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  1. The sub tone is a coded tone that tells the radio receiving traffic to open it's squelch circuit and kick on the audio (so you can hear it). Here's what happens: All the radios are FM which means that they can only receive one signal at a time (the strongest signal, that is how FM works) Bob and bob are on 2-2 Sid and sid are on 2-3 Ed and ed are on 2-4 Ed calls ed while close to Bob. bob is also trying to call Bob but since Ed is transmitting closer to Bob, Bob's radio is receiving only Ed's signal which does not have the right sub tone. Bob's radio ignores Ed's signal since it does not have the right tone so Bob hears nothing. Pissed off that bob is not calling him, Bob starts trying to reach bob to see what's up and now Ed who had been talking to ed no longer receives ed's transmissions. The net result of all of this is that everyone tries harder still to reach each other and continues to secretly walk all over every one else. There is a term for this: ​Squelch Capture Jamming. Sid and sid are close together so they are doing fine since each of them is in the immediate vicinity of the other one and as such locally is able to always have the strongest signal. You DO NOT HAVE (30 * 10) = 300 channels, you have 10 and if you stack security codes you will for all intents and purposes have ZERO channels. I recommend that you scratch what you have there and start fresh, the matrix you have will cause a great deal of headaches.
  2. Memory serves you incorrectly Doc. They have two large air out tanks that they will at some point get operational but they are not there yet. The main issue is that you need to segregate out the drinking water system with the rest of the water system since otherwise the system gets immediately overrun when 300 people show up and each flush the toilet once.
  3. You ever priced a water buffalo? How about a Deuce to haul it with? How about maintenance on both? How about drivers? Ever trailered a water buffalo with a deuce down the highway for hours and hours on end? I have done all of those... From my perspective, AMS should keep doing what they are doing. Investing in major support equipment requires a lot of money and a lot of support troops, none of which are easy to come by these days. Telling people to remember to bring water is a great deal easier. At an event with 500 players, if each player brings a case of water then there is plenty of water to go around and nobody has to jump through all the hoops to back everyone up.
  4. I left three of them sitting by the air ball field that have all been cleaned up and sanitised already this year. Several more out in the field will need to be collected up, cleaned and sanitised yet. They are a great asset if filled a day or two in advance and allowed to vent out so that the sulfur taste dissipates but are not that helpful if you just fill them and roll.
  5. There's a vast and expansive campground, you can sleep anywhere you wish. Just pack along your camping gear (none of that stuff is provided) and like Ron said bring some food and water and you'll be golden.
  6. "I didn't realize that trying to figure out a solution to the problem..." That is just it, THERE IS NOT A PROBLEM therefor no solution is needed. DirtPro: "Is the blah blah blah a support weapon?" JP: "No" You can keep yapping, keep whining, keep asking for someone else to shoulder more work to let you play the way you want or you could work within the framework that already exists and be a member of a community rather than just fussing over a problem that does not exist to 99% of the community.
  7. I have been following this thread for a while mostly as a "remember why you don't want to start running or assisting normal airsoft OPs again" treatment for my brain. Armbands? No. Special sub class? No. Different mags? No. Special rules? No. Rules need to be simple, easy to understand, easy to enforce, and playable. If you are wanting to add paragraph after paragraph of blah blah blah to the rules just to suit your particular circumstances then you are probably being self centered and not seeing the big picture. Question asked. Question answered (by JP, not the rest of the peanut gallery) Situation resolved. If you spent 1.3 million dollars to buy a special whoozit fum fang diddly diddle and you cannot use it in a special way, then get over it. Complaining or trying to figure out a way to subvert the system or squeak past the rules just makes you part of the problem. And YES, this is complaining and trying to subvert the rules.
  8. That's what makes the D-Day field so lovely. Even in the biggest event, there is always a place you can slink off to and eat your sandwich in peace. Give me 2 minutes with one of my vehicles and I can be so far off into the hinterlands as to not be bothered by anyone (including other vehicles). Once snacky time is over, 2 minutes later I can be right back into the thick of it. When someone tails me, I can generally dust them in a hurry as well. My lumbering truck can do an 18 inch vertical step and my nimble one can go faster through a patch of raspberry bushes and over fallen logs than most can safely travel on a trail.
  9. black and white does sort of kill the creeks trick I suppose. $40 is plenty of money for a color plot. Now that I harken back to memories of times past, it seemed like when we used to get our maps printed before we just bought a plotter and started doing them ourselves we never got reasonable prices from chains such as office max or Kinkos, we always ended up using smaller print shops or blueprint places to get the best pricing. I seem to recall an annual bill of around $175 to get all of the maps for one East Wind printed (about 15 maps) so those of you on a budget who do want color might ask around to some smaller shops and see what options are available. I can tell you why B&W is cheaper... Only one print head to clog up and need replaced, only one vat of ink to buy, only one hose to pop a leak and spooge ink all over etc... Althought they still have the same amount of drive belts... Plotters are the devil.
  10. Which way the slope is going you figure out by looking at water features. Creeks don't run on the tops of hills etc. Originally did the map (this version) in Freehand, subsequent mods we've done in Illustrator. $4 was a pretty cheap print, that's a good way to fly. Did you price color by chance?
  11. The maps you see were made for East Wind (hence the inter-German border etc) We hacked out the elevations to tidy up the contours a bit since at the scaling we used, the index numbers made things pretty busy once you added all the Warsaw Pact layers to the map. They are not a 2500 USGS topo map so they do not really print to that specific size. I cannot remember what size the older (the map you guys are using is the previous version map for us) maps print to but regardless, if you want a big map, you can just skip on down to Kinkos and have them print one out for you on a color plotter. The files are scaled so it's pretty much a push print, go get an ice cream cone and come back deal.
  12. I dunno man, I have seen tons of fires started by "cold" smokes and never a one started by the hundreds and hundreds of pea grenades chucked around DDAP during past East Wind events. The pea grenades just don't seem to have the persistent burn time the smokes do.
  13. Payment and sign up deadline this year is the first of February. We moved the pay date up so that we can better plan the event and so that we can set the roster in place early enough that you guys can work a bit at getting to know who all is in your unit prior to the event. To that end, if you plan to attend this year and you have not yet signed up, you need to get on it because after Feb 1 you are out for the 2014 event. If you have a deposit in, you need to be fully paid by Feb 1. Sign up and payment links are here: NATO: http://operationeastwind.com/NATO/registration.shtml Warsaw Pact: http://operationeastwind.com/EB/registration.shtml
  14. Meanwhile over on Warpac: Stagg's Gaz-69M has been carted up to Wamego for service work. This one really is in pretty decent shape so it ought to turn around really fast. In keeping with the general trend to containerise more in order to reduce set up times. The Warpac has put together a new containerized supply shelter. Warpac troops really got to work hard on drive train maintenance for their smaller vehicles this year. For once, in a long time, it is looking like we may successfully deploy ALL of the Warpac vehicles next year! Good work guys. The BTR-40 spun a rod at East Wind 6 and has, over the summer and fall, been getting it's engine overhauled. Here Art pressure washes out the engine bay prior to it getting a new coat of paint. Trucker and I took a weekend and did some long haul trucking pulling the Robur LO-2002 from DDAP down to Mobile Alabama for Doorman to begin overhauling. Lots of little stuff to do on this one but none too crazy. Besides, I think Doorman will probably be able to fund the entire overhaul by selling off the acorns that were stashed in it by pack rats over the years. The SPW-152 is even moving along. It's engine and transmission are installed. The custom drive shaft is being built right now that goes between the transmission and the transfer case. Once that's on there, it will move under it's own power. We still need to get some of the this and that stuff taken care of like plumbing in the cooling system, adding some wiring and installing an air compressor for the air brakes but regardless, this big guy is well on it's way. East Wind is a very recon oriented event. The two sides literally get ZERO intel from admin and have to rely on their own assets to determine what is going on in the field. That puts a lot of value on good optics. Good fortune smiled upon our East Germans as a supplier here in the states put the VERY high quality original East German Zeiss binoculars on sale for $90 a pair (they are usually closer to $300) Many of our East German sprung into action scarfing them up. These binos should help a great deal in the field at East Wind 7 and beyond. Not to be outdone by last years introduction of the tripod mounted MG-3 by the West Germans Coop out in Jersey has been getting a PKM set up for tripod operation as well. In normal airsoft a tripod mounted medium machine gun is not match for a little fat kid with an MP5 and a high cap but when you start running 24/7, a medium machine gun quickly proves it value in the defense since you can preplan your fires and effectively support nearby positions that you cannot even see.
  15. It's been a busy season working on East Wind projects. Any of you who know an East Wind attendee have probably clued in on the fact that to many of us, this is not a once a year event but a year round obsession. At my house for instance, we rarely put in less than 40 hours a week working on East Wind stuff. On dedicated work weekends, it is not unusual for us to get up at 06:00 and work all the way round till 21:00 on projects hit the sack then do it again the next day... We stretch our goals then drive hard to meet them. Anyhow, without further ado here's what's new since July: NATO Forces: 6001 at East Wind 6 M151a1 6001 is my personal mutt. Some of you probably don't know me enough to know what a nut case I can be about gear but this is a good example. 6001 was at East Wind last year where it did quite well. I drove it around basically all summer and everything was fine apart from the fact it was getting a little hot on extended high speed runs most likely due to the MASSIVE amount of grass seed that was lodged in the radiator. I set to work to take care of a few issues related to that and 1.6 cups of mission creep later ended up basically overhauling the entire engine and changing basically every single bearing, joint and seal on the thing. Should be pretty good now I think... M151a1 6007 was almost ready for East Wind 6 but ended up being too much to take on at the time. Gallion bought it earlier this year and has taken on the overhaul. His attention to detail and desire to have it be as nice as he can within his limited budget has lead to a very serious structural overhaul with the help of his very capable stepdad Ed. He's now got the straightest and strongest mutt of all out here. Just need to pull out and overhaul the front suspension system get the brake system all installed, and wrap up some wiring issues and we'll be ready to rock the block with this one. M151a1 6008 belongs to Switzer down in South Texas. Over Thanksgiving weekend Curfman, Z, and I made a run down to help Switzer get the restore of this one kicked off. After plenty of bodly welding getting everything structurally sound, Z got a coat of MERDC 4 color temperate Europe paint on it. Still have some work to do on this guy but it shouldn't take all that much to have it up and rolling along. M35A2 6015 got a set of new fancy radial tires. These are a MASSIVE improve for the deuces and doa great deal to reduce drive fatigue on long convoys down and back from East Wind. M35a2 6019 is already converted to single rear wheel configuration. David should have the 11.00-20 radials rounded up for it pretty soon then it too will be a radial truck. M151A2 6021 got all of it's PMCS work done and it is currently deployed to D-Day ready for East Wind 7. m151a1 6022, long the red headed step child, has a new owner now in David who is hard at work on the pieces he is able to get hauled back to KC to work on. Shorty, as soon as either 6037 or 6007 clears out, 6022 will be in the depot getting some major body overhaul work done. We may yet see this one in time for East Wind 7. M35A2 6025 got an M66 gun ring installed on it. Now we can finally keep those pesky Hinds at bay. M151A2 6033 got all finished up earlier this summer and caught a ride out west to Ft. Riley on the back of 6015. At the Soldier Fort Stagg quickly set to work proving that normal cars are for squares. 6033 has been racking up the miles out there as both a daily driver as well as roaring all over the ranges amazing Stagg and others out there with what an M151A2 can do. M718 6037, our front line ambulance, is nearing completion. Here Curfman shows off the new (old) ambulance top. The biggest stumbling block for this guy was it's transmission. It had a bad input shaft bearing which has now been replaced. Just waiting on a seal kit and we'll have it all together and ready to stick back in. M882 #707 just joined the family. It's an ex-Missouri National Guard radio truck that was bought by Ready for East Wind duty. As is usually the case with the M880 series, it needs remarkably little work to get into good order and should be all set to go fairly quickly. Up north in sun baked blistering sands of of southern Manitoba, Rob Bye set to work building a pair of Carl Gustav launchers for our Canadian contingent. Down south in the frozen pine forests of South Louisiana Mercy set to work getting resin/rubber SA-80 bayonets cast for our UK guys. You cannot be commonwealth infantry without bayonets you know!
  16. By the way Hack, you gave me a good scare with that. We are shutting down the facility I work at so am dealing with one after the other "event" related to that so my brain is all sorts of scrambled right now. When I saw your post, the first thing I thought was "oh crap, is it January already!"
  17. Canadian Forces troops in general are VERY proficient. We're getting to where a decent portion of our NATO force at East Wind are ex or current Canadian Forces members. They are constantly at odds with Ottawa over budgets so they do not generally get all that much sparkly stuff to play with and as a result REALLY double down and focus hard on the fundamentals. Even the Navy guys are absurdly good infantry... Canadian troops at East Wind about to step out on patrol Canadian troops receiving an OPORD. The master corporal on the left is ex-Canadian SOF.
  18. It's always the 4x4s and SUVs that get stuck up here when it snows or ices... I lift my glass to those who made it, we had some of our East Wind guys dart down to DDAP with a trailer pre-staging an M151 and hauling back a Gaz-69, it was just snow up there but it was looking fairly ugly even that far north.
  19. Exactly. They already paid out their expenses, paid for the AO, paid to move gear out, paid to get staff on site, they are all there DOING the event in this weather while you are sitting at your computer whining. If they give out refunds based on the weather, then they are being exceptionally nice and cool to you. By all means, HOPE for a refund if you want but if you EXPECT a refund knowing the fixed expenses that AMS already laid out for this event than you are being selfish.
  20. Are you sick of not having comms? Is it the radio? What if we buy better radios! Nope... Comms still don't get you what you need... Is power? What if we buy more powerful radios? Nope... Comms still don't get through and now we're just running batteries down... What about antennas? How about we just stick a really big antenna on the radio? Nope... Still no comms and now this radio is broken... The problem is not the gear, the problem is you. Take the time to get to understand what the radio is doing, how the signal gets out and propagates, and how you, the user can stack the odds in your favor and you WILL have good comms. Otherwise, you are just throwing good money after bad on more and more progressively more expensive comms gear. Learn, take the time to learn and you will have comms. This event is focused on teaching attendees the ins and outs of wireless (radio) communication. This is one of our most popular classes and the one that has the greatest amount of application outside of East Wind since most everyone uses radio at event and could stand to learn how to do it better. We cover theory, radio types/features, antenna theory, antenna building, and follow it up with practical application lanes to let you put your new skills to work. If you think your 5 watt handy talkie is the cats pajamas, wait till you see what you can do with an old 1 watt radio and your new found knowledge. What:A weekend of communications systems specific training aimed at enabling users of East Wind specific radio gear to get the most out of the systems we employ as well as allow other users of radio equipment to get a greater understanding of the how and why of radio communications. Who: This event is open to all attendees. NATO, Warpac, or even other groups who seek to gain a greater understanding of radio communications. This class is our most popular class by a large margin and oddly enough has actually proven to commercially successful outside of East Wind. 3/4ths of attendees are not affiliated with East Wind at all and we regularly get attendees from FEMA and other emergency response agencies coming out to learn as well. Where: The event with be held at D-Day Adventure Park in the Cafe. Google D-Day Adventure Park and Google maps shall show ye the way! How: How much does it cost? Cost is $25 and includes lunch Saturday, dinner Saturday, and breakfast Sunday. When:Class starts 09:00 Saturday and runs through 12:00 Sunday to allow plenty of drive time to get home. What do I need to bring?Sleeping gearSleeping padCot Recommended but not requiredClothing appropriate to the weatherPen and paper Note that this time around we're not really going to do extensive "field" work so you'll not need much field gear at all or even a uniform unless you just really want to wear one. This is mostly tech stuff.
  21. Along a similar line, when we do cold weather winter training events for East Wind, we routinely set up Von Reck shelters using our shelter halves. In short, all you are looking at is 4 shelter half sections set up in a square instead of as 2 pup tents. In the middle you then dig a pit and install flaming sticks and logs. The heat radiating from the fire is retained somewhat by the tent sections and obviously the wind is cut down as well. We have used these at events with nighttime lows in the 20s sleeping out in only ponchos and poncho liners and down to zero with just the black intermediate bag and a bivy so I can tell you on very good authority that they do work. I clipped a section off an AAR post on the East Wind forum showing one in use, some of you guys might kick the idea around if you happen to have shelter halves sitting around or feel like stopping off at a surplus place and picking some up: Here we have the Von Reck shelter system in its final stages of set up. Another angle from further away. And the dirt from the fire pit away from the shelter. We left it in a pile so that we can use it to fill in the pit after we depart from the area. Over head view of the Von Reck shelter system. Complete with a fire pit in the center. In utilizing this shelter system, you designate only one corner for the doorway. A closer view into the doorway of the Shelter. Here Jackson is sending traffic back to Swayze letting him know our shelter is complete. Martin is working on his personal fire trench so that he can heat up one of his drink mixes. Warnick proving a point about sustainability using only the Von Reck shelter, a poncho liner, and poncho. Our fire pit come Sunday morning. Fire pit dimensions apx. 12" deep, 18" x 18" wide. Cooking our breakfast Sunday morning. Per our orders from the tasking list, every individual was to eat all their meals hot. Here you can see all of us cooking our meals in our canteen cups. Off the corners of the fire pit, we dug small "slits" / trenches in which we burn small sticks in order to heat the contents of our canteen cups. This method discharges very little smoke and the fire is concealed inside the trench. Cooking breakfast via the method described above. Side view of what's actually going on down there. You can see the fire burning strong, yet in the previous photo all can you see is a small amount of smoke being discharged. After packing up to head back, we took some additional time to naturalize the area of we set up our Von Reck shelter. Remember, you want to leave as small a foot print as possible on the land. As you can see here, the only evidence readily visible that anyone was there is the fact that the grass is laying down. Yep, you guessed it. That is our fire pit after we filled it and naturalized the top of it. Almost impossible to tell it was a fire pit... unless you inspect it with a magnify glass.
  22. The good news in all of that is the temps staying below freezing during the day. That should help a lot since with any luck, that will result in the ground getting frozen and staying frozen. Cold is bad, cold + wet is really bad. All in all, that's a pretty playable forecast aside from the obvious issues driving in, just watch out for each other and you'll all be just fine. A few field tips for Squad Leaders: Do not underestimate the value of hot drinks on personal morale in cold weather. If you're guys are flagging a bit, rotate back a bit and brew up some coffee, cocoa, or cider. You'll be amazed at how much this helps. A perennial favorite at East Wind winter training events is the Vietnamese style 3 in 1 coffee packets from Asian grocery stores, they are GREAT. Try to make sure meals are eaten hot. The MRE heaters work OK for this but do make sure that the one dumb guy in the squad knows how to use it and doesn't overfill the bag. Trioxane tablets and a canteen cup stove works better but if you do not already have that stuff you'll probably not get it in short order. Watch to make sure your troops have warmth layers with them but are not overdressed at the start of the day. If they are all super puff puff to start with, they will end up sweating and once they slow down or come to a stop you'll be dealing with a hypothermia casualty. Watch hands/toes/fingers more carefully on older players. Many of them have had frost bite over the years and will not have as good a circulation as the younger guys so pay attention to them particularly if the wind kicks up. Know the signs of hypothermia, I'll not get into it to any serious degree here, you can Google it but know them. A good on the fly test I use at winter training events is snapping fingers. Tell each member to snap their fingers, if they can snap, they are good to go, if not, then look harder at them. A few notes for camping out: Bring a ground pad. You need something between you and the frozen ground, this is not a comfort item, it's important so that you don't try to heat the entire planet earth with your body heat. If you do not have something, FIND something. A massive bed of leaves usually works well, just make sure that you have plenty of it. Using a cot helps somewhat but you still need something under you since now you're just heating the air circulating under the cot. Loft is what makes your sleeping bag keep you warm. It's that trapped dead air space in the filling that's insulating you from the outside world. A fluffy sleeping bag is a warm sleeping bag, a flat one is not. If your sleeping bag is not so fluffy, bring a different one or just keep adding blankets, poncho liners etc till you are sure you'll be fine. Wear a hat to bed, you lose a lot of heat off your head. The old saying "Cold feet? Put on a hat" applies here. DO NOT wear anything wet to bed. If your tent has a stove jack then go get a wood stove for it. You can look at the heater policy section of the East Wind site: http://operationeastwind.com/wiki/NATO_Heater_Rules_and_Requirements for a plethora of heater details. If your tent does not have a stove jack then with few exceptions you will see poor results from heaters. In particular, be mindful of the propane catalytic heaters, while they do not give off much for fumes they do deplete the heck out of oxygen which at best will leave you with a raging headache and at worst will leave you dead. Aside from that, most of them will not make enough heat to keep themselves from freezing up anyhow once the temps get into the 20s so it's hardly worth the hassle.
  23. It's really a lot like anything else. You just have to want it and be serious about it. Want to travel Europe? Just want it and be serious about it, you can do it. Want to sail around the world single handed on a small sailboat? Just want it and be serious about it, you can do it. Want to go to East Wind? Same deal... Good news on the gear buying is that 75% of it is just serious sustainment gear that is generally really helpful to have around regardless. I am sure that there will be more than a few guys at RDX who wished that they had that stuff by the end of the weekend.
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