Making radio training exciting and fun!
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Beginning January 22nd, 2020, we will include part of
a password in the bottom of the weekly AmRRON Intelligence
Brief. This is part of the ‘Veri-Code’ project. When
combined with the second part of the Veri-Code, available
ONLY during scheduled nets, it provides the password
to unlock an encrypted block of text posted to the Partisan
Operator Journal Page each week, which will
reveal a weekly Partisan Operator Journal.
Summary up front:
A. Get the AIB over the air each week and note the Veri-Code at the
B. Get the Supplemental Veri-Code separately, available only during
AmRRON Scheduled Nets
C. Combine the Veri-Code with the Supplemental Veri-Code to make
D. Go to the ‘Partisan Operator Journal’ page and locate the encrypted
weekly Partisan Journal entry.
E. In your PTE text encryption/decryption app, enter the password and
Copy/Paste the encrypted Partisan Journal text into the ‘Encrypted
text’ field, and click ‘Decrypt’.
F. Enjoy a weekly Partisan Operator journal entry for FREE,
available only by participating on the air in AmRRON nets.
The Partisan Operator Journals are a collection of fictitious
short stories, referred to as ‘journal entries’, covering a wide range of
scenarios where communications are being used in austere conditions.
Scenarios will vary widely, following characters from beginner level
families with shortwave radio receivers, to partisans supporting the
resistance using tradecraft, unconventional communications, and other
various tactics, techniques, and procedures.
A new journal entry consisting of approximately 1000 words will be
posted each week as encrypted text at
Generate interest and increase participation in the AmRRON Scheduled nets for
both NCSs and participating operators, by acquiring two pieces of information
available only over the air, distributed from two different sources (AIB
Distribution Schedule and the Regularly-scheduled AmRRON nets).
Additional objectives include familiarization and use of encryption tools
OFF the air, and the reward of gaining access to exclusive messages posted on
The AIB will provide one piece of information (a ‘Veri-Code’) which must be
combined with another piece of information (a Supplemental Veri-Code)
available ONLY during scheduled nets.
The second piece of information — Supplemental Veri-Code — may ONLY be passed
by NCS, ANCS, and Relays during the scheduled AmRRON net time slots.
When combined, the two pieces of information will unlock an encrypted message
posted on the website each week.
Instructions for participating in the Veri-Code weekly exercises
1. Locate the four-number Veri-Code at the bottom of the weekly AIB.
2. Receive the four-letter ‘Supplemental Veri-Code’, only available from Net
Control, or the Assistant Net Control Station, or a relay station and only
during regularly-scheduled AmRRON nets. (It’s an honor system)
3. Combine the four numbers and four letters. This combination of letters and
numbers is a password.
4. Open up PTE (Paranoia Text Encryption) and enter the password in the
password field. PTE is a cross-platform text encryption program.
5. Go the Partisan https://amrron.com/partisan-operator-journal
and copy the encrypted text into the PTE encrypted text field.
6. Hit ‘Decrypt’ button. This will reveal the weekly Partisan Operator Journal
7. A new encrypted Partisan Operator Journal entry will be posted each week.
AIB verification code (Veri-Code):
– Consists of four numeric characters (example: 7338)
– Included at the bottom of the text body of each weekly AIB, clearly
indicated by (example: AIB Veri-Code: 7338)
– May be passed ONLY over radio or in person via courier
– May be received at scheduled AIB transmission times each Tuesday, or at
any time during the persistent presence nets, or during
regularly-scheduled practice nets.
– May NOT be sent separately from the AIB. Must always be left intact in
the text body of the transmitted AIB.
– If transmitting by voice, must follow only after the entire AIB has been
– This will avoid calls for stations asking for “just the Veri-Code.”
Distribution: In accordance with normal AIB distribution
AIB SUPPLEMENTAL verification code (Veri-Code)
– Consists of four alpha characters (example: YVBE)
– Identified by the corresponding AIB Date Time Group (DTG) followed by
the supplemental numeric Veri-Code.
Example: Veri-Code AIB2020310 YVBE
– May ONLY be passed during scheduled AmRRON nets, by NCS, ANCS, or by
Relays during the scheduled net, and only thirty minutes after the net is
scheduled to end if a net goes beyond its scheduled time slot.
– May NOT be passed along during Persistent Presence Nets (those are not
regularly-scheduled practice nets)
– May be sent via any mode over radio, in any band, as long as it is during a
regularly scheduled AmRRON net.
Distribution: Until further notice, distributed throughout the Backbone Net
originating at AmRRON National (JJS), as a .txt file.
– HF NCSs retrieve AIB and AIB Supplemental Veri-Code from Backbone
Stations or other NCSs during their nets.
– NCSs distribute during their scheduled nets.
– May transmit the Supplemental Vera-Code ONLY after transmitting the AIB
– ONLY NCSs scheduled to conduct an HF net may retrieve the Supplemental
Veri-Code .txt document from the Backbone stations.
– VHF NCSs will receive the Supplemental Veri-Code from the nets, and only
during the nets.
– VHF Voice nets may transmit the AIB Veri-Code ONLY at the end of
transmission of the weekly AIB.
– VHF Voice nets may transmit the Supplemental Veri-Code via voice.
Encryption Tool: PTE (Paranoia Text Encryption), by Paranoiaworks
Extremely user friendly
1. Set a password.
2. Write or paste a text into the Unencrypted Text area (green bordered).
3. Press the Encrypt button.
4. An encrypted text will appear in the Encrypted Text area (red bordered).
5. Copy the encrypted text and use it however/wherever you want.
1. Set a password
2. Write or paste an encrypted text into the Encrypted Text area (red bordered).
3. Press the Decrypt button.
4. A decrypted text will appear in the Unencrypted Text area (green bordered).
Practice examples below:
Sample test using the example password above: 7338YVBE
Just for fun, another PTE decryption practice (below). Password is: amrron2020
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