A Commo Pack Out, by WisCommando

I had the honor of having WisCommando in my RTO Course out in Wisconsin and the Scout Course in TN. He is an accomplished shooter, former Infantryman and works in the firearms industry. As he told me in class, communications was a ‘great unknown’, that was until he got squared away. He’s been working on gettign his own people quickly up to speed and sent over the jump-start guide he wrote for his local team. He shared it with me with the intent of sharing it with you.

This scratches the surface of what we do in class. Don’t be that guy who buys a bunch of crap and has no idea how to use it.

This is what you are going to need for a communications course, or the basics for local and team comms. You need two radios minimum per team. You need to have a PACE plan in place,

Remember, the phrase is “Shoot, Move, Communicate.”

We need to be able to talk to each other and our teams, we must have security in our communications, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Start with this article. https://www.americanpartisan.org/2019/09/rtos-guide-to-connectors/ This has most of the links to the items that you will need to get your hands on.

Listen to this podcast. https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/07/nc-scout-joins-mike-adams-on-health-ranger-report/

An important part of this is when he is talking about analog comms vs digital comms.

This is your purchase list. This is the basics of what will be needed to set up field expedient radio comms that can be extended to medium ranges (1-25 miles) with nothing more than a handheld system. If you do not want to get all the antenna equipment right away, then spend the money on some more handhelds, and hand them out to the people in your AO that you can trust.

If you have about $100, you can set up working comms.

Baofeng UV-5R – Ebay or Amazon, around $25-30

Split-post BNC Adapters – $7 on amazon

Ring Terminals – $11 on amazon

BNC Coax Cable – $16 on amazon

BNC to UHF Connector – $7 on amazon

SMA to BNC – 3 pack for $9.40

Get some 14 Gauge wire at Home Depot/Lowes/Menards/Hardware store. 50 ft will last a long time – $11. I like one black and one green for the different sides of the antennae ($22)

Wire cutters/strippers

Electrical tape ($2-10)

Shrink tubing ($6-10)

Donut electric fence insulators – you can get a 10 pack for $6 at fleet farm or tractor supply

At this point we can build an entire detachment’s worth of antennas for $124, that includes the radio and everything you need. Also make sure to keep 550 cord on hand, and a decent knife for cutting sticks and cord. A 24 oz shot bag doesn’t hurt either, but field expedient rocks will work. You will have to hang some of the antennas.

For regional comms you can get a QYT-KT8900. They are about $70-80.

Strongly recommended:

Cammenga Tritium Compass – $90-110 on amazon or ebay
1:24000 Regional maps – I would almost say these are mandatory
Write in the rain notebooks and pens/pencils
Pouch or backpack for radio – keep them out of sight
Earpiece/Handheld/Headset with Kenwood connectors for handhelds
(covert earpiece, bowman, or H-250 handset)

EXTRA HANDHELDS. It does you no good if you have no one to talk to. They are cheap, $25-30.

Realistically you can have a comm setup for local and regional networks for about $300. Then buy extra handsets to hand out to your people and neighbors.

Look folks, we’re going to need this. S has H T F already. Cell phones, towers, computers can all be compromised. Handhelds can too, but you can learn how to make it more difficult to be intercepted.

11 thoughts on “A Commo Pack Out, by WisCommando

      1. Quietus

        Heh. But then there is sporadic E, not called sporadic without good reason. Some people brag of huge good range, like from here down to Texas. They are in it as a hobby and know that their occasional success is not a reliable thing.

        A guy I knew was an RTO with the 25th ID in Vietnam. He told me of a time when him and his low-VHF PRC-77 were desperately needed, and he was telling Army people in Korea to get off his push.

        As I was reading the OP, I also wondered about that sort of radio being touted as good for “regional.” OK, well maybe the OP was talking about a bit more power would be able to hit some more repeaters and get that signal to go further.

        Couple of problems with the above: first, with a good field expedient antenna, a 5w HT should hit any local repeater. Second, the use of repeaters should be off the menu. Period full stop.

      2. Quietus

        Same guy who told me about his Korean interference problems during a Vietnam fight, told me another story about life on the perimeter at CuChi.

        Seems there were numerous strands of WD-1 coming into a particular bunker. Labels on the incoming wires were not real good. An FNG was wanting to talk to another party on the wires coming towards his -312 field phone. Wouldn’t you know, he picked a wrong pair, hooked them to the phone, and dialed up fougasse instead.

  1. boss21

    Great info and almost there with supply , just one question – the DIY antennas – the 14 gauge wire is insulated ? Does that affect reception?
    Got a QYT 8900 and it died after a few evenings playing with it . Didn’t transmit at all. I would prefer to get a higher quality radio with same capability if you have any recommendation which I could suggest to others to promote familiarity/standardization. Thank you.

    1. Insulated wire is good to go- it shields it from being grounded out in trees and vegetation.

      As for the QYT, I’ve had it for years with no issue.

      1. Quietus

        Could there be a repeat of your story of “what is that box above the radio”, upcoming? As in, Yaesu 857s aren’t cheap but I’ve burned through several without knowing about that durned box on top.

        Just wondering, could the lack of a match cause the failure?

  2. agentbuzz

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