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brushbeater blog post discussion
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:01:32 AM »
I think it was Alan Georges who requested (perhaps jokingly), this is a thread to discuss posts from https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/
While that site is largely ham radio centered, there's a whole lot of non-ham radio preparedness topics.  Most prepper/radio folks I know really like that site, and there's a lot of though provoking content.
My hope is this TSP thread can be a sort of "Book Club" where we read the latest post, and have our own discussion.

There are older posts on his site, but I'll start with the most recent:

https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/the-foundation-squaring-away-communications-needs-in-2017/

Things I am doing well:
Improvised Field Antennas
Understanding Capabilities


Things I want to improve:
Operating Skills
Scanning, Monitoring, Signals Collection

We can elaborate more, but I wanted to get this thread started.  Enjoy...

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 05:56:19 PM »
Thanks for starting this thread, Smurf.  Lots to learn at that year end wrap-up post.

I have got to work on the scanning part too.  Even though most local police etc. is digital/trunked, in a real disaster I'm guessing that least-common-denominator interoperability FM channels would get a lot of use.  The National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) has these listed, and Radio Reference will have your local frequencies.  Got to pick up a Baofing 5R and program it to just scanning these.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 08:38:18 PM »
Thanks for starting this thread, Smurf.  Lots to learn at that year end wrap-up post.

Got to pick up a Baofing 5R and program it to just scanning these.

NO,the UV82 has a much better receiver and transmitter is more effective,,THESE UV5's ARE NOT THE ONES YOU WANT,use the force Alan...

Really ,the UV82 is a better choice ,and don't pay the higher price for a HIGH POWER radio as it isn't worth the extra price.
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 09:55:32 PM »
Interesting info.  Thanks Carl!

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2017, 04:05:34 PM »
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/icom-7200-is-back-for-now/

I bet the comment thread becomes a fan-boy love fest without quantifying anything.


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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017, 08:22:11 AM »
Today's post isn't so much about comms as about general survival.  https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/the-witch-of-the-winter-came-slashin/  Specifically, it's about having the presence of mind and a deep enough pantry to say "nope, not going out in that storm."  Best quote:
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... around 80% of Survivalism is being aware of your surroundings. The other 15% is skill, given you recognize the reality of your situation, and another 5% actual ‘stuff’ to use.

Dragging it by the nose-ring back to comms, frozen-over weather is a good time to sort out comms gear, study/do paperwork for a new license, or learn a new skill.  Lots of other bored people hanging around their radios to talk with, so that's a bonus.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2017, 06:35:55 PM »
New post up, on Winter Field Day (https://www.winterfieldday.com):
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/winter-field-day-2017/
Between weekend chores, I may find time to jump on the air as a "1H" station.  Anybody doing it big in the snow?

And yeah, this is more of a ham thing, but people out there with SW receivers that have SSB capability can listen in on the fun too.  It's a good chance to practice.

Culled out of the pages of contest rules, the things a SWLer needs to know are the times and frequencies, so here you go.  Event times run from 2pm Saturday thru 2pm Sunday, Eastern time (adjust to your local time)
Suggested daytime bands:
  • 40 meters, 7.175 - 7.205 MHz LSB (probably good)
  • 20 meters, 14.225 - 14.255 MHz USB (probably best)
  • 15 meters, 21.275 - 21.305 MHz USB (maybe something)
  • 10 meters, 28.4 - 28.425 MHz USB (probably not much)
and nighttime bands:
  • 160 meters, 1.800 - 1.830 MHz LSB (maybe something)
  • 80 meters, 3.800 - 3.830 MHz LSB (probably best)
  • 40 meters, 7.175 - 7.205 MHz LSB (meh-to-good)
Also maybe some activity in the neighborhood of 146.52 FM on the 2m band and 446.0 FM on the 70cm band.  There're a few more bands available, but this is where the bulk of the traffic'll be if there's anything to be heard (not to mention CW & digital modes, but that's TMI for now).

Related podcast over at SCW's place: http://hamradio360.com/index.php/2016/12/27/ham-radio-360-winter-field-day/

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 10:18:30 AM »
New post up, on Winter Field Day (https://www.winterfieldday.com):
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/winter-field-day-2017/
Between weekend chores, I may find time to jump on the air as a "1H" station.  Anybody doing it big in the snow?

And yeah, this is more of a ham thing, but people out there with SW receivers that have SSB capability can listen in on the fun too.  It's a good chance to practice.

Culled out of the pages of contest rules, the things a SWLer needs to know are the times and frequencies, so here you go.  Event times run from 2pm Saturday thru 2pm Sunday, Eastern time (adjust to your local time)
Suggested daytime bands:
  • 40 meters, 7.175 - 7.205 MHz LSB (probably good)
  • 20 meters, 14.225 - 14.255 MHz USB (probably best)
  • 15 meters, 21.275 - 21.305 MHz USB (maybe something)
  • 10 meters, 28.4 - 28.425 MHz USB (probably not much)
and nighttime bands:
  • 160 meters, 1.800 - 1.830 MHz LSB (maybe something)
  • 80 meters, 3.800 - 3.830 MHz LSB (probably best)
  • 40 meters, 7.175 - 7.205 MHz LSB (meh-to-good)
Also maybe some activity in the neighborhood of 146.52 FM on the 2m band and 446.0 FM on the 70cm band.  There're a few more bands available, but this is where the bulk of the traffic'll be if there's anything to be heard (not to mention CW & digital modes, but that's TMI for now).

Related podcast over at SCW's place: http://hamradio360.com/index.php/2016/12/27/ham-radio-360-winter-field-day/

I'm going to play tomorrow.  I will setup in the back yard using an HF vertical whip on a coil.  I have to manually adjust the coil as I change bands, but contesting is a good use case.

I've updated my FLDigi macros so my PSK31 exchanges are optimized for WFD. 
Also installed logging software from http://www.n3fjp.com/

I need a dozen more states to reach "WAS".  Hope to get a chunk this weekend.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 05:26:58 PM »
I'm going to play tomorrow.  I will setup in the back yard using an HF vertical whip on a coil.  I have to manually adjust the coil as I change bands, but contesting is a good use case.
VOACAP says we may have a shot at a QSO on 15 & 20m with PSK.  Maybe see you there.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2017, 05:34:36 PM »
VOACAP says we may have a shot at a QSO on 15 & 20m with PSK.  Maybe see you there.

I'm going to start on 14.070 as usual and work the folks parked there.  I might QSY if that's jam packed.  I often get good propagation on 15m across the pacific from my place using my attic dipole.  (realize that doesn't help us).  But I have not tested my whip/coil on 15m, but I'm sure I can tune it up.  From my experience 21.070 is much less crowded on psk.  Maybe people don't realize their 40m antennas are a harmonic of 15m???

Anyone, happy contesting!

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2017, 06:12:32 PM »
A podcast-link post up over at brushbeater: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/the-spearhead-transmission-2feb17/  Haven't listened yet, but will use it to help me get through income tax forms this weekend.  From the description:
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We talked about the usual commo stuff, license free options for community networking, and even Alex Jones versus Remington Steel. ;)
Discussion to follow.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2017, 01:50:11 PM »
A podcast-link post up over at brushbeater: ...
After 22 minutes of blather about a run-and-gun event, the radio stuff started and ran for about an hour.  TLDL version: (1) Practice with your radio gear.  (2) Some people worry about getting on The List when they get a ham license, but don't give a worry to all of the NFA paperwork they've filled out.  This makes no sense.  (3) Don't be the guy who buys a Baofeng and stuffs it into a Faraday cage with vague plans to learn to use it after the flag goes up.  (4) Some gear talk.  No topics we haven't beat to death here.  Came off as kind of lame, especially with one of the podcast host's tries at humor.

Several more posts up over at the blog today however, some of them pretty good.  One's politics, one's firearms related, but here's a "which bands & modes would you use?" exercise, good for discussion here:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/keypounder-sends/
Will try and post some answers soon.

Another comms question a reader wrote in was about small-group UHF 2-way radios:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/question-from-a-reader-ii/

And a two parter about Beverage antennas:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/beverages-for-listening/
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/beverages-for-listening-ii/

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2017, 12:06:23 AM »
After 22 minutes of blather about a run-and-gun event, the radio stuff started and ran for about an hour.  TLDL version: (1) Practice with your radio gear.  (2) Some people worry about getting on The List when they get a ham license, but don't give a worry to all of the NFA paperwork they've filled out.  This makes no sense.  (3) Don't be the guy who buys a Baofeng and stuffs it into a Faraday cage with vague plans to learn to use it after the flag goes up.  (4) Some gear talk.  No topics we haven't beat to death here.  Came off as kind of lame, especially with one of the podcast host's tries at humor.

Several more posts up over at the blog today however, some of them pretty good.  One's politics, one's firearms related, but here's a "which bands & modes would you use?" exercise, good for discussion here:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/keypounder-sends/
Will try and post some answers soon.

Another comms question a reader wrote in was about small-group UHF 2-way radios:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/question-from-a-reader-ii/

And a two parter about Beverage antennas:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/beverages-for-listening/
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/beverages-for-listening-ii/

Some great material in these blog posts.

Good stuff, thanks for posting it up.
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2017, 07:29:48 PM »
... here's a "which bands & modes would you use?" exercise, good for discussion here:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/keypounder-sends/
Will try and post some answers soon.

Spoiler alert: here come my answers.  May not be the right ones, they’re certainly incomplete, but here goes.

Q1: What frequency segment and time will you select to minimize DF likelihood and maximize the chance that HQ will acknowledge it?  What will your alternate(s) frequencies be, and under what circumstance will you use them?

After playing with http://www.voacap.com's point-to-point predictions for a bit (result plot below) I'm going with 40m @ 0830z as primary.  The reasons for this are (1) it's in the dead of night so we're less likely to be seen, and (2) the message being passed was received just after dark, and this is the soonest window.  For secondary, I'll go with 17m @ 2200z.  Both of these are centered on the red-est, most probable checkers on this plot:

Could've also gone with 20m @ 2230z, but it's a lot easier to get a 40m antenna to tune on 17m than on 20.  BTW, this was done with the model input set to 100w CW (about equal to 20w PSK31), with dipoles strung at 50’.


Q2: What antenna(s) systems will you use for transmitting this message?  How high will they be placed?  How will you orient and erect them and take them down to minimize possibility of observation? Explain in detail, including specifics of antenna and transmission line.

Slightly long 40m dipole, strung at 50' on some of those 50'+ trees described in the problem statement.  A day ahead of time, tarred bank line (thin, almost invisible) is set up over two suitable tree limbs.  Nothing too conspicuous there, just guys out slingshotting rocks and twine up in there air.  Dipole broadside bearing is about 315deg, eyeballing it on a map.  Close enough.  Decent coax fed (say LMR240, but RG58 would be fine too), with an ugly balun up at the feed point.  Cut a little long, it'll need a little bit of tuner to get to the target frequency on 40m, and definitely some tuner to get up to 17m.  (get an auto-tuner, they're faster)  Main thing is that we're not screwing around with trying to get a dipole perfectly resonant on 40m – just cut that sucker 5% long, hang it, hit the "tune" button, and go.

Also with four helpers, when sending's done it's easy to pull down the wire and bank line, stuff it all a bag, and get out of Dodge.

Honestly, I’d’ve preferred to run a single vertical wire antenna from a tree limb.  It’d be a lot simpler.  Just couldn’t get the receive level up enough without running an amp, or relying on the receive station to have a mega-beam.  Also, a dipole has at least some beam pattern, so that’d cut down on the direction finding and detection.  I really wouldn’t want to run a vertical wire with extra power.


Q3: What mode will you use for transmitting the message?  If digital, which specific mode and why?

BPSK31 @ 20w.  It's robust and packs the most punch of any of the common digital modes, doesn't require an external amp.  Also, it's fast enough to send 125 random characters in < 50 seconds, leaving open the possibility of re-transmission within the 2 minute time window.  As modeled with voacap, that's about the minimum that'll reliably get through.  If the receiving station has a beam to give some gain, I'd maybe want to back off on the power a corresponding amount to cut down on detection.  Or conversely, maybe keep the send power the same and use the extra receive gain to improve reception.


Q4: Before you leave for Venezuela, you will be given an opportunity to study data available through NOAA on radio propagation.  Which ionosonde stations will you study, and why?

No idea on this one.  I'd just look at the usual ham space weather sites and postpone transmission a day or so if conditions are unusually bad.


Q5: What will your cover story be if you are stopped by Venezuelan security forces?

Um, we're like on a DXpedition.  See, fat guys in Hawaiian shirts.  ...?  Well it explains the radio gear.  NGO studying cropland soil leaching?   Dunno, this one would depend a lot more on local conditions not given in the problem, or maybe other factors that I don't understand.

ps: Looking over at Brushbeater to see if the solution from somebody who actually knows about this stuff had been posted yet, they're still floundering around with partial answers.  So... discussion?
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2017, 02:43:00 AM »
  Alan,your reasoning is sound and there are many correct answers as HF direction finding requires time as only your ground wave ,within miles of you can provide good directional data as the reflected skywave would have DFers ( two meanings) a bit far away and only with generalized direction and guess as to distance as absorption and reflective property of ionosphere is not stable.Also a wire BEAM could be constructed and further aide direction and power of signal.
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2017, 04:33:10 PM »
Good points about DFers, Carl.  I suspect that a beam is going to be in the blog's answer.  Maybe some kind of "garden beam" that is pretty close to the ground?  There are indications over at brushbeater that the One True Answer will be posted tomorrow, with hints about some kind of beam (hex beam maybe?).  In the meantime, I'll stand by my dipole, and hope that the receiving group in the Intermountain West has time to put up something with directivity and good receive gain.

In other news, there's this flogging of Yaesu's recent and coming product line changes:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/new-from-yaesu/
We'll see.

And finally, a post in praise of voacap:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/voice-of-america-voa-coverage-analysis-program/
There're some questions in the comments section about other digital modes besides CW.  The CW calculation can be adjusted by dialing the power up or down as needed from the comparison in Fig. 3 from this article: http://www.qsl.net/k4fk/presentations/Mode-sensitivity-2013-Dec-QST-Siwiak-Pontius-1.pdf.  For example, PSK31 gives you +7 dB relative to CW, so if you're transmitting PSK at 20w, set voacap's transmit power to 100w.  BTW, voacap does 11m CB also, so this isn't just a ham-only thing.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2017, 08:54:36 AM »
Answer posted last night:
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DING DING DING! We have a winner!

Yes, I would choose a sloping Vee beam antenna with terminating resistors. If you make it more narrow than the classic formula you will get a very nice compact highly directional main lobe with well over 20 db f/b. If you use terminating resistors, the main lobe gain goes down, but you lose the bidirectional pattern, a distinct advantage in avoiding DF efforts.

The longer the wires the more directional it will be, and you can change the half power beamwidth by squeezing or spreading the ends.

Another possible answer would be a long wire with a resistor, but that has more lobes.
And here's what he's talking about when he says "sloping Vee beam":
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/someone-is-always-listening-part-ii/

ps: Another reference showing how to make this and many others: http://www.biggerhammer.net/manuals/23-10/ch7.htm
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2017, 07:21:45 PM »
New post up: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/situational-awareness-and-wargaming-your-ao/
Main points:
  • Stop thinking of generalities and fantasy scenarios (generic shtf, commie invasion, etc.).
  • In emergency planning, think in specific terms of your most likely and most deadly scenarios.
  • PACE = Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency planning.  How do your communications plans fit with this?
  • interspersed with musings about people who are now wishing they'd thought this stuff through fifteen years ago, and who should be thinking about these things now.
OK, probably nothing new to the crowd around here.  Similar to Jack's ongoing advice, but with a more step-by-step escalation path.  Anyway, it's a quick read.

Any discussion in the context of communications?

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2017, 05:52:14 PM »
New post up: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/situational-awareness-and-wargaming-your-ao/

I'll read his blog sometimes when a title catches my eye, but his arrogant and demeaning comments interlaced with the technical content often makes it hard to stomach.  He takes the "snobbish ham" attitude to a whole new level that's for sure -- quite a feat considering he's only been one for less than 2 years.

Read this post and it looks like more of the same attitude.  It'd be more fun to discuss the situational awareness and wargaming from the perspective of a Boko Haram cell operating in his AO in north-central North Carolina.  Maybe they wouldn't care that he served in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting their brothers-in-arms, just like the DHS/FBI under some future administration will never care about his patriot associates or associations, even for something as trivial as his future children getting denied a security clearance to follow in their Dads military footsteps because of it.  No one is ever going to care what he did or said, ever.  "Think on that one for a second", like he says. 

Any discussion in the context of communications?

Only that if you like to piss people off or draw attention from enemies both foreign and domestic with your communications, it's usually best to not tell them who you are and where you live.  If the proverbial S-hits the fan for Ma** some day I'll bet it likely ends up splattering on his family, friends, and associates too because he talks, and says, too much.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2017, 07:33:21 PM »
Well cidyl, all fair points.  However I will take technical knowledge anywhere I can find it, even if I do not subscribe to the man's politics – or his attitude.  Anyone is, of course, perfectly welcome to take his guff personally, but I'll push past it and learn about vee beams and the like.
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2017, 10:41:14 AM »
Politics are often a temporal thing.  You'll waste a lot of time if you attempt to align ideologies perfectly with each person.

Something I've observed from reading countless self-published books in the "prepper fiction" genre, is each author describes a scenario where their own skills, experience and preparations allow them to prevail in the conflict.  A possible exception would be William R. Forstchen, who's style is very dark (e.g. everyone dies in the end).  If the main character has a bug out cabin, that cabin is inevitably a key factor they survive in the story.

This pattern is evident on blogs and forums too.  The more time and resources you spend on that nuclear fallout shelter, the more you'll convince yourself it's necessary and important.

Back to the topic, understanding technical aspects of radio lends itself it countless scenarios.  Whether contesting, DXing, ARES or as the comms specialist in the future  partisan resistance - a deep knowledge of propagation would be helpful.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2017, 03:29:57 PM »
... here's a "which bands & modes would you use?" exercise, good for discussion here:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/keypounder-sends/

The questioner's answer is now up:
https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/resolving-the-clandestine-radio-question/
I dunno.  Putting all that aluminum wire up in the sky seems a bit more involved than hanging a dipole.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2017, 05:55:42 AM »
New post up: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/communications-in-a-come-as-you-are-war/  Downloadable pdf manual, circa 1990 but claimed to be still useful.

"Communications in a Come-as-You-Are Disaster"?  I only have a few minutes to leaf through it this morning; a lot of it looks like a how-to with obsolete military gear nobody has anyway, and some of the rest looks like interesting ideas for emergency comms.  More later.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2017, 06:55:48 AM »
New post up: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/communications-in-a-come-as-you-are-war/  Downloadable pdf manual, circa 1990 but claimed to be still useful.

"Communications in a Come-as-You-Are Disaster"?  I only have a few minutes to leaf through it this morning; a lot of it looks like a how-to with obsolete military gear nobody has anyway, and some of the rest looks like interesting ideas for emergency comms.  More later.

Just a repost of a military field manual,you can get one here:

http://cnqzu.com/library/Anarchy%20Folder/Combat/US%20Military%20Manuals/FM%2024-12%20Communications%20in%20a%20'Come%20as%20You%20Are'%20War.pdf
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2017, 06:51:18 PM »
Just a repost of a military field manual,you can get one here:
Yes, but it is nice to have it pointed out as being useful.  And there are some good ideas and general principles buried in there, between the tables of 60's-to-80's radio compatibility issues. 

For example, there's this jewel of advice:
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NOTE: Under no circumstances will citizen's band procedures be used.
Can't argue with that one.  Worth a half-hour to skim through, assuming you're just sipping your after-supper coffee and not doing anything more pressing.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2017, 11:09:04 PM »
Today's post regarding the USMC antenna handbook seems more interesting.  I know from conversation that marines made use of NVIS and have studied loads about field expedient antenna setups.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2017, 05:08:41 AM »
Yes, but it is nice to have it pointed out as being useful.  And there are some good ideas and general principles buried in there, between the tables of 60's-to-80's radio compatibility issues. 

For example, there's this jewel of advice:Can't argue with that one.  Worth a half-hour to skim through, assuming you're just sipping your after-supper coffee and not doing anything more pressing.

But CB LINGO can be as effective as navajo code talkers when two real mudflaps get to jawin' on the superslab, 10-4?
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2017, 06:27:28 AM »
But CB LINGO can be as effective as navajo code talkers when two real mudflaps get to jawin' on the superslab, 10-4?
Forsooth, I do grok your jive!
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Today's post regarding the USMC antenna handbook seems more interesting.
I read that manual years ago, now it's time to get back in there and do some of that stuff.  A vee beam in particular seems like a cool alternative to the giant-tower-and-rotator-on-the-back-40 someday dream.

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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2017, 07:38:42 PM »
After 2+ weeks dwelling on the ideal practical combat rifle (something we'd never do on this forum ::)), Keypounder is back with another challenge: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/keypounder-sends-radio-question-iii/
Boy howdy, it's a long, grim one about how to set up a guerrilla resistance comms team, using a recently executed ham's miscellaneous gear.  Not super-relevant to any situations I consider likely, but hey, maybe the answers people post will prove educational.  Think I'll sit this one out and reach for the popcorn.
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Re: brushbeater blog post discussion
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2017, 12:55:13 PM »
... Keypounder is back with another challenge: https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/keypounder-sends-radio-question-iii/
Preliminary summary of posted answers, a the link.  Search down to the string "Keypounder with a recap so far".  Again, this is getting pretty far afield, but it's interesting background reading.

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