Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Communications Master Sergeant

Contact:  danmorgan@hushmail.com, or for unseen accounts only: dan@unseen.is


  1. Jt rourke says:

    Did you prefer HF over Sats? voice or Cw?

    • danmorgan76 says:

      Jt: I always preferred secure Satcom w/ secure data burst over CW. Lots faster and just about any monkey can make it work. But not too many folks have access to it. So in my situation (civilian) If I wanted to make pretty good long haul commo, I would go CW. By the way, we did have HF SSB burst devices also.

      • JudgementComes says:

        Thank you for the information that you share. Now that I am following you, I am a bit intimidated by your experience. Don’t get wrong. I haven’t seen any rudeness in your interactions with your followers. It is just that I have tried to really give a lot of thought to what a retired SF Comms MSG has lived and knows. In either case, as I have said, I am a noob to comms.I have acquired a Yaesu FT897 HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver that can be used as a base but can also be humped and run on battery power. 20 Watts on Batt. 100 Watts on base power. I also have acquired my Technicians licence. IN short, I care enough to put time and money into this . I hope it counts for something in your appraisal.

        I want to learn to monitor the airwaves for useful FREEFOR intel.

        Are all LEO comms encrypted or on bands that I cannot monitor?

        If so, what other comms should I learn to monitor and what are their bands?

        If you are not ROFL at this point …

        BTW, I can handle my Sig well. I am proficient with the AR platform, and I am truly a good shot up to 400 yards with my long rifle. Not a qualified marksman or sharpshooter mind you. But not bad.

        Are these all the right questions?

        Thanks danmorgan76. For your previous and continued service.

      • danmorgan76 says:

        Nothing to be intimidated by here. I am just a fellow who was, by God’s grace, allowed to work with some excpeptional folks for a lot of years. As far as comms go, there are some folks that are teaching me new TTPs every day. A good place to start is Sparks31 site, Signalcorps. The first thing I would do, if I were you, is get your general license so you can get on the HF bands. It’s fairly easy to get on the VHF/UHF side of the house, HF is another animal, but the payoff is priceless. To be able to make reliable comms the next county, next state and across the world changes everything regarding information gathering. It takes some time and a little elbow grease. If you can hook up with a local ham club, that will straighten out your learning curb tremendously. Now I can almost guarantee you will not find anyone who is interested in setting up a mobile rig out of a ruck in the woods, but they might show you how to set up a rig on a picnic table or folding table during a field day and they definitly will show you how to set up your base station. So take advantage of that asset if you haven’t already. Your Yaesu should work fine as a mobile radio, just get that license and take it to the field where you can work out the bugs when your not under pressure.

        If you’ll look at some older articles on this site or Spark’s site, you will find some info on scanning. I would recommend the Uniden Homepatrol for your public service scanner. If you want to go a little more hi-speed, the Uniden Bearcat BCD536HP will give you the same capabilities as the Home Patrol, but also give you WiFi capability and connectivity with your smartphone or tablet. Now you will have true mobile scanning capability. While very few police departments use encryption on their nets, those who do, usually don’t have the discipline, planning or training to use it well and tend to go talk in the clear when things get complicated and busy. In my area, they tend to use cell phones quite a bit for routine things they want to relay in private, that is until three persons are trying to communicate with one another simultaneously, then they use their radios. Quite a few departments have gone to trunked systems, which the Home Patrol will pick up. If you do live in an area with encryption, theres not much you can do. A subscription to radioreference.com will show you all applicable freqs being used by everyone in your area. Other things you might want to monitor in your area are addressed in earlier posts on both mine and Spark’s site.

        As far as tactical issues and field craft, don’t sell yourself short. I think you might be interested in some of the training that DefensiveTrainingGroup has to offer as well as Max Velocity. From your address is appears that they might be in your neck of the woods. If nothing else, attending one of Max’s courses would give you an idea of where you stand physically and tactically. You might surprise yourself. Good luck.

  2. GM says:

    Good site..if you get a chance, a fellow you have a lot in common with is at http://nokoolaidzone.com/ Great dude too. Keep on posting.

  3. on file-just fyi thoughts says:

    good info on nvis. there are nvis roof rack vehicle antennae that look like just a roof rack. there are also nvis antennae that are based on a snow saucer that will fit inside a roof rack… if you hook your laptop up to an encrypted hf, you have your burst texting capability with no voice to key on. for monitoring your ao, check out the winradio g315 series of computer operated radios.

  4. Louie demilo says:

    Dan, good articles on scanners, wideband, nearfield, etc. take a look at the winradio g315 and it’s capability. It’s better than a drt box. And if you run it through a dipole instead of a discone, you can make it direction al.

  5. G says:

    Any New articles on the burner?

  6. Shocktroop0351 says:

    Dan, do you think a radio like this could have any use? I have access to alot of these. http://www.remotesiteproducts.com/images/downloads/MDS/R/MDS%20Radio%209810/MDS%20Radio%209810%20Spec%20Sheet.pdf

  7. Ronald Beal says:

    I am in the process of putting together a series of radio handbooks for small teams. Sort of a FM 24-18 Radio Operators Handbook, but adapted to gear available to the average American, and techniques more useful to the small team. Once the handbooks are done, I will be releasing them on the internet, free of charge.

    Volume 1 is geared to the lowest echelon of communications, and covers SOP’s, SOI’s, COMPLANS, radio set up, and basic manual encryption and authentication.
    Volume 2 will be geared for the “radio guy” and cover more of the administrative and planning tasks.
    Volume 3 will focus on SIGINT, COMSEC, and EW.

    Volume 1 is nearly finished.
    Could I interest you in proof reading a draft copy?
    I am looking for:
    Corrections of anything wrong.
    Typos and grammar
    Any other suggestions.

    I can’t afford to pay for any help, but will include you in the “thanks” section.
    Let me know if you are willing to help, and I will send you a copy.


    • danmorgan76 says:

      Sorry for the delay, was conducting a Combat Carbine class this weekend and was away from the computer. I would be happy to look it over. What kind of time frame are you looking at for a reply?



      • k says:

        Dan, which programming software would you recommend for the Icom R6? Thanks,

      • danmorgan76 says:

        I use BuTel ARC-6. You can pick it up at Universal Radio for about $30.00. Be sure to request the CD for future use. Good hunting.

  8. Andy says:

    Mr. Dan,

    How is the “Patrol” saga going? Is chapter 6 coming out soon?

  9. Jeff Nathan says:

    Hi Dan, your awesome video on compasses disappeared. Any chance you could repost it? I was trying to find what I thought was a second video you’d posted on protractor use, but I haven’t found that one either.


  10. Gary says:

    I need more correspondence

  11. Gary says:

    Sorry correct info to correspond

  12. danielkday says:

    I enjoy your site.
    A topic which I would really appreciate seeing you address some time is, the nuts and bolts of adding comm gear inside electronic hearing protection. Apologies if I missed a previous discussion of that.

  13. Brian says:

    Do you have a schedule of the classes you teach posted somewhere?


    • danmorgan76 says:

      Nope, no schedule. I usually hold classes, for folks I know, in my local area based on their needs.

  14. dyers eve says:

    looking for a file of frequencies that lists known hostile freq’s (surveillance and other) to develop a little intel of my area and who is operating now versus later. Any ideas where to look?

    • danmorgan76 says:

      dyers eve: I have a list with the info. you are looking for around here somewhere. I just can’t put my hands on it at the moment. If I find it I will post it.

      Some advice I can give you is to link up with Sparks31 online and get on the mailing list for his emagazine “Signal-3”. Also buy a copy of his book “Grid-Down Communications”. In addition, here is a link to TICOM’s old pdf postings http://pdf.textfiles.com/zines/TICOM/. PDF 3 would probably help.

      For the most part you need to understand what to look for (usually antenna length), the equipment you need (such as a “close call” or “signal stalker” type scanner) and the freq. bands the bad guys will operate on. Then get out and start monitoring. Every area is different.

      • dyers eve says:

        Will do, I was under the impression sparks quit the interwebs. Anyway I’ll buy the book and look for him again. I am going to build an rtl-sdr for some scanning with an up converter for mf, hf, vhf and uhf. I will need to expand through 5 or 6 gig i believe, took the tests and passed all 3, now working and practicing the craft. Doing the digital and even the RMS express like in your series the patrol.

  15. Puzzled says:

    Your email does not work. Do you have a working email?

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