HEXrig (inclined radio chest rig) 5th and 6th harness points loaded

The rig I’ve posted previously can be worn with 4-point harnesses, using simple waist strap on the 5th and 6th points for more stabilization.

But these points can be utilized also as attachment points for pouches (and perhaps even gunbelts or warbelts, not tested it yet).

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Chest rig/pack for radio with variable incline

Chest rig/pack for radio with variable incline

I’ve got inspiration from some eye-opening discussion on the “payess-book” about nine months ago. Enough time to incubate a prototype. Search-and-rescue equipment is very interesting topic and demanding challenge.

So the concept is:

– pouch for the radio is mounting directly on the rig, staying close to the body and bouncing less;

– mounting a radio in the pouch slanted, so antenna will not poke the eye;

– easy alterating the rig incline from left to right shoulder.

Here I show the screenshot that sparked the idea:

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Compact scalable all-round backpack – AUX pack

Several months I hesitated to make my dream pack for EDC and outdoor. But the time had come, and here is my very own concept – AUX pack.

Think about it as “military beavertail pack without beavertail” (Eagle Yote, Blackhawk Cyane). Tough, compact, able to be upgraded with beavertail and side pockets.

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Radio related translations

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.


Emergency comms

Redditnet Guide to Extreme EmComm by NS0S

Emcomm AAR by ARFCOMer Planemaker



Radio monitoring for the beginners

From the beginning: communications monitoring

On-scene tactical SIGINT

all by Sparks31 (link, mirror and another sources lost)



Radio Communication for Preppers

Personal Commo Quick Reference Guide


Piss off the comms, we are at war!

Mainly for Ncscout, also for everyone interested. Previous post here.

Funny to read about civil war on the South-East of Ukraine. It is NOT funny war (as any war), but it is funny as hell then it comes to “strange” cases and tendencies.

First quote from pro-Kiev forces AAR: http://twower.livejournal.com/1903992.html

Sadly, arty recon and main comms came with the next echelon, and 25st btn entered the combat still not established comms and interaction with the BrAG-128 group, and there were no qualified forward observers in the leading combat formations.

Cooperation model between sector artillery and units with no own arty was unacceptable and simply terrible. If GS RF (Russian Federation General Staff – IBC) developed this model for the UAF (Ukrainian Armed Forces – IBC), it can not be worst. The nature and coordinates of targets, as well as following adjustments (if any) came from the infantry commanders mobilized en masse of civilians who have only a sketchy understanding of these processes. This information is passed from the supporting point commander to the headquarters of his battalion and from there to the sector headquarters, where transferred to the headquarters of the artillery sector, which, in turn, passed it, at best, on the OP (firing position) of subordinate sector howitzer battery from the 55th brigade, at worst – to the headquarters of the artillery ATO, which descends to its firing position some of their batteries, respectively, not bypassing the staffs of brigades and divisions! It was and remains uniform diversion! Attempts to break this vicious practice by the officers who understand the full absurdity of this “interaction”, were futile.

And interview with separatist volunteer: http://twower.livejournal.com/1904970.html

– What radios were used?

– There were portable “159th”, “Kenwood”. It does not matter what, ukrops listened for all of them.

– Were mobile phones used for communication?

– Of course. I always told everyone: use. Just go to the “Kyivstar” (cellular service operator – IBC). Almost all ukrops sit on “Kyivstar”. Well, you can still assume that 25 folks with phones may be subject of direction-finding in the fields and hit by arty, but in the settlements, you can safely use phone. What’s the difference: it is a peaceful man with a phone or militia? Or even ukrop’s agents are speaking by phone? I have never seen someone hit by arty after the phone call.

– While communicating, do you tried to encrypt information, used the code words?

– It does not bring any sense. Because all of this must be coordinated: not 1-2 people, but a full chain. And when it’s all going transient, then it makes no sense. Easier to do is turn on the phone and make a call.

– Did you try intentionally to listen Ukrainian transmissions?

– No. What for? Only first [in the initial period of war – note] they spoke by walkie-talkies who will go where. And then wised up and stopped this.

Code tables using for the ignorant stupid lazy people

In the context of: radios use in Oregon standoff; 3% communications guru Sparks31 abdication; and Ncscouts’ Echoes of Chechnya inspiration.
Links to look at:
http://radiofreeq.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/militia-radio-frequencies/ / https://archive.is/KclMO
http://sparks31signalcorps.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/closing-down/ / https://archive.is/Umwhh
http://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/echoes-of-chechnya/ / https://archive.is/yTPUH
http://citizenmilitem.com/?page_id=176 (can’t found a way to mirror .pdf files without loading them on my own blog, mea culpa)

Recently have read an interview with volunteer (militiaman) who supported pro-Russian separatists on Ukrainian south-east territories known as Donbass. Politics aside, interesting notes on communications. Sorry for my poor transcription (even with gugl help).

– Comms were the problem?

– In our unit comms were very good. Nearly every fighter had radio, barely there was just no-go to the operations without them. 95% of personnel were provided with comms, surely.

– What’s the radios?

– I’m not expert in them. Were good, “Kenvods”. Were bad. TKF, i guess.

– That is, radios were household and had not a secure communication channel?

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Baofeng radio pouch – humidity adversarial accessory radio pouch, HAARP

#DIY #pouch for #baofeng and #Wouxun .

So cheap, so popular, so vulnerable from elements, especially water. If you go cheap with purchase and go outdoors with this HT rig, you have to consider some options about protection your portable radio from harsh weather. Some drawbacks are inevitable.

Why are radios placed in the pouches? To be attached somewhere on the bag, pack or load-carrying gear. What for? To be in the RIGHT place in means of propagation and antennae-specific. To be in quick access to operate them.

With the portable antenna attached directly to HT there is too little chance to protect radio. Thus antenna is obliged to move. Look at the bright red curve on the illustration starting from antenna socket and ending outside the pouch. It is antenna cable. Please put a ferrite on it.

baofeng wouxun pouch humidity adversarial accessory radio pouch haarp logo2

The pouch marked A is closed from top and open from bottom. It is waterproof and even padded if you want.

Pouch has a tail marked B, that is placed on the seas side.

The radio itself sits in the cradle marked C. Screen to body, to be easy to look and to be safe to break. Cradle is open from top and closed from bottom.

Tail B is gone through the gate (buckle) on cradle C, after that cradle C is inserted into pouch A from bottom. Tail is secured on front side with fastex.

Antenna cable is going to the antenna where it (ANT) would be – on the pouch, on the shoulder, on the hat.

Cable to speaker-microphone or headset is gone from radio the same way.

In operation, it is easy to unsecure fastex, let HT slide from pouch, look at HT, slide it into and secure.