Brushbeater Commo 3

Here’s number 3 in a group of posts from Brushbeater on Commo gear and use.


Keypounder Sends- Radio Question III


Rather than present a situation and require a complete response, Question 3 will be presented with a background brief, statement of conditions, and then a series of questions, with Q&A in between, for the reader to evaluate and answer. Injects will be made as this process continues. You may ask questions, but expect that answers may be incomplete, either because of lack of information or because you do not need to know.

TSHTF a year ago. An un-Constitutional regime has invited an Occupation force from a number of mostly socialist or communist countries to subdue the Resistance that arose after TSHTF. You have volunteered for duty with the Resistance, and after vetting and interviews, you have been assigned as the local communications coordinator for a new Resistance outpost being sent from the Appalachian Redoubt area, which is firmly controlled by the Resistance, to set up in the Asheville NC metro area , which is probably not. The Occupation has attempted to expand its influence in the Carolinas during this past winter, leapfrogging from the coastal areas around Savannah, Charleston and Wilmington, major coastal port areas into Raleigh, Charlotte and Columbia. The move inland is presently occurring along the I26 and I40 corridors towards Asheville North Caroline area, and the Resistance is attempting to stem that expansion. You will be approaching the area via mule pack train from Resistance held areas to the southwest and northeast of the Ashville Metro area.

Local radio transmissions and possession of any radio transmission equipment is forbidden under the ’emergency regulations’ promulgated by the Occupation except for cooperating law enforcement and Occupation forces, and all amateur radio licenses have been revoked. Local broadcast media are broadcasting only Occupation propaganda; national and local news is fabricated. The Internet in the occupied area is down except for ‘approved’ content, and registered access points, and Resistance Intelligence has confirmed reports that any user attempting to access unapproved Internet sites is arrested and removed from the area, whereabouts unknown. House to house confiscations of prohibited equipment, including firearms, radios and similar, together with arrests of those holding them have commenced in Greenville and Spartanburg to the southeast, and in Morganton and Statesville to the east. Scouting parties of Occupation troops have been seen in the Asheville area, but no Occupation in force has yet occurred. Information is fragmentary, but Resistance Intelligence believes that the Occupation intends to move into the Tennessee Valley area, possibly to regain control of the power generating facilities there. Asheville appears to be the next target in the Carolinas.

There have been numerous but unconfirmed reports of loud explosions in the area around and to the east of Asheville, and unconfirmed reports of Predator drone and other UAV operation based out of the Greenville and Charlotte airports. There have been rumors of the use of poison gas against civilian populations in the Charlotte and Columbia areas, which are held by the Occupation, but these rumors have not been confirmed to your knowledge, and Resistance Intelligence is not aware of any use of lethal gas in the Asheville area. There are believed to be at least two companies of air-mobile troops armed with Warsaw Pact caliber weapons, with a mix of helicopters of unknown type based at RDU airport, and another in Charlotte . Light armored vehicles of unknown type are reportedly active throughout the area.

Gunfire, including automatic weapons fire, is common. Occupation forces appear to be primarily attempting to maintain control of the cities via control of food distribution and to a secondary extent to control the food producing areas, but there is considerable unrest and widespread random violence.

Shipments of food to Occupied cities arrive by truck and rail from the Coast; there has been no observation of rail traffic on the line north from Spartanburg, but Intelligence states that the Occupation is bringing more troops in from other countries in response to the stiffening resistance. Back country patrols are not common, but do occur primarily along main roads. It is late spring/early summertime; weather is generally warm to hot, with good visibility.

Intelligence believes that the local authorities are not aware of the presence of Resistance operations in this disputed area, and it is imperative that they NOT get any idea that the organized Resistance has any presence here at the present time. Discovery of Resistance operation in other locations has been met with deployment of significant EW assets by the Occupation and loss of Resistance assets. Cruise missiles using EMP weapons are confirmed to have been employed against Resistance communication sites both here on the East Coast and at Resistance HQ in the West. This new outpost will immediately include an NVIS transmission station and HF listening post for communication with Resistance HQ, and will eventually include Resistance radio broadcasts and VHF links to the east if and when capable. Discretion is paramount.

Your duties include but are not limited to:

  • You will report to the Comm Boss for this outpost, who in turn reports to the local commander.

  • Coordinating communications with the 3 security (covert observation) checkpoints overlooking the access routes to the HF operating location. These checkpoints may be up to 1000 meters away from the HF station;

  • Coordinating communications with the HF operating position from the local communication station you are in charge of, which is NOT co-located with the HF station, and organizing and setting up that post upon your arrival;

  • Coordinating relocation of your VHF post as required by the local commander to support the HF station, or as needed for local communications capability.

  • Training your assigned personnel and ensuring their fitness for duty;

  • Monitoring local communications, from 25 mHz up, for indicators of interest, including but not limited to:

    • CB.

    • low band VHF (State police, highway and local government public works departments, etc.)

    • airband comms, including Asheville and Charlotte international airport ground operations and other local airports especially Greenville and Spartanburg as well as air traffic control;

    • MURS, FRS, GMRS.

    • Asheville, Henderson and other local police frequencies.

    • AM and FM broadcasts.

    • Local railroad radio communications, especially the Spartanburg yard.

    • Satellite communications from birds orbited prior to TSHTF.

  • DF of various local RF sources ranging from local MURS/FRS/GMRS to local police to various encrypted Occupation sources to locate radio transmission sites in the greater Asheville and Henderson area.

  • Monitoring and communicating with the area security patrol (s) as needed.

  • Set up and testing of an emergency channel transmit/receive link to preset coordinates which can be anywhere from Asheville to Walnut along the highway 25 corridor relocating on an irregular basis.

You were told prior to your departure for Asheville that you have the following equipment available in the Asheville Metro area, some donated by the family of a recent Silent Key murdered by Occupation forces, and some donated by other supporters in the area or otherwise acquired. This equipment will be stored in multiple safe houses in the area, and will require a week’s notice to be delivered to whatever pickup point you designate.


  • One (1) IC-R7000 receiver in good apparent working order.

  • One (1) Yaesu FT-736r with the 220 and 1296 modules installed. The 144 output is nominal, but the 440 output is reportedly low, only 2 watts out. No other issues are known.

  • One SDR Play receiver;

  • One 500 channel BearCat scanner BC-780XLT;

  • One Uniden BearCat scanner BCD-396XT;

  • One home-brewed transverter for 900 mHx operation with 10 watt output, using a 51 mHz IF;

  • One Uniden President transceiver that has been freebanded;

  • One Yaesu FT-1802 2 meter FM radio, with mic and Anderson power pole feed.

  • Two laptop computers with 120v chargers, further details unknown;

  • (4) Four Motorola DTR-550 radios and 1 DTR 650 radio with programming software and cable; each radio has a spare battery and a working 120v charger.

  • Seven (7) Baofeng UV-5R radios, two with after-market dual band long whips, and the rest with stock antennas. 3 operating 120v chargers.

  • Two TH-F6a Hts, with aftermarket long whips, speaker mics, rechargeable batteries w/120v chargers, and AA battery packs.

  • 1 IC-3AT with AA battery pack and rubber duck antenna.

  • 1 IC-02AT with rechargeable battery, condition unknown, no antenna, no charger.

  • I IC-2AT with rechargeable battery, condition unknown, with rubber duck antenna, no charger

  • 12 Motorola FRS radios.

  • 3 milsurp sound-powered telephones and a Ta-312 in functional condition.

Cable and wire:

  • 5 1000′ rolls of 75 ohm quad shielded commercial RG6 coax.

  • 4 terminated pieces (PL-259) of LMR-400 coax ranging in length from 50′ to 120′

  • Pieces of random RG-8x cable, total about 200′. The longest piece is 55′.

  • 4 ea 500′ rolls of 14 ga THHN standed house wire.

  • Power transmission wire, 2 solid copper strands twisted with one 10 gage copperweld strand, about 150′ long.

  • 6 400 meter rolls of electric fence wire, 100 fiberglass electric fence posts, and several bags of electric fence insulators.

  • 2 500′ rolls of 14 gage stranded landscape wire.

  • A partial roll of LMR 195, about 220′ long.

  • One full DB8 roll of milsurp telephone wire, with a reel, and several empty spools.


  • Three 12v car batteries, reportedly charged and holding a charge;

  • One deep cycle group 27 marine battery, same;

  • 1 Kyocera KC-130 solar panel;


  • 2 20-25yo formerly licensed Technician class amateur operators who avoided capture by the Occupation. They have donated their Baofengs to the cause and are currently assigned as members of a scouting group working in the area between Henderson and Asheville

  • 1 35-40 YO formerly licensed General Class licensee who worked as a computer technician and who operated mostly VHF contests and satellites when TSHTF. (He had just upgraded to General immediately prior to TSHTF) He is currently working with the vanguard HF comm team already in the area.

  • You have been assured that you will have your choice of up to 9 additional members from an unknown number of teenage Resistance members, many who have fled the Spartanburg and Greenville metro areas.

Questions for Round 1:

What equipment will you have delivered first, and why?

How will you provide power to your equipment? Provide a power plan, including contingency for weather, and including risk assessment for enemy detection.

What equipment, if any, will you want to bring with you beyond what you have been given so far? What antennas do you need to have, and how will you provide them if they cannot be locally acquired?

What cables, connectors and adaptors are you likely to need? Training materials?

Assume that resupply will take a month, minimum, after your arrival. You have an equipment budget of an ounce of gold or 20 ounces of silver, and no more weight or bulk than one mule can carry. Assume that retail prices in Federal Reserve notes are 10x what they are today and that the price of gold and silver are 20x what they are today. In other words, your gold and silver buy 2x what they do today. Max size is 4′ for each piece and not more than 200 pounds total.

What Say Thee? Having equipment is one thing, working knowledge is another, keeping it supplied is critical. Provide answers, and as always, show your work!



American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

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