The militia-patriot movement in America has embraced radio communications in a big way. Within the past decade, the methods and communications gear have evolved from basic CB or FRS radios, to now include VHF-UHF FM, HF SSB, and HF digital communications. This article focuses on some of the radio gear and channel frequencies utilized by various groups. Radio comms now play an active role in armed confrontations, as part of rump militia training, in outreach, and in organizing groups.
Photo shows armed militant in Oregon using a VHF-UHF radio. A closer look at the radio display shows the channel frequency is…
The original source of this article is RadioMaster Reports.
An enhanced zoom into the above image shows the militant radio is easily recognizable as a Baofeng model UV-5R. There is a blue A/B button on the left side of this radio (obscured by the stock of the assault weapon) that selects which of the 2 displayed channels is active. Showing on the display, the channel name CPOINT2 is at top, and the lower line shows the active channel name MURS 3. The triangular symbol ► at the lower left of the alpha numeric characters indicates the active talking channel: MURS Channel 3 ( 151.9400 MHz FM simplex ), which has become the nationwide primary MURS channel for the militia patriot community. MURS is the longest range VHF radio service that can be legally utilized by anyone without the need for a radio license.
Listening To Militia Radio Frequencies
SWL Short Wave Listeners, UTE utility radio listeners, Ham operators, and radio scanner buffs enjoy tuning in to unusual activities on the radio spectrum. When a militia activates its radios for a training exercise or mission in any given area, it is likely to pop up on the receiver of some radio listener. There are thousands of radio aficionados everywhere, they are in every county in America. Many tend to mutually share information about unusual activity and the frequencies they hear it on. This RadioMaster Report includes such information, along with validation imagery, some data gleaned from internet sources, and some captured through real time monitoring by anonymous sources close to the scenes.
Militia Frequency List – Short Range
MILITIA PATRIOT CHANNEL FREQUENCY LIST - SHORT RANGE BAND| CHANNEL |FREQUENCY MHZ| DESCRIPTION === | ======= | ============| ======= ======= ======== ==== UHF |HAM U975=| 446.9750 FM | MILITIA HAM SIMPLEX UHF |HAM U025=| 446.0250 FM | PATRIOT HAM SIMPLEX UHF |FRS 3 ===| 462.6125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS PRIMARY VHF |MURS 3 ==| 151.9400 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT MURS PRIMARY VHF |HAM 42 ==| 146.4200 FM | PATRIOT MILITIA HAM SIMPLEX VHF |HAM 485 =| 146.4850 FM | MILITIA HAM SOUTHEASTERN SIMP VHF |HAM 53 ==| 146.5300 FM | PATRIOT MILITIA HAM SIMPLEX VHF |HAM 55 ==| 146.5500 FM | PATRIOT HAM SIMPLEX VHF |HAM 725 =| 146.7250 FM | MILITIA HAM SIMPLEX HF =|HAM 10 M | 028.3000 USB| MILITIA HAM EASTERN HF =|HAM 10 M | 028.3050 USB| PATRIOT HAM NATIONWIDE PRIMARY HF =|HAM 10 M | 028.3100 USB| PATRIOT HAM NATIONWIDE HF =|HAM 10 M | 028.3200 USB| PATRIOT HAM NATIONWIDE CB =|CB 3 AM =| 026.9850 AM | MILITIA PATRIOT CB COMMON CB =|CB 3 USB | 026.9850 USB| MILITIA AM USB OR LSB CB =|CB 14 AM | 027.1250 AM | MILITIA CB SOUTHEASTERN LOCAL CB =|CB 32 LSB| 027.3250 LSB| MILITIA CB SSB SOUTHEAST CB =|CB 36 USB| 027.3650 USB| MILITIA PATRIOT CB CB =|CB 37 USB| 027.3750 USB| PATRIOT CB SSB NATIONWIDE The source of this frequency list is RadioMaster Reports.
No Big Secret
MURS channel 3 has become the primary Nationwide Patriot Channel 151.940 MHz FM simplex. It is mainly utilized for initial communications, call up, rendezvous among the III% (threepers), militia members, and between neighboring groups of patriots. It is both a calling channel and interoperability channel. Initial call up may start on this channel and then might change to another mutually agreed upon frequency. This is a legal VHF channel that can be used by anyone without a license, and it has the longest range with typical Baofeng, Zastone, or Wouxun radios when using the longer antennas. Most really serious patriots have graduated from older FRS GMRS radios, but there are still some who are using the older FRS Channel 3 Nationwide Patriot Channel 462.6125 MHz FM simplex for this same purpose. This FRS channel has shorter range, but works with existing Walmart Midland, Cobra, Talkabout, or Uniden bubble pack radios.
There are some channels which may be widely published, and other channels which are kept private and not given out. Some radio users in the militia patriot community want to keep their frequencies a big secret. But more knowledgeable radio techs don’t see the need for it, since all VHF-UHF FM transmissions can easily be received with a common scanner or Ham radio. After all, most patriots and militia feel they have nothing to hide; talking on the radio is an exercise in First Amendment and free speech.
Tuning In To Militia Radios
A nearby scanner listener simply pushes the seek button and the frequency is displayed on their screen within a few minutes. Using a modern consumer-grade scanner (in the $100 range), the process of intercepting a local transmission frequency is nearly instantaneous (less than 1 second). Spectrum analyzers, band scopes, or scanner seeking features such as Close Call and Signal Stalker (CC/SS), or Signal Sweeper make finding a militia frequency simple. A common handheld frequency counter device such as the Optoelectronics Digital Scout ($500) can grab a VHF/UHF frequency within less than a second. Newer SDR software defined radio dongles (in the less than $50 range) that plug into the USB port of a smartphone, pad, or laptop can display the radio frequency spectrum visually in real time. SDRs combined with software apps provide instantaneous seeking and decoding of HTs for both FM and digital signals, over a wide range of frequencies.
No Secret Channels Either
The SOI standard operating instructions of patriot militia radio operators teaches never to give away secret channels, to keep some compartmentalized or covert frequencies, and to fly under the radar whenever possible. Some channel frequencies are considered public, others are considered private, and others are reserved as part of a rotating pool of tactical channels for missions. Practically speaking, the choice of which channel is utilized is often determined by the type and capability of the lowest common denominator radio owned by a militia team member.
Anyone using plain old VHF-UHF FM who thinks they can have their own secret channels or maintain frequency comsec is creating a false sense of security that deceives only themselves. Radios send RF signals in all directions, not just to those who are the intended receivers of the transmission.
Even a small HT can be picked up by a scanner at a safe distance a few miles away. With a handheld beam antenna or a mobile unit parked on a hilltop, a militant VHF UHF tactical net can be monitored up to about 10 or 20 miles away, depending on terrain. Aerial drones or UAV can easily receive tactical militia communications at visually and audibly undetectable distances away from the action.
Baofeng: The Militia Radio
Beginning around 2012, the Baofeng VHF-UHF handheld transceiver (HT) rapidly became the field communication device of choice for militias. This Chinese-made import HT is extremely cheap, at around $25 to $35 per unit. Out of the box, it is capable of being easily field-programmed for Ham, MURS, FRS, GMRS, Marine, and other land-mobile radio services. It transmits and receives FM and FM-narrowband in the frequency range of 136 to 174 MHz on VHF and 400 to 520 MHz on UHF. Militants really go for the low cost, and the wide array of accessories such as: extended battery packs, range-extending antennas, headsets, and speaker-microphones. The ubiquitous nature of the Baofeng model UV-5R (and its variants) can be seen in many of the following images of militant activities.
Militia Radios In Action
During the mid-2015 militant mine standoff in Oregon, militia radio techs maintained VHF-UHF radio communications.
Both MURS and FRS radios were utilized. MURS Channel 3 and FRS Channel 3 were the calling channels. Several other frequencies were utilized for tactical and control point contacts.
The radio techs programmed radio channel frequencies using Chirp cloning software with a common channel plan that was utilized by those individuals who owned Baofeng and other brands of VHF-UHF radios. MURS channels were favored by those who had capability, due to its longer range, while more common FRS (Channel 3) radios were utilized by those who didn’t have capability for MURS.
Multiple monitoring reports from these and various other militia sites indicate continued use of these channels for interoperability and initial calling purposes. Generally speaking, all FRS and GMRS channels are widely utilized by militia and patriot groups in their tactical and localized activities and during field exercises.
Some of the militants from the mid-2015 Oregon mine standoff action went on to attend protests during December 2015 in eastern Oregon, and then later showed up with their Baofeng radios (utilizing the same or similar channel programming) on MURS Channel 3 at the 2016 Oregon standoff.
Whether paired with sidearms or long guns, accessories add flair to the look and feel of battle-rattle gear. Accessories really make the outfit.
Extending The Reach of Mobile Militia
The trend toward equipment standardization on VHF-UHF HT radios for tactical use in the militia community has led to a modular approach for vehicular mobile units. Simply by attaching an external magnet mount antenna (in the $15 range) to the top of the car or truck, the handheld transceiver becomes the heart of a versatile mobile radio system.
Cigarette lighter plug charger cables provide continuous 12 Volt DC power (in the $15 range), and the car battery has enough power to run a militia HT radio for many days without even starting the car engine. This vehicular mobile antenna setup extends the range of the militia VHF radio from 2 miles to about 5 miles, and provides effective communications to handheld or base units within a large area of operations.
Militia convoys may talk car-to-car, or engage in mobile patrols ranging much further from the base station, due to the increased communication distance. This alleviates the need for militia vehicles to maintain a conspicuous visual distance apart while travelling in convoy. The mobile radio system enables militants to coordinate a rendezvous point or carry out a mobile tactical maneuver quickly on the fly.
Mobile VHF UHF radios capable of 40 Watts transmit output provide more dependable communication at longer distances. Linear amplifiers which increase a handheld’s transmitter output power in the vehicle are also available. A militia radio officer in such an equipped vehicle, parked on a hilltop with a relatively inexpensive radio setup, thus becomes a very effective command and control asset (or radio relay station) covering a 30 mile diameter area of operations.
CB Radio Use By Patriot Community
CB radios using AM and SSB on 27 MHz are still utilized for car-to-car/car-to-base by some militia mobile units. CB has remained popular over the years due to its superior distance range in hilly terrain, the ability to communicate within the rural community, and the ability to communicate with or monitor truck drivers when traveling. CB is also utilized for patriot culture and militia community morale; it includes extreme long distance skip talking at distances of 300 to 3000 miles. But, due to the erratic nature of ionospheric propagation in the upper HF spectrum above 15 MHz, skip talking is usually undependable on a daily basis for militia operations.
Most militia groups tend to have a local focus, and CB lends itself well to coverage of an entire rural county. The 27 MHz radio airwaves are not crowded anymore, since most of the older casual users in the suburban and urban population have long ago stopped using CB. An SSB CB radio in a vehicle can easily cover a distance of 10 to 15 miles car-to-car. This is more than double the distance of a typical Baofeng using a vehicle antenna.
This makes CB SSB an attractive ancillary communication method for those militia units projecting force over a wide rural area of operations in forested terrain that is not very suitable for FM simplex VHF-UHF line-of-sight propagation.
Radios As Symbolic Power
In addition to the utility of free instantaneous off-grid communication, HT radios have turned out to be a great prop that exudes a powerful air of militia authority. The 16-inch long flexible VHF quarter-wavelength antennas (in the $10 range) are sold as an aftermarket accessory to attach to Baofengs and other HTs. These antennas are perfectly suited to be waved around for emphasis and are tremendously useful as a pointer for press cameras during network media circus tours. The wiggle of the antenna adds exciting visual accent to the look and feel of social media videos.
Prominent display of a Baofeng radio on the front of tactical vest rigs is just as important as the properly slung gun in the militia fashion accessory ethos. When a gun is not being actively displayed, the radio has surpassed the role of the knife in taking the gun’s place as a power statement.
The symbolic power of the radio stems from its ability to instill fear: it has the potential to project unseen levels of armed militia force to bear, upon a simple voice command, or at the touch of a button. The radio is not so stylish if worn under clothing or attached to the back of the vest. When no tactical rig is being worn, the HT may be grasped firmly and prominently in the hand while walking, to add vital purpose to the gait.
Militia Guard and Sniper Nest Comms
Video of chaotic militia radio chatter on FRS and VHF frequencies during siege in Oregon 2016 standoff
Militia Logistics Resupply Comms
A logistics resupply wish list issued by the Oregon 2016 standoff militants includes Midland FRS radios from Walmart, a HAM radio, and batteries. These items were part of a generic list of other common items such as warm blankets, flashlights, snacks, first aid, domestic essentials, and food items. It also shows that FRS bubble pack radios were treated as a common commodity during the armed confrontation.
The contents of this wish list and the fact that it appeared on the second day of the armed standoff tends to indicate that these particular militants were neither preppers nor survivalists. They forgot to bring sleeping bags and food; but they remembered to bring ammo and Baofengs.
Commandeering Of Radios
Oregon 2016 standoff militants commandeered government buildings and vehicles. The facility included a radio base station on a government VHF frequency (about 170 MHz), a repeater on the fire watch tower, and many vehicles with VHF mobile radios. The militants utilized the government VHF radios to communicate around their immediate area of operations and to arrange resupply logistics runs to nearby towns.
In one instance, it appears that the legitimate government users of that radio system may have overheard the militants talking about their resupply convoy to the supermarket and reported the vehicle location to police. The police ended up arresting one of the militants and taking the vehicles away.
Militia Frequency List – VHF Common TACTICAL Channels
MILITIA PATRIOT ALTERNATIVE TACTICAL FREQUENCIES VHF BAND| CHANNEL |FREQUENCY MHZ| DESCRIPTION === | ======= | ============| ======= ======= ======== ==== VHF |MURS 1 ==| 151.8200 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT ALTERNATE VHF |MURS 2 ==| 151.8800 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT ALTERNATE VHF |MURS 3 ==| 151.9400 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT PRIMARY VHF |MURS 4 ==| 154.5700 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT SECONDARY VHF |MURS 5 ==| 154.6000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT ALTERNATE VHF |RED DOT =| 151.6250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT ALTERNATE VHF |PURPLEDOT| 151.9550 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT ALTERNATE VHF |MARINE 72| 156.6250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT BOATS VHF |MARINE 76| 156.8250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT BOATS The source of this frequency list is RadioMaster Reports.
Militia Frequency List – Short Range UHF Common Tactical FRS GMRS
MILITIA PATRIOT COMMON TACTICAL FREQUENCIES UHF BAND| CHANNEL |FREQUENCY MHZ| DESCRIPTION === | ======= | ============| ======= ======= ======== UHF |GMRS 15==| 462.5500 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 1 ===| 462.5625 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 16==| 462.5750 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 2 ===| 462.5625 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 17==| 462.6000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 3 ===| 462.6125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 18==| 462.6250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 4 ===| 462.6375 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 19==| 462.6500 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 5 ===| 462.6625 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 20==| 462.6750 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 6 ===| 462.6875 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 21==| 462.7000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 7 ===| 462.7125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS GMRS UHF |GMRS 22==| 462.7250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |GMRS 15A=| 467.5500 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 8 ===| 467.5625 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 16A=| 467.5750 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 9 ===| 467.5875 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 17A=| 467.6000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 10 ==| 467.6125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 18A=| 467.6250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 11 ==| 467.6375 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 19A=| 467.6500 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 12 ==| 467.6625 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 20A=| 467.6750 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 13 ==| 467.6875 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 21A=| 467.7000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS UHF |FRS 14 ==| 467.7125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FRS UHF |GMRS 22A=| 467.7250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT GMRS (Common bubble-pack FRS-GMRS radios) The source of this frequency list is RadioMaster Reports.
Other Possible Militia Frequencies
Many militias pride themselves on law and order; they often make prominent public statements about their respect for the law. For militia patriots who don’t have a Ham Radio License, and who don’t want to run afoul of the law, there are only 3 types of channel frequencies available:
- CB (40 channels on 27MHz) see list here.
- FRS/GMRS (14+ channels on 462 and 467MHz) see list below.
- MURS (5 channels on 151 and 154 MHz) see list above.
Any other channel frequencies that militia may program into their radios are considered either freeband or bootleg operation. A good example of bootleg operation is the use of Marine VHF boat channels, which are widely bootlegged on by the general public.
However, the Coast Guard monitors and records some of the Marine VHF channels from their remote monitoring sites. While most Coast Guard remote sites are near the coasts and major bodies of inland waters and navigable rivers, there are other government monitoring sites which are far inland. Around big urban harbor coastal areas, Marine channels are recorded and monitored 24/7 by the Coast Guard.
DIGITAL OR ENCRYPTED RADIOS
The average militia individual can’t afford the $7,500+ price tag of a 5 watt VHF HT radio that has high levels of encryption combined with frequency hopping capability; anything less than that (such as a $150 to $1500 DMR or P25 digital radio) can be intercepted or decrypted in realtime. The use of high end digital encrypted radios is very likely to draw down more unwanted attention by major adversaries than normal FM HTs would. Some militant groups or individuals are known to possess Motorola iDEN DirectTalk type PTT 900 MHz handsets and similar low power HTs (900 MHz or 2.5 GHz) which use FHSS frequency hopping spread spectrum. But these squad-level devices often are: too low powered for long range comms, undependable to keep paired/connected, jammable (the preferred thing for an adversary to do when they can’t realtime decode), too low-powered for ground clutter terrain at tactical distances, or can be decrypted by governmental interception systems who have backdoor access or high-end brute force methods. Other potential adversarial problems presented by inexpensive digital HTs are: Denial-Of-Service (DOS) attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, spoofing, bug exploits, kill-switch attacks, and radio-stun attacks. A kill-switch or radio-stun attack is triggered by an encoded signal sent by an adversary to a digital radio which causes it to either brick or go inert until it is reprogrammed by a tech (or receives the proper encoded signal to revive it). The user of a radio that is target of such an attack would just think that the radio is malfunctioning, or simply unable to connect. Susceptibility to kill-switch and radio-stun attacks is a significant vulnerability point among current digital radios. A few kill-switch transmissions by a suitably-equipped adversary can brick all the radios of the entire militia’s digital encrypted squad radio system within less than one minute. One particular type of common digital radio technology is susceptible to a type of triggered peer-to-peer DOS attack, in which the adversary sends commands to cause all the radios in the target system to repetitively transmit. This causes all the digital radios to silently and randomly jam each other, unbeknownst to the radio users. Since digital radios have PTT (push-to-talk) transmit controlled by the radio’s internal firmware/software (instead of the manual PTT button of a common FM HT), another type of digital radio attack can cause the targeted digital radio to transmit constantly with its microphone live, providing the adversary with the capability to use the remote monitor feature to pick up nearby conversations surreptitiously. A typical adversarial attack might consist of a volley of targeted radio stuns on all but one of the radios in the militia group, combined with a remote monitor hot-mic on the team leader’s radio; this could effectively occur silently without the target users even realizing it has happened. Digital radios are essentially similar to cellphones in their potential for security risk and Stingray-type intercept intrusion. Consumer-grade, public service grade, or commercial-grade digital encrypted radios have a different and more complex type of comsec vulnerability than plain old FM radios; for this reason, many militant-patriot groups are quite wary of the security problems associated with digital radios.
Militia VHF-UHF Freeband Channels
Militants often don’t conform to normal radio service regulations, so it is not unusual for any frequency at all to be utilized for tactical or rendezvous purposes, solely at the whim of the one who programs the radios.
The most likely frequencies chosen at random by militant groups are within the spectrum capabilities of the usual Baofeng VHF-UHF radios (136-174 MHz and 400 to 520 MHz).
For example, one recent monitoring report from 2014 in Oregon intercepted a militant radio operation from eastern Idaho that had arbitrarily picked some VHF frequencies for their Baofengs which caused interference to an emergency medical service channel (155.175 MHz), as well as railroad channel 1605 (160.185 MHz) which is utilized for dispatching and coordinating the movement of freight trains.
Blending In : COMSEC BREVITY CODES
By blending in on the channel frequencies using procedures of existing commercial or industrial radio services, a militant unit may adopt radio gray man concept or chameleon techniques; this enables quite a good potential for hiding-in-plain-sight on the airwaves. Instead of investing in costly advanced digital radio technology, militia members simply use common open channel methods. This often involves the use of Brevity Code words when communicating in the clear to obscure the true meaning with terse phrases or slang terms that only other team members should know. For example, the Brevity Codes could mimic the jargon of industrial janitorial workers, hotel workers, or a pizza delivery service. Whether in the heat of an action or during common training drills, human nature often exposes the weak points in code-word verbal obfuscation. The risk of this is that savvy radio scanner fans listen in regularly and usually catch on eventually to Brevity Code comsec jargon.
Militia Hide In Plain Sight On Radio Frequencies
The more clever militia radio techs may set up their radios on certain Business Band frequencies where they can hide in plain sight. They can masquerade as normal business band radio services on these channels. Frequencies that militia can easily program into Baofeng radios are specific Business Band Itinerant VHF channels in the 151 to 158 MHz range and UHF channels in the 457 to 469 MHz range. Some of these are commonly called the Color Dot or Star Channels. They are also widely known by their Motorola event business radio channel numbers. These channels are often utilized by retail stores (such as Costco or Walmart), hotels, resorts, private security services, taxi, towing, businesses, and various radio rental services. It is easy to blend in on these channels because the normal legitimate users never use callsigns or any type of identification. It is possible for patriot militia and sovereign citizens to freely bootleg on these business band channels for covert or tactical purposes for many years without drawing any attention or suspicion:
MILITIA PATRIOT CHANNEL FREQUENCY LIST SHORT RANGE TACTICAL VHF UHF FREEBAND BAND| CHANNEL = |FREQUENCY MHZ| DESCRIPTION ====| ========= | ============| ======= ======= ======= UHF | BROWN DOT | 464.5000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |YELLOW DOT | 464.5500 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |==== J DOT | 467.7625 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |==== K DOT | 467.8125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |SILVER STAR| 467.8500 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |= GOLD STAR| 467.8750 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |= RED STAR| 467.9000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND UHF |= BLUE STAR| 467.9250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF | RED DOT 1 | 151.6250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |PURPLE DOT2| 151.9550 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 3 | 152.8850 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 3A| 154.5700 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 4 | 152.9150 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 4A| 154.6000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 5 | 151.7000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 6 | 151.7600 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 7 | 152.9450 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 7A| 151.8200 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 8 | 151.8350 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 8A| 151.8800 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 9 | 151.8050 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 9A| 151.9400 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 10| 151.5125 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 11| 151.6550 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 12| 151.6850 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 13| 151.7150 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 14| 151.7450 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 15| 151.7750 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 16| 151.8650 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 17| 151.8950 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 18| 151.9250 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 19| 152.7000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 20| 154.4900 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 21| 154.5150 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 22| 154.5275 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 23| 154.5400 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 24| 153.0050 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 25| 154.6550 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 26| 158.4000 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND VHF |BUSINESS 27| 158.4075 FM | MILITIA PATRIOT FREEBAND *BUSINESS BAND ITINERANT CHANNELS The source of this frequency list is RadioMaster Reports.
Militia Frequency List – Long Range
MILITIA PATRIOT CHANNEL FREQUENCY LIST - LONG RANGE BAND| CHANNEL |FREQUENCY MHZ| DESCRIPTION CB =|CB 36 LSB| 027.3650 LSB| PATRIOT CB SSB CB =|CB 37 USB| 027.3750 USB| PATRIOT CB SSB NATIONWIDE HF =|HAM 10 M | 028.3050 USB| PATRIOT HAM NATIONWIDE TECH HF =|HAM 10 M | 028.3330 USB| MILITIA CONSTNL SIGNAL CORPS HF =|HAM 20 M | 018.1300 USB| PATRIOT HAM HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.1100 USB| PATRIOT DIGI CONTESTIA 4/250 HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.2420 USB| PATRIOT HAM HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.3150 USB| PATRIOT HAM HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.3300 USB| MILITIA NEVADA STANDOFF HAMS HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.3375 USB| MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.3420 USB| PATRIOT HAM HF =|HAM 20 M | 014.3450 USB| MILITIA STANDOFF HAMS HF =|HAM 40 M | 007.1100 USB| PATRIOT DIGI CONTESTIA 4/250 HF =|HAM 40 M | 007.1100 CW | PATRIOT HAM CW USB HF =|HAM 40 M | 007.2420 LSB| PATRIOT MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 40 M | 007.2300 LSB| PATRIOT HAM HF =|HAM 40 M | 007.2350 LSB| MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 40 M | 007.2750 LSB| MILITIA HAM EASTERN HF =|PIRATE 40| 006.9000 LSB| MILITIA PIRATE BROADCAST HF =|HAM 80 M | 003.5450 CW | PATRIOT HAM CW HF =|HAM 80 M | 003.5880 USB| PATRIOT DIGI CONTESTIA 4/250 HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.8180 LSB| PATRIOT MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.8380 LSB| PATRIOT MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.8600 LSB| PATRIOT MILITIA EASTERN HAM HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.8880 LSB| MILITIA HAM SOUTHEASTERN HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.9300 LSB| MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.9330 LSB| PATRIOT MILITIA HAM HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.9500 LSB| PATRIOT HAM DISRUPTED NETS HF =|HAM 75 M | 003.9950 LSB| PATRIOT HAM NETS The source of this frequency list is RadioMaster Reports.
Militia Patriot Ham Radio HF Activity
Militia radio techs are commonly recruited from the ranks of amateur radio operators. The level of involvement and commitment to the cause varies quite a lot. Some patriot-minded amateur radio operators participate actively in militia training or field exercises. A relatively small number of ham operators are willing to risk stiff fines or loss of their amateur radio license by using ham radios to assist armed standoffs, or while actively using radio communications to facilitate militant-related crimes. A larger number of hams tend to volunteer in a more aloof way to help set up radios or program the channel frequencies for friends who are militia or patriot group members. Most ham operators are cognizant of the rules against using codes or ciphers on ham radio. However, some militia-associated ham nets flout that rule and have been monitored using codes to try to obscure the meaning of messages on the air. The cipher rules don’t apply to MURS, however; a fact which contributes to the popularity of MURS channels among militants.
A number of amateur radio patriot nets, militia nets, and calling frequencies exist on the HF (high frequency shortwave) bands. The most active HF frequencies are included in the Long Range list above. These frequencies cover wide regional areas using ionospheric propagation, and many involve SSB single sideband voice mode using radio station setups with 100 Watts to 2 kiloWatts of transmit power and large antenna systems. Portable HF stations or mobile HF vehicle radios are utilized for long distance field communications. Regular scheduled nets for militia and patriots groups mostly happen in the evening, with their schedule times usually posted on their group websites. Most of the nets use SSB, but there are several which use ham radio digital modes such as Contestia 4/250 or PSK31. A few nets use CW morse code.
Some of the SSB late night patriot nets on the 75 meter band (3.9MHz) tend to be raucous opinionated bull sessions which may often encounter intentional interference, jamming, or harassment by other ham radio operators. Extreme long-winded political or religious diatribes may commonly be heard on the 75 meter nets. Very little useful communication goes on with these nets, but they serve the important cultural purpose of stoking the fires of discontent and encouraging us-versus-them groupthink.
On the other hand, there are militias and patriot groups which engage in more organized HF nets for the purpose of emergency SHTF communications training. These tend to be less boisterous and more centered on discussions of how to relay messages or set up stations, or the subject of prepping. Some of the militia nets use obscure acronyms or innocuous-sounding names for their nets and try to blend into the woodwork with normal ham radio activity on the air. Most casual HF radio shortwave listeners (SWLs) and Hams would probably not notice these hiding-in-plain-sight militia HF nets, simply by listening to their mundane conversations on the air.
Militia Bootlegging On Ham Radio Frequencies
Many militia have also programmed their radios on Ham Radio frequencies. Militia use of those Ham Radio frequencies to transmit without a license is probably not too smart. It is way more stupid than bootlegging on Marine or Business Itinerant frequencies. Hams are everywhere; they tune in and monitor Ham band frequencies all the time; hams have frequency-vigilante groups who make it their patriotic mission to track down frequency-lawbreakers.
Hams tend to be extremely protective of their own frequencies, and many have RDF Direction Finding equipment or beam antennas that can easily geolocate militia bootleg transmissions. Also, Hams have a nasty tendency to file monitoring reports to the government, which leads to hefty fines and costly legal processes for the perpetrators. But, there are 3 really big common sense reasons for militia not to use ham radio frequencies:
- Ham operators are very likely to notice militia operating on VHF-UHF Ham Radio Frequencies, and they often record the transmissions and send those recordings to the government. This isn’t a good situation for those militia wanting to keep a low profile comsec status.
- Ham Radio laws forbid the use of any cipher or code meant to obscure a message. Hams will record anything suspicious and report it. This kind of examination under a microscope can’t be good for militia comsec.
- Hams have extremely powerful radios that can easily jam militia tactical HT reception from miles away. Some Ham operator with a huge kilowatt radio may lie in wait, then decide to jam militia bootleggers at an opportune moment, thus blinding the militia comms in the heat of a mission. The pitiful Baofengs are no match against this kind of electronic warfare attack. It is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. Militia won’t win that battle.
Militia Patriot – Shortwave Broadcasts
Shortwave stations, including both legitimate commercial radio stations and pirate radio stations, have aired militia patriot oriented programming. Shortwave has the potential to reach wide regional areas via ionospheric propagation of the radio waves. The most popular frequency range for clandestine shortwave pirate radio stations is 6.850MHz to 6.995 MHz just below the 40 meter Ham band, using AM Amplitude Modulation, LSB Lower Sideband, or USB Upper Sideband. The widely published militia patriot clandestine broadcast channel is 6.900 MHz, but few bonafide militia pirate radio stations have actually been monitored broadcasting on it. It is thought that it may only be activated in the event of some sort of uprising or SHTF scenario, since there is no need for it while the internet provides an excellent outlet for militia patriot podcasting and social media.
In early 2001, a Kentucky militia station using the self-assigned callsign KSMR broadcasted programming called “The Militia Hour” at a power level of 800 Watts on 3.260 MHz LSB and 6.890 MHz LSB. The program included coded group messages, in the clear militia messages, and a militia slant on the news. The militia station, run by a militia member who was a Ham radio operator, planned to also operate on 12.181 MHz USB but there were no reports at the time of it being active on that frequency. The station operator used threats of armed force when FCC notified the owner to get off the air. Some other non-militia pirate radio stations (such as one called Moron Lube , a parody on the phrase Molon Labe), which operated on nearby 6.9 MHz frequencies were not fond of the Kentucky militia station drawing heat that increased the FCC focus on their operations; so some of the shortwave pirates aired humorous parody broadcasts that imitated the style or made fun of the Kentucky militia station. After the KSMR militia station had been on the air for a few months, the owner of it was pulled over in an unrelated local traffic stop for having a tail light out. He responded by opening fire on deputy sheriff officers, and fled the state. He was on the run for over a year before being featured on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show, which led to his capture in 2002 and eventual prison sentence.
MILITIA PATRIOT SHORTWAVE BROADCAST FREQUENCIES HF|CHANL |FREQUENCY MHZ| DESCRIPTION HF|WWCR *| 003.2150 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 003.1950 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|PIRATE| 003.2600 LSB| KENTUCK MILITIA KSMR DEFUNCT HF|WWCR *| 004.8400 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 005.0700 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 005.8900 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 005.9350 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 006.1150 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 006.8750 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|PIRATE| 006.8900 LSB| KENTUCK MILITIA KSMR DEFUNCT HF|PIRATE| 006.9000 LSB| MILITIA CLANDESTINE BRDCASTS HF|WWCR *| 007.4650 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 007.4900 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 007.5200 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 009.3500 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 009.9800 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 011.5800 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 012.1600 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 013.8450 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST HF|WWCR *| 015.8250 AM | PATRIOT COMMERCIAL BROADCAST *COMMERCIAL STATION* SOME PATRIOT MILITIA PROGRAMS The source of this frequency list is RadioMaster Reports.
1. combative aggressiveness in support of a political or social cause, and typically favoring extreme, violent, or armed confrontational methods.
2. having or showing a desire or willingness to use strong, extreme, and sometimes forceful methods to achieve something.
synonyms: aggressive, violent, belligerent, bellicose, vigorous, forceful, active, fierce, combative, pugnacious; radical, extremist, extreme, zealous, fanatical
1. one who engages in force of arms.
2. a member of a militia.
3. a participant in a political or protest activity while armed, or in association with armed participants.
4. an aggressively active person.
synonyms: activist, extremist, radical, zealot
“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.” -Albert Einstein
1. a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities, typically in opposition to a regular army or government.
2. a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers.
3. a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.
“Just able barely to mount a horse and ride about a little in the spring of 1866, my life was threatened daily, and I was forced to go heavily armed. The whole country was then full of militia, robbing, plundering and killing.” -Jesse James
1. An anti-government nationalist.
2. A pro-government nationalist.
3. A political extremist.
4. A freedom fighter or member of a resistance movement.
5. A person actively opposing enemies of their fatherland.
6. A militant separatist or secessionist.
7. A strong supporter of one’s country.
“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.” -Mark Twain
“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.” -Voltaire
“Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” -Adlai Stevenson
“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” -Charles de Gaulle
1. acronym for Communications Security, which encompasses cryptosecurity, emission security (EMSEC), transmission security (TRANSEC), and physical security of electronic communications equipment.
2. measures taken to deny unauthorized persons information derived from electronic communications or to ensure the authenticity of communications.
“The President can make you a general, but only communications can make you a commander.” -General Curtis LeMay
1. A radio user who intentionally transmits communications on unauthorized spectrum outside the limits of a normal channel frequency or band.
2. A technician who modifies or hacks a radio to transmit on frequencies beyond its usual design parameters.
“License? Freebanders don’t need no stinkin’ license!” -RadioMaster Reports
1. An unauthorized or unlicensed transmitter user of a radio channel or band of frequencies, who masquerades as a bonafide user through seemingly normal operational procedures, by using fake callsigns, or by mimicking technical methods.
2. A distiller or smuggler of moonshine liquor or tobacco who avoids taxes or regulatory laws.
3. A purveyor of musical recordings or videos, which circumvent copyright or copy protection.
“When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality.” -Al Capone
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Your pictures of militants and particularly of two people in a fire watch tower labeled: “Militia Sniper” certainly makes the sit-in/protest sound more dangerous and exciting than ‘ grandfather/rancher in a tower’..
One, government folks have to work much less harder to know what’s going on when militant’s simply use the government’s radios to talk on.
Wasn’t “ANYONE” there smart enough to realize the government has more than one of those radios, or that using the government’s repeater makes it real easy for local law enforcement (with a scanner) to simply wait until the well-meaning (but seriously technology weak) folks to just drive into town to pick up supplies?
The local LEO’s must have had a really good laugh over that one, especially if the driver asked them “How did you know we were here? Uh, you told us you were coming on the radio.”
Two, Baofeng UV-5R radios ship with a TERRIBLE standard antenna. If you plan to cut corners by buying a UV-5R in the first place (not a great radio by any means but it is better than a 1/2 watt FRS radio at least) – at least spend a few bucks and upgrade the standard crummy antenna.
Three, if you plan to use handheld radios as your primary means of communications, at least consider upgrading to a 10 watt radio like the TYT TH-UV8000D (in place of the 4W Baofeng UV-5R). Not only will the power boost provide longer range communications, it already comes with a longer gain antenna and a long lasting extended battery – plus if you get the latest 4th generation model it comes with a cross-band repeat function, so no need to use the government repeater with LEO’s listening in!
Four, for the truly needy, it is available pre-programmed from some vendors, since Chirp doesn’t support it yet, or you could buy one less ammo clip and purchase a RT Systems programming kit for it on Amazon.
Some of the comm gear pictured looked like some of these folks need to ask the local Boy Scout group if they can sit in on their next communication merit badge class.
Government repeater systems and their simplex frequencies are now on P25 Phase 1 with Encryption. Some of the systems are being moved over to P25 Phase 2 now. We have Phase 2 in place at one of the facilities on the coast of Maine.
Those repeaters will only be tuned for a specific frequency and will have either a 4 pack or 6 pack of can’s (Duplexers) on sight. The best thing would have been to install a Mirage DB-35 amp with a mag mount or a J-Pole antenna.
Ammo clip, eh?
Let’s just say that gun people get the radio terminology wrong and radio people get the gun terminology wrong.
Ammo clip? Really
Well researched article with a lot of info. Unfortunately, most of these comm suggestions will get you caught and quickly if .gov wants to. The references to ham radio keep popping up. Ham radios are not plug-and-play the way most appliance operators need.
You need to consider how large an area can you control and how large and area can you influence. Militias are insurgents. A KW and large yagi antenna are useless when you need to talk up to 2 miles. If your AO is a small farm, perhaps a sound-powered phone between HQ and OP would work better. Certainly higher OPSEC.
If your area has been an RF desert, just think of how curious .gov will be when they discover some nicely encrypted APCO 25 gear being used now.
Think about VHF packet radio. 1200 baud on 144mhz works well. TNCs like PK-88 or MFJ 1270 are all over the landscape, unused since the early 1990s. With a dumb terminal, you have a much more clandestine set-up. How about using a 2M Rhombic, vertically polarixed for point-to-point? 5 mile path, 500 mw. No problem.
Packet on 27mhz CB. Just saying. Ham radios are not expensive, but ccan require a long learning curve to know what frequency scheme works best.. (1.8 daytime–28.3 nightime)
Think about power sources. 12 vdc, negative ground. Batteries? Abandoned vehicles may be out of gas, but the batteries probably work. A small solar-powered trrckle charger keeps you up and running.
Too many militias/preppers are emulating the .gov. comm scenario. The ppix in the article show a lot of tacticool stuff. You could use hand-written
notes and runners there with better effectiveness.
An established history of ham radio usage may be the most important thing. They may overlook the people on the Lower Alabama Knitting and Quilting Net who have been spouting the same uninteresting drivel (coded speech) for the last 10 years.
OK, now are we trouble!!! Anyone worth his salt will tell you that the use of GMRS or FRS frequencies to transmit using Baofeng UV5R type radios will get the FCC panties in a bunch. So these guys must all just be listening to those freq’s. As for the UV5R, I regularly use mine to hit a repeater 56 miles away with it’s 4 watts, and have done simplex comm up to 40 miles distant. Its currently trending at $22 on EBay (or approximately 3 30 round 5.56 MAGAZINES, if you are using that monetary system). They are cheap, rugged, and dependable radios. Check out youtube for a demo – guy runs over his with a truck, soaks it in water, freezes it, and then sets it on fire. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking. And, oh by the way, there is an easy way to set up transmissions so only a limited audience can hear and/or reply; so generally speaking, you can have somewhat private discussions on open freq’s, with just a little planning beforehand.
love it….the 5.56 magazine-based monetary system. that speaks to me.
Set up a simple local email account. By useing the draft folder you can send short messages to each other. It never goes out on the net so its pretty secure as long as each person erases the message after they read it. Make sure its a lan based email so theres no cloud useage. People use remote terminals or older cell phones that have blue tooth. Spook
thanks for blurring any Identifying markings…being that my vehicle was in one of the pics I appreciate it. pretty good info as well.
radio services allocated to other services.
Nothing but a bunch of. “Combat whackers”
NICE ARTICLE NOW I CAN BUST THESE GUYS ILLEAGLLY USING GOVERNMENT RADIO FREQUENCIES AND ILLEAGALLY USING GMRS WITHOUT A LICENSE BOY I CANT WAIT FOR THAT THEY WILL BE SORRY!!!!!!!!!
Many of these posts advise more complex and expensive communications systems than MURS / FRS without any real thought given to the face that these are not standardized units with established comm plans. A dedicated core of radio operators with standardized equipment and operating with complex technology based message OPSEC is playing a game they can’t win. Is there anyone here who truly thinks that federal agencies are not capable of monitoring any of these mentioned OPSEC communication methods? If you have traffic that sensitive, consider wired field phones, message runners and 10 letter sigint cipher cards that rotate regularly. I wouldn’t really worry about, “we can use a couple of sandwiches at post 3” type of traffic being monitored, but to consider it for messages that actually need OPSEC. Remember the KISS principle and don’t try to compete in in realms where you are that far behind the 8-ball.
UV-5R Baofeng use was also widespread in Ukranie war , both in hands of russian rebels and Privy Sector ukranian milita.
Maybe Baofeng should now advertise these radios as field-tested and combat proven, just like Harris or Thales, LOL. Not bad for a radio you can purchase online at 30$ at sites like http://bit.do/BAOFENG-UV-5R-Dual-Band-Handheld-Transceiver
Little boys playing army.
With little or no effort, their entire communications network could be shut down, or even worse, used against them! The thing is, people don’t always realize that just because something is hi tech to them, doesn’t mean that it is high tech to everybody. UV5R based communications are in the dark ages.
It’s also important to point out that the Militia, is mistakenly associated with the preparedness and survivalist communities! Who for the most part have far more advanced communications systems in place then their militia cousins.
One of the first object lessons of modern reality is “Using a transmitter lets everyone know how to find you.” In the case of most rump militias (also known as “Posse Idioticus”), its a matter of “letting everyone know how stupid…”
A good chunk of my mothers side of my family here in AZ is in the militia and from personal experience I would say what I’ve seen of the modern day militia has simply become men (and maybe a few women) who could never get into the military pretending they’re in the military. Stay at the gun range and go play ARMA or something.
For the most part, unless at least 3rd gen encryption is used, all ordinary radio traffic (including packet and PSK31) can be assumed to be in the clear and generally monitored. Additionally, none of the posted frequencies are in the slightest exempt from being jam jam jammed right off the air (as was alluded to). It seems modern “militias” are stuck in some kind of honor-bound third generation warfare notions, when in fact future civil armed confrontations will require fourth (and later) generation warfare strategy and tactics. Only that which is in plain sight has any hope whatsoever of concealment.
maybe the radios have a backdoor for the authorities.
Does anyone have the shortwave freqs they are using at the Oregon standoff?
3.843 Mhz or there abouts . Try 3.75 to 3.9 on the dial.
This is one of the studio recordings of shortwave pirate radio station WHYP doing a parody of Anderson’s run from police mentioned in the above article. http://radionewyorkinternational.com/archives/pirate/whyp/Anderson-On-The-Run.mp3
United patriot militia bingo parody show that was played on shortwave. http://radionewyorkinternational.com/archives/pirate/united%20patriot%20militia%20bingo/New%20Militia%20Bingo22~2.mp3
Well, if you use MURS channels for comms, make sure that you’re far enough away from Walmart, or some other local Dept Store, so when ya call for a position check, a reply won’t be for a clean-up in isle 5.
Funny that the US militias use cheap chinese radios, while the CIA-backed New Syrian Army uses expensive ($1800) iCom P25 radios capable of encryption: http://i.imgur.com/Z22aTZb.png
I guess according to this article George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, et.el would be considered Militants instead of freedom loving Patriots.
Funny… They just pick frequencies out of the ether and use them. Just because they may have a ham license they think they can use whatever frequency they want. WRONG.
Here how its going to happen when shit goes down:
You militia groups can use whatever you want radio wise, any frequency, any mode you want, but people like me will find you and have you rounded up, detained and hauled off to some government camp somewhere..,
I’m all for survival and freedom but you guys are not the answer when all you want is your own dictatorships when the US government fails. There are plenty of us out here who listen and take notes and never respond back on the radio, We are the ears you don’t think that can hear you. No matter the band, encryption, or mode, we will listen in, we will get the information you broadcast and we will pass it to those who will make your lives a living hell.
you mean kind of like your “listening and never responding” now? don’t forget – , tough guy.
“”we will listen in, we will get the information you broadcast and we will pass it””” …. no, …. the same jerk that told the teacher on other kids… all grown up now and all the same…. self righteous and expecting a pat on the head and a reward for being a “goody” not like those “others” people
In your dreams clown. In the same sense, I can find you.
best artical on this i ever read
all our iii% team uses the bofeng ham units on the MURR’s channel 3 and it works farthar than those pos walmart radios
some a those idiots at the oregon thing made every one look bad
Running a uniden bearcat scanner here in fl. Heard militia guys doing some kind of thing on frs last summer. Sounded like same guys popped up on murs 3 scan last month. Seemed like same kind of code words and call signs. Not normal.
Hilarious! I especially enjoyed all the misspelled words and bad grammar in the comments section!
I think you will also enjoy reading this article, http://www.nbcnews.com/id/28900351/ns/health-behavior/t/fastidious-spelling-snobs-pushed-over-edge/
Thanks Nick, There is probably some real truth to that! However, as a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and a firm believer in preparedness, I find it depressing to see the legitimate “prepper” community lumped in with fringe groups. Doing so only reinforces the many misconceptions that mainstream media is only too eager to seize upon. BTW- I own a working farm in SW Missouri, and while I’ve been called many things in my life, fastidious has never been one of them! 🙂
There sure is a lot of ignorance regarding the word militia. The media has painted a picture and the non reading public has bought it. I will not waste too much of my time because most folks like their ignorance and anything to upset that apple cart causes them great distress. I will only point out that all Americans should read their Constitution since it is supposed to be the highest law in America (see Article 6, Clause 2.) They would be amazed were they to read Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 15 and 16. They should also read Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 and both the Second and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. Of course we all know the founders really wanted to create a national police force and standing army because they had such fond memories of the King’s. See Article 1, Section 8, Clause 12 and one that really surprises folks is Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3.
The best definition of Militia is…
a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
b : a body of citizens organized for military service
: the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service
A better definition depends on the individuals involved as a group and are best defined as follows…
THE ORGANIZED MILITIA – Includes National Guard and Military Reserves
THE UNORGANIZED MILITIA – The average citizen prepared to act when necessary. Does Flight 93 ring a bell?
When the colonies were under British Rule, the Crown sent the New Jersey Militia to put down an uprising in Jamaica which they did and were the only Continental troops to fight in the name of the Crown outside of the Colonies.
In my opinion, while some Militia appear anti-government, that is a complete fiction. The Militia was, is and shall remain a “two edged sword.” In time of crisis, the Militia will bolster the forces of government in accordance with the Constitution to restore order and maintain the peace BUT when the government becomes tyrannical and begins acting against the will and the good of the people, then it becomes necessary to adhere to what the Constitution says.
Working in government, I have had to take the oath of office on several occasions. On one such occasion I was asked point blank if I would ever take up arms to overthrow a legitimately elected government and naturally I said no and meant it. In recent years I have re-evaluated my reply and would say “no unless that government violated their part of the deal on which my oath was taken.” By definition, if government employees are ordered to perform a duty inconsistent with the law or Constitution, they must be the first line to defend the Constitution.
In Peru, they once elected a president (Fujimori) who once installed abolished the Constitution and dismissed the Congress.
As a reference see 10 U.S. Code § 311 – Militia: composition and classes
Beofeng sucks… horrible gear. 73
Maybe so, but the average poor soul can’t afford anything more than $30, It’s ok to have, just in case,
I like mine. Works as intended. Easy to program. Drives elitists crazy. So no down side really.
Wasn’t expecting to see anything from the standoffs. BaoFeng isn’t of course the most expensive, Most of us know that and know they are considered throwaways if something goes wrong with them. However, they do offer something for people who don’t have a lot of money, but want to be ready in case of a disaster or something, You know some of these remarks on here are really anal. Of course the guy with the $1,800 dollar radio isn’t going to understand that!
Nice propaganda piece. That’s about as useful as it is. Imagine if you took the time to actually learn what Militias are really about instead of using buzzwords and BS like the MSM 😉
From my perspective the majority of “Militias” are jodys sitting around drinking beer and play acting that they’re Soldiers. I suppose I could be wrong though…
You’re going to find out.
IF THE GOVERNMENT/MILITARY HAS YOU IN A RFID PROGRAM PRISONER, HOW DO YOU GET OUT?
The local militia here is on murs and frs. They do their weekend practice on frs using code words. They aren’t fooling anyone.
I have agree about some of the foolishness.
On the other hand the article and the discussion that followed did illuminate some important aspects of tactical communications. Mostly, to show how vulnerable they are to anyone who has some resources.
Let’s face it, in our age, militia is not likely to be much of a force against government tyranny. I and some of the people who weighed in here see preparations of arms and communications and other such things as being much more effective against chaos, thuggery and other such things that could crop up and endanger our communities during a breakdown of social order. For these purposes, groups of organized, armed citizens may play an effective role even if they are not very technologically sophisticated. If, that is, they are moral and don’t become part of the problem.
But I doubt that a citizen militia can any longer be a check against governmental tyranny, with one very important exception. And that is the fact that an organized force of armed citizens who stands up to a tyrannical government forces the government to either take lives or back down. In short, it ups the ante. IF the cause is noble and IF it is popularly KNOWN to be so, and If the armed citizens are willing to sacrifice their lives in this way, they might inspire a wider protest against the tyranny. This was essentially the value of what those patriots did at Lexington Green against the British. Even though they were beat, their sacrifices inspired their countrymen to rise up. If there was any value in what those fellows did in Oregon it could be that. Just as it was in the American Revolution, this can be a very powerful thing. But it is a very different thing than thinking that a militia can be militarily effective against a modern government with all their military forces, materials, and technology.
You make a mistake in picture BEAM ANTENNA.
it is CUBICAL QUAD ANTENNA MADE IN SOUTH FRANCE.
Why we did not see your sources…
A quad is a type of beam.
What a bunch of morons. It would take any radio team 30 seconds to figure out exactly where you are. Press the key, bingo, I found you.
ALL your Baofeng radios and TYT tri-band portables have some circuits you NEED to dis-able! Think about this, patriots, using radios built by our enemies! Use CHIRP or other programs, and turn OFF the PTT ID, all ‘stun’ and ‘kill’, master reset codes. NO better way to neutralize your communications if you just enter frequencies from the keyboard. Go into the computer program and turn all the stuff off and change the codes to something else than what it put in at the factory. Not sure if there is a back door to these things, anybody know!
clay, I’d like to connect regarding this. TheMinuteman.net.
Great article with a wealth of info, but I don’t think you emphasized enough that using MURS on a Part 90 or Part-nothing Baofeng radio is a violation of the FCC rules (not a problem during a SHTF event, but for everyday use, should be considered, not to mention that Baofengs are just not very good radios). I use and sell a Part 95 FCC-certified TERA that can be used on GMRS or MURS, for those that want to stay legal while upholding the constitution. Yes, they cost a bit more, but you get what you pay for. 🙂
Yes it is an excellent article.
Get the license, use the right radios, like the REST OF US DO. You aren’t patriots, you’re “CRIMINALS” who want the rules to apply to everyone but you.
Little boys. Playing GI Joe. That’s ALL you are. Little “men” with no respect for God or country. Good riddance.
This seems like great reporting.
I mean, you had some really good information in here, especially the section about the “authority” that the radio gives off. Clearly exposes the militant underbelly.
Highly credibile information you provide is a service to all of us.
“MURS is the longest range VHF radio service that can be legally utilized by anyone without the need for a radio license.”
Not it isn’t. CB has much longer range.
Nevermind. My bad eyes didn’t see th VHF first time.
This article is an interesting read. It’s filled with facts. The descriptions are well written. The definition of “ Militia” is excellent. Calling out the radios as being used to intimidate others is a valid observation. Great references and sources.
Patriots like radio’s.
Just that if they want to transmit they need to have an amateur radio license from 420-450MHz.
This is a good article with a lot of facts written by someone who knows about radios, politics, militias. I leave each and breath all for and the author of this article got many facts correct about radios proved.
Those knuckle heads
I just realized what an idiot I am.