An Improvised Directional Wire Antenna

A question from MT-01 over at Lower Valley Assembly: I have a neighbor who was a special forces engineer sergeant in Vietnam. I helped him get his amateur license. Sometimes we talk about radio comms in Vietnam. He tells one story where the comm sergeant put the end of his antenna into a stream in …

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Another Student AAR For The RTO Course

Every class and every opportunity to work with great people is a gigantic blessing as well as a reminder of why I do this. For me, as noted at the end of this AAR, is the quality of student I get in class- to a person I've been humbled by the commitment and enthusiasm exhibited. …

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The First Line Course: An Introduction

Survival means different things to different people. To some, it's a series of preparations for some future cataclysmic event; others, a realization of the unsustainability of many of today's practices or a return to the simpler, more natural ways of life. In that vein, survival includes primitive living skills and bushcrafting. All of these view …

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Why the RTO Course Exists and A Course Review From The Volunteer State

"I'm not interested in a hobby- I just want my stuff to work." This is, far and away, the most common comment I get when people reach out to me for help or come to class. They've read all the stuff, bought books, read the forums, and maybe punched that ham ticket a time or …

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Live The Life They Cannot-

On this Memorial Day, live the life the fallen cannot. Remind yourself amid the beer and BBQ that there is a price for the quality of life you lead, one only paid in blood, and one that cannot be understood by those who've never been there. Don't give anyone your thanks. Just reverence.

Open Enrollment RTO Course Information and General Updates

We're adding one more date for the RTO Course- 11-12 August: $200 per person Two more summer dates are still open for individuals looking for training: 9-10 June 14-15 July These are the only open enrollment dates scheduled for this class until at least October, possibly later. What is the RTO Course, exactly? The Radio Telephone …

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The Prepper’s Signal Kit: Line of Sight Equipment Suggestions Based on Requests

I get a lot of questions regarding equipment- its a common theme, as a lot of the preppersphere focuses on what to buy. As anyone who's taken the RTO Course knows, the actual equipment itself doesn't matter that much with some solid foundational training. One VHF analog radio, functionality-wise, does the same thing as any …

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