AmRRON Goes to AmCON 2 for Hurricane Ian

From the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network, Sept. 26, 2022:

AmRRON is at a Readiness Condition Level 2 (AmCON-2), for a regional event.  Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall on the western Florida coast Wednesday afternoon/evening, September 28th.

Click on the NOAA message/image below to visit the source page.

FLORIDA, GEORGIA, and ALABAMA AmRRON OPERATORS, WE ARE PREPARING TO BE THERE FOR YOU.

The Eastern AmRRON SIGCEN (GA/SC border) will be activated beginning early Wednesday morning, and will be monitoring the AmRRON frequencies, ready to help facilitate traffic, coordinate radio operations, and offer assistance and receive reports from operators in the impacted areas in the days following the hurricane, to include welfare traffic.

This will hopefully help relieve congestion on other related nets, such as the Hurricane Watch Net on 14.300 (for example).

All available AmRRON operators are encouraged to monitor the Persistent Presence Net frequencies through at least Sunday, October 2nd.

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

  • Expect to hear nothing (initially) from the impacted area on Wednesday afternoon and evening.  Operators will be grid down and most HF antennas will not survive the hurricane-force winds.  Additionally, lighting threat mitigation will have radio stations off the air.
  • HF antennas and backup power could take many hours, or even days, to reconfigure and make operational.
  • Any HF radio communications will likely increase in tempo beginning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and will likely begin to taper off on Sunday onward.
  • Most grid-up coordination will take place on the AmRRON Corps Z-Net Breakout Channel, as that is where the overwhelming majority

OPERATIONS:

FOR STATIONS IN THE IMPACTED AREAS:

  • Let us know you are okay!  Your safety, and that of your family, is first and foremost.  Please report as soon as it is safe and practical, with at least an abbreviated STATREP.
  • As you know, digital modes are the most effective.  Use the mode which gets the most information out the fastest.  If you are running QRP (low power), then JS8Call may be your only way to reach out.  We will keep the frequencies clear to monitor for your traffic.  Please include your county and state, and nearest town/city.
  • Use the @AMRRON group in JS8Call to query Signal Reports (SNR), and determine who is on frequency, and where, and the quality of your path to others.
  • At minimum, please send out an abbreviated STATREP, including your maidenhead grid square, so we can account for our opertors.
  • Voice frequencies will also be monitored, per the AmRRON SOI.  If you have misplaced your SOI, then we will also be monitoring 80m, 40m, and 20m AmRRON Voice frequencies at the top of each hour to give you a better time window.
  • We will send SITREPs (Situation Reports) over HF on the SOI net schedule frequencies so that you can be informed on what might be happening beyond your local VHF/UHF communications, as information is available.
  • If you encounter an emergency, and AmRRON nets are your only source of communications, (we will have operators standing by monitoring persistently), then announce your emergency traffic.  We will coordinate your traffic and route it to the appropriate agencies or entities.

SUPPORTING AmRRON STATIONS OUTSIDE THE IMPACTED ARES: 

  • Most importantly, keep the frequency clear if you do not have traffic to pass.
  • Only stations in the impacted grid-down areas should be beaconing/heartbeating and conducting Signal Report queries (SNR).
  • The AmRRON Corps Z-Net Breakout Channel is the most effective method for coordinating with other AmRRON support stations and getting the most up-to-date information related to the post-hurricane operations.
  • If you receive STATREPs or SITREPs from stations in the affected area, relay to the Eastern SIGCEN or to an NCS station, who will then be able to relay to the SIGCEN (unless you know that an NCS or SIGCEN has also copied the same traffic).
  • NCSs should have a /N after their callsign, and stations working as SIGCEN operations stations will have a /S after their callsigns.

More information and guidance will be added here in the coming hours and days.   Keep checking back.

AmRRON: T-REX 2022, Sept. 9-11

From AmRRON

The timeline is set, the inject traffic and initiating stations are in place, and hundreds of operators are making final preparations of their gear.

As in years past, this year’s scenario-based nationwide exercise is based on a cyber attack.  But there will be more!

For most participants, this makes the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or more T-REX exercises they’ve participated in.  Each time, more is learned, tested, and previous experience applied.  We all grow and become better radio operators for it.  But we take it for granted that this might be the first time for many of the new members who have joined AmRRON over the past year or more.  Apologies!  We will help prepare the newer folks much farther in advance in the future, as we’ve done in the past.

WHAT IS T-REX?

It is a three-day (actually, 48 hours) scenario-based disaster preparedness exercise, from Friday, September 9th, through Sunday at Noon, Pacific time, September 11th (non-stop).   All participants cuts commercial power, internet, cell phone, satellite, and any other conventional communications methods and simulates a nationwide grid-down emergency.

TIME:  Beginning Friday at Noon Pacific time (1pm Mountain; 2pm Central; 3pm Eastern; 1900 Zulu).

It is an opportunity for you as an individual, or family, or preparedness group, church disaster relief ministry, militia, or organization to practice implementing your worst-case emergency preparedness plan.  Cook with your off-grid equipment, power your batteries with your solar panels, test out alternative lighting, play a board game with your family by lantern and no electronics, practice your bugout plan, etc.

But most importantly, it’s an opportunity for you to practice using your emergency communications skills and equipment.  Make mistakes, learn shortcomings, capabilities and limitations, and identify where you need to make improvements (and you will, each time you do an exercise).  Take it seriously, but have fun!

WHAT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN DURING THE EXERCISE?

Initially, each SIGCEN (Signals Center) and NCS (Net Control Station) will produce and send an Initial Event Summary.  In a real-world event, radio operators will be taking to the airwaves to find out exactly what has happened, and how widespread are the effects.  They will inherently be looking to Net Control Stations for answers and guidance.  The Initial Event Summary is a tool we use to convey what we know at the moment, at the onset of an event, as well as guidance and instructions such as reminders of when the next scheduled net is to take place, and what frequency and mode, etc.

Also, this year there are 38 pieces of preloaded radio traffic (we call ‘injects’) which was developed and distributed to over twenty volunteer Initiating Stations across the country.  Nine of  those are welfare traffic requests, such as someone requesting a check on a loved one in another state, for example.

Each Inject that was issued included a set of instructions for each Initiating Station, including when to ‘inject’ their radio traffic into the scenario.  This helps enhance the timeline and the scenario with realistic messages, reports, and developments which might occur in logical fashion in a real-world emergency.  Net Control Stations will direct traffic to help keep the nets running smoothly, and will facilitate getting radio traffic to their destinations.  Tuning in to the nets will help you gain an understanding of the size, scope, and impact of the disaster.

Each piece of traffic is assigned a three-digit training exercise control number, or Traffic ID number.  And each Inject Station is assigned a two-digit Station ID number.  This helps us track official exercise traffic so we can understand the effectiveness of the nets, identify shortcomings, and track the successful delivery of the traffic.

Some traffic is for wide distribution, for everyone’s situational awareness.  Some wide distribution traffic pertains to specific communities, or regions, and is not intended for all nationwide participants.  For example, a church setting up a soup kitchen at the American Baptist Church on 123 Merry Lane, Smallville, USA,  would only pertain to the people in that community.  It wouldn’t pertain to someone a thousand miles, and five states away.  On the other hand, foreign military forces landing on the shores of the east coast, the west coast, and crossing the Mexican border would pertain to everyone on the North American continent — when wide distribution means WIDE distribution.

The SIGCENs (Signals Centers) on the east and west coasts will be compiling reports as they are receiving them from NCSs, and others, and compiling consolidated SITREPs (Situation Reports), or Intelligence Briefs, etc.  Those are generally for wide distribution intended for all parties with the ability to receive radio signals.

Keep notes for ideas on how to improve your personal situation.  As you receive information over the air, and you learn of some of the events taking place, use the opportunity to discuss with your family or group, ‘what would we do, or how would we respond, if this were real’?

YOU GET TO TRANSMIT.  One of the first things an NCS is going to try to do is take a ‘pulse check’ to find out who is out there on the air, who else is affected, in what ways, how far reaching the effects are, and what does he not yet know, but should.  We use the STATREP (Status Report) as a tool to provide a formatted method for each radio operator to report the status at their location.  As each station reports his/her Status Report, others will be able to see those reports as well.  The NCS will use the information from these STATREPs to update his Initial Event Summary to fill in any gaps on what he didn’t know beforehand.

Be prepared to submit your STATREP if you are properly licensed to transmit on the Amateur Radio bands.  This pertains to both HF and local VHF/UHF frequencies.  USE THE ABBREVIATED STATREP.  AmRRON operators will find guidance on how to format their STATREPs on Page 37 of the AmRRON Signals Operating Instructions, Section 6.3.1 — the ‘Abbreviated STATREP‘.

YOU ARE GRID DOWN DURING T-REX, and your STATREP should reflect that.   Your STATREP should indicate that, at minimum, you are without commercial power and all conventional communications (phone/internet).

This can be done over voice (aka. phone) or using ham digital modes, such as JS8Call, FSQCall, or fldigi modes such as Contestia 4-250.  Follow the instructions of NCS.  For most AmRRON operators, this is a walk in the park.  We practice this regularly.

What is different about T-REX nets versus regularly-scheduled practice nets?

TRAFFIC.  Ensuring important traffic (especially Priority or Immediate/Emergency traffic) gets passed.  This is the primary difference.

In a real-world emergency, unless there is not business (traffic) to attend to, taking check-ins for the sake of filling a list of callsigns is the lowest priority. Generally, AmRRON nets become ‘Traffic Nets’ for the purpose of moving important, time sensitive, or lifesaving information.

Net Control will likely announce himself, including his name and location, and then announce any traffic he has for the net, including the precedence level of the traffic.  Then:

A.  He will (should) ask for another station to act as an Assitant NCS (ANCS).  The ANCS helps relay traffic to others which may not have a good path to Net Control, and he can step up to take over the net if something happens to NCS (like, if NCS vanishes — it happens — computers crash, generators run out of fuel, dogs chase the neighbor cat, etc.).

B.  First, he will ask if there is any Immediate (or Emergency) traffic for the net.   He may take the traffic directly, if appropriate, or he may facilitate getting the Priority traffic relayed on to its destination.

C.  Then he will send any traffic he has for the net, beginning with Priority traffic.

D.  If a station announces he has directed traffic, NCS will then try to identify a station at, or close to, the destination.  For example.  If NCS is in Missouri and a Station from Texas calls announcing he has traffic that needs to go to Montana, NCS will tell him to stand by and ask if there are any Montana station on frequency.  If nothing heard, he may ask for stations in states surrounding Montana to check in who can relay the traffic.  An Idaho station responds, offering to take the traffic, and who will work with others in the region to get the traffic to its destination.  NCS will then direct the Texas and Idaho stations to move up, or down, three to six kilohertz and exchange traffic.  if they do not have a direct path to each other, then the ANCS can move with them, and relay the traffic between them, clearing the main net frequency as soon as possible.  ANCS will return to the net frequency as soon as the relay is finished.   If there are no stations at or near the destination, the NCS can take the traffic and pass it along using other means after the net closes.

E.  Other NCSs from adjacent regions should announce themselves on a net, so the primary NCS knows they are there, and can relay net traffic to them which is intended for their region.

To help keep the scheduled nets from becoming congested, any stations with directed traffic should try to use the Persistent Presence Net to find other stations who might be able to relay the traffic toward its destination.  All stations should keep a log of who you sent traffic to, and who you received traffic from.  If it gets lost or disappears during the exercise, this will help in tracking it down and learning what happened to it, and why, so we can remedy any shortfalls.

However, since many stations have limited alternate power (perhaps a single RV battery and a small solar panel), it may not be viable for them to be on the air continually.  This is why we have regularly scheduled nets listed in the SOI, creating a time window when as many stations as possible can meet on the air to exchange traffic.  Scheduled nets is also when wide distribution traffic from AmRRON will be sent.

IF YOU HAVE  NO HF CAPABILITIES:

This is a shortcoming you MUST overcome.  Get a shortwave radio receiver with SSB capability, or an SDR dongle, if nothing else.  You must have the ability to receive information from outside your immediate area if repeaters are rendered inoperable.  You must be able to inform your community if there is a radiation cloud, lava, zombies, langoliers, or foreign military convoys bearing down on you from the next state over.

IF YOU HAVE A LOCAL VHF/UHF, GMRS, CH3 COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK BUT NO INJECT TRAFFIC:

Develop your own ‘micro scenarios’ which fit your community, but which go along with the larger nationwide scenario.  You’re already a leader, so organizing some training scenarios which provide opportunities to use your communications networks should be right down your alley!

AmRRON is a patriot-oriented network, not an anti-government network.  So, do not create micro scenarios which project an adversarial relationship between your local group and government officials or political groups.

But share your small group training experiences as well.  What worked, what didn’t, overall impressions and experiences, and areas you’ve identified as needing improvement, and solutions to address the shortcomings revealed during the exercise.

Keep a list of the traffic you receive over the course of the exercise!  There will be a survey that will be used to create several after action reports (something we did not get to complete last year).

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

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.

AmRRON AmCON Level 2 – Critical Infrastructure Disruption Expected

Today AmRRON updated their AmCON status to Level 2. From AmRRON:

AmCON-2  Russia/NATO Cyber Attacks — Critical Infrastructure disruption expected or extremely likely in western nations

AmCON-2 at 20220224-1920Z

Confirmed:  Multiple government websites in #Russia including the Kremlin and the Sate Duma have fallen offline; the incident comes amid a spate of cyberattacks targeting neighboring Ukraine (Twitter  pic.twitter.com/K1pPQu7cHs

NetBlocks (@netblocks) February 24, 2022

Most significantly:

President Biden has been presented with cyberattack options that are designed to disrupt Russia’s ability to sustain its military operations in Ukraine (NBC):

  • Disrupting internet connectivity;
  • Shutting off electric power;
  • Tampering with railroad switches

— Global: MilitaryInfo (@Global_Mil_Info) February 24, 2022

AmRRON Special Instructions:  No Change

  • Fuel and batteries should be topped off and alt power and communications operations checks complete
  • All Stations:  Have abbreviated STATREP formatted and ready to transmit, or practice transmitting/sharing over Persistent Presence Net
  • Conduct local/regional communications networks tests
  • NCS (and higher) Stations:  In addition to STATREP, have IES (Initial Event Summary) preformatted and ready to transmit in a sudden grid/comms-down disruption of conventional communications in your region or nationally.
  • NCSs, arrange to coordinate with adjacent NCSs and BB stations to receive (and send) traffic in support of AmRRON operations if AmCON-1 becomes necessary.

AmRRON: Alternative Email and News Sources

With all of the de-platforming and banning of conservative sites and accounts, AmRRON has some suggestions for alternatives in Patriot Action Items: Alternative Email and News Sources.

In the wake of increasing censorship by left leaning internet-based services, conservative Christian patriots are finding themselves without news sources they can trust and ways of communicating with each other.

 

Here, I will cover two components of what I see as part of the solution:

  1. Email alternatives which offer increased privacy, security, and a degree of anonymity.
  2. News resources as alternatives to the corporate mainstream ‘fake news’ media.

 

EMAIL SERVICES:

We have received reports that Yahoo and Outlook email services have blocked user accounts

due to Christian/conservative views.

While this isn’t surprising, in fact it is to be expected, there are some great freedom-supporting services.

 

Protonmail  (Switzerland)

https://protonmail.com/

 

Tutanota (Germany) – has similar architecture as Protonmail, but as of 2009 Germany is a third party 5I participant.

https://tutanota.com/

 

CTemplar (Iceland)

https://ctemplar.com/

 

Anonynousspeech

(Servers randomly move around the world, not free)

https://www.anonymousspeech.com/

 

NOTE:  Unseen email.  We were strong proponents and users of unseen.is secure email, based in Iceland.

They have since closed their service and shut down the last of their servers.  If you see references to unseen email

in our Underground documentation or in postings on our AmRRON or Radio Free Redoubt websites, please disregard.

Those references are obsolete.

 

NEWS RESOURCES:

Stop watching or listening to any corporate mainstream news sources.

Avoid Drudge Report — Has since developed into anti-patriot propaganda arm.

Here are some excellent news alternatives:

 

Aggregate News Sites:

The Liberty Daily https://thelibertydaily.com/

Whatfinger https://www.whatfinger.com/

United Patriot News https://www.unitedpatriotnews.com/

 

Conservative News Outlets:

One America News Network https://www.oann.com/

Newsmax — After a Newsmax anchor walk-out of the Mypillow CEO, Mike Lindell, Newsmax is on probation, despite the anchor’s apology.

World Net Daily — https://www.wnd.com/

The Epoch Times https://www.theepochtimes.com/

Daybreak Insider http://www.daybreakinsider.com/

Zero Hedge https://www.zerohedge.com/

New American Magazine https://thenewamerican.com/

The Gateway Pundit  https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

The Geller Report https://gellerreport.com/

MAGA Pill http://www.magapill.com/

United Patriots http://www.unitedpatriotsofamerica.com/news-and-articles

One News Now https://www.onenewsnow.com/

Breitbart https://www.breitbart.com/

Bongino Report https://bonginoreport.com/

Western Journal https://www.westernjournal.com/

 

*Activist Post https://www.activistpost.com/

*despite the Anarchist symbology, Activist Post actually tends to lean strongly toward libertarianism, and not ‘anarchist’.

 

REDOUBT/REGIONAL

https://redoubtnews.com/ (American Redoubt / PNW)

http://inlandnwreport.com/   (Inland NW / WA State)

https://gemstatepatriot.com/blog/ (Idaho)

https://northwestlibertynews.com/  (Montana)

 

Strategic and Analysis

https://unconstrainedanalytics.org/ Rich Higgins

https://clarionproject.org/

https://www.understandingthethreat.com/  John Guandalo

https://forwardobserver.com/  Sam Culper

AmRRON: Call For Vigilance as Infrastructure Attacks Increase

From the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network, Call For Vigilance as Trend of Intentional Infrastructure Attacks Increase

In the past week we have seen three significant acts of deliberate sabotage attacks against critical infrastructure.

Some are low tech, such as filling a cell tower cabinet full of firewood, or as sophisticated as detonating a bomb in an attempt to destroy a major AT&T communications hub.  In all cases, disruptions of varying degrees were achieved by the saboteurs.

The Christmas Day bombing in Nashville resulted in multiple AmRRON Operators being cut off from conventional communications in Tennessee.  Due to the HF digital mode AmRRON Persistent Presence Net introduced one year ago, AmRRON radio operators were able to quickly get STATREPs and SITREPs sent out to others in the network.  This allowed other operators to begin assessing the situation and accounting for those in the impacted area.

As we move into 2021, we encourage everyone to participate in as many training and practice nets as possible, and to expand your communications capabilities.   This will make AmRRON more effective in real world emergencies when it comes to staying informed and informing others.

 

Deliberate Christmas Day Attack On Nashville, TN

Communications Hub Operated by AT&T

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the article at Conservative Firing Line

AT&T was severely impacted by the Nashville explosion, as their building
was a communications hub for several areas. The blast knocked out cell
phone communications (fiber optics) in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama,
as well as police communications, and military bases in the area.

 

SITUATION REPORT RECEIVED FROM THE FIRST TN OPERATOR IN THE VICINITY

(These SITREPs were sent using Amateur Radio digital modes and custom (.K2S) FLMSG Forms)

 

AmRRON Operators Reporting Deliberate Attacks On

Virginia Cellular Telephone Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

//real world real world//

  • On 20201227, Fairfax EMS discovered a northern Virginia cell phone tower
    filled with firewood.
  • Someone placed approx 70 pieces of firewood within the tower but did
    not ignite it.
  • ATT and Verizon has asked all patrol units to keep special watch over cell
    towers and infrastructure.
  • VA LEO considers this related to 5G and COVID symptom conspiracy theorists.

//real world real world//

 

Thousands of Colorado residents without heat

after attack on gas service

https://abcnews.go.com/US/thousands-colorado-residents-heat-attack-gas-service/story?id=74948009

The FBI has joined a criminal investigation of what police said appears
to be an “intentional attack” on gas service lines in Aspen, Colorado,
that left thousands of residents and businesses without heat as temperatures
in the skiing mecca plunged to near zero degrees.Aspen police said the
apparently coordinated acts of vandalism occurred Saturday night at three
separate Black Hills Energy gas line sites, one in Aspen and two elsewhere
in Pitkin County.

Intelligence Analyst comments, from Forward Observer:

(AC: Law enforcement suspects that EarthFirst!, an ecological activist
group, was involved. From the descriptions of law enforcement, it
appears that the acts of vandalism were conducted by individuals familiar
with area gas lines, which denotes pre-operational reconnaissance or
surveillance of the target. None of the pipeline switches had security
cameras, leaving police with few leads so far. Eco-activist/terrorist
groups have a long history of disruption and very good operations security.
Much of the OPSEC best practices promoted by antifascist groups today
originated from 1990s and early 2000s eco-terrorist groups, which really
have mastered the art of OPSEC. Although there was some speculation in eco-
fascist channels that this was an act of Accelerationism, I remain doubtful.
After the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, I would suspect that
Accelerationists desire more damage and infamy than temporary disruption of
natural gas lines. – S.C.)

AmRRON: Red Ryder BB Gun OTP Contest for Young Partisans

AmRRON announces their 2020 Christmas Red Ryder contest. More info through link.

Young Partisans! Radio Free Redoubt brings you another chance to win one of TWO Red Ryder Carbine Action 600-shot  BB guns, with a compass in the Stock and this thing that tells time, just like Ralphie in the movie, ‘A Christmas Story’.

Straight from the Daisy Museum, this year’s rifles will be engraved with ‘AmRRON YOUNG PARTISAN on the receiver!  A REAL COLLECTORS EDITION!

Learn how to decode One Time Pad secret messages just like real spies do, and enter to win your very own ‘Christmas Dream’ Daisy Museum BB Gun! Must be under 18 years old (it’s an honor system!).
-John Jacob Schmidt

 

How to participate:

    1. Listen to the John Jacob Show anytime after 8pm, Sunday night December, 6th at

      Episode 20-40 Young Partisan OTP Christmas Contest – The Secret Code Numbers

    2. Write the numbers down exactly.
    3. Then, go to the posting titled, “Christmas Red Ryder 2020” for further instructions!
    4. The drawing will be held Sunday evening, December 16th on Radio Free Redoubt

Kids, you might need your parent’s help. They can assist you using the OTP–A Simplified Exercise by JJS. It will walk you through the steps for decrypting a OTP message.

 

PrepperNet Live with JJS, Lady Liberty and Sam Culper, Oct. 29, 5 p.m. Pacific

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2020 at 5 p.m. Pacific time, PrepperNet is streaming live on YouTube with guests Sam Culper of Forward Observer, John Jacob Schmidt of Radio Free Redoubt & AmRRON, and Lady Liberty of the Political Church Podcast and Radio Free Redoubt.

New AmRRON Videos

The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (AmRRON) is a network of Preppers, Patriots and Redoubters who have volunteered to keep each other connected when other means of communications are unavailable or unreliable. It was originally formed to server only the Pacific NW states comprising the “American Redoubt” but has since spread across the nation and into Canada. Around 2014 they also merged with The American Preppers Radio Network. They have recently released several videos to explain a bit what they are but more what they are doing currently and planning to do in the future.

You don’t have to be an amateur radio operator to be a member or participant and membership is free. The communication plans include non-licensed radio services as well as amateur radio.

OH8STN: Ultimate Raspberry Pi Build for Amateur Radio

Julian, call sign OH8STN, posted a new video last week about Ultimate Raspberry Pi Build. He uses the AmRRON Raspberry Pi scripts for part of the process and praises their work. Julian is using the Raspberry Pi with his radio to build a very light and portable radio communication system that could be used for emergency response operations or just for fun, portable operation.

Hello Operators.
Each of us has a different idea about what the ultimate raspberry pi build would be or look like. For my station, reducing the cable mess, replacing a large audio interface with a low-cost usb audio codec, and creating a lightweight, energy-efficient configuration for ham radio data mode operations. Also important was getting my raspberry pi to work off os 12 volts, just like my Yaesu FT-818 and Yaesu FT-891. In this video, we will go through all the hardware, hardware mods, hats, and software used to make this station the ultimate rasberry pi build for ham radio data modes in the field.

73, Julian #oh8stn

AmRRON: Quarterly Radio Exercise, Nov. 9, 2019

 

Emergency service drill participant.  Photo via Blue Mountain Eagle

AmRRON will be holding a 4th quarter 2019 Simulated Emergency Test on November 9th.

Quarterly Communications SETs (Simulated Emergency Tests) help AmRRON radio operators practice with skills, software programs, and procedures, preparing them for more complex training and real-world radio operations.

Get the website URL contained in the November 5th AIB, and on Saturday, get the ‘secret exercise code’ from the Situation Report. Then, fill out a super short survey online!

Who: AmRRON and all other orgs and radio operators wishing to participate

What: Quarterly Training Exercise (4 hours): Delivery of a single message, network wide

When: November 9th, 1800 – 2200 Zulu Time

Scope: Nationwide, beginning on HF using digital modes, and then filtering down to local VHF/CH3.

Objective: This is a one way traffic test. In this quarterly exercise, a single SITREP (Situation Report) will be generated at ‘AmRRON National’, and sent across the network to Net Control Stations (NCSs), nationwide. The NCSs will then disseminate the report across their regional network in each region on 40m and 80m using digital modes.

Local VHF/CH3 nets will then disseminate the report to the local radio operators. Then, all participants fill out a short online survey to verify receipt of the SITREP…

Click here for more details.

AmRRON: T-REX “News” 2019 Continues

AmRRON continues to release TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise (T-REX) 2019 related news. You can find the T-REX news page here. The active exercise begins on July 26th. This post will be updated as additional exercise/drill news is published.

25 July 2019 EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE AmCON
QST QST ALL AmRRON OPERATORS… Commercial power and telecommunications failure is imminent, and expected within the next three to six hours. nsur uo s S. I. n net ss reor.

25 July 2019 EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE*** Liberty State Beacon – Early this morning, the Securities Exchange Commission announced a bank holiday effective at the end of the business day. Additionally, all U.S. stock exchanges will be closed until Monday, July 29 at 9:00 Eastern. This comes as more ATM’s are now offline across the nation and law enforcement in several cities report an increased call load as customers make a run on banks.EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE***


20190725 – 1500z EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE*****AmRRON Readiness Condition has been raised to Level 2. Due to the pervasive cyber attacks on major infrastructure, coupled with increasingly widespread telecommunications and power systems failures, the AmRRON Network is preparing to activate.Persistent presence nets are in place by multiple volunteer radio operators on the HF bands. SIGCENs are mobilizing, either already establishing on-air presence or preparing for operations.
-Have plenty of cash on hand
-Store up on water and if able to do so safely, make last-minute purchases of perishable items, fuels, batteries, etc.
-If you have not been participating in on-air radio practice session, do so immediately.
-Be prepared to have your communications operational within the next 12 hours.
-Avoid metropolitan areas, public transit, and venues with crowds. -Avoid traveling beyond your vehicle’s fuel capacity to make your way safely home or other safe location.EXERCISE EXERCISE*****

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AmRRON TREX19*** 20190725 – 1500z

Early this morning, several nuclear facilities throughout the US report cyber-attacks on their PLCs and resultant reactor “scrams”. These attacks were accompanied by widespread internet outages and cell phone service lost in several regions on the country.

EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE***

24 July 2019 EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE*** Liberty State Beacon – In a press release earlier today from the Securities Exchange Commission, authorities announced they were still working to restore all brokerage accounts after Monday’s lockdown.  While they are working diligently to resolve the problem an immediate resolution has not been identified and may require a shutdown of financial activity on the NYSE and other commodity exchanges.  Across the world, financial exchanges are reacting to the announcement with record losses.  Currency exchanges are fluctuating and the dollar is down by 40%.  In other news, sources near a nuclear power plant in Georgia report rumors of a reactor “scram” as a result of a failed PLC and false data.  Officials from the plant indicate they had some unusual readings and shut the plant down for recalibration but there is no immediate danger to the public.  They expect the system to be operational again within 48 hours.  Additionally in the East, power plants remain at reduced power output.   Several South Eastern cities are having intermittent internet outages and Cell phone companies have announced that several of their regional hubs have been hit by a cyber-virus. EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE***

EXERCISE**** ***EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE***** Due to the threats to the recently reported cyber attacks on banking and infrastructure computer systems, we are raising the AmCON to Level-4. There is an increased risk to the telecommunications grid across the United States. Inventory all communications gear, update software, print reference documents, and participate in all scheduled AmRRON nets to ensure your station is ready for service. EOM EXERCISE EXERCISE*****

AmRRON Intelligence Brief (AIB) 23 July 2019 Current AmCON: Level 5
*** EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE ***** 1. SEC announcement – NYSE and Chicago mercantile will delay opening for 2 hours to address cyber security measures. News reports of several brokerages are locked out of some of their accounts and are aggressively pursuing a solution. They urge clients to remain calm and not try and access their accounts until they announce a fix. Many ATM’s remain inaccessible. 2. News reports of several AEP power plants have experienced turbine failures due to PLC problems. They are rectifying the problem but will have to shut down operations for 72 hours. Expected brownouts and intermittent power outages are expected through the Mid-Atlantic states to include Metropolitan Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. ***** EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE *****

23 July 2009 EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE*** Liberty State Beacon – Earlier today, multiple inside sources reported repeated attacks into commercial and private computer systems by an unconfirmed nation state. One of these sources, going by the code name “Big Al”, indicated a mutating computer virus has infected computer systems across the nation. “Big Al” reportedly works for a large bank in the IT Watch Center and has proof of this worm. He indicates that teams are in place to eradicate the worm but by the time they identify the virus, it has mutated and cloned itself to prevent eradication. Big Al stated that people should do everything they can to have cash on hand because things were going to become very bad, very soon. END T-REX TRAFFIC***

23 July 2009 Exercise,Exercise,Exercise
///MSG/// Disruptions to railroad operators computer systems have disruptions to the national rail industry. Operators have assigned personnel to manually operate switches along key rail lines but trains running these routes are forced to move at a much slower pace for safety purposes.Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. ///END OF MSG//
22 July 2009 Exercise,Exercise,Exercise

///MSG/// Liberty State Beacon – Today the Securities Exchange Commission announced both the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile will delay opening for two hours to address cyber security measures. Sources internal to several brokerages report numerous locked accounts and are aggressively pursuing a solution. Clients of these brokerages are urged to remain calm and delay access to accounts until a fix is announced. In a press release from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Chairman Maury Fifer promises the public that “everything is stable and not to do anything rash.” Mr. Fifer wants to remind the public that large withdraws from banks will only create more panic and lead to further instability. Patriot sources urge the public to have plenty of cash on hand as a reserve.Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. ///END OF MSG//
15 July 2009 Exercise,Exercise,Exercise-Traffic .

///MSG/// The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning advising all commercial and public internet users to be vigilant for possible cyber intrusion into commercial cyber controllers, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and internet servers. All commercial and public internet users are advised to review the following document: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/overview-cyber-vulnerabilities
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. ///END OF MSG//

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AmRRON: T-REX “News” Has Begun

AmRRON: T-REX “News” Has Begun

AmRRON has released the first TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise (T-REX) 2019 related news. You can find the T-REX news page here. The active exercise begins on July 26th, but you can expect escalating drill news to be released periodically, ramping up to the main event.

15 July 09 Exercise,Exercise,Exercise-Traffic .
///MSG/// The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning advising all commercial and public internet users to be vigilant for possible cyber intrusion into commercial cyber controllers, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and internet servers. All commercial and public internet users are advised to review the following document: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/overview-cyber-vulnerabilities
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. ///END OF MSG//

Here is some background for this year’s T-REX:

This years T-REX is primarily centered around a cyber attack on PLC’s (programmable logic controllers). These small devices provide computer control of many of our industrial and infrastructure mechanical devices. You may remember the “STUXNET” virus that struck Iran’s nuclear program. The virus attacked PLC’s that controlled the speed of uranium centrifuges and caused them to spin out of control resulting in failure and damage to the centrifuges. It is hypothesized that the STUXNET virus was introduced into the Iranian computers through a compromised USB drive.

In addition to the cyber attack on the PLC’s, this T-REX will incorporate other types of cyber attacks into commercial infrastructure and ATM’s, medical devices and communications services.

The following link will give a good overview on how to prevent cyber intrusion into infrastructure devices and is worth reading. Overview of Cyber Vulnerabilities

Recommended Reading: Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet World’s First Digital Weapon
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AmRRON T-REX 2019 Save the Date, July 26-28

The 2019 TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise will be held over the weekend of July 26 through 28. Save the date now to save yourself later. The AmRRON T-REX is a radio communication disaster exercise, but you can follow along with the disaster scenario even if you don’t have a radio. (Click here to see the 2018 T-REX archives.) For AmRRON and its members, the exercise is a functional to full-scale exercise. If you wish to participate on your own with your local group, you can work it as a walk-through, tabletop, or more as you see fit.