12 December 2018
09 December 2018
Low-Level Voice Intercept (LLVI) is exactly what what the name implies. It's performing point and sector searches for voice communications, and something scanner hobbyists have been doing for decades. Even if all you have is a cheap Chinese HT, you can still run LLVI as it receives the VHF-high and UHF land mobile bands just fine. I've actually had students in previous classes do that, and they managed just fine.
amplified shooting earmuffs that conveniently have a 1/8" audio jack input. It serves both to keep the noise level down at a field LP, and let you hear what's going on around you. A notebook for logging and keeping useful reference material handy. Spare batteries, writing instrument, and something to hold it all that I found at a local army/navy store.
Go visit Radioreference.com to get frequency data for your point and sector searches, use online mapping will show you places that are located above your average terrain for listening. Gear up, take a quick hike, do some listening, and enjoy the view.
08 December 2018
Just a reminder that we are one month out from the Basic Grid-Down/Down-Grid Communications, Communications Monitoring, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Class on January 6th. in Watertown, CT.
Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people (communications intelligence—abbreviated to COMINT) or from electronic signals not directly used in communication (electronic intelligence—abbreviated to ELINT). Signals intelligence is a subset of intelligence collection management.
This is a one-day class that covers all the basics you need to set up your monitoring post, collect signals intelligence (SIGINT), get on the air with amateur radio and personal communications services (FRS, GMRS, MURS, CB, Part 15), and establish communications networks and interoperability with other like-minded individuals.
- Learning about Electronic Communications - A Primer
- Communications Monitoring HF-to-UHF
- Intelligence versus Information
- Intelligence Requirements
- SIGINT - Signals Intelligence
- Listening Posts and SIGINT Operations
- Communications Services
- Amateur Radio
- Part 95 & 15 (license-free or "license by rule" services)
- Communications Networks
- Interoperability - What it is, and how to make it work.
- Increasing System Performance
- Grid-Down versus Down-Grid Realities
- Basic Crypto Systems and When It Is Legal to Use Them
- Alternatives to Radio Communications
still plenty of time for the rest of you to submit yours. Bonus points to those of you who used the contact form on the right with a Mailinator return address. That shows you've been paying attention.
In the meantime, we have this wonderful article from the Atlantic:
It sure sucks when someone you don't like is in charge, doesn't it?
07 December 2018
05 December 2018
12V 7.5AH SLABS for $23.83 each in sporting goods next to the trail cams. I still use SLABs when on a budget, weight is not an issue, and charging arrangements are odd. Unlike more modern battery chemistries, SLABs are very tolerant when it comes to charging them in a field expedient manner.
My standard go-to these days for offline writing and diagramming. 97 cents each in the office/school supplies. USA made. Get one for the MONEX this week, and make it your first LP/lab notebook. Bring one to class.
03 December 2018
Currently deployed systems are good for at least 2 degrees accuracy with much less than 10 seconds of transmission time from an emitter.
See you in class.
02 December 2018
- User selects frequency range(s) from Table 1, above.
- User performs band/sector searches on selected frequency ranges for at least 1 hour during time frame specified.
- User logs following data: DATE, TIME, FREQUENCY, MODE, CALLSIGNS(?), TRAFFIC, MISC NOTES/COMMENTS
- User posts log as a comment to this post, and via email to email@example.com.
If you're not comfortable saying it on a witness stand, under oath, then don't say it on social media.
So, for those of you who maintain a FB presence, here is where the cool kids hang out.
I'm always being asked by readers "Is such-and-such a good radio?" While I have owned more than a few different makes and models of receivers and transceivers over the years, I can only personally vouch for about 1% of what's out there.
As far as SWLing goes, my usual go-to receiver is an Icom IC-R75. Those of you who have been to a class within the past few years have seen it, usually along with a Whistler WS1040 police scanner.
Eham rates it 4.3/5. You'll also find a manual and schematics online to download. A search of sold/completed auctions on Ebay will tell you what they sell for, which will help you make an offer (or counter-offer) to a seller. Overall not a bad choice, especially for your first tube radio that you could actually fix.
While I was at the swap meet today, I gave a little help to one of the younger (probably around 14 or so) attendees who was trying to get a 1970s vintage RS-232 terminal up an running. No one else there seemed to be familiar with RS-232. After showing him how to do a hard loopback (short pins 2 & 3), what the dip-switch settings on the back of the terminal adjust, and the difference between DTE and DCE, I told him to do a search on the make/model, on the EIA RS-232 standard, and to surf beyond the first few pages when doing so. Sure enough, he found documentation and learned that the code displayed on the screen was for a keyboard error. Turns out that DEC and Hazeltine keyboards are not compatible with each other. You all are likely packing phones with Internet access. Got a question and don't have a nearby expert to help you? Google it. You'll get enough info to at least make an educated guess. Here's another one:
DoD Places Spectrum on a War Footing
The U.S. Navy has formally elevated electronic warfare and the underlying electromagnetic spectrum to the status of a “warfighting battle space” equivalent to its sea, air, land, space, and cyber operations.On the private sector side of the house, we have this news story from one of my southern colleagues, Brushbeater, on problems with Unseen.is: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/unseen-is-outage-all-your-eggs-in-one-basket/
The directive approved by Thomas Modly, undersecretary of the Navy, acknowledges the growing significance of what has also become known as “spectrum warfare,” defined as the merger of conventional tools like electronic warfare with cyber operations.
Lest we think this is something new with Unseen.is, here is a similar post from a different source almost 2 years ago: http://earthchanges.ning.com/forum/topics/email-received-from-unseen-is-reporting-outages
Also our old nemesis the Russkies are back at it again:
Russia suspected of jamming GPS signal in Finland
Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops
Не ошибитесь товарищ. Она может быть красивой, но она тебя испортит.
With the whole world placing its spectrum on a war footing, you should too. Have you ran a band/sector search recently to keep your SIGINT skill-set up to speed? Have you paid a recent visit to the FCC General Menu Reports page to see if any new licenses became active near you? Do all your (and your buddies') radios have the same programming? Have you found and programmed in a bunch of simplex channels and tried them to make sure you can all talk to one another when the local repeater goes down? Have you set up (and tried) a PACE Plan? This is all stuff you need to do now, so you'll hopefully have your act together when the balloon goes up.
Need help? In only two weeks on December 15th, I will be hosting a free class, Intelligence Preparation of the Neighborhood (IPN), in Watertown, CT. IPN is a systematic, continuous process of analyzing the threat and environment in a specific area. It is designed to support estimates and decision making. Applying the IPN process helps you selectively apply and maximize your capabilities at critical points in time and space. This free course will provide an introduction to the IPN process, and how it applies to individuals and small groups or voluntary associations.
On the first Sunday of next month, there is the Basic Grid-Down/Down-Grid Communications, Communications Monitoring, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Class, also in Watertown, CT. This is a one-day class that covers all the basics you need to set up your monitoring post, collect signals intelligence (SIGINT), get on the air with amateur radio and personal communications services (FRS, GMRS, MURS, CB, Part 15), and establish communications networks and interoperability with other like-minded individuals.
Those of you who do not live in the Northeast will also have opportunities to learn. A full schedule of classes across the United States has been set up for 2019.
Things are not going to get better in this country. If anything, they will continue to get worse. Now is the time to set up your communications, information collecting, and intelligence producing networks, and become proficient in their use, before it becomes too late. We have seen "outages" and "deplatforming" of alternative Internet sites, active jamming of navigational and communications networks, and small-scale civil disturbances. Now is the time to prepare while you still can.