Watching a recent media piece on the FARC, I noticed a few shots of their radio equipment they were using to communicate between camps.
Look familiar? Its a Yaesu 817 being run from a Sealed Lead Acid battery. Here’s a better shot:
Interesting layout by one of their RTOs:
The old 817 appears to be very popular among the communist guerrilla group, and if I had to guess (based on their geography) they’re using VHF single sideband and HF NVIS to relay camp-to-camp through the mountains where they operate.
I imagine they’ve learned a lot in the communications department over a half century of civil war, and it looks like they’re keeping it simple, analog and robust.
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NC Scout, do you have a link to that vid?
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When the world goes high tech, low tech can defeat it.
That is cool. It is good to see real guerrillas using off the shelf stuff. Great pictures.
Unrelated to communications is what rebel guerillas do with a badly wounded comrade in arms. Start at 8:55 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKJblKuj84E
The most important part is –
Lack of training for many gives me serious questions on what else is lacking…
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