From A Reader: Spot-On Observations

One of the best things about running this blog, without a doubt, has been the interaction I've had with so many good folks. Communications are that area that makes or breaks a unit at the tactical level and unfortunately, those same tactical communications have been the most misunderstood or neglected area of knowledge in the …

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A Good Site on Understanding Baluns

One of the questions I normally get from students in the RTO Course once we move into HF is all about Baluns- what are they, what do they do, why are they needed and which one is the right one for my needs? The answer, like a lot of things in radio, can get pretty …

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End of the Year Analysis, Training Goals,and Turning Up The Heat

As longtime readers as probably noticed, the pace of this blog has simmered down a bit over the past year. There's a couple of reasons for that- I'm training good people nearly full time and I'm dedicating the bulk of my writing effort to American Partisan. And while I'm never one for bragging on anything, …

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JohnnyMac Sends: A True Multi-Band Antenna

Originally appearing on his forum, Unchained Preppers, this post is a pretty good summary of improvements needed to make a very common antenna, the G5RV, an actual multi-band solution. While I don't use the G5RV, I recognize a lot of folks do, so this might be pretty important if you're looking to boost its capability. …

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Article: Proposed FCC Ruling May Hurt National Security?

The new FCC ruling on removing the baud rate limit on HF has some opponents. In a complaint to the FCC, NYU professor Dr. Theodore Rappaport complains that removing the baud rate may be a concern to national security interests. From his official letter: The public records in the above cited proceedings make clear how …

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Signals Intelligence and Radio Recon: Student Reviews

Over the last weekend we conducted my Signals Intelligence course, which is designed to be a ground level approach to practical monitoring and intelligence gathering but also recognizing the very real threat of unconventional electronic warfare. It's very much the other side of the coin from what's taught in the RTO Course. This class is …

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