Field Day 2016: Hopefully you where able to get out and operate. This exercise was a great chance to test your kit. With that being said, don’t think you need a contest to get in the field! Practice as much as you can, even if it is just listening. For those of you with no HF privileges, or if you can’t get a HF transmitting antenna up, just listen and log what you hear. You need to understand, listening and understanding is so much more important then transmitting.
If you set up your HF radio and tune around, log the stations you hear. This will help you develop your “ear”. The average person can not understand SSB transmissions, you need to be able to pull out weak signals. Some day we may all be weak signals. ……. Don’t wait til its to late to develop your listening skills. And remember, if you don’t have a fancy HF rig then use you modest AM broadcast receiver. There are plenty of signals on the AM band at night just waiting to be intercepted. Run night ops from your bed side, just do it.
COMING SOON: GRID DOWN COMMUNICATIONS CLASS
WHERE: FREDERICK MARYLAND
WHEN: AUGUST 20TH AND 21ST
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When the time comes to have your TOC (tactical operations center ) fully operational and manned 24/7 will your team know what to do?
After my last post someone referred to an expensive AM/FM radio as a great “burner” item. I like this idea. We have all heard of “burner” phones in movies and the news lately. For those not familiar, in our context a burner kit would consist of “disposable” communications gear.
In this day and age with all of the high tech communications gear, we sometimes overlook the simpler things. This post is not about fancy comm gear or mind blowing tricks…its about good ole fashion AM/FM radio. Don’t stop reading…this is important.
Well hopefully you have been able to receive something from the last post.
Here is a little something to put into your scanner…..These frequencies can be received with any analog conventional scanner. At first glance you may think, how are these frequencies relevant to grid down? Well they are not. But…….the purpose of monitoring them is. All of the frequencies are in FM mode.
With a little open source research you should be able to figure out what they are, some of you may already know. Put them into a utility scanner and let them run. It may take a while to get any hits, but, with patience you should intercept something. If you use an outdoor antenna your success will improve. Give it a try and next post I will reveal the purpose of this exercise. Feel free to post your logs or thoughts.