August 21, 2016

Mission Requirements: Understand your mission, and understand what you'll need.

If you want to have the right commo gear for the job, you need to define what your job is, and what it entails.  In most, if not all, cases, a 5-watt VHF/UHF handheld made in China will not cut it.  Especially if you presume to be serious about such matters.

Let's talk about the 3per or 3%er movement scene first.  Adopting that term means that the person identifying as a 3per or 3%er intends to engage in warfare against a government gone tyrannical.  Should it come down to that, that person and his/her organization can expect expect the full range of .gov intelligence resources, including SIGINT assets, to be used against them. They can also expect to operate in a harsh field environment.  Now, does that cheaply made radio that can be discovered in three seconds with common off the shelf equipment sound like a good idea?

Preppers Survivalists on the other hand, have different requirements.  They will want radios that operate on more common frequencies for intelligence gathering via the modern jungle telegraph, and for summoning assistance from their like-minded neighbors in the event of an emergency.  They'll want something with a little more distance than a couple of miles, and that operates with minimal hassle.

In a similar vein, a working agricultural operation may want easy to use radios for day to day operations on the farm/homestead.

If you're just starting out with the communications part of the kit, you don't even know what you don't know, and are confronted with a bunch of contradictory and often incorrect information presented by people of uncertain knowledge level.  Just because some blogger has had their ham license for a couple years, does not mean that they are knowledgeable enough in communications to give out sound advice.  Sparks31 has worked with electronic communications systems for Thirty years, has studied self-reliance and preparedness for just as long, and maintains a professional grade electronics lab usable into the microwave region. He is the creator of the original Grid-Down Communications Course, the one that the other two grid-down commo course instructors took before offering courses of their own.

Many people seem to think that Wyoming is too far to travel to benefit from that level of experience they'd get with the original grid-down communications instructor, but they can also benefit from the same experience by reading Sparks31's Signal-3 Newsletter.

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