Radio Comms & GPS

FCC Licensing for Radio Operators

What is the FCC? The Federal Communication Commission, or FCC, is an independent agency created by the United States Federal government to regulate communications via radio, television, wire, satellite, cable and internet. Why does the FCC require that certain radio frequencies are only used by licensed and trained operators? The FCC was initially created in 1934 for the purposes of: [READ MORE…]

AN/PVS-30 Night Vision Scope
Night Vision Scopes

AN/PVS-30 Clip-On Night Vision Sight

In this article we’re going to take a close look at the AN/PVS-30 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight (COSNS) as used by the U.S. Army and other armed forces. A Night Vision Scope let’s you see in the dark – and in particular accurately aim a weapon in the darkness. Here’s the gear we’re going to review: These types of sights [READ MORE…]

AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapon Sight mounted on an M240B machine gun.
Night Vision Scopes

Thermal Weapon Sight – AN/PAS-13

There’s more than one way to see in the dark. In this article, we’re going to take a close look at a thermal weapon sight used by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and others. The AN/PAS-13 is a Thermal Weapon Sight used in the US military. It enables night vision capabilities, although thermal sights are useful in the daytime too. [READ MORE…]

AN/PEQ-15A - the DBAL-A2 - the latest version of the PEQ-15
Night Vision Scopes

Dual Beam Aiming Lasers

In this article we’ll take a close look at Dual Beam Aiming Lasers (DBAL), such as those from Steiner Defense. First of all – what is a Dual Beam Aiming Laser? It’s a laser pointing device that contains both a day-light visible red or green laser combined with a co-aligned Infrared (IR) laser that is visible only with night vision. [READ MORE…]

AN/PEQ-16B mounted on an M4 carbine.
Night Vision Scopes

US Army Aiming Lasers

The US Army and US Marine Corps use a variety of weapon sights and scopes. We’re going to review the current crop of sights and scopes – and explain what they are used for. We’re going to start with aiming lasers – also called laser pointers, target pointers, or target designators. The US armed forces consider optics, sensors and lasers [READ MORE…]

A DAGR military GPS device.
Radio Comms & GPS

Understanding GPS and the Future of Positioning Tech

What Is The Global Positioning System? The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a U.S-owned and operated system that can give precise, relative, or general location information. Officially, information about location is called Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) because those three elements come together to provide GPS services. For most people, GPS is a way to figure out where they are [READ MORE…]

Stream water should be purified before drinking.
Prepper Life

Outdoor Water Purification Techniques

If you’re an outdoors enthusiast then you know that there’s an endless list of activities that you can enjoy. From hiking through the mountains to camping along the plains, there’s something for everyone. However, it’s important that you have keen survival skills when spending time in nature. This is especially the case when it comes to water. While you may [READ MORE…]

A cell phone tower
Radio Comms & GPS

Emergency Communications for Civilians

Have you ever thought about how dependent modern society is on the cellular phone? We’ve reaped the benefits of having “always on” connectivity and the ability to contact anyone and just about anywhere at our finger tips. But the truth is that the cellular system is quite fragile – and it is not something we can count on to be [READ MORE…]

The Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) being used to send a message from a patrol vehicle.
Radio Comms & GPS

What is ATAK?

ATAK is the Android Tactical Assault Kit. It is a smartphone geospatial application originally developed for Android phones and tablets. It is sometimes referred to as the Android Team Awareness Kit or the Awesome Team Awareness Kit – because there are versions for Windows and iOS as well as Android. Tactical uses include mission planning, situational awareness (SA), mission execution, [READ MORE…]