I recently completed my ham radio technician exam with a score of 100% and received my license. In the end, it wasn’t all that difficult, and I’d like to go over my preparation process. The primary tool was a simple app for my phone, but I also got a lot of mileage out of a practice radio. [Read Full Article »]
Our skillset is a representation of the little things we've learned along the way. From bushcraft to communications, knife skills to tradecraft- how much can we learn?
Communications is yet another skill that I think people should add to their toolbox. It’s just such a fundamental part of modern society, that I don’t think most people could even begin to imagine what it would look like without it. For most people, secure and reliable communications during an emergency aren’t something they think about.
But it goes beyond that.
Have you ever gone camping in the middle of nowhere and realized you needed to get a hold of someone? How did that work out? Phones just aren’t always going to cut it all the time. And that’s why I want to branch out into ham radio.
In this article, I lay out a case for developing your radio communications skills, and my personal plan for getting it done in the next couple of months. [Read Full Article »]
There’s a list of gunfighting rules attributed to Drill Sergeant Joe B. Frick. It’s usually passed around the shooting community in jest, but some of the highlights including this one:
Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns
Most training courses offered to civilians focus on quickly and accurately running a carbine. The curriculum includes the mechanics and care of the AR-15; fundamentals of marksmanship; malfunction clearance; and maybe some elements of shooting from behind cover. Those are great for bringing your own gun…but what about bringing your friends with guns?
This course is all about small unit tactics, and it’s amazing. [Read Full Article »]
Knots are is an extremely useful skill to develop. At some point, you will find that the classics you always come back to aren’t great for every situation. Stacking a classic square knot or overhand on top of one another just isn’t going to cut it. Let’s look at some of my favorites. [Read Full Article »]
Learning military and tactical skills will improve your life. Adopting a mindset that pursues honor, strength, mastery, and courage has tangible benefits to your career, your relationships, and your own wellbeing. This post outlines why I started all of this. [Read Full Article »]