NC Scout of the Brushbeater blog will be holding his RTO Basic course again in Hamilton, MT (south of Missoula), on June 15 & 16, 2019. This is the only date on the calendar in 2019 that is in western USA.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for class inquiries and to register.
The Radio Telephone Operator (RTO) Course is designed to take the individual of any and every experience level and teach them the basics of effective small unit communications in a field environment. Students will learn what it takes to set up a plan and implement communications in an improvised setting be it anything from a retreat to a security patrol to regional communications networking groups. A heavy emphasis of the course is on improvisation and antenna building- each student will construct antennas from improvised materials which they keep. This is NOT a “ham radio” class. No equipment or previous experience is required; only a notebook and a good pair of shoes. It is the only course of its kind offered anywhere, in a friendly, laid back and respectful environment.
This class will teach students the basics of communications at the Team or Squad Level in the field. Topics of instruction include:
- Identifying Equipment Requirements
- Writing a Signals Operating Index
- PACE Planning for Communications
- Basic equipment capabilities
- Traffic handling
- Improvised antenna types, uses and construction
- Setting up and running an NVIS HF station
- Message Formats
- Setting up and communicating from a Hide site
Two day course will culminate in an field training event running a TOC station and Hide site in the field. Students will each build an antenna and demonstrate competency in team communications basics during the field exercise. Amateur Radio license qualification is helpful, but not required. This is NOT a ‘ham radio’ class but each student will come away with a basic understanding of a team’s communications needs in a tactical environment and how to best meet them under less-than-ideal circumstances. No equipment is required for this course; however, if students want to get field practice with their own gear, it is highly encouraged but done so at their own risk. Instruction is completely off-grid.
RTO Course: $300 per Student in advance
Brushbeater: Montana RTO Course and Other Admin Notes
Combat Studies Group has an article up about how to improve your pistolcraft.
Between the rifle and the pistol, I will generally spend more training time on the pistol. There are a couple reasons for this…
1) All things being equal, it takes more skill to be consistently accurate with a pistol than with a rifle – the rifle having the benefit of a longer sight radius (or optics) and the inherent stability that comes with a stocked firearm. (Not to mention the weight-to-trigger pull ratio disparity with a pistol).
2) Unless you are a rifleman deployed on the battlefield, you are going to spend the lion’s share of your time armed with a pistol. Walking through the local supermarket with a rifle slung across your chest tends to get the locals excited.
3) Pistols fire a relatively weak projectile compared to rifles in general and thusly, may require more follow-on hits to get the job done; making recoil management, sight tracking and reload skills a must.
Here are some of the key training factors I always try to hit on every time I train:
The Center for Self Governance will be holding an online version of Foundational Civics (formerly Level 1 and Level 2 separate classes) on May 28th and 30th, 2019. Cost is $100 for first time students.
Theory of Human Government
In the first half of class, the student compares and contrasts the theoretical concepts of power, government, and control. The student will learn different systems of government based on those concepts. The control concepts of Self Governance and Centralized Governance introduces the student to the experimental role of the governed within the U.S. mixed republican system of government.
Structure of Human Government
In the second half of class, the student is introduced to the design elements of the U.S. mixed republican form of government. They will learn the logic behind and current structure of separation of governments (i.e. Federal v. State), the separation of powers (i.e. executive v. legislative), and the separation of controls (i.e. Sheriff v. Coroner). They will explore the inter-relationship between a selection of elected, appointed, and employed governors and influencing (controlling) those governors. The student completes all training exercises before entering the Applied Civics program. This level and associated exercises establish the student’s basis of authority from which they will put self-governance into practice in the remaining training levels.
This is an interactive class and we look forward to hearing from you. You must attend the full 4-5 hours to complete the course, as well as associated training exercises, to graduate Foundational Civics. Training cannot be taken out of sequence. Students will need to complete all training exercises (#1-#7) prior to scheduling the Level 3.
Click here for more info and to register.
Michael Krieger at Liberty Blitzkrieg has a nice article summarizing the ways in which the recent arrest of Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame is a bad sign for our liberty and western civilization.
A key quote is this: Americans are being taught, by repeated example, that there exists two main classes of people in this country. Those aligned with — in one way or another — the national security state, and those who are not. If you’re aligned with the interests of empire and are somewhat prominent, you will never suffer consequences for any of your actions.
Your career will flourish irrespective of how wrong you are, how many countries you destroy, how many civilians you murder, or how many lives you ruin with fraud and corruption. You are for all intents and purposes a member of the imperial royalty, and as such, completely and totally above the law. This isn’t speculation or exaggeration, it’s demonstrably provable reality. We’re being gradually conditioned to accept a society comprised of rulers and the ruled, of masters and servants. There’s no place in such a construct for self-government. You are a subject not a citizen.
Click here to read the entire article at Liberty Blitzkrieg.
Dr. Alton at Doom and Bloom Medicine has a short article and video dealing with Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
You may have heard me reference something called “TCCC” in previous articles, podcasts, or videos. TCCC, sometimes called T3C or T triple C, is a term that means Tactical Combat Casualty Care. It represents the recommendations with regards to prehospital care of soldiers who have incurred traumatic injuries on the battlefield. Established in the mid-1990s, TCCC guidelines have become so widely accepted that many law enforcement and civilian medical personnel have adopted them.
And well they should. These protocols were developed at the cost of painful lessons in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is thought that there were 1000 preventable deaths in these conflicts. If you add civilian injuries during the same time period, the number of preventable deaths might number in the hundreds of thousands. The TCCC’s primary goals is to save lives, prevent additional casualties, and, in true military fashion, complete the mission…In survival settings, you can’t duplicate the care given at a field hospital or a trauma center. Your final outcomes won’t always be happy. You might, however, use some of the methods in MARCH/PAWS to possibly save the life of those who would otherwise die during or in the aftermath of a disaster…
JC Dodge has an article up at American Partisan about keeping your batteries for various important devices charged up when you can’t just plug in an AC adapter –Making The “Lightning” For Your Force Multipliers.
Charging the large fold up solar unit on top of my pack in the field.
Since the 90’s, I’ve carried a small solar charger for AA batteries in my kit. This was for keeping certain devices I had, like flashlights and PVS-7 NOD’s, operating in the field when there was no chance to get new batteries or charge the rechargeables I had on household 110 system. I started using CR123 batteries in the early 2000’s when I bought an IR laser that used a single 123 battery, and shortly after, I upgraded my weapons light to a two celled, CR123 powered, Surefire.
The DBAL and Surefire light on this M1A Socom both use CR123 batteries
The use of CR123 batteries put a gap in my preps because, at that time, no one was selling 123 rechargeables. Oh well, guess when they’re done, the IR laser and Surefire is done, right? I made sure I bought a lot of CR123’s for storage. Back in 2013 I found CR123 rechargeables that were made by a company called Tenergy, and I’ve been using them ever since. The caveat to using Tenergy 123’s is that their charge is a little higher than a normal CR123’s 3.2 Volts and two together will burn out a standard Surefire bulb immediately upon hitting the switch (ask me how I know…). No problem, I also ordered some programmable bulbs for my lights and I was back in business.
Last year I decided to get with the times and see if I could come up with alternative charging means to recharge not only my AA’s and CR123’s, but also my 9 Volt batteries for my laser range finder and heat (game) detector. My FLIR 24 which has an internal battery and recharges via micro USB also needed a way to get a boost in the field…
Click here to read the rest of the story at American Partisan.
- Patrice Lewis of Rural Revolution
- John Jacob Schmidt of AmRRON and Radio Free Redoubt
- Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days book series
- Shelby Gallagher, author of the A Great State book series
- Rep. Matt Shea from WA district 4 and the Liberty state movement
- K from Combat Studies Group
- Brian Domke from Strategic Landscape Design
- Ranger Rick
- Dennis Walters from Dana Engineering
- Kaery Dudenhofer of Kaery Concealed
as well as other ham radio operators, herbalists, survivors, precious metal investors, beekeepers, and government emergency management planners.
Sam Culper of Forward Observer has a short video he recently posted, talking about what intelligence is and how it helps you make decisions. If you haven’t already thought about these things, then this a good introduction to the topic. If you’ve taken one of his classes or read his book, then it may be nothing new to you.
In an SHTF situation, we’ll be forced to make decisions. Some of them may be time-sensitive. Any fool can make decisions, but we want to make well-informed decisions. That means we need intelligence.
Dialtone has a quick tip on how to stealthily gain some signals intelligence about your local RF neighborhood – Are you wearing a “wire”?
Quick and easy. Simple and stealthy. Just a Binding post to BNC connector. Add ear buds and drop the radio in a bag. Run close call and survey the RF landscape around you with no one even knowing. Don’t over think it. Just take a walk around and see what you get.
See the SIGINT for Everyone article for more information and article links on collecting radio frequency information.
See also Dialtone’s Low Budget Signal Intercept Kit Part 1
and Low Budget Signal Intercept Kit Part 2
A free essential oils class by Bodies Outside the Box will be held at Columbia Crest Winery on Saturday, Apr. 6th from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and again from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
RSVP for 10:00 am class
RSVP for 2:00 pm class
Join us for a complimentary glass of wine and learn how using essential oils can be a safe, natural option to protect and maintain you and your family’s health.
Join us as we:
– Learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively.
– Sample and experience the purity and potency of dōTERRA essential oils.
– Learn how essential oils are empowering families to maintain health in a natural way.
Please feel free to invite your friends!! (Or just bring them along!!)
Date and Time
Sat, April 6, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Columbia Crest Winery
Hwy 221 Columbia Crest Drive
Paterson, WA 99345
The Organic Prepper has an article up detailing something that I have noticed before, how during disasters here in America there are frequently reports and news articles of looting and violence, but then later, after the disaster has passed, all the articles are about how wonderfully everyone worked together and that there was no looting, panicking, violence, etc. Are the initial reports wrong? Sensationalized? Misleading? (But there was video…) Here is an excerpt from The Disaster Myth Narrative: No One Panics, No One Loots, No One Goes Hungry.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ~ George Orwell
I was recently doing some research about the aftermath of some natural disasters that took place here in America. I was shocked to find that the articles I was looking for – ones that I had read in the past – were pretty hard to find, but articles refuting the sought-for pieces were rampant. Not just one event, but every single crisis aftermath that I looked up, had articles that were written after the fact stating in no uncertain terms that the hunger, chaos, and unrest never happened.
Apparently we, the preparedness community, are all wrong when it comes to the belief that after a disaster, chaos erupts and civic disorder is the rule of the day.
According to “experts” it never happens.
Panic? What panic?
According to newspaper articles written after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast and after Hurricane Katrina caused countless billions in damage in New Orleans, people were calm, benevolent and peaceful. Heck, they were all standing around singing Kumbayah around a campfire, sharing their canned goods, calming frightened puppies, and helping the elderly.
Apparently studies prove that the fear of anarchy, lawlessness, and chaos is nothing but the “disaster myth”. Reams of examples exist of the goodness and warmth of society as a whole after disaster strikes. All the stories you read at the time were just that – stories, according to the mainstream media:
Yet there are a few examples stubbornly fixed in the popular imagination of people reacting to a natural disaster by becoming primal and vicious. Remember the gangs “marauding” through New Orleans, raping and even cannibalizing people in the Super-Dome after Hurricane Katrina? It turns out they didn’t exist. Years of journalistic investigations showed them to be racist fantasies. They didn’t happen. Yes, there was some “looting” — which consisted of starving people breaking into closed and abandoned shops for food. Of course human beings can behave atrociously – but the aftermath of a disaster seems to be the time when it is least likely. (source)
The Disaster Myth
The Disaster Myth is a narrative created by the establishment and delivered by their stoolies in the mainstream media. The Disaster Myth points fingers at many of the things that are commonly believed to be true by the preparedness community. Included in this narrative:
- People do not panic after a disaster – instead, they pull together.
- The official government response is always speedy and appropriate.
- You will be taken care of if you simply comply peacefully with authorities.
- There is little increase in post-disaster crime.
Looting? Only hungry people getting food from unmanned stores. Who wouldn’t do that?
Beatings and assaults? Didn’t happen. Disturbed people made these stories up for attention...
Click here to read the entire article at The Organic Prepper.
From the Consumer Protection Safety Commission:
EU2200i portable generator:
Name of product:
Honda EU2200i, EU2200i Companion and EB2200i Portable Generators
The portable generator can leak gasoline from the fuel valve, posing fire and burn hazards.
March 20, 2019
This recall involves Honda EU2200i, EU2200i Companion and EB2200i portable generators. The recalled portable generators were sold with a red or Camo cover. The names “HONDA” and the generator model name are printed on the control panel. The serial number is located on a lower corner of one of the side panels of the generator. The following model numbers and serial number ranges are being recalled:
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Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact a local authorized Honda Power Equipment service dealer to schedule a free repair. Honda is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Honda has received 19 reports of fuel leaking from the fuel valve. No injuries have been reported.
Authorized Honda Power Equipment Dealers and The Home Depot and other home improvement stores nationwide and online from February 2018 through February 2019 for about $1,100 to $1,300.
American Honda Motor Company Inc., of Torrance, Calif.
The Tri-Cities Self Reliance group is holding a public meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
EVENT: Public Self-Reliance Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, March 28th 2019
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Island View Worship Center
LOCATION: 1520 Fowler, Richland, Washington
How to Grow Nutrient Rich Foods Without Pesticides
Delores Beyersdorf has been a biological farmer for 42 years, plus 10 years of gardening and now farms in Benton City. She has transformed farms from conven-tional farms to biological farms in various locations of Washington State. She raises goats, cattle, fruits, veg-etables and many plants including NON-GMO alfalfa hay. She enjoys sharing how to improve the health of the soil through balancing minerals and microbes; disease and insects are the result of improper soil nutrition. Healthy soil equates to healthy food.
Delores will be teaching us the basics of healthy soil, amendments (minerals & microbes), amendment sources, soil testing, and how to analyze test results.