S2 Underground: One Time Pads/Encipherment

If you taken the Groundrod course from Combat Studies Group, then you’ve learned about one-time pads, but maybe you need a refresher. Maybe you’re completely unfamiliar with this method of encryption which is considered unbreakable unless your pad is compromised, either through being stolen or if it was not randomly generated. Get an introduction or refresher from S2 Underground in this video.

AED, CPR, & First Aid Training at Bleyhl, July 20th

AED, CPR, & FIRST AID TRAINING
(GRANDVIEW ADMIN OFFICE)
Are you looking to get CPR, AED and First Aid certified?

Join us on Wednesday, July 20th for an interactive class hosted by Firepoint Training Associates, LLC.

Cost: $35 per person. Cash, check or card will be accepted. We can also charge Bleyhl member accounts.

Register at:
https://bleyhl.typeform.com/to/U9HsE98n

Where: Bleyhl Co-op Main Office
When: 07/22/22 @ 8:30am (English) & 12:30pm (Spanish)

Questions? Call or text (509) 778-2731

CSG: GroundRod 2 Course, CDA, ID, Aug 6-7

Combat Studies Group will be holding their Ground Rod Level 2 course in Coeur d’Alene, ID on August 6-7, 2022.

 We have a GroundRod Level 2 coming up in CDA, Idaho AUG 6-7.

Contact us at: comstugrp@protonmail.com to register.

GroundRod 2  covers the following:
– Review of GroundRod Primer skills
– Discussion of current events as they relate to privacy, security and liberty
– In depth study of the Invisible Internet Project / I2P
– Setting up anonymous mail service via I2P
– Exploration of Zeronet and other distributed networking systems
– Setting up and using Retroshare with extra anonymity
– The latest in encryption techniques, including ECC
– Setting up open source router firmware
– Metadata analysis
– Testing secure alternatives to Skype and other mainstream teleconferencing software
– The latest in crypto-currency trends, techniques and software
– Real-world tradecraft application
– Setting up resilient, “Ministry of Truth” proof websites
– Hands on training for SEPIO laptop owners
– and tons more………

Stuck Pig Medical: Partisan Life Saver Course, Oct 21-23

Learning TCCC at Fairchild AFB

Stuck Pig Medical will be offering its Partisan Life Saver course in Spokane, WA on October 21-23, 2022. Stuck Pig Medical usually offers its courses at the Brushbeater training site in North Carolina, so it is rare to have one out here in Washington. Sign up and pay for the class through the Stuck Pig Medical store part of their website – CLICK HERE. If you’re really serious about some medical training, you can join the second tier of Stuck Pig Medical’s Patreon and have access to twice-weekly, live-streamed, medical classes of one to two hours in length for a cost of about $15 per month. Sign up early before all of the spots are gone.

Partisan Life Saver: $600
A three-day course that is the next step up from the TCCC course. The TCCC course is not a prereq for this. Covers everything that is covered in the basic course, but goes more in-depth on the subject. This is a wet course, which means fake blood is used, bring clothing that you don’t mind being potentially stained.

Topics covered:
*Why TCCC is important
*How to treat battlefield/trauma wounds
*What interventions should you get
*How to pack an IFAK
*How to make things to practice with

Everything is provided for the class, if there is something specific you want to try out, feel free to bring it to class.

If you order an IFAK or Bleeder Kit in conjunction with this, put in the notes if you want it shipped to you, or if you would rather just pick up the kit(s) when you show up for class.

The Human Path Herbal First Aid Course, June-Aug 2022

The Human Path is offering an online Herbal First Aid course beginning June 13, 2002 and running through August 15th.

This module can be taken as a bundle with the Wilderness First Aid Certification, or separately!

Using plant medicine in the field is our trademark and our specialty. Add an additional 8 hours of training to your certification by learning about and showing proficiency using herbs in the field. Learn the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments.

Herbal medicine offers extremely effective approaches to acute illnesses in post disaster situations, offering relief to physical ailments while also supporting mental and body system health.

**This module will include herbal Field materials students will use to demonstrate understanding of preparations in remote environments.

Herbal First Aid subjects include:

-Fundamental herbal care concepts

– the necessary shift in thinking

-Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs

-Injury, shock, pain and herbs

-Respiratory herbal first response

-Gastrointestinal herbal first response

-Urinary herbal first response

-Planning, preparing and administering herbs

To pay with cash, checks, Venmo, or money orders send us an email here:

You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

This tuition rate is for the Herbal First Aid Module ONLY.

Regular Tuition: $125 (Online processing fees apply)

Check/Venmo/Money Order Rate: $125 (No processing fees)

Cash Rate: $115

AmRRON T-REX Moved to September, 2022

AmRRON has announced that their annual end of the world as we know it radio communication readiness exercise will be moved from July to September this year. Put it on your calendar, now, as you have four months to get your radio ready and practice up.

The annual nationwide, scenario-based, simulated grid down communications exercise is set for:

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — September 9th, 10th, and 11th

The scenario is being developed and the goals and objectives are being defined.  

In the coming days and weeks, expect:

  • More details about the exercise and the scenario
  • List of training goals and objectives, and skillsets which will be focused on during the exercise
  • Request for volunteers as Initiating Stations to inject message traffic into the scenario
  • Roles of participants and format of the exercise
  • Preparatory training exercises which will focus on specific skills, tasks, and procedures to help prepare participants for T-REX 2022

In the meantime:

  • Continue to improve your radio station, off-grid power capabilities, and skillsets
  • Continue to familiarize yourself with the AmRRON Signals Operating Instructions
  • Participate in as many regularly-scheduled training nets as possible

TACDA Webinar – Sanitation in Disasters, May 14

The American Civil Defense Association is holding a webinar on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 about sanitation in disasters at 5pm Pacific time.

Instructor Jim Philips

Topic: Sanitation

Presenter: Jim Philips

Date: May 14, 2022 6pm (Utah time)

Link: Click HERE to join the meeting. (Everyone invited to this meeting. No subscription required!)

Following a disaster, there are two overlapping sinister challenges that (over the long-term) will cause more misery, disease, and death than the event. This deadly sanitation combo will quickly kill far more people than starvation or most other issues.  Be prepared to overcome them, before they overcome you and your household!

Live Zoom presentation will be on Saturday, May 14th, and the recording will be available to watch by the following Monday.

After the Event Serial Killer 

When “things” happen, there are areas that households can work through on their own (food, shelter, light, clothing, stored water, first aid, etc.).  However, there are a few areas that are very ‘public’, and absolutely require unified participation from the ‘community’.

Recognize that if you are doing everything correctly, but others around you are not, your ability to stay well is drastically diminished or totally negated.  At the top of this list, two major issues go hand in hand with disasters of significant magnitude and duration —

FAILED SANITATION, and its twin sister lack of SANITARY WATER.

AmRRON Mobile (Radio) Training Exercise, May 14-15

AmRRON is holding a radio operator training exercise this weekend – May 14-15, 2022. This exercise is being held on HF frequencies, using digital modes and off-grid power.

Get ready!  The AMRMRX 22 is a fun exercise involving fixed-site ‘Command’ stations and field mobile ‘Reporting’ stations, requiring the mobile stations to set up a field station, listen and then transmit, then pack up and move to another location and repeat the process!

Exercise begins:  Saturday, May 14th @ 0945 Local Time

  • 4 Segments – Three 2 hour segments and a 1 hour 4 th segment.

Scenario: X10 Solar Flare on 20220508-1200Z with full on CME impact
28 hours later (20220509-1600Z). Expected loss of Grid power,
communications including cellular telephone and internet.

All guidance and instruction documents are downloadable below for you to print and review.

AmRRON CORPS MEMBERS be sure to participate in this Wednesday evening’s ‘BREAKOUT CHANNEL’ AmRRON Z-Net Voice Net for discussing the exercise and the roles and participate in the Q&A session.

There are two documents to download and print:

  1.  AmRRON AMRMRX v1.4.pdf  (Overall Exercise Description and General Guidance)
  2.  Instructions to reporting stations AMRMRX v1.4  (These are specific instructions for deployment as a reporting station.)

Reporting Station Requirements:

  1. AmRRON member
  2. Portable or Mobile HF radio capability (low power acceptable).
  3. Multi band antenna capable of reception / transmission on 40 & 80M.
  4. Digital HF capability utilizing FLdigi suite and JS8call simultaneously.
    Transportation (A conveyance capable of moving the operator and all
    equipment a distance of 3 miles in under 30 minutes).
  5. Off grid power (preferably PV panel and battery or equivalent).
    Generator power is acceptable but use caution in transporting and using
    flammable liquids.
  6. Operation from your vehicle as a mobile station is acceptable.

Bleyhl May 2022 Workshops

Bleyhl Co-op has two workshops in May:

Horse Owner Workshop (Grandview) May 12, 2022 6:30pm – 8:00pm

SPEAKER: Lane Howe, Purina Nutrition SPECIAL GUEST: Bill Lawrence, Horse Trainer. Lawrence has worked on films War Horse, Unstoppable, The Young Black Stallion, The Postman, Racing Stripes, The Legend of Zorro, Evan Almighty, Did you Hear About the Morgans, and John Carter of Mars. No charge to attend. RSVP to save your seat! (509) 882-1225

Goat Owner Workshop (Zillah) May 19, 2022 6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Jena Ozenna, CHS Nutrition Consultant will discuss goat feed and tub options. Nicole Cookson, Bleyhl, will discuss dairy goats and demonstrate milking. Kennedee Lecuyer, 4-H Leader and Champion Showman, will demonstrate showing techniques and tips. We will also cover hoof trimming and vaccinations. No charge to attend, RSVP to save your seat. (509) 829-6922. Feed specials, handouts, and coupons exclusive to those that attend!

John Mosby: Guerrilla Gunfighter Volume Three Now Available

Guerrilla Gunfighter Volume 3: Training Drills for Building Skills

The third volume of John Mosby‘s Guerrilla Gunfighter series became available last fall. You can find it on Lulu.com through the following link Guerrilla Gunfighter 3: Training Drills for Building Skills. As the subtitle states, this volume is mostly shooting drills. Each drill gives you an introduction to the drill, the conditions to start, a list of performance standards, and some coach’s notes. Mosby divides his drills into three sorts: first, micro-drills to perfect one or two particular aspects of a shooting skill; second, macro-drills that exercise multiple aspects of the shooting skill; and, last, evaluation drills which don’t particularly improve any of the aspects trained in the micro- and macro-drills, but rather are used to mark your improvement or decline in shooting skill. This volume also has a foreward written by Pastor Joe Fox of Viking Preparedness.

Bleyhl Workshops, March – April 2022

Bleyhl co-op has several workshops coming up for the rest of March and early April.

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 12 & 13, 2022

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo takes place this weekend, March 12 and 13, 2022.

Opens : March 11th, 1800 PST, or March 12th, 0200 UTC
Presentations Begin:  Saturday, March 12th, 0800 PST,
                                          or 1600 UTC
                                          Sunday, March 13th, 0800 PDT,
​                                          or 1500 UTC
The Expo platform will remain open until April 10th, 2022 for on demand presentations. 
​Tickets are $10.00 until Expo opens, then $13.50 until April 10th

Click here to register.

Click here for presentation schedule.

About the Expo

Amateur radio is like a big circus.  It has its main tent with three rings in the center.  In those rings could be Contesting, DXing, and Rag Chewing.  However, amateur radio now has a “midway of a thousand smaller tents” according to Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, founder of the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, and host of the QSO Today Podcast, a interview program featuring the most interesting amateur radio operators.  It is exactly this midway that the “Expo” was founded to explore.  

The Covid-19 Pandemic closed ham radio conventions, hamfests, and monthly meetings all across the World in 2020.  It was because of these closures that Eric, 4Z1UG, got the idea to create an on-line, and virtual convention that has all of the elements of a real ham radio convention, similar to the most notable live conventions.  

The First QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo was in August 2020 where over 15,000 amateurs attended on the Expo weekend, attending on their computers over the Internet instead of in-person.  Over 80 presentations were made, with live Q&A on Zoom webinar, and attendees could come back over a 30 day on-demand period to view the recorded presentations that they missed.  

We discovered something unique in August from surveys that we made following the expo.  Sixty percent of the attendees, almost 9000 hams do not go to live expos, preferring to stay at home.  The Covid-19 Pandemic has made this all the more important.  

The Expo has also become the place to discover more niches in amateur radio through the presentations given at each one.  In March 2021, while there was some difficulty with the platforms, over 6000 hams came and viewed almost 100,000 presentations from the over 80 that were offered in March.  Our Expo in August 2021 had over 90 presentations in 8 tracks of amazing amateur radio content. 

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo returns on March 12th, 2022 and has become a twice yearly event.  We hope to see you there!

Comm Academy April 9, 2022

Seattle’s emergency communications and amateur radio conference known as Comm Academy will be held on April 9, 2022. A YouTube playlist of last year’s presentations can be found on the CommAcademy channel. Some organizations that have participated in the conference include Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES©), Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS), EOC Support Teams, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary, REACT, CERT, and MST.

During the pandemic, the number of presentations has been reduced and the format has changed to virtual. 2022’s academy will be streamed on their YouTube channel, and there is no advanced registration required this year.

Bushcraft Northwest: Bushcraft Weekend, Apr. 30 – May 1, 2022

Bushcraft Northwest’s Bushcraft Weekend

Bushcraft Northwest in Goldendale, WA is holding a Bushcraft Weekend on April 30 and May 1, 2022. The cost is $250.

In this two day course, we cover everything from the basics to advanced techniques including Gear and Survival Kits, Edged Tools, Fire, First Aid, Cordage and Withes, Shelter, and Navigation. All learning is hands on and the days are packed with information. There is no skill level requirement for this course. 

Full meals provided on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Please bring whatever food and camping items you’d like for your comfort during your stay. We also bring some new gear to workshops for sale, but if there is something specific you are interested in, please let us know so we are sure to bring it to the site. 

Bushcraft Northwest also offers private workshops for individuals, groups, and government agencies. Cost varies depending on group size and whether the course will be held at our location in Goldendale, WA or if we are traveling to your location. Please contact us via email or feel free to call (360) 606-1036 to find out more information. 

TOPICS TAUGHT DURING THE WORKSHOP:

Knives and Edged Tools: Learn proper cutting techniques which are both safe and efficient. Hands on training with lots of carving. Knife sharpening, saws, and axes are also covered. This is a must for those who want to get the most out of their tools.

Fire: Being able to light a fire can mean the difference between life and death. This section covers vital topics such as fuel types, finding and preparing tinder, friction fire lighting, ignition methods, and various fire lays.

Cordage and Withes: 
From building shelters to gathering food, cordage is often used in the process. Learn traditional techniques of making cordage out of easily found natural materials.

Knots: Unless you are involved in a highly specialized activity, you don’t need to have fifty knots memorized. We cover the eight most useful knots that you need to know to get things done.

Shelter:
 Tarp setups and improvised shelters for both planned and emergency stays.

Navigation: How to use a compass, compensate for declination, and read natural signs (day and night) to get where you want to go. Clinometer work and other more advanced skills are covered on request.

Emergency measures: 
A vital and often overlooked topic that should be familiar to all who venture into the backcountry. Content includes rope work, first aid, transporting injured people, and signaling.

Gear and Packs: Stop overpacking and/or accidentally leaving important items behind. Learn Mike’s modular packing system to keep gear organized whether it’s a survival kit or a full blown backpack.

Bushcraft Northwest’s Bushcraft Weekend