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

Cerberus Training April 2022 Firearm Classes

Cerberus Training of Goldendale, WA is holding four firearm courses in April, 2022.

Apr. 9 – 10 AR Armorer

Armorer courses are structured to provide each student with a practical understanding of the operation, critical parts gauging, and features of the class titled Firearm.

This two day class is a mixture of classroom instruction, hands-on operation and on-range live-fire, enabling each student to achieve a high degree of familiarity with the topics covered and running the firearm efficiently.

You will gain proficiency in the following areas: Cleaning, maintain, gauging, repair, build, and/or modify the specific platform. We will go over disassembly, reassembly, identification of mechanical deficiencies and corrective actions, so you will walk away knowing your firearm is reliable.

Topics Covered:
+ Basic operation and function
+ Design
+ Interaction of parts including safeties and fire control group
+ Proper safety checks
+ Disassembly & Assembly
+ Inspection of parts for excessive wear
+ Head Space
+ Maintenance and lubrication
+ Gauging and checking critical areas
+ Modification / Customization
+ Compatibility
+ Troubleshooting
+ Theory

Armorers course certificate and manual is provided to the student to keep, and tools will be provided to work on specific platforms.

The second half of Day 2 will be on the range checking proper operation, manipulation and an abbreviated Run the Gun class, which is made to instill the fundamentals of efficiency in running the specific platform.

If you would like to shoot – 250 Rounds  

Class starts at 0900

Cost $500

Apr. 23 – Foundation – Pistol

Apr. 24 – Foundation – Rifle

This 1 day Handgun or Rifle Foundation class is for those who are new to firearms. It’s also great for the casual yet competent shooter who wants to tune their skills. We ensure your training will increase your skill set, no matter your level.

We will review firearm safety, fundamentals, and proper use of the sights and trigger. We will work on loading and unloading, presentation to the target from the holster of the handgun, or sling with the rifle, ready positions and clearing malfunctions, all with skill sets and drills to improve overall efficient operation. This class is a great way to get ready for Run the Gun Handgun or Rifle.  

This class will thoroughly cover;

Safety brief & Medical plan

Firearm and Range Safety

Effective shooting stance

Proper weapon grip

Recoil control

Using iron sights, magnified and or electronic optics – Pistol or Rifle

Proper zero and confirmation.

Trigger control

Manipulation of your firearm platform

Loading – Reloading sequence

Malfunctions of the Pistol or Rifle

Sling/Holster use

and more…

Check here for Gear List and Preparing for Training;

https://cerberus-training.com/pages/gear-list

https://cerberus-training.com/pages/preparing-for-training

If you would like to shoot, bring – 250 Rounds   

Class starts at 0900

Cost $200

Apr. 30 – May 1 Bill Blowers Tap-Rack Tactical – Pistol

Bill Blowers of Tap-Rack Tactical, LLC will provide you with techniques and procedures that allow you to make hits faster under stress. This course is intended to pick up where most marksmanship training ends, it is a fighting class. We will build on previous skills, but help you to hit faster on single and multiple targets. This is accuracy done very quickly. Topics covered include fundamentals, strong and weak/support hand shooting, manipulations, malfunctions, low light and shooting on the move. Each shooter will leave with a custom dry fire training plan.

Equipment needed
Reliable semi-auto handgun
Duty, range, or concealment holster with suitable gunbelt
Enough magazines, pouches, etc., to carry a minimum of 50 rounds to the firing line
Minimum 1000 rounds of ammunition (1,000+ recommended; bring more, shoot more)
Wrap-around eye protection; ear protection; brimmed hat, weather specific clothing.
Recommended
A second gun or parts to fix your broken gun.
Note pad and pen/pencil

Cost $650

Practical Edge Shooting: Practical Handgun and Practical Defense Classes in April, 2022

Practical Edge Shooting will be holding their Practical Handgun class on April 23rd and their Practical Defense class on April 25&26 in Kennewick, WA.

Practical Handgun $250:

Practical Handgun class, April 23rd,  Kennewick location.

Overview: 
Class will introduce the student to our methodology of shooting skills and firearm safety procedures.  Class serves as a base to build from for defensive firearms, recreation, and sport. 

Student to Instrutor ratio is formatted to provide personal attention to each student, and individual skill progression.  Completion of Practical Handgun is required prior to attending other Practical Edge live fire shooting classes. 

This is a live fire handgun course teaching how to safely handle firearms, and how various types of handguns function.  Students will receive classroom and live fire instruction on the fundamentals of marksmanship, increasing both accuracy and ability to drive the gun during rapid fire.

Class is an 8 hour training day, 10am-6pm, which begins with classroom followed by live fire training.  There will be a one hour lunch break between the two blocks of instruction.

This class will meet the training requirment for Washington State Law, I-1639.

Prerequisite:

Students must be legally able to possess a firearm.

Waiver of Liability to be signed at start of class.

Adult students, 18 years and older (16 or 17 year olds may attend with attending parent\guardian). 


Student Supplies:

Eye protection (clear safety glasses recommended)

Ear protection (double protection recommended, foam plugs and ear muffs)

Note taking material

250 rounds of ammunition for pistol

Pistol – Must be full size model  (min .38/9mm,  4″ barrell or larger) 

Gun rentals available.  Prearrangement required, please contact us prior to class, or select the option to include during registration

Any question please contact us at 509-987-2303 or via email at info@PracticalEdge.com

Practical Defense $150:

Practical Defense, April 25th-26th, Evening Sessions  Classroom at Kennewick Ranch and Home.

Overview:

Training is a seminar presentation with the information that every gun owner should know.  This class, along with Practical Handgun, is required prior to taking any of the Practical Edge live fire defensive classes (Concealed Carry, Low Light, AR15).  Training builds the foundation in the use of a firearm to defend life.

Topics covered include legal & moral issues, threat awareness, life priorities, equipment recommendations, and the realities of using a firearm for defense.

We strongly believe that this is information you must know.  Instruction and topic discussions will be presented in a very frank and honest format.

Class format consists of classroom and presentation information only.  This class will be broken up into two eveining sessions 5:30pm-8:30pm each night.

Prerequisite:

Students must be legally able to possess a firearm.

Class is formatted for adult learning and restricted to adults only.

Waiver of Liability to be signed during registration at start of the session. 


Student Supplies:

Note taking material

Any question please contact us at 509-987-2303 or via email at info@PracticalEdge.com

Bushcraft Northwest: Wild Foods/Wilderness Cooking Class, Apr. 23-24, 2022

Bushcraft Northwest Wild Foods and Wilderness Cooking workshop

Bushcraft Northwest in Goldendale, WA is holding a Wild Foods and Wilderness Cooking class on the weekend of April 23 & 24, 2022. The cost is $275.

Most wild food classes focus solely on edible plants. While this is undeniably important knowledge to posses, the availability of plants and berries is highly dependent upon both the time of the year and location. Our course goes in a different direction and combines both traditional and modern knowledge to help you eat better and carry less. In this two day workshop, we cover how to make great foods while backpacking, catch fish and wild game, make simple and effective traps and snares, utilize primitive cooking techniques, net making, drying racks, breads, bannock, how to pack and organize, great recipes, and much more. There is no prerequisite for this course, but it is very knife intensive. Knife techniques are also taught as part of the course and a folding saw is highly recommended as well.

All food and meals are provided, but you may bring whatever snacks and drinks you’d like as well. Please bring the camping items necessary for your comfort during the workshop. All of the items on our website are available to try and purchase during the weekend.

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 INCLUDE:

Traditional Cooking: You don’t need pots and pans to cook and preserve food. Methods covered include hot rock cooking, dutch ovens, baking, and drying meat.

Fishing: How to make nets, weirs, and fishing tackle out of a blend of modern and natural materials.

Trapping: Primitive snares and deadfalls are illegal unless there is a true emergency. Learn the most efficient methods should the need arise.

Edible Plants: Plants are an easy and reliable food source once the edible varieties can be positively identified.

Knife techniques: Learn proper cutting techniques which are both safe and efficient. Hands on training with lots of carving.

Bushcraft Northwest Wild Foods and Wilderness Cooking workshop