BOSTON, 4/19 – National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.
Gage also blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.
One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.” Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.
During a tense standoff in Lexington’s town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.
Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.
Colonel Smith, finding his forces over-matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat. Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.
Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.
The ARRL released their after-action report on the 2017 hurricane season. Click here to download the pdf. (11MB file) This is actually a bunch of separate reports glommed together, so it doesn’t read very smoothly. Much of it does not get into very good detail on what went wrong and what could be improved, but it looks like they spent more time on that at the ARRL level rather than the responder level.
From the Puerto Rico response, what amateur radio equipment did you need but not have?
Items mentioned included electrical tape/duct tape, volt-ohm meter, cable ties, SO-239 connectors, insulators, soldering iron, 50′ runs of coax and barrel connectors, mini mag-mount VHF/UHF antenna, VHF/UHF J-pole antenna, compass, headset with boom mic and footswitch, extension cords, power strips, hook-up wire, wire strippers, end-fed antenna, cheat sheets for radios.
Generally, additional equipment was acquired through the Red Cross, FEMA, fire stations, local radio amateurs, or home improvement stores. Items acquired were left with the Red Cross in San Juan. Items included: Extension cords, antenna wire, car battery, hex nuts (used as weights for antennas), rope, notepads, pens, markers, electrical tape, crimpers, wire connectors, pulleys, shackle, slingshot, power strip, coax seal, HP OfficeJet printer, printer paper, headphones, batteries, terminals, PVC pipe, hose clamps, tape measure, power inverter.The key observations offered on lessons learned included (Puerto Rico):
- Clearer chain of command
- ARRL representation at the staging point
- Deployable VHF repeaters
- Better screening of volunteers
- Screen out those who have no experience in Amateur Radio disaster communications
- Screen out those who have no experience in the needed forms of communications
- Factor in personality to the screening process; some personalities are not suitable for such deployments
- ARRL needs to provide education to Red Cross on the capabilities of Amateur Radio
- ARRL representative on site during deployment (at JFO/EOC)
- Form a national response cadre that is pre-screened for deployments such as this
- Smaller and lighter Ham Aid kits
- Encourage radio amateurs to volunteer with Red Cross Disaster Services Technology
- Language was a barrier; being bilingual is important
- Clearly defined list of capabilities of all deployed volunteers
- Substantive pre-deployment briefing
- Substantive debriefing
- Better net structureWhat do we need to change? (Irma and Maria)
- Radios worked well. Possibly replace Icom IC-7200s with IC-7300s for consistency and ease of use.
- Make sure every radio is digital-capable, with all needed cables and accessories.
- Vetting process.
- Improve training, especially with digital communications.
- Multiple band antennas or several antennas for individual bands.
From The Automatic Earth:
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
…While Americans believe so strongly in their supremacy, and have grown so accustomed to the idea, that they no longer see having the best weapons as a matter of survival for the nation. They have come to see their superiority as something automatic and natural.
The attack on Syria is seen as a sign of weakness. Because there was no need for it. Because the evidence is flimsy at best. Because the world has international bodies to deal with such issues. Because there is no logic in allowing the blood to flow in the Gaza and Yemen but cite humanitarian reasons for bombing alleged chemical facilities elsewhere.
What the world sees is bluster emanating from a deeply divided nation (and we haven’t even tackled Britain). It sees that less than 48 hours after the airstrikes, a former FBI chief talks about his former boss in terminology that nobody would dare use in most countries, and throughout most of history,
James Comey is beyond Shakepeare. And in America, the issue is who’s right in the Comey-Trump conflict. In Russia, China et al it’s not. They see a house, a country divided. A weak country has no diplomacy.
That’s how all empires end. Complacency and division. That is what North Korea sees when it watches America, what China, and Russia see. And they may even know how Jesus put it. He didn’t just say a kingdom divided would become less powerful or wealthy, he said:
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation.
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.
Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum. From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!
World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.
The Northwest Region Patriot Academy boot camp will be held June 20-22, 2018 in Boise, ID.
Patriot Academy is a three- to seven-day “boot camp” in leadership and government open to students ages 16 to 25 and held every summer in various state capitols throughout the country. Students delve into the political process from the inside out as they file legislation, debate bills, campaign for office and pass laws. In between legislative activities, they receive training in media skills, public speaking, leadership, current issues and America’s heritage–all from a Biblical worldview. Conservative leaders from all areas of the political field mentor students through the process, sharing their experience and wisdom. Patriot Academy offers students the most realistic, condensed, conservative political training that we know of. The Regional Academies in Arizona, Idaho, Florida and Delaware are 3-day sessions, while the National Academy in Texas is a seven-day session open to all qualifying students from around the country.
Patriot Academy has a single, bold vision: to equip a new generation of leaders to champion the cause of freedom and truth in government, media, entertainment, and education, as we help bring our nation back to the principles on which we were founded. Patriot Academy has a proven track record of excellence through a simple four part strategy:
- Train students to understand and influence government policy with a Biblical worldview
- Demonstrate the principles of ethical servant leadership from the Founding Fathers’ perspective
- Teach the political process and essential leadership skills through intense hands-on training
- Inspire students to be salt and light in every area of society and culture
President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Unless we motivate and equip the next generation to take up and advance the torch of freedom, it will extinguish. We desire to help students be positive change agents, and give them the tools needed to successfully engage in the political arena and every area of the culture. Our prayer is that every young person who attends Patriot Academy will understand it is their duty and privilege to guard the precious legacy of liberty. By God’s grace we will raise up a generation who will leading the change in both the public square and the private sector.
Rick Green and Nathan Macias are invited speakers for this year’s Northwest Regional Patriot Academy.
AmRRON’s 2018 TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise (T-REx) will be held on the weekend on July 20th – 22nd. This is a nationwide grid-down disaster training exercise.. This will be an emergency communications training exercise with emphasis on Amateur Radio for use during emergency/disaster situations. If we get enough volunteers, we will staff a command center to practice our own relief efforts for a regional emergency. Only emergency power will be used for the duration of the weekend, unless the scenario dictates otherwise. The command center will run 24 hours per day if we have enough volunteers. If we enough people do not volunteer for that staffing level, then we will not staff the command center at all.
To indicate your interest in participating with the command center, click on the LVA Report Form link in the menu of this website and submit a SALUTE report indicating your interest. Your report should have the following information:
S -> The number of people whom you are volunteering to help with the command center.
A -> Indicate T-REx Command Center volunteer
L -> Command Center
U -> Your name and the name of any other family members volunteering with you
T -> Indicate what day or days you are volunteering to help
E -> Indicate any equipment that you are volunteering to bring. This could include food, radios, water, cots, grills or stoves, sleeping bags, etc.
UPDATE: AMCON has returned to AmCON 4 since this was posted.
From the folks over at AmRRON (the American Redoubt Radio Operators’ Network):
*13 APRIL 2018 UPDATE: *
//All Stations// Due to increased tensions and the maneuvering of military assets by multiple nations in and around Syria, we are raising the AmCON to Level 3. This increase in AmCON is to increase awareness of an increased probability of an event which could disrupt conventional communications. We will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, no immediate action is called for beyond the general guidance outlined for AmCON 3. More guidance will be forthcoming and will be posted on AmRRON.com. We will continue to evaluate and assess. The Staff, AmRRON
Action In Syria Coming Amid Expectations Of Air Strikes
Haifa orders townspeople to prepare for emergency
Russia says the US is about to strike Syria — and that it will strike back
Russia, Syria: Israeli Jets Strike Air Base After Alleged Poison Gas Attack In Douma
Russia TV Instructs Viewers How to Prepare Bomb Shelters For Nuclear War (Video)
Nuclear ‘Doomsday Plane’ Goes Airborne As War Fears Grow
– Russian UN Ambassador warns “cannot exclude” possibility of direct conflict with US over Syria.
-UK Cabinet gives PM May approval for action.
– Russia moves Backfires (SU-22 Bombers) into Iran
From the folks who run the NW APRS Summer Gathering:
Summer Gathering 2018!
As I type this, the NW APRS Summer Gathering is ~ 5 months away. As usual, SG will be held the weekend after Labor Day. In 2018, that’s:
Friday September 7
Saturday September 8
Sunday September 9
NW APRS Summer Gathering is held at Valley Camp in North Bend, WA. If you’re interested in camping at, or just getting a bunk in the bunkhouse at Valley Camp during SG 2018, please contact Teena at Valley Camp directly, via email: email@example.com.
Summer Gathering Bulletins
The next bulletin will have a link to the signup form to register your interest in attending SG 2018. Look for more bulletins, monthly (minimum) through July. In August the bulletins will become more frequent with more detailed information about SG 2018.
Feedback, Presentation Suggestions Requested
We’re interested in feedback about SG 2017 – what went well, what went not-so-well. Please email me with your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SG 2018 “Committee” is open to suggestions for educational sessions at SG. For those on this list that are new to SG, the educational sessions are usually about APRS or a related Amateur Radio data communications topic such as packet radio, digital voice, or science / technical topics that might be of interest to an Amateur Radio audience. The speaker needs to be from, or willing to travel to (at their own expense) the Pacific Northwest as we don’t have a travel budget, nor sufficient Internet bandwidth for a remote presentation.
ARRL Event Request Submitted
As with last year, we have submitted an application to the ARRL for SG 2018 to be an official ARRL event (hopefully, with some ARRL prizes being donated for raffle).
Demonstration HF Station – Data Modes?
We would love to have a demonstration of HF data modes at SG 2018. There is a good HF beam antenna at Valley Camp, and ample electrical power. At past SGs, it’s always been fun to demonstrate the use of HF data modes. This year, considering the rise of the low-transmit-power, “high compute” data modes like the FT8, perhaps a modest station running FT8 would be the most instructional. If you’re able to show off your HF data station at SG 2018 running FT8 or other data modes, please consider doing so.
Help Out, or At, Valley Camp
Lastly, if you have some spare time this summer and want to get away from the city for a while, consider helping out Valley Camp. Summer is their very busy time, and they provide a very welcome respite for the increasingly busy pace of life in the Seattle metro area. Some pointers:
Sam Culper over at the Forward Observer intelligence shop has a new article up titled Five reasons why we’ll have another domestic conflict.
Demographically, culturally, fiscally, we’re hemorrhaging as a country. Studies show that most immigrants, legal or illegal, have a political predilection towards larger, more authoritarian government. They do or will vote Democrat. That’s why amnesty is the death knell for the right-leaning electorate. And amnesty is only a matter of time, which means the GOP as a nationally viable party could have an expiration date within your lifetime. Several states, including Texas, were decided by fewer votes than those states have illegal immigrants. Amnesty pushes those states blue, which then push a far Left agenda in a Democrat-controlled Congress. That writing is on the wall.
Without amnesty, studies show that larger percentages and greater numbers of future generations are slightly or consistently liberal. Millennials are the least white voting generation on record; Generation Z is less white than Millennials, and these two groups are or would vote for Leftist populists (like Bernie Sanders) in far greater numbers than previous generations. If we look at political leanings by generation (graph below), we can see the decline in percentage of those mostly or consistently conservative. (Look at each generation in 2017, for instance.) The opposite is also true: the Baby Boomer generation in 2017 had a greater percentage of mostly or consistently liberal than the Silent Generation; Generation X had a higher percentage than the Baby Boomers; and the Millennial generation has a higher percentage than Generation X. Each generation is becoming more liberal due wholly to immigration. Because immigration is little more than importing future Democrat voters, I don’t see how the GOP hangs on to anything outside of regional power without a cultural resurgence (like Reagan, for instance).
Two rallies are planed in Olympia to support Second Amendment rights.
The first is organized by The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans and will be help Saturday, April 14th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on the capitol steps. Contrary to the graphic below which shows 11:00 am, a competing event moved the WA rally to 5:30 pm. You can visit their site on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/162140641170312/
The second rally will be held on April 21st from 12:00pm – 3:00pm also at the capitol. Visit their page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661802327190025/
Speakers for this rally include:
Organizer/ MC: Tessa Ashley
Opening Prayer: Chief Ben Charles, Lower Elwha Tribe
***National Anthem: Kerry French
***Pledge of Allegiance: Aryeh Rohde
***Seattle Pink Pistol- Sharyn Hinchcliffe
***Robert J Sutherland- 39th District Candidate
***Marty McClendon (Former Lt. Gov. Candidate)
***Jered Gavin- 05 District Candidate
***Elizabeth Scott- 39th Senator Candidate
*** Rep. Jim Walsh – 19th district
***Tiffany De Leon- Libertarian State Vice Chair
***Joey Gibson- US Senate Candidate
***Tyler Miller- Initiative 1621 Secure Safe Schools
***Naomi Davis- 26th District Candidate
*** Aryeh Rohde- Highschool Student that led a counter protest for “March For Our Lives” @ S.Whidbey Island H.S
***Allen Acosta- Libertarians MC/ Gun Rights Coalition
***Isa Cline- Long Beach City Councilman
***Kyle Paskewitz- Founder of Family Court Reform Nation
***Randy Vanaddisson- Former Air Marshall
The next General Assembly of the Whole will be held on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Caffe’ Villa/Mustang Grill in Prosser.
NC Scout from Brushbeater blog has some good notes up on Guidelines for Integrating Inter-Team Communications Into Your Kit.
The cornerstone of why you need communications in the field is unit coordination. Teams must have a way to relay what they see and update the situation to other partner teams in the field and to a command location. This is what’s known as Inter-Team Communications and should be thought of as your lifeline for the Small Unit. One of the topics briefly covered in the RTO Course is how to integrate squad-level commo gear into your kit. After training with several groups I’ve noticed that this normally is an afterthought, so it’s something that I address through demonstration of my own gear during the second day. While I don’t require anyone to bring anything to class other than a notebook, pen, comfy shoes and a good attitude, on the FTX there is a little bit of team movement and scratching the surface on Small Unit Tactics (SUT) that I cover elsewhere. There’s a lot of reasons I do this, but its mostly to prove to the student they’re effective with almost nothing. Everything else is an enhancement to the skill they’re building. Basics never change, and proper adherence of the basics will get you through most situations. The point is not that its an SUT class- its that you’re using your training and gear in the intended environment and showing me that you can apply what you just learned. An RTO (Or RATELO for you Marines) is a critical element of the small unit and as a recent Scout class learned, can be the hardest job on the Team. Together we lay the foundation and provide a context, so that everything else becomes easy and you can add to it to suit your group’s needs. Among the takeaways through a hands on approach is how to integrate Inter-Team communications efficiently into your own personal Second Line or ‘Deuce’ gear (also known as ‘kit’). One of the biggest issues for those looking to conduct patrolling is how to effectively integrate basic communications equipment into their patrolling kits- there’s a right way and a less-right way, centered around making life just a tad easier while moving tactically…
Thursday, April 12th, 6:30pm
Sunnyside Store (509) 837-5755
Thursday, April 26th, 6:30pm
Pasco Store (509) 547-5577
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Plant Your Own Herb Garden
Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Zillah Store (509) 829-6922
Choose three herb plants, all supplies, and directions provided. $5 per person while supplies last.
LVA members have reported and Prosser Police have confirmed an unusual number of burglaries and thefts in the Prosser area overnight. Thefts mainly appear to be from unlocked vehicles, RVs, and trailers as well as unsecured items such as bicycles, but there have been break-ins as well. Be on the lookout for suspicious persons. Lock up your vehicles and outbuildings.
“The horrific fact is that from the 19th Century to the present time, most of the worst famines on the planet have been caused not by an apocalypse of nature, or a worldwide shortage of food, but by the hand of man. More often than not these famines were caused by the intentional, deliberate actions of those in positions of power and influence, for either political or economic reasons.
“One of the causes of famines has been the decisions and actions of a powerful elite few who decide that their personal wealth and power are more important than the lives of the ‘little people’.
“For those who think it can’t happen in the USA, because this country is a ‘bread basket’, think again. Many Americans today are descendants of those who fled one of the worst famines in European history. It was a deadly famine which occurred in the midst of plenty while living in a country which was a bread basket.
“Ireland, during a seven year period starting in 1845, in the very heart of the powerful and wealthy British Empire, lost almost a quarter of its entire population either through death or fleeing refugees, due to a famine triggered by a potato blight. A common name for this event was the great Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish call this event, An Gorta Mór, which means, The Great Hunger…