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20 December 2018

Fake News and Deplatforming

Fake News and deplatforming are big topics these days.

Most of what passes for "news" from the establishment mass media machine is fake news. Over the past few days I have watched and listened to the news channels during breaks at the day job, and about one percent was applicable to me at a tactical level: traffic and weather. Another one percent had some strategic level value, bit will require more research as a 30 second sound part imparts very little information. The same percentage likely applies to you, but what do you need to know and how do you get it? That's when Intelligence Preparation of the Neighborhood, OSINT, and SIGINT comes into play. Do you know how to do IPN, collect OSINT and SIGINT, and do some rudimentary analysis?  

I have always maintained since I first created this blog that you should never trust anyone else's infrastructure. Deplatforming is the reason why, and it is not limited to Internet. I have seen repeaters and repeater networks go down due to natural disasters, pissed-off repeater owners, and simply from geriatric repeater owners dying and having no one to take the machine over. That 5 watt HT is great when you have a local repeater to get into. When the repeater goes away, you have to switch to simplex. Do you have the knowledge and equipment to set up your own comms?

If the Internet goes down tomorrow, would you be able to collect news and information, and establish secure communications links with you tribe?

I have a full line of classes scheduled for 2019 that can help you out, and in 2 1/2 weeks will be holding my first class of the new year in Watertown, CT. Cost of the class is only $100, and you can enroll online.

Sparks31 returns to New England.
Basic Grid-Down/Down-Grid Communications, Communications Monitoring, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Class
January 6th, 2019, 0800-1800 EST
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.

Topics of instruction include the following:
  • 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
    • Antennas
  • Grid-Down versus Down-Grid Realities
  • Basic Crypto Systems and When It Is Legal to Use Them
  • Alternatives to Radio Communications
Cost for this class is $100. Please enroll via our storefront at
See you in class!

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