Strategic Dark will be hosting to train LE, MIL, and US CITIZENS on the basics of radio operations / extended-range, off-grid, communications for disaster preparedness, emergency response, tactical scenarios, and more.

If you do not have a radio for this course, we will have extras on hand.

This two-day course “RTO BASICS” will go in Garrettsville, OH at the Southington Hunt Club Training facility on Junet 10th and 11th 2023.

The course will consist of one day of “classroom” type instruction and one day of practical application. Details regarding the packing list, location, start times, and curriculum will be sent to participants in an email prior to the start date of the course.

Students will expect to learn everything that you need to know about communications basics to become an ASSET to your small team, to include:

  • Signal Theory / Wave Propagation

  • Radio Programming

  • Radio Etiquette & Reporting

  • Comm / Signal Planning

  • LOS Analysis

  • PACE Planning

  • Hands-on & Practical Application


From Mojave Repeater Actual;

Good afternoon all,

I am very excited for our upcoming course on August 20th and 21st in Garrettsville, OH hosted by Strategic Dark Solutions. This email includes all of the coordinating instructions needed to have a successful weekend at the course.

The course will begin at 9:00 AM. The classroom is located at the Southington Hunt Club Training Facility at 10321 Silica Sand Rd, Garrettsville, OH.

We will conduct classroom instruction from 9:00 AM to Noon and break for one hour for lunch. We will bring food into the classroom since there are not many options for lunch nearby. We will resume class at 1:00 PM and plan to wrap up for the day around 4:00 PM.

We will meet again on day 2 at 9:00 AM for the practical application and field exercise portion of the course. There will be some light hiking involved in the prac app. I will share a pin to the assembly area during our classroom day on Saturday.

Please plan to bring lunch/snacks with you for this day. We are planning to wrap up the practical application by 2:30 PM and debrief. Following the conclusion of the course, we will be open to any additional practice or instruction requested.

Packing List
  • Baofeng UV-5R or similar handheld radio
  • Push-to-Talk and headset or mic for your radio (optional)
  • Laptop Computer
  • Radio Programming Cable (If you do not have one for your baofeng, one will be provided)
  • Note Taking Gear
  • Long Pants
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Backpack
  • Kit that you typically train in
  • Sunblock, Hat, etc.
  • At least 5L of water for the Practical Application day
  • Lunch for each day of the course
  • Snacks (Trail Mix, Cilf Bars, any other snack you can eat while being active)
If you do not have a radio for this course, we will have extras on hand.

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