5 APR 2017 – Sparks-31 Down Grid Communications Update

Hi everyone,

If you haven’t signed up for the June 3-4 Sparks-31 class here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you’ve missed early bird pricing.  That’s OK, though – we still have room for some of you for only $250.  Tom recently posted a preview of the class he’s holding in Wyoming here: http://sparks-31.blogspot.com/2017/03/preview-of-wyoming-down-grid.html.

Sparks-31 is the preeminent thought leader in communications in the preparedness-minded community today.  With 30 years of communications and electronics experience and a practical view of the communications requirements community defense organizations may have in times of trouble, Tom is uniquely qualified to instruct this class.

To sign up for the class, contact us at TOWR@hushmail.com.  Payments must be received by 31 May or “at-the-door” pricing of $350 will be assessed.


Sparks31: Down-Grid Communications Book Review and Thank You!

Good day, patriots!

Recently a friend of TOWR gave us a copy of Sparks31’s latest tome, “Down-Grid Communications”.  It then, I’m sorry to say, sat on my shelf for a few days before I got around to picking it up.

First of all, THANK YOU, Tom, for thinking of us when writing your acknowledgements.  We greatly enjoyed having you up here.  For those who don’t know, Tom’s introductory class was the first one we sponsored at TOWR, and remains our most successful to date.  Now, on to the review.

If you are the newly minted “comms guy” in your group, or your team’s intel officer, “Down-Grid Communications” is the stepping off point you want as you begin gathering intelligence information from your local area.   This book is not one that you buy and stick on your shelf until something goes sideways; it’s an action plan that you need to put into effect today.

The book begins briefly by considering common news sources, their trustworthiness, and whether or not the information they provide is relevant to you when it comes to monitoring your AO.  Even if you think Fox News is the greatest thing since sliced beef, which is more immediately important: the latest presidential hullabaloo or the meth house down the street?  The author then lays out a basic five step plan that the rest of your communications will hang on.

Next, the author focuses on your education.  Specifically, what you need to know to use and maintain the equipment that will support your mission.  He briefly covers a basic library of books that will help get you up to speed on maintenance, repair, and modifications of communications equipment to maximize their use.

I’m not going to go step by step through the entire book and ruin it for you, but the sections on monitoring equipment and techniques are definitely worth the price of admission.  He also covers the major available radio services (such as CB, FRS, Amateur Radio), basic One Time Pad generation, and field phones.

“Down-Grid Communications” packs a lot of information into its 80 pages, but it’s up to you to act on it.  At the risk of being redundant, this isn’t a book you skim and file away for when the zombies rise.  It’s an introduction to the skills you need to develop.  You can buy the book on Lulu for $9.99.  Sparks31’s current blog is http://sparks-31.blogspot.com/.


III% and Survivalist Communicator Course

TOWR is pleased to announce the first class in our III% Education series.  Taught by well-known communications expert Sparks31, the III% Survivalist Course is a combination of his beginner and intermediate comms courses. Please note that these are not basic ham licensing courses. While you don’t have to have a ham license to take the class, this is a more advanced course and will teach more advanced topics. Visit the event page to find out more!