Available courses

A repackaged Forward Observer course

What preparedness minded people need to know about radio

  • Introduction
  • Mindset
  • Mission
  • Gear
  • Skills/Techniques
  • Resources

A basic course on how to use a Baofeng or any radio.

  • Prerequisites
    • A pre-programmed Baofeng radio
    • Have all accessories with you
  • Introduction
  • Cautions
  • Frequencies
    • LOS - Line of Sight
    • BLOS - Beyond Line of Sight
  • Parts of the radio
    • Baofeng UV-5R variants
  • Basic Radio Operation
  • Recommended Settings
  • Procedures
    • Manually programming a Channel (Baofeng)
  • Final Notes


How to communicate on the radio

  • The Golden Rules of Radio Communication
  • Other Helpful Rules
  • NATO Phonetic Alphabet and Numbers
  • Date and Time Format
  • Call Signs
  • Basic Procedural Words (Pro Words)
  • How to start a Call
  • How to end a Call

Basic Reporting

  • Radio is about reports
  • Review of Pro Words used in reporting
  • Dangers When Reporting
  • Communication Windows
  • Spot Report (SALUTE format)
  • Abbreviated Spot Report (SALT format)
  • 9-Line Medivac and MIST Reports

More advanced reporting

  • Review of Pro Words used in Reporting
  • Dangers When Reporting
  • Communication Windows
  • Initial Entry Report
  • Intelligence Report
  • Situation Report
  • Cache Report
  • Battle Damage Report/Condition Report

How to Authenticate over the radio

  • Why use Authentication?
  • Challenge Password
  • Numerical Encryption Grid
  • Duress Codes
  • How to improve Authentication?
  • Final Notes and Dangers

How to use Brevity Codes over the radio?

  • What are Brevity Codes?
  • Brevity Code examples
  • Simple tactical Brevity Codes
  • How to use a Brevity Code Matrix?
  • How to improve your Brevity Codes?
  • Final Notes and Dangers

How to use Communications Windows?

  • What are they and why use them?
  • Prepper Examples
    • 3-2-1
    • 3-3-3

Putting all the pieces together.  

  • Why and when to use a Signals Operating Instruction (SOI)
  • How to use a SOI
  • PACE
  • Non-Radio Signalling
  • Radio Procedures
  • Call Signs
  • Authentication
  • Brevity Codes
  • Communications Windows
  • How to improve your SOI