Note from JJS
Greetings, AmRRON! As you all know by now, due to the air strikes in Syria over the weekend, combined with Russia’s threats of retaliation, we were at AmCON-3 for approximately 48 hours. Since then the situation has deescalated and we have since returned to AmCON-4. There still exists the possibility of conflict, however the probability has greatly diminished.
We all know (or should know) how quickly events can develop. We need to be prepared at all times to take to the airwaves, with or without advanced knowledge or guidance from above. It’s an individual responsibility we all share. Great job to so many of you who stood ready to fill the gap should conventional communications be disrupted.
If you have not done so already, take the time to inventory, repair, and ops check your communications equipment. Also, be sure to update all your communications software. There is a new updated (Version 2) County STATREP (Status Report) form for your FLMSG Custom Forms folder (in NBEMS) available for download at https://amrron.com/amrron-forms/. All AmRRON forms are located there.
We are also developing a Station‘snapshot’ STATREP which will be a stripped down version to help the NCSs quickly gather information on affected areas so everyone can have better situational awareness in an emergency. This should also help quickly assess where the greatest needs may be. Stand by for more guidance on that.
Finally, be sure to protect your radios and all associated electronics which are not necessary for daily use by placing them in faraday protection.
We have regularly-scheduled practice nets coming up this week. I can’t emphasize strongly enough the importance of training. Take advantage of it. You never know how many training days you might have left ahead of you.
If you are new to preparedness (or even if you’re not) I strongly recommend the article for newbies at https://survivalblog.com/newbies/ and especially the ‘list of lists’.
PRE-TREX TRAINING EXERCISE REMINDER!
21 April, 2018 Training exercise RABID RUDOLPH! You can participate within your region by sending AmRRON custom StatReps. This will be a one day exercise.
T-REX 2018 MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 5th annual, nationwide grid-down disaster training exercise T-Rex! Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd, 2018.
One Time Pad Exercise- (instructions)
“Meet me under the Palm tree”
Were you able to decrypt the message? Any guesses who this quote is from? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org using subject title, “Man of the Year”.
We had 17 responses from the last newsletter OTP exercise! Congrats to (code name) Coopers Hawk your entry was randomly selected to receive a Join or Die t-shirt from the Redoubt Gear Store! We will be in contact on how to claim your prize!
We appreciate all the great feedback we are getting from the AmRRON Surveys! We just posted a new one asking about HF antennas. You can visit the new survey and view the results from the previous surveys at AmRRON.com!
Ever wondered why?….. are we called HAM operators? One of our Amrron operators dug this up. Traditionally, HAM is the informal name for amateur radio operators. The origin of the acronym HAM goes all the way back to 1908, when HAM was the radio station call name (call sign) of the first amateur radio stations from the Harvard Radio Club. Radio amateurs who used the HAM call sign were Albert S. Hyman, Bob Almy, and Poogie Murray. They called their station HYMAN-ALMY-MURRAY, or HAM.
Learn Morse Code – Leaning Morse code is an important tool! It can be transmitted effectively using minimal power (QRP) for far distances. If all else fails, Morse Code could make the difference of life or death. Here are a few examples where Morse Code was used in real world situations:
1) Admiral Denton: while, living the resistance fight in a Vietnam POW camp, he used Morse Code to send a message! Read his book When Hell Was in Session.
2) Titanic: Titanic Text Messages – A Streaming Log of Distress Transmissions. This is lengthy video. However, there is lessons to be gleaned from it. A few examples are, the importance of giving correct coordinates, brevity and the issue of jamming during an emergency.
3) Colombian Hostage Situation: Colombian army sent a hidden message to hostages… using a pop song
Be sure to check out the Morse Code resources available on AmRRON.com! Including the monthly CW training net.
Newest AmRRON Corps Members
Welcome! Kilo Bravo-20 (OH), Delta November-04 (CA), Oscar Romeo-01 (CA), Echo Golf-02 (MO), Tango Delta-07 (WI), Delta Mike-04 (ID), Grumpy-55 (TX), Juliet Hotel-13 (CA), Delta-59 (VA), Charlie Tango-22(CA) & Delta Papa-05 (VA)! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JOINING AmRRON Corps!
NEW BOOK TO BE RELEASED APRIL 16, 2018
A Great State – The Divide by Shelby Gallagher is now available!!!
The Suidlanders are an emergency plan initiative officially founded in 2006 to prepare a Protestant Christian South African Minority for a coming violent revolution. Radio Free Redoubt has interviewed them twice. Please take time to hear their story
National News and Concerns
5G Network Stop the Crime update Is this really a weapon of war ?
Venezuela inflation skyrockets to 82,000 percent over the last 3 months
Is calling all Texas Stations join up on the air waves every Monday. Read here on what Texas has been up to AND GET INVOLVED!
What will the UN do if America does not comply with Agenda 21 ? They buy American infrastructure of course.
Ontario Canada talks about how great Hydro One is as their Utility Company.
North West Property Alliance is taking on the fight – will.
Training from other organizations
Communications Academy 2018
April 14-15, 2018 For all things emergency communications related..
Dayton Ohio Hamvention
May 18, 19 and 20, 2018 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
Prescott AZ Hamfest
June 1-2, 2018
June 1 to 3rd in Seaside Oregon
June 8-10th in Plano TX
Western Pennsylvania Section Convention
June 2 and 3rd in Prospect PA
37th annual ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC)
September 14 – 16 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Please check out Combat Studies Group for Internet Security classes in particular
Comments, questions or suggestions for the newsletter, let us know! email@example.com
73, and God Bless!
John Jacob Schmidt