April 24, 2017

Sparks31 2017 Class Schedule and Information

2017 Class Schedule & Information

Basic Down-Grid Communications Class - Riverton, WY:
5/27-28, 6/24-25, 8/5-6, 9/2-3, 10/7-8

Basic Down-Grid Communications Class - Waterbury, CT:
November 4-5, 2017

Basic Down-Grid Communications Class - Seattle, WA
June 3-4, 2017
Sponsored and registration handled by TOWR. To pay for Seattle, WA class, click here.

Communications Monitoring For Preppers - Riverton, WY:
6/10-11, 7/8-9, 8/12-13, 9/9-10, 10/14-15

Build/Fix Your Own Radio Class - Riverton, WY:
7/15-16, 8/19-20, 9/16-17, 10/21-23

The cost for the Basic Down-Grid Communications Class and Communications Monitoring Class is $200 in advance, $220 at the door for the Wyoming classes, and $250 advance payment only for the Connecticut class.

The cost for the Build/Fix Your Own Radio Class is $250 in advance, $300 at the door.

A special discount is available for those of you who want to take all three classes: $575 in advance.

There is also a special discount for married couples who want to attend classes. It is $325 in advance for the Basic Grid-Down Communications and Communciuations Monitoring Classes, $420 in advance for the Build/Fix Your Own Radio Class.  All three classes are $550 in advance for married couples.

Terms are cash or USPS money order only for advance payment.  Cash only at the door.

Payment can be sent to:

Tom Filecco
ATTN: Sparks31 Radio Classes
PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501

If paying at the door, please send me an email to sparks31commo@gmail.com to reserve your slot.

Basic Down-Grid Communications Class 

If you are just starting out, this is the class you should take first.

Sparks31 is the creator of the original original 3% down-grid prepper communications course, and is always updating the workshop material to reflect the latest confirmed information received. Other courses recently offered as of late are conducted by graduates of the original Sparks31 workshops, and may not have up to date information.  They are also not offered by an individual who has 30 years of experience in electronic communications, has worked professionally with electronic systems ranging from radio to electronic security/surveillance. and was a member of one of the premiere hacker think tanks.

This is a two-day class. Topics include:

  • Considerations for Grid-Down/Resilient Communications
  • Equipment Selection
    • Radios
    • Antennas
    • Basic Off-Grid Electric Power
    • Basic Test Equipment
  • VHF/UHF Communications Monitoring
    • Equipment Selection
    • Basic Low-Level Voice Intercept Operations
No equipment or prior knowledge is required to attend this class.  All you need is a notebook, writing implement, and a willingness to learn as much as possible.  However, I recommend you have read my book, Down-Grid Communications, before attending class.  You can download a digital copy here, or purchase a hardcopy here.

Communications Monitoring For Preppers 

This intermediate-level two day class builds upon the information taught during the basic class and will teach you how to equip, set-up, and operate a monitoring post specifically for the purpose of disaster preparedness communications monitoring.  It ends with a practical real-world communications monitoring exercise.

To get the most out of this class, you should have basic communications monitoring equipment such as a shortwave radio (equipped with BFO for SSB and CW reception), police scanner, antennas, note-taking equipment, and adequate power sources (batteries, et al) for 48 hours of off-grid operation.

Build/Fix Your Own Radio Class 

This is an intermediate-level two day class that will teach you basics of how to build and fix radios, and the art of home-brewng your own gear and antennas.

To get the most out of this class, you should have basic electronic tools, test equipment, and a small radio kit to work on during the latter part of day 1, and day 2.