The Game Is Rigged and Preparation is a Must

The Game Is Rigged and Preparation is a Must

by
Matt Moody

Many of us in the United States today see a country we don’t recognize. As a “Boomer” I have watched transitions in this country that really concern me. Regardless of your political persuasion, changes have, and are, making the citizens of this nation less free. There is a police state on the rise and most of those individuals working in those positions are the product of a specifically designed educational and training program.

Mural inside the Denver International Airport

 

(Mural inside the Denver International Airport)

Water, food, and other items are starting to be controlled by major corporations and new government regulations seem to be a directed attack on religious organizations that produce massive amounts of food for emergency purposes and family storage.  (See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865579566/LDS-home-storage-centers-tweaking-cannery-policy.html?pg=all ) Insiders have informed me that this is due to new government regulations. More and more we see that some element of top down control is being implemented. We also see shortages of firearms and ammunition, reloading supplies and equipment, and other preparedness items. I was once able to openly purchase sutures and can no longer do so due to The Affordable Care Act restrictions.

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(Georgia Guidestones)
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(http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-implanted-radio-frequency-identification-chip-smart-cards-in-a-surveillance-society/10097)

Over the last year I had been working on a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) from a university on the east coast. As I pursued the coursework I began to see a trend building – one that concerned me. I began to be referred to as a social scientist and much of the work dealt with social theory that looked exactly like that of Agenda 21 structure and New World Order ideologies. In fact, I had been invited to attend a webinar in which the discussion of “chipping” of human beings was a major topic of discussion and would allow for greater ease in identifying individuals after disasters in which they had been injured or killed. I am totally opposed to chipping of any kind due to my personal religious beliefs. That’s not to say that others would openly accept the chips for their own personal reasons.  

My point in this article is simply to state that there is a concerted effort underway by individuals, corporations, and others to control every aspect of our lives. I am very opposed to such a situation and encourage the readers of this article to seek out your own answers. I have done extensive research and have found enormous amounts of factual information on the subject matter. The more I research and the more I discover the more I am convinced that we need to really need to take preparedness very, very seriously.

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(Stock artwork, Matt Moody)
( http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/12-pictures-that-demonstrate-how-the-new-world-order-openly-mocks-us)

Whether you believe it or not we are all in “The Game of Life” and we are NOT the one’s holding the best hand at this time. It seems that we have all become pawns to the powers that be and to an out-of-control government determined to oppress each and every one of us. I’m simply stating what you all already realize. Either, you understand that fact, you are asleep at the wheel, or you are in complete denial. Those are the only three options people have in this scenario.

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( http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/12-pictures-that-demonstrate-how-the-new-world-order-openly-mocks-us)

 

In the end I am sure that those who have prepared will have the advantage over others who have not prepared should the times and seasons become very difficult. There is great wisdom in preparing for whatever may come. The essence of storage should be water and food.

desertWe need to understand that we control very little in our lives and so we need to be more determined than ever to control what we can and use wisdom in doing so.

There is a direct correlation between what our government, the powers that be, and what we are being subjected to as we live out our lives. We all need to do more research – open our eyes – and see what is really being thrust upon us today. So far, I don’t like what I’m seeing and it concerns me because I have children and grandchildren that will have to face this uncertain future. Truth seems to be the only thing that sets people free and it is in short supply when it comes from our leaders. The truth is that we as “preppers” are on the right track and we should continue to educate and help our friends and neighbors to understand the need for preparing for any disaster, economic collapse, or otherwise.

(Photo: KOCO.com)

On a final note, it is my hope and prayer that those whose lives were impacted by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and other states will be

Photo: KOCO.com
Photo: KOCO.com

uplifted and comforted by our support on their behalf. What a tragic situation. It is also my hope that those of you who have prepared for such a disaster in the area are prepared to give of their substance to those who need your help right now. Share your good fortune with others – food – water – clothing – your home – your extra car – whatever is needed and you will be better for it. Let’s learn to be reliant on ourselves and each other and not the government.

**Images in this post belong to Matt Moody, or are his responsibility.**

Near Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) Antennas

Near Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) Antennas

by

Matt Moody

During my years in the military I was surrounded by communications equipment and great men and women that operated the gear. One thing I learned very quickly as a Private First Class when I was going through communications school at the 13 Area (Main side) facilities at Camp Pendleton, California was that 95% of the battle with communications was a good antenna. Over the years this has been proven time and time again. Having a good antenna that is resonant makes all the difference in the world. It can also mean the difference between saving your life or not.

The antenna being discussed in this article is a bit controversial in that some believe that it has very defined capabilities on just certain frequencies while others feel that it has greater capabilities than generally described. What I know is that I have used Near Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) antennas in the military and as a ham operator under very different situations with good results. That’s all that matters to me.

As an amateur radio operator (ham) I have developed my own version of the NVIS antenna and have found it to work remarkably well in different modes and on different bands. Over the last couple of years I have used it for the numerous digital modes available on the ham bands and have found it to work very well. I have been able to make contacts in Canada, Mexico, throughout the United States, and even had a screen shot emailed to me from an operator in Japan while using a digital mode called Olivia. He had a 100% copy on me. Amazing! Some would say that was impossible but it happened. Suffice it to say, the antenna was not designed for long distance communications. It was designed for operators to communicate over mountains, islands, buildings in large cities, and over short (500 – 1000 miles) distances.

The NVIS antenna comes in several different varieties; loops, end-fed long wires, mobile verticals that are bent over, a few types of dipoles, and the other designs. The design I developed was a version of one I saw years ago. By adding a couple of “tweaks” here and there I was able to end up with a really good antenna. Mine is a modification of the one shown in Figure 1 below.

Communications during an event is one of  the most important aspects of survival.

Figure1

(Source: http://www.vcars.org/tech/NVIS.html)

 

This particular antenna design seems to work well as it has a very high takeoff angle which is critical for any NVIS antenna.

 

Figure 2: Example of an Elevation Pattern of a 75-Meter Dipole NVIS Antenna

Communication over a mountains is easier with nearly vertical signals.The whole concept of the NVIS antenna is to have the signal going almost straight up (thus the Near Vertical terminology) and hitting the ionosphere reflecting back to the ground like the “ribs” of an umbrella. (Figure 2) Three factors must be kept in mind when utilizing NVIS antennas and they are POWER LEVEL, ANTENNA HEIGHT ABOVE GROUND LEVEL, and the FREQUENCY being used.

When communicating over mountains, such as the ones I have in my area of the country, this can be accomplished with very little power. In fact, I communicate daily on National Traffic Nets (NTS) and with other hams in the Rocky Mountain Region using 10 watts or less. Most of the time I use 5-10 watts of power to communicate on the digital modes and up to 20 watts or a bit more on phone (SSB voice) depending on the band conditions. Again, having a great antenna is 95% of the battle in good communications in amateur radio.

One thing that is critically important to remember with NVIS antennas is that internal tuners, those packaged with the particular radio one is using, do not always work well in tuning NVIS antennas. I highly recommend using an external tuner for the best possible match. I use a Yaesu FT-857D radio with a LDG YT-100 external tuner and it works very well. The tuning on the 20, 40, and 80 meter bands is very quick. My antenna works well on 17-meters but takes a bit longer to tune up.

NVIS antennas have been around a long time and I don’t take any credit for inventing the things. I have used them with great success and love them. There are numerous designs for single-band operation and others for multi-band use. The important factor here is that being able to set up quickly and communicate during localized emergencies or worse will be a great “tool” for you as one that is serious about covering all of your preparation bases. My suggestion is that individuals build or acquire a good NVIS antenna, get on the air with it, find out who you can talk to, and exercise the thing often on various bands and modes. Get comfortable using your antennas and other amateur radio equipment. Set up nets and talk with other individuals who are preparing for whatever may come. Set up an amateur radio prepper’s club and have some fun in the process of preparing and training. Have a “build it” night with other like-minded hams in your area and build the NVIS antenna of your choice. 73 (Best Regards)

Matt Moody is a former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a former Army Signal Officer. He has been a licensed amateur radio operator (Amateur Extra Class) for 36 years. He has been a Platoon Sergeant and a Platoon Leader/Team Leader. He was involved in numerous air assault operations in the late 70s and in Special Operations in the 80s. He was a member of the Marine Corps Base 29 Palms Shooting Team (’77-’79), shot in numerous Division Matches, and is sniper qualified. Matt is also a graduate of the rigorous Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and the Marine Corps Escape and Evasion (E&E) Course. Matt holds an AAS degree in Special Studies (Military Science) from Ricks College and a BS in Criminal Justice from Utah Valley University. He is a former Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he was assigned to the Salt Lake City and New York City (JFK) airports. He enjoys teaching emergency preparedness and communications courses to individual and groups.

© Matt Moody 2013

Emergency Preparation: No Toilet Paper – No Problem

by

Matt Moody

Over the years I’ve taught numerous emergency preparation classes to more people than I can count. In that time one of the things I have learned is that most individuals and families are taking one thing for granted – the availability of toilet paper. Like comfort food during emergencies we need toilet paper, or something else, to complete the process.

Empty Roll?  Whatcha' Gonna Do? Emergency Preparations Need to Include Lost of Paper Products.What happens if supplies of toilet paper, like so many other things, is disrupted or canceled altogether? When I ask that question to the students I often get laughter followed by their sudden realization that they are clueless as to what to do about a replacement for toilet paper. The answer is simple – toilet cloths.

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We then put them into bundles of twelve (12) and used rubber bands to hold them together. We now have them in every bathroom in the house. A few years ago the local Sears™ store was going out of business and had everything on sale. My wife and I went in and grabbed up every washcloth we could find.  We picked up every color they had because the color doesn’t matter. We took then home and using a serger, which sews the edges as they are cut, we cut them into fourths.

The only addition to the toilet cloths is the necessary bucket to throw them in once used.  Do not flush them down the toilet! I acquired a 5-gallon bucket and placed a mixture of bleach and water in the bottom. I use about four to five inches or more of the bleach and water combination in the bottom of the bucket. Once full one can use a homemade “agitator (5-gallon bucket, lid, and toilet plunger combination) and wash them in hot water and bleach as you would wash other things under austere conditions. If your washer and dryer are working then use them. If they are not working then use another similar bucket with rinse water to finish the cleaning process.

 I know some families that have gone totally to the toilet cloth concept and are saving money not buying toilet paper at all. Most will not do that but at least now you have an alternative to no toilet paper at all.

 Okay, I can hear it now, Matt, we use toilet wipes so your toilet cloth idea is pointless. Hey, toilet wipes are a super idea until You'll run out of these too!you run out of those as well. If you have a warehouse full in your emergency storage then I applaud you. However, what happens when those run out or are no longer available? Utilizing toilet cloths will save you money and you will already be comfortable with the idea of using them when an emergency occurs.

Remember, these ideas and concepts are for camping or emergency situations. Personally, I prefer not to have to use leaves or the phone book should an emergency bring about tough times. I believe that this simple idea will relieve some stress under dire circumstances.

Matt Moody is a former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a former Army Signal Officer.  He has been a licensed amateur radio operator (Amateur Extra Class) for 36 years. He has been a Platoon Sergeant and a Platoon Leader/Team Leader. He was involved in numerous air assault operations in the late 70s and in Special Operations in the 80s. He was a member of the Marine Corps Base 29 Palms Shooting Team (’77-’79), shot in numerous Division Matches, and is sniper qualified. Matt is also a graduate of the rigorous Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and the Marine Corps Escape and Evasion (E&E) Course. Matt holds an AAS degree in Special Studies (Military Science) from Ricks College and a BS in Criminal Justice from Utah Valley University. He is a former Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he was assigned to the Salt Lake City and New York City (JFK) airports. He enjoys teaching emergency preparedness and communications courses to individual and groups.

© Matt Moody 2013

Communications Basics – Amateur Radio

Communications Basics – Amateur Radio

by

Matt Moody

 It is a proven fact that when any type of disaster strikes the first thing that is needed is a solid communications network to make recovery efforts flow well. The fiascos of the past, such as Hurricane Katrina, have proven that one disaster can turn into multiple disasters very quickly when communications is thwarted or unavailable.

HAM radios are an integral part of communications.Communications is typically utilized by authorities to maintain command and control under emergency conditions. As we have seen when communications systems fail, or are not used properly, people die unnecessarily. When communications systems work as planned then the recovery efforts reduce the loss of life and enable responders to aid those in need in a timely and humane way.

Most of us have not been through any type of major disaster. Most of us are still preparing for disasters such as an economic collapse, Martial law, some type of epidemic, flooding, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, heat waves, and the list goes on. Regardless of the situation we are faced with communications enables us to “connect” with family members, neighbors, and others with resources that can provide aid should the need arise.

Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter. Taking care of ourselves and our families should be our primary goals. We are facing unprecedented changes in the United States today and the direction this nation is taking is not a healthy one. Being able to communicate with other like-minded individuals, groups, and communities will be of paramount importance.

Over the last 36-years I’ve looked at numerous types of communications platforms and the best that we have available to us is amateur radio. Each day new “hams” join our ranks as Technicians, Generals, or Extra class licensees. By taking a test which is offered by Volunteer Examiners (VEs) at numerous locations around the country individuals are then able to “get on the air” and benefit from what amateur radio has to offer.

The higher the class of license one can obtain the better. What I’m ultimately getting to is this – there are modes of operation and frequency allocations that would benefit the person involved in emergency preparation by having the higher class of license. The modes of operation will be discussed in future articles. For now, just understand that having maximum access to frequencies and other communications capabilities makes one just that much more prepared for emergency situations that arise.

The ability for individuals, families, and groups to be able to communicate over longer distances will be critical. While there is a place for Citizen Band (CB) radio capabilities, it is inefficient and has a short range. The Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), and other commercial-type systems also deal with range limitations and the availability of good equipment generally. This is not to say that they don’t have their place in emergency situations because they do. However, they generally have many more limitations than does amateur radio.

Therefore, let me recommend that any person reading this article obtain their amateur radio (ham) license as soon as possible and acquire Very High Frequency/Ultra High Frequency (VHF/UHF) radios as well as High Frequency (HF) radios. Develop a plan and budget in order to obtain these radios. Determine your needs and acquire the equipment that fits those needs.

Amateur radio operators have the ability to talk locally via simplex which is radio-to-radio, on duplex which is through a repeater system, and by utilizing an Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) system can talk around the country or the world easily with a handheld radio. By utilizing HF capabilities one can talk locally and around the world on a radio-to-radio basis.

With all the radio capabilities let me focus on our need to communicate locally and regionally. As individuals concerned about preparing for any event Learning to communicate with a HAM radio requires practice.that can disrupt our lives, it is important to know that we will have little impact on what may happen in another state or region. For us, having immediate knowledge of what is happening on our block, community, county, and state will be critical to us. Once we have intelligence gathered on those levels we can then explore what situations are occurring in other parts of the country and add that to our base of information. I cannot emphasize enough the need to be able to communicate locally with like-minded individuals as there is safety in numbers. Using amateur radio with pre-coordinated frequencies will be very important. In fact, individuals need to practice using their equipment and talking on the radios as much as possible. Also, every ham operator should have some sort of emergency power source (batteries, solar generator, and gas powered generator) in case there is no grid power available.

Finally, understand that every radio has its vulnerabilities. Amateur radios are no exception. An electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, will kill just about anything electronic. That’s why we cache extra radios in Faraday cages so that they will not be affected by such a burst of energy. I will have more on that in later articles. Just understand that having the ability to communicate is priceless to anyone dealing with an emergency situation. Not knowing what is going on can be devastating to say the least.

For a list of locations to take your amateur radio license test(s) go to:

http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams

http://www.w5yi.org/exam_locations_ama.php

For sites to take practice exams go to:

http://www.qrz.com/hamtest/

http://www.arrl.org/exam-practice

http://www.eham.net/exams/

http://www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual/

Good luck!

Matt Moody is a former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a former Army Signal Officer. He has been a licensed amateur radio operator (Amateur Extra Class) for 36 years. He has been a Platoon Sergeant and a Platoon Leader/Team Leader. He was involved in numerous air assault operations in the late 70s and in Special Operations in the 80s. He was a member of the Marine Corps Base 29 Palms Shooting Team (’77-’79), shot in numerous Division Matches, and is sniper qualified. Matt is also a graduate of the rigorous Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and the Marine Corps Escape and Evasion (E&E) Course. Matt holds an AAS degree in Special Studies (Military Science) from Ricks College and a BS in Criminal Justice from Utah Valley University. He is a former Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he was assigned to the Salt Lake City and New York City (JFK) airports. He enjoys teaching emergency preparedness and communications courses to individual and groups. Matt presently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for a private company.