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My mom was an American Sign Language teacher while I was growing up, and learning how to sign and fingerspell was just a part of my childhood. Even today, it’s not unusual for Mom to start finger spelling and signing to me in public places. My wife and kids also know some sign language and we can all fingerspell.
It occurred to me that every family or close-knit group of friends should have at least one way to convey information and messages to each other secretly.
American Sign Language/Fingerspelling
American Sign Language has become very commonplace over the years. High schools and colleges accept it as a foreign language credit.…Read More...
Many preppers are planning to use radios for communication in case of civil unrest or other emergencies. Scanners can also provide intelligence in case of natural disasters like forest fires or civil disturbances. Much of the information that is available on the radios or scanners will use military time and the NATO phonetic alphabet. The other day I wrote a post on the use of the 24-hour military time clock
- Using the 24-Hour Clock, Converting Civilian time to Military Time
- Avoiding Errors in Your Radio Communication
Today I am writing on the use of the NATO phonetic alphabet. The use of various phonetic alphabets has been common ever since the advent of radio communication.…Read More...
The Other day I wrote a blog on Using the 24-Hour Clock, Converting Civilian time to Military Time. Now this is really useful if you are communicating by radio, it can save a lot of confusion. A friend of mine sent the following information to help you with your radio communication. He included some other suggestion in addition to the ones on time. So here are his comments.
“It is helpful also to know how to “voice” these figures over the radio, as doing so in a standardized manner is an aid to clear communications when reception is less than ideal.…Read More...
Have you ever confused a meeting or appointment that was scheduled for 8 o’clock in the morning with one that was scheduled for 8 o’clock at night. Now during normal times this is not much of a problem, but when you are working on a 24-hour schedule as the United States military does it can rapidly become a problem. The solution to this is to use the militaries 24-hour clock. It is simple to understand and anybody can learn it in a few minutes.
It is based on 24 hours and is a method of keeping time that runs from midnight to midnight and is divided into 24 one hour periods.…Read More...
Noise discipline is the practice of minimizing ones noise signature so that it does not compromise your intended purpose. For a prepper, this can vary from trying to avoid attracting attention while bugging in to maintaining silence while traveling on foot.
Have you ever been outside in your yard when there is a power outage? Did you notice just how quiet everything is? You still have the sounds of the birds and the wind blowing through the trees, but many of the sounds we have been used to hearing are gone. Now imagine no motors or engines of any kind. You will be surprised at how far sound carries and you will notice sounds you normally never hear.…Read More...
We are all spoiled by the fact that we carry a small communication device in our pockets, the cell phone. When I was young, these were still dreams in the science fiction movies. Today I carry one with me everywhere and probably depend on it to much. I am still not quite up to date; I haven’t gone to a smartphone yet, but maybe one of these days. During many different situations cell phones, work well for emergency communications.
If it is an EMP attack or a situation in which the government shuts down the cell phone system occurs you will have to go with your backup plan. …Read More...
I currently have a couple of radio scanners and feel that at least in the early stages of major civil disruptions or natural disaster they can be very useful. You can listen to local fire, EMS, police and gather information on what it happening around you in real time. In rapidly changing situations, this can be very helpful. Imagine a wildfire, listening to the firefighters in real time can let you know if the fire is approaching your home or BOL well before an evacuation notice is announced. If there are riots in you’re area radio scanners can let you know what areas to avoid.…Read More...
Now I don’t claim to have any special knowledge on what is going to happen in the future. I will be like the rest of you and just have to wait and see how it unfolds. However, we can all form conclusions and make plans based on the information that we have access too. Every day we are bombarded with tons of information, a lot of which is misinformation. Because of the large volume it is easy to miss articles that may affect us For instance, just yesterday I saw a news article that got me to wondering US navy returns to celestial navigation amid fears of computer hacking.…Read More...
Yesterday, as some of you may have noticed access to my blog was somewhat spotty. Failures occurred several times during the day and is still not up to its normal speed. This was caused by infrastructure failure caused by an attack on the cable system.
The infrastructure failure occurred because someone severed three fiber optic cables in Alameda County over a hundred miles from where I live. According to the Auburn Journal, there have been eleven attacks on bay area communication systems in the past year. At this time, authorities have no idea who is responsible for the damage.
While these attacks have been relatively minor, and have not caused a total infrastructure failure over a wide area, they highlight the weakness in the system. …Read More...
In any type of serious emergency, be it a major national disaster, a nuclear attack or major civil disruptions you need to be able to communicate with your friends and family. In addition, you need intelligence, to know how to react to the situation. This leads me to the subject of discussion, strategic vs tactical radios.
Both types of radios are important but they serve different purposes. Strategic communications would include long-range two-way radios, television, AM/FM radio networks and shortwave. Long-range two-way radios would be used to communicate with people at a distance. Television, AM/FM and shortwave would be used to try to collect intelligence.…Read More...