Slowly I become an addict to custom patches… Not a problem perhaps. Not a big, at least. So far.
Last year(s) I made some translations from English to Russian. I strongly believe that these materials are important and educating, so here is the list in the original language.
Radio monitoring for the beginners
From the beginning: communications monitoring
On-scene tactical SIGINT
Just four words:
Gregory Buckley; Charles Martland.
Tacticool checklist updated.
– APC’s radio rig worked well?
– Yes. But in the second vehicle something was wrong: they heard us, we cannot hear them. This problem was solved after a long period of time.
– I understand the situation with communications between APCs. What about comms in global view?
– 3-4 km in the open with the use of chinese radios, all the rest of comms by cellular phone. It made me laugh. When we arrived, all bought SIM-cards. I’m calling support of MTS (Ukraine). They tell me:
– you are calling from third region
– oh, yes
– we have subscriber’s plan with all calls within Lugansk and Donetsk region for free
– sure, sign me. Any internet on it?
– yes, this much megabytes a day.
I called it – subscriber’s plan “Separatist”. Completely absurdic. I’m still shocked, why UAF can’t cope with separatists. One jammer – and game over. When MTS dropped service, with Kievstar still in use, about three days we really had no command. At morning arrived a runner by motorcycle, telling orders.
– You have no fear to use phones, in context of spotting [direction-finding]?
– No way without them, till the end of August they carried all command. Somebody said, that he called his mother in Russia, and after that got a mortar fire, but I consider that is not a phones’ fault.
Link in Russian: http://informnapalm.org/22638-stantsiya-r-934um-pod-luganskom/
As reported, Ukraine also has R-934. So many intentional misinformation around this stupid war.
Nothing surprising, just one more testimony. Interview with separatist fighter.
Term “china-woods” is for “chinese kenwoods”, originally “kitaenwood”.
– What was the availability of communication equipment?
– About every “three” [three-men team] had a radio. Radios were various, mainly “china-woods”. Not to say they were best, but fit their tasks. Now there are captured digital Motorolas, but with and old codeplugs. [Gugl mistakenly translates it as “firmware”, but it is definitely spoken about codeplugs – Goblin].
– There were military radios?
– In the spoken Lisichansk were ‘105th’ and ‘109th’. Near Debaltsevo this stations almost never used, we mainly worked with “china-woods”. Command level, and spotters had good army radios.
– You told, that during the fight on February 8 you listened to the enemy adjusting AGS [Soviet analogue of Mark 19] fire on you. That is, you had opponent frequency already pre-set?
– “Kenvods” have a dual watch function – one channel with our frequency, one with theirs. We did so: 1-2 men listen their freqs, the rest coming with our.
– Enemy ever jammed your comms?
– Did you use code words on the air?
– Comms were open, therefore near Debaltsevo the code table was made on the three A4 sheets. But, surely, not all used it.