From the link:
These classes are a combination of the beginner and intermediate courses.
The class will revolve around the basics of low power/qrp/covert operation with low-profile/improvised antennas, and communications monitoring focused for VHF/UHF COMINT. It is strongly advised that the attendee have at least a general class ham license, as HF operation will be involved. If you don’t have a general license, you can do a COMINT/monitoring track on the Sunday FTX.
Topics to be discussed will include:
- Considerations for III%er/Grid-Down Communications
- Equipment Selection
- Improvised Antennas
- Low Profile/Covert Operations
- Basic Cryptographic Systems and Techniques
- Non-Radio Communications Options
- IFF (Identification Friend/Foe) and Interoperability System Considerations
- Basic Improvised Surveillance/Security Systems – Off The Shelf Solutions
- VHF/UHF Communications Monitoring/COMINT (Communications Intelligence) Equipment and Systems
- Basic COMINT and COMINT Analysis
Sparks31 has put some of his work up for a free download.
You can also choose to purchase hard copies, to help support his effort.
One of the comments I frequently received when the Signals Handbook, Volume One was released, was that it was to “tactical” and military oriented. Indeed, it was, because that is the intended audience. After browsing through many radio and communication threads on various discussion forums, it seems that some folks can’t separate the different ways a radio can be used. Radios are a valuable tool for “preppers” and other preparedness minded people. They can be used to monitor the local, and national situation. They can be used to call for help. They can be used to notify friends, family, and loved ones of someones status and well being. In short, they are a great prep tool. But that is not all they can do. Radios, and other signal methods can also be used for the protection and security of ones group. It is this niche application that the signals handbooks are being developed. Depending on the situation, any small group may face threats from the outside world. It is this rare, but dangerous condition that the small team can be greatly aided by good COMSEC procedures, proper radio discipline, and a little bit of practice.
For more info on the prepper side of communications, check out Spark31’s “Grid Down Communications”
Work and life have slowed down some of my efforts for Volume two. It is still underway. I will have some time in the next month to hopefully finish the writing, and start on illustrations. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do photos until December, so looks like 1Q 2016 before it will be out.
Work on Volume 2 is well under way.
I have the first several chapters done, and the table of contents created to serve as an outline.
As chapters are completed, It may change how I present some of the later material, so the TOC WILL change.
Here is the TOC.. .If you see something you think should be added, let me know. Keep in mind, SIGINT and Electronic Warefare will be covered in Volume Three.
D) Threat SIGINT Capabilities
Part 1: Administration
I. Define standard operating procedures. (SOP’s)
II. Communication Table of Organization and Equipment
. A) Category of radios:
. B) Radio Operation Constraints
III. UHF/VHF Radio Types (and High HF)
. A) FRS/GMRS portable radios:
. B) GMRS only portable and mobile radios:
. C) MURS portable radios:
. D) Citizens Band (CB) portable radios:
. E) Citizens Band (CB) Mobile radios:
. F) ISR and SMR band digital frequency hopping voice radios:
. G) Business Band analog voice portable and mobile radios:
. H) Business Band analog voice Chineese import radios:
. I) Business Band digital voice portable and mobile radios:
. J) UHF/VHF Ham radio fm analog voice portable and mobile radios:
. K) UHF/VHF Ham radio SSB mobile radios:
. L) UHF/VHF Ham radio low usage bands portable and mobile radios:
. M) UHF/VHF Ham radio digital voice portable and mobile radios:
. N) UHF/VHF Ham radio digital voice with transverter to low usage bands portable and . mobile radios:
. O) UHF/VHF Ham digital data and packet radio:
. P) 10m Ham portable and mobile radios:
IV. Range Beyond Handheld
. A) Relay
. B) Simplex Repeater
. C) Duplex Repeater
. D) Cross Band Repeater
. E) Multipoint links
. F) Directional Antennas
V. Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS)
. A) HF Groundwave
. B) HF Skywave
. C) HF NVIS
. D) mixed band relays
VI. HF Radio Types
. A) High Frequency (HF) Ham analog voice radios:
. B) High Frequency (HF) Ham continous wave (CW) morse code radios:
. C) High Frequency (HF) Ham digital text mode radios:
. D) High Frequency (HF) Ham graphic mode radios:
. E) High Frequency (HF) Ham digital voice radios:
F. ) High Frequency (HF) Ham digital packet and data radios:
VII. BLOS Less Common Methods
. A) Microwave relay
. B) Tropo Scatter
. C) EME/ Moonbounce
. D) Meteor Scatter
. E) HM-mesh/VOIP
. F) HamSat
. G) Sat Phone
VIII. Other Means of Communications
. A) POTS
. B) Field Phones
. C) VOIP
. D) Visual Signals
. E) Sound Signals
. IX. Cellular Telephones
XI. OPSEC and COMSEC and Sensitive Materials
XII. Codenames and Codewords
XIII. Generating SOI’s
XIV. Generating OTP’s and Dryad Sheets
XV. Generating Codebooks
Part 2: Mission Planning and Opertaions
I. Spectrum Management
III. Physical Setups
. A) Organization, Links, and OPORD
. B) Relay/ Repeater site selection
. C) CP and CP site selection
. D) LP/OP and site selection
. E) Vehicle Setups
IV. Handling Traffic
VI. Supporting Joint Operations
Part 3: Training and Discipline
I. Basics of Training
. A) Crawl, Walk, Run
. B) Planning lessons and classroom basics
. C) Field training basics
II. Classroom exercises
. A) physically using a radio
. B) Standard Operating Procedures
III. Field Excercises
. A) Signals specific drills vs Signals as part of other exercises.
. B) Using equipment in the field
. C) Equipment performance testing
. D) Alternates, contingencies and failover
. E) After Actions
. A) Creating a program of continuity and shared responsibilities
. B) Expanding the signals team, and training its new members
Part 4 Conclusion
Part 5 Appendices
Here is a little Windows program I whipped up in Microsoft Visual Studio, in C++ that generates DRYAD Authentication sheets and outputs them as a text file (.txt)
Supplement B contains practice COMSEC materials suitable for teaching, and training.
Included are 480 one time pads, and 140 DRYAD authentication sheets.
More info here:
The first supplement had been produced.
Supplement A includes only the blank forms from Volume One.
With no page numbers showing, it makes a quick pdf to print forms from.
More info here!
Volume One, focuses on handheld team and squad level radios. This is
information everyone in a unit should know. It covers the fundamentals, and progresses to more advanced information.
More info here!