that by the number of weeks you want to go play.

That gives you an idea of your supply needs for an operation.  Not having it squared away ahead of time makes you vulnerable, because if you have to rely on the charity of others bringing it through hostile terrain.  They might not have it to give, and it might get intercepted and never reach you.

Back in the day, I had the privilege of being friends with the late Roger Cravens of Georgia and Missouri.  Those of you who were involved in this stuff back in the day should remember his postings to PIML and the various Fidonet groups.  Roger also happened to be a major influence on the SIGINT/COMINT portions of the book and workshop.

Roger was a Vietnam Veteran, who in the later part of his service was involved with S3 on the division and corps level.  For those not in the military, S3 designates the staff function for operations planning.

Many years ago, Roger turned me on to a two (now three) volume document that changed the way I looked at things.  In the interest of preventing further screw-ups, I will share them with you.

These manuals constitute the entire planning process for the US Military.  They are referred to as JOPES - Joint Operations Planning and Execution System. They are unclassified, and are the real deal.  As was the guy who turned me on to them.

CJCSM_3122.01_JOPES_Vol_1

M3122_03(1)

CJCSM_3122.02B_JOPES_Vol_3

The biggest volume is over 600 pages long.  They are a long, dry read. They contain invaluable information that will help you avoid a half-cocked clusterfuck.

January 9, 2016

The Bundy Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupation and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/01/09/bundy-armed-group-not-ready-end-wildlife-refuge-occupation/78553094/

station

Events like this generate radio traffic before, during, and after the action.

Monitoring the radio traffic is a very good way to know what's going on, and gain long-term insight about events.

sigint-viet

Communications monitoring is a useful skill-set that you should learn.  It'll let you know what's going on, regardless of what the media says.  When combined with the media's account, you'll see first hand how things are "spun."

How do you start?

commo-book

My book, Communications For 3%ers and Survivalists, provides an overview of communications monitoring techniques for gathering information in different scenarios. You can order it by clicking on this link.

class

My two-day Grid-Down Communications Workshop V2.0 talks about what you need and how to do communications monitoring for different scenarios. It also show you how to set up communications between yourself and others when phone and Internet service are not working or shut down.   You can see the schedule and sign up by clicking here.

 

intercept

greenlakeswy

The Workshops are located in beautiful Wyoming.  We have hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, Yellowstone Park, ghost towns, gold prospecting, rockhounding, and many other things for you to do here.  Come visit, attend the workshop, and enjoy a few of the many activities we have in our state.

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See you soon!

January 4, 2016

For Those Long Winter Nights Occupying A Fuckin' Bird Sanctuary, Of All Places



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zAFA-hamZ0



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s

And for REAL MEN:



Just don't piss the big guy off.

http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8W9U0qhLz8

 

 

Idiots In Oregon Asking To Be Poisoned

http://www.people.com/article/oregon-militiamen-accepting-donations-facebook

So they're occupying a location and asking for food.

How easy do you think it would be for the opposition to add a little something extra to the "snacks," wait 24 hours, and go pick up the bodies?

 

Inexpensive HF Transceiver

 

Icom IC-718 HF Transceiver




Here's a power supply for it.

Here are some AGM batteries so you can run it off the grid.



Here's a good antenna tuner for it.



Go build yourself an antenna.

January 1, 2016

More Vintage Goodness

http://americanradiohistory.com/

Be prepared to spend all night there, and have that list handy.