Going to M.A.R.S.?

Came across the Military Auxiliary Radio System today. It serves as an amateur radio extension /backup to worldwide military communications missions. MARS is assigned to United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). With over 5,000 members currently, it works to backup official military communications during emergencies and crisis.

Sounds like fun! I discovered it while over at the TACDA site, looking at Civil Defense organization and education resources. Amateur radio operators can use their skills to help the nation

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Automated UAV - discovered post from 2009

I was looking for some UAV material when I came across a post from 2009. It talks briefly about a home-built UAV setup with a 100KM range. Yes, you read that right – 100 kilometers. It operates on HAM band, thus the power and range capabilities. It is also guided by GPS for unattended flight mode. While the post is on “Hack a Day”, the real information is at the other end of the links provided. Certainly makes for some

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Radio

When services crash, our most familiar means of communication can go with them. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake and terror or cyber-attacks can interrupt TV, cable, internet and some radio. An EMP attack threatens do to worse.

It is important to have, at a minimum, a crank-powered radio to receive whatever news might be available. Beyond that, the possibilities open up greatly. Standard NOAA, AM/FM crank radios are everywhere. Get one. Get two. They are inexpensive. If you have the cash and

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Adaptability

JJ over at http://www.realitysurvival.com recently posted an article on adaptability. He asked a question at the end. “What things can you suggest for helping people to remain adaptable in their Bug Out Plans?”

I answered with (spelling errors and all….)

“Mobility and Communication are important in ground ops for the soldier, and also for the Prepper. The Prepper needs flexibility in hid bug-out transportation options, including a way to stay put if mobility somehow is denied him. ON FOOT might

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