September 2017 Notes

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September FTX will commence at 0900 on the 23rd and run thru 1600 on the 24th at Training Area North. This will include a gear check as we move from urban settings to rural settings. Training Operations will include establishing the patrol base and security patrolling the perimeter. HF and VHF Communications will be set up so we can get back into routine communications.




At this date in the month, recovery from Hurricane Harvey is underway in coastal Texas, and Hurricane Irma is wallering Florida, possibly following a course to end up here in North Carolina in 5 days time. We should make this an opportunity to review our FEMA, CERT, and Red Cross training. Check the FEMA Training List over on the sidebar. The list of FEMA Independent Study classes was last revised just this spring to include Active Shooter.




CERT – Community Emergency Response Team Training is somewhat of the red-headed step-child of FEMA, has a very good Toolkit detailing the steps to set up and your local Team going.  The training materials is available in a good location from FEMA, but the quick guide videos are best had from the Toolkit page.
 still has the handy form you can print out for your list of contacts and primary and secondary meet-up locations. The time to do this is when you’re not facing an imminent disaster. Right now, today, might be as a good time as you’re going to get.





The local Red Cross offers OSHA Certified First Aid, CPR and AED Training in Greensboro for $100.  Visit their site to find and schedule a class that works for you.



Dates for NCPATCON is 5-8 OCT. Time to send your monies in if you haven’t done that yet.




Suggested reading for this month:



Make a Plan – has the checklist for  your emergency disaster plan for your friends and family.


Hurricane Watch Net


From the Hurricane Watch Net website



“The primary mission of the Hurricane Watch Net is to disseminate tropical cyclone advisory information to island communities in the Caribbean, Central America, along the Atlantic seaboard of the U.S., and throughout the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas. We also collect observed or measured weather data from amateur radio operators in the storm affected area as well as any post storm damage, and convey that information to the Hurricane Forecasters in the National Hurricane Center via the amateur radio station in the center (WX4NHC).



The Hurricane Watch Net generally activates whenever a hurricane is within 300 statute miles of expected land-fall.  Our area of coverage includes the Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Mexico, Eastern Canada, as well as all US Coastal States.  When activated, you will find us on 14.325 MHz by day and 7.268 MHz by night.  Why do we state these frequencies without a plus or minus amount?  Because those who are operating using marine radios have to program in the frequencies – marine radios do not have a VFO or RIT.  Furthermore, these two frequencies come preprogrammed into many marine radios.”



Operations is currently on stand-by till the next one comes along.  Another directed net that is swamped with membership applications.  Worth your time to listen to.




And non-emergency traffic is handled from the SATERN SSB Net.  Mostly outgoing messages from those either about to get clobbered by a hurricane or those picking up the pieces and trying to send out their situation reports via HF, because land-line and cell phones are out.  Skills with 100 watts and a wire pay off here.



Health & Welfare Information

International SATERN SSB Net

OUTBOUND Health and Welfare Traffic Only

Operations are on 14.265.00 MHz

9:00 AM CDT (1500 UTC) to 6:00 PM CDT (2300 UTC)

Southern Territory SATERN Net

OUTBOUND Health and Welfare Traffic Only

Operations are on 7.262.00 MHz (LSB)

7:00 AM CDT (1200 UTC) to 10:00 AM CDT (1500)

6:00 PM CDT (2300 UTC) to 10:00 PM CDT (0300 UTC)


Not all disasters roll in from the tropics.  Some days it sprouts up right down town.  Maybe on one of those days when you also happen to be down town.  Maybe just not today.  Would be a good thing to add to your list of many things-to-do, would be to spend some time in town and  mapping out those potential hot spots and mark the quickest routes away from those points.  Also learn to gauge what a normal amount of foot traffic is in these areas.  Might be easier to notice the makings of a flash mob.  A good article at ITS Tactical on the subject of Urban Uprisings.







August 2017 Notes

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August FTX will commence at 0900 on the 26th and run thru 1600 on the 27th at Training Area North.  Items for review are LandNav and the new maps, Gear Selections, PT, and the schedule for the new year.




The big local W4GG repeater has been down since early spring when several storms and a tornado ended it’s 15 of year service.  To raise money for a new one the  Guilford Amateur Society radio club has a “GoFundMe” page set up on their site to take your donations.  The repeater is part of the Piedmont Costal Repeater linking system and covers a good 50+ mile radius from it’s location near the top of the WFMY TV 2 tower.




Max Velocity is raffling off a DBAL-I2 infrared laser to raise money for a 40 foot Team Cabin being build up at his training facility.  Tickets are $50 each.  Not bad for a $800 device.






An interesting story at  ZeroGov talks about the current fighting formations centered around the M249 and M240B general purpose machine guns.  With a range up to 1200 yards for the M240, a single gun emplacement can cover a lot of area before it runs out of ammunition.  It is mentioned that in Afghanistan, the option to end run around it and come up from behind is often the end of that gun emplacement, and how this might be another training scenario opportunity for civilian groups who might be considering their options for bad times here in the homeland in the future.




But another option to consider is using a drone.  Recently a cheap civilian drone was used to deliver a single thermite grenade into an arms depot at Balakliya in the Ukraine, causing  a billion dollars worth of damage.  Currently, there are $500 drones available that will use GPS coordinates to fly to a designated point of your choosing and also has a “follow mode” to keep up with a person or slow-moving vehicle for the 20 minutes of available flying time, and still carry the two-pound grenade.   The standard off the shelf AN-M14 Thermite Grenade might be had locally for under $50.  Careful use of this combination could quickly shorten the utility of a M240 gun emplacement and it’s ammunition.






Finally, take a look at recent developments in Venezuela.  Bad as it looks, they’re far from hitting bottom.  Yes, Socialism just might work if you go at it hard enough, seems to be the thinking.  This could be us in just 5 to 10 years.  And in Europe, take your pick of countries.  The people are struggling to keep their culture from extinction at the hands of their own governments that are bringing in millions of third world immigrant/refugees/what ever you want to call them.  And it is a major crime to say anything negative about these immigrants.  Even the police bury the details of most crimes committed by their new-found population.  How can you possibly put an end to all that, short of having a revolution in Europe?  And before the Olympics return to France in 2024?  And how might that be different from when the Muslims were “expelled” from Spain at the end of the 15th century?  And what will we do to avoid the same fate?  Why is our government ensuring we follow the same path of “cultural enrichment”?



Read this from The Gates of Vienna — “Westernity Matters”.










July 2017 Notes

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July FTX will commence on 22JUL at 1000 and run thru  16oo on 23JUL.  Location TBD.  This will be a Field Exercise on Team Member Recovery using an emergency locator beacon and radio direction finding equipment.  Recovery Teams  will be coordinated thru the Communications Center.  Should be time Saturday for two runs and another on Sunday  with an AAR.  When we get good at this, we may need to start training some of our Neighbors on the technique.







Another 4th of July has come and gone.  The general mood seemed to be on the fatigued side this year.  We’re all in trouble if the majority of the people have lost sight of the heritage of Independence Day.  The July 6th “Declaration on the Necessity of Taking Up Arms”  conveys the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.



“With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with our [one] mind resolved to die free men rather than live slaves.”


“In our own native land, in defense of the freedom that is our birthright, and which we ever enjoyed till the late violation of it — for the protection of our property, acquired solely by the honest industry of our forefathers and ourselves, against violence actually offered, we have taken up arms. We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before.”






Elsewhere, the good news is that another holiday season of the religion of peace has come and gone.  With a total body count of 1,639 killed and a little more than that injured in 30 countries, it exceeds the total body count for all of the 1990’s.    This is just a selected slice of the bigger picture of jihadi violence in all the countries they have moved into  under the guise of “immigrant migration”.  In many European countries, as well as here, this has turned into “The Evil Whose Name We Shall Not Speak”.  Could it be that the four European countries in the Visegrad Group are the only ones willing to say they see a pattern here? 



And even more good news developing:  DHS Finally Declared Antifa “Terrorist Organization”.  Now they know what we know.






Some public discussion on similar topics on 12AUG starting at noon, up in Charlottesville’s Lee Park.   Not so much that they will change any body’s mind on these subjects, but maybe make a lot of people know they’re not the only ones that see what’s going on all around them.











North Carolina Patriot’s Convention number eleven was held outside of Tarboro, N.C. at Dixieland between 31MAY and 4JUN this year.  There were about three dozen in attendance.  Surprisingly, a good portion of those were former U.S. Army personnel.




Forgot my boxes of good bottled water.  This is locally made in Alamance County and the quality of the plastic bottles contributes greatly to the long-term good taste of the water.  Don’t leave home without it next time.



This idea will be better demonstrated at the Fall PATCON, where Friday will be devoted to an all-day communications event.  There has been some talk in the past about holding a ham ticket cram class and  exam event, since there are enough Extra Class operators to hold one.  We’ll see if it gets pulled together and promoted with enough advance notice for everyone.  Soft dates are 5 – 8 OCT.  Until then, you can read this background story from Warrior Capitalists that was posted on Mason Dixon Tactical and set your course accordingly.





Topics discussed were the “10 Week Plan to Prepare for a Worst Case Scenario for Beginners” from DTG and a simplified 5-point version from J. C. Dodge.  Also discussed was “OCOKA – Its uses for Neighborhood Protection and Basic Self Defense”, presented by Jim Zucker and  tied into the book, “A Failure of Civility”.   Different forms of communications and the radio gear to make it happen was presented by Brushbeater.  Learned you can do a lot with just battery operated equipment.  Finally, Peter White headed up the round table discussion on where we are currently, and things we can do in the near future.  An event that usually gets a good amount of ideas contributed by the attendees.


The raffle had many good items again this time.  Some .223 and 9 mm boxed ammo.  A mighty fine carbine and scope along with some extras.  A Baofeng handheld radio.  And three copies of “A Failure of Civility”, by Garand and Lawson,  that is almost unobtainable these days.


So another great PATCON .  A great place to meet people and talk about ideas.  Thanks to Brushbeater, Jim, and Pete for putting on a good show, and thanks to Brock for hosting everyone again at Dixieland.






June 2017 Notes

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June FTX will commence at 1200 on 24JUN and run until 1500 on 25JUN at Training Area North.  This is the same weekend as ARRL Field Day 2017 and presents a good opportunity to practice some field day radio skills, while we work on Mapping and Land-Nav.  Hot weather is upon us which means everything that flys, buzzes, walks, crawls, or slithers will be around camp day and night.  The occasional unpredictable summer thunderstorm might also be in the works.  Plan accordingly.


An old document worth perusing:  FM21-75 Scouting, Patrolling and Sniping,  from February 1944.   Lessons learned from those who did it.  Of course, you can always say, “All wars are different”.  But basically, they shoot at you, and you shoot at them, and you hope you do a better job of it than them.  Sure, the where and when might change, but the Valkyries are always watching.




“You’ve got to kill people, and when you’ve killed enough they stop fighting.”

General Curtis LeMay





Lastly, for all the militia units out there that live and breathe on FaceBook,  just stop it,  and take a look at these guys in Georgia.  Or rather how the media portrays them, which is, ummmm, “Fair and Balanced”, shall we say?  Never could understand why on God’s green earth anyone would post details on exactly what they do, with pictures of them doing it, complete with names, wearing name tags,  and the places,  and their gear, and the equipment they were using, and then expect some news outlet not to twist it around beyond all recognition and then use cheap filler as “reliable” background information from the likes of the SPLC, Morris Dees, and some flakey professor from Boston who writes “opinion articles” on militias without ever meeting a single person from one of the many militia groups from around the country.  “There are now an estimated 165 militias in the U.S., according to Ryan Lenz, a senior investigative reporter with the Southern Poverty Law Center.”  Malarkey.  There are over 100 units in this state alone.  So do you think there are really only 50 other militia units in the other 49 states combined, or do these people just plain don’t have a clue?  So what are you supposed to do when approached by someone who might be from the media wanting to do “an interview  for something they’re currently working on”?  Your unit does have a Public Information Officer, right?



May 2017 Notes

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May FTX will commence at 0900 on the 20th and run until 1600 on the 21st.  Training items will cover the revised three-day pack packing list and the revised Area of Operations map, in addition to the regular Map Reading and Compass work.  Also please review the 10 minute video from Max on Range Safety.




One topic of note is the pair of North Korean satellites, KMS-3 and KMS-4, that are commonly speculated to be EMP devices.  In a report from this time last year, James Woolsey,  former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Peter  Fry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security commented:


“Senior Russian generals warned EMP Commissioners in 2004 that their EMP nuclear warhead design leaked “accidentally” to North Korea, and unemployed Russian scientists found work in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.”


And before that, in 2011 the U.S. Army War College released a report entitled, “In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event”.  That document for-told of North Korea’s ability to send just a simple, inefficient, low-yield type nuclear device our way to detonate somewhere in that magic 30 – 100 mile region over (preferably) the Eastern Seaboard.  The resulting EMP wouldn’t directly kill anybody but the resulting societal and economic collapse would be witness to possibly millions of deaths.  Details in the story from The Hill here.  Check on the satellite positions here.  Hope you have your gardens in already.







Back on this side of the globe, the Left is still working hard to perfect their brand of street thuggery, in hopes of destabilizing the government and otherwise causing so much chaos as to make the country ungovernable.  Not sure why this is not seen clearly as sedition, and dealt with accordingly.  But make no mistake, this is not just another lefty blight on the left coast.  These groups are in every state and on a lot of college campuses (ground zero for free speech and thought – not any more)  and make extensive use of social media to promote and promulgate their ideology.  (Maltego users take note…)   Progressivism might be considered Communism Lite, but these guys read more like RFB Communist instigators in the latter days of the  Weimar Republic and even have borrowed some of the symbolism from that period.  If only those same colleges and universities still taught Western Civilization 101.







This flyer is not atypical of these people.  It does lack even the smallest attempt at wry wit or sarcasm.  Could mean they’re a bit deficient in the humor department.  Schadenfreude coming up in 3…2….1.






You can always check with Oath Keepers for updates on these activities.  Won’t be any links to follow back to the “hives of scum and villainy” from here, but there is this one document that you should have a look at, not so much for what it says about group, but as a lesson towards what they might have in common with some militias as far as objectives and training go.  Could have stole some of that from here.  Who knows.









April 2017 Notes

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April FTX will commence at 1200 on the 22nd and run thru 1600 on the 23rd at Training Area North.  Subjects to review include  SALUTE Reports, some common knots,  and terrain map reading.  In winter time, terrain features are less concealed.  This is spring time and the surrounding terrain changes in appearance as the foliage and brush returns to full growth.  Using a terrain map will show where certain features are when they might otherwise go undiscovered.




The third part in a series at ITS Tactical, 4 Steps to Collect, Analyze and Make Intelligence Work for You, briefly covers these points:



Identify Your Environment

Explore Your Environment and its Effects

Understand the Threat Environment

Anticipate the Threats



Most of this can be found in more detail in  FM 34-130.  Solid advice when looking at your AO.


Always good to know  that the National Counterterrorism  Center has slightly modified their view of “Home Grown Violent Extremists”.  NCTC  Bulletin can be found here at Public Intelligence.



(U//FOUO) A Homegrown Violent Extremist (HVE) is a violent extremist of any citizenship who has lived and/or operated primarily in the United States or its territories, and who is acting independently of the direction of a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Because HVEs are acting to further the goals of an FTO, they are considered foreign intelligence threats under the authorities of both the Intelligence Community and domestic public safety entities.



Worth reading the 36 pages maybe.






Also this past month, Max has been running his Combat Leader Course.  Max is currently running this week-long class only once a year, but after reading this Class AAR, that may change to twice a year, maybe more.  The main thrust of the Combat Leader Course is:  


“This is an infantry combat leader class designed to teach you leadership, decision making, and the planning and the execution of combat missions at the team and squad level. There are in fact no training prerequisites for those coming from alternative tactical training backgrounds.  There is also the option to attend as a rifleman with no command responsibility.”


Max has offered quite a selection of training courses for a number of year now and this may become another premier class to attend for those developing leadership roles in their units.  Your are developing leadership positions in your units aren’t you?





Finally, NC PATCON 11 will commence on 31MAY and run thru 5JUN.  Should be another  good program this time around, and as always the local Bar-B-Que is top-notch.












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