Blogger and author Sparks31 will be holding a course titled Electronic Interception, Communications Monitoring, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) For the 3%er, Prepper, or Survivalist in Denver, CO on October 20th and 21st, 2018. Sparks31 has written several useful and concise books on communications including Communications for 3%ers and Survivalists, Commo, and Down-Grid Communications. Sparks31 tends to have very practical information which clarifies and simplifies the process of finding, analyzing, and prioritizing the radio signals in your area. His writings tend to emphasize how much you can accomplish with inexpensive equipment and a little know-how and elbow grease as opposed to spending a lot of money on expensive communications equipment that you don’t know how to use.
This is a two day class focused on the needs of the 3%er, survivalist, or prepper. It teaches the basics of intelligence versus information, electronic communications monitoring, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and open source intelligence (OSINT) in support of SIGINT. It has been my observation that these skills are important and needed. Until now instruction was unavailable in the 3%, survivalist, and prepper communities. This class has been developed to provide access to this valuable information, and help those who would like to learn. It is based upon my 30 years of experience in communications monitoring, and work in the electronics , radio communications, and security industries. It has been distilled into the essentials from the best military, private sector, and hobbyist sources. Much of the material is new and has never before been presented in one course, including my previous grid-down/down-grid communications classes.
The first day of class will be a course of instruction where the following topics will be taught and discussed:
- What is intelligence?
- Intelligence versus information.
- What is SIGINT, COMINT, ELINT,and OSINT, and how do they all work together.
- Legalities of civilian SIGINT.
- Area studies.
- What do you need? Equipment types and figuring out its selection for your area.
- Electronic interception, communications monitoring (low level voice intercept) and COMINT techniques.
- Setting up a listening post in different situations.
- Police scanners, communications receivers, SDRs, antennas, and other gear.
- Constructing an electronic order of battle for your area.
The second day of class will be a field exercise in which the techniques taught the previous day will be demonstrated, and students who have brought equipment will have the opportunity to engage in a monitoring exercise. A listening post will be set up, communications monitoring activity will be conducted, and further practical instruction provided.
Due to the intense, technical nature of this class, (I have a well-deserved reputation for giving a lot of material to students over the course of the class. Be prepared to take extensive notes.) enrollment size will be limited.
The cost for this two-day class will be at a discounted rate of $200 until August 31st, 2018. After August 31st, the cost will increase to $250 provided slots remain available. Advance registration ends October 1st. After October 1st, the “at the door” price for any remaining slots will be $400.
UPDATE: Payment is accepted in the form of credit card, cash, or money order. To enroll and pay via credit card, please visit our storefront at https://squareup.com/store/sparks31. If paying by cash or money order, please email me via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for payment information.
Flights from the Tri-Cities airport can be had for around $320 at the time of this writing.