This was sent in by WisComando, one of the students in the last RTO and Advanced RTO Course held in Wisconsin. It was a big honor to be up there as it is for every course I run. If you’re not getting your off grid commo sorted out, you’re wrong. Get squared away. -NCS
I’ve been wanting to take one of NC Scout’s courses for a couple of years, but I never found the time as I was invested in another hobby that took it all away. Now I know how much of a mistake that was.
Hot summer days in WI are great for teaching outdoors. The weather was great, the grill was hot, and the instructor was fantastic. I cannot level enough praise on who taught us. We started on day one talking about radios, frequencies, and etiquette. This morphed into discussion about various topics related to the course, from military history, radio history, tactics and reporting between teams and groups. This was excellent information for the basic level unit, or just for talking to people in a neighborhood watch.
We then dove into radio theory, why radios work and how to make them perform better, and how to build field expedient communications on a low, low budget. If you have $100 (less, really), you can talk to your team over much longer distances.
Day one ended with us setting up the HF radio and antenna, and talking to a few people around the country, although the weather was against us – much static in the air.
The next three days went much like the first. With the exception of one individual, the class make up was amazing. We had a most gracious host, a good facility to work in that protected us from both the heat and the rain, and everyone was on the same page, or team, if you like. We worked together, the level of enthusiasm was high, and the level of proficiency was high as well. With more training and practice, everyone in the class, in my opinion, will be masters.
What I can say about NC Scout is: absolutely top-notch. The level of patience, articulation, and knowledge is off the charts. The class was a 10/10. The understanding of the teaching is supplemented not only by hard earned experience, but also anecdotal and supplemental knowledge that are adjacent to or intertwined with what is being taught.
Any time I can get away to attend a class, I will. Knowing what I know now, there is no choice. We are in the fight of our lives, and this information is going to save your life. The enemy is deadly serious. We need to be also.
NC Scout – I salute you! Godspeed.