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See You at the Preparedness EXPO, Sept 22-23!

  • Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at 9am - 5pm Sunday, September 23rd
    Location: Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, ID


See You at the FREEDOM FEST in Cocolalla!

  • Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 5pm - 5pm Saturday, September 15th
    Location: Barn Again just North of the Cocolalla Post Office Cocolalla, ID 83813, USA ;

CERT / INWP 2x / day radio checks!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 @ 9:40pm

146.440 @ 9:15AM & 7:15PM - write it down & tuck into your wallet!

At the last joint CERT / INWP meeting in Spirit Lake (2nd Sundays, 2 PM, ALL are invited to CERT South gatherings; see for calendar), we hammered out a comms routine.  Thanks for the guidance, Chief Steele!

Recognizing that weekly ham nets are certainly useful, we wanted to create a situation where no member was more than about 12 hours from a designated contact time in the event of an emergency.

AMRRON has a designated freq of 146.420; this is just a couple clicks up from CH1 if your BaoFeng has been programmed by Don.  In our groups, we have operators of ALL skill levels (I'm near the bottom of the sludge pile), so here's one way to get to 146.440 if you have the ubiquitous 5 or 8W BF:

Press & hold the bottom right key until you hear the word "UNLOCKED".

Press the appropriate #s, one at a time: 1-4-6-4-4-0 - your radio will probably repeat them back to you.

Press & hold the bottom right key until you hear the word "LOCKED".

There ya go.

This is NOT a formal Net.  Think of it as a radio check to see who in our group may be listening at this time (9:15AM or 7:15PM).

At 9:14 (if no one is already using the freq), press the transmit button and say YOUR version of my words (Somebody jump in here and square me away if I'm not saying this right):

This is Kilo India Seven, Bravo India Victor; Russ, near Blanchard.

I'm looking for any members of the Bonner County Community Emergency Response Team who may be on the air at this time, come back?

Then listen.  At 9:15, repeat above.  Then listen.  Same at 9:16.

Finally, if no response, say:

This is Kilo India Seven, Bravo India Victor; negative contact.  Standing By. (or, "Off the air." if you won't be standing by!).

If you hear someone reply, go for it!  If you hear someone but they can't hear you, make a note of it.  Call or email them, or send the info to me, so we can help create a comms bridge throughout the area!  If you don't have a ham license yet, but do have a radio, LISTEN in & let us know what you heard!

Why do this?  If you have a specific emergency at your location, no one would know if your phone was out.  Now you have 2x a day where hopefully you've created something in your neighborhood.   Odds are, if it hit the fan, we'd all be on 146.420, the AMRRON freq.  Most of us need practice, just so we can feel comfortable with a keyed mike in our hand.

A radio, like concealed carry, is just a precaution, insurance, a what-if.  That's why one should always be within reach, esp when they are less than $30.

Remember, Don's class starts 9/24:

Please send a reminder to your folks of the Tech HAM class that starts Monday evening at 6:30 PM on 9/24 at the Priest River Community Church Horizon Center on HWY 2. - Don Goodrich -   AF7DG

So, we cobbled this thing together an a brief meeting.  Maybe it will get fancier as time goes on.  Meanwhile, if I screwed something up on the above, straighten me out.  And, remember: Don't yell at me, I'm only a volunteer!



Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV, C.E.R.T.

No Texts; 208.660.8877; Fax 855.420.6345

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E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, September 6th, 2018 @ 3:20pm

David's one of our local "Good Guys" on the CERT Team!

Public Name:

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Law enforcement and security background. 21 Years working in the PA DOC. Ordained minister with Pastoral/Chaplaincy/Counseling experience. Over 35 years in the ministry. Member of Bonner County CERT

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Ham Radio.

Took an early retirement from PA DOC. Have 3 young children. Idaho is a MUCH better place to raise them.

How did you hear about us?:
Member of Bonner County CERT


E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Monday, August 27th, 2018 @ 8:26pm


Thanks for finding us - looks like you'll be an asset to our area!
Let us know how we may be of assistance . . .

Public Name:
Martin Blank

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
I am retired military ( Army) I am an active in competitive shooting ( IPSC, IDPA) Presently employed in the security field. I have a good knowledge of small unit tactics, combat marksmanship and security procedures (holistic and physical). I am an EMT-B, as is my wife (not current) and I have a bit of trauma (GSW, blast) experience and training. My wife and belong to the Puget Mycological Society (PSMS) and try to go mushroom hunting whenever possible.

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Increase my HAM radio skills, learn to hunt. Overall increase our ability to deal with the loss of external support mechanisms ( i.e. no power, running water, lack of medical support) in the event societal collapse or calamity. We are moving from an urban environment to Sandpoint so there is a whole lot we need to learn. Also permaculture is very interesting to us.

Moving to northern Idaho has been a goal of ours for some time. We have been arraying everything in our lives to get out of the Pugetropolis as fast as we can. That place has really gone down hill fast. We have always been preppers even before Y2K but being a military family we were nomadic. Now we are finally ready to settle in. It seems that most of the prepper community has went to sleep after the last election, I feel this is a grave mistake. "Make hay while the sun shines" is our motto. I am watching what is happening in South Africa, and with Europe and I feel that all prudent plans and preparations must me made for the uncertain times which lie ahead.

How did you hear about us?:
Stumbled across you online.


E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 @ 8:28pm


Active in the community as CERT and other ways -

Public Name:

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Water purification and collection

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
HAM radio use and antenna installation

Been a prepper since 1989.

How did you hear about us?:
Through Russ

Welcome, SHEILA from ATHOL!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 @ 10:46am

Welcome, SHEILA from ATHOL!

Sheila's a bit of a networker herself, and a welcome addition to our group!

Public Name:

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Food production/ preservation/ storage, sewing, gardening, seed starting, root cellaring, greenhouse, fermentation, making bread from storage grains, tiny house living, bulk orders/commodity procurement, etc.

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
HAM Radio, home suturing,

I am interested in general preparedness, homesteading and self sufficiency. I am always interested in learning new skills to keep my family and community safe. Together with my friends, Marrion Banks and Tess Hahn, I started the CCPN (Careywood Community Preparedness Network). Graduate of the second CERT class.

How did you hear about us?:

Welcome Robbin, "Lone Traveller"!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 @ 1:00pm

Welcome Robbin, "Lone Traveller"!


Public Name:

Town / Group:
Currently Im in CA. looking to leave this God forsaken place.

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Im great in the garden.

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Firearms. Canning. Preserving. Foraging. Quilting. Hunting and processing. Poultry.

HI! I'm Robbin and I love God, traveling, gardening, reading, animals and learning about new things. I love to cook and Autumn must be my favorite season. I'm recently divorced after 25 years and it feels strange to be starting over again. I believe that music speaks to the soul and I enjoy the Blues, Jazz, classic Rock and Swing. I enjoy coffee and wine tasting and a good bourbon. I will occasionally have a cigar but am not a cigarette smoker.
Even though all my kids are over 21, I feel it's only fair to say I have a special needs daughter who will live with me until she passes away or I become unable to take care of her. We both enjoy traveling and she's a great co-pilot. :) I'm a very easy going person and can be just as comfortable hanging out at home or getting dressed up and going out.
I was born and raised here in Ca. and it saddens me to see what has become of this once beautiful state. I left and went to Tennessee and worked on a homestead startup. The humidity was amazingly heavy right by the Tennessee River. I came back to SoCal and am here for now. Looking to leave again. I just dont fit in here anymore.

How did you hear about us?:
Paula Davis recommended I join.

's Upcoming HAM RADIO Events & Classes:

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 @ 11:17am

CONTACT: Don Goodrich

Please let your groups know about the upcomming HAM Technician class schedule.

Mondays starting on 9/24/2018 at 6:30PM - Hour to 90 minutes each

At the Horizon Center in the Priest River Community Church on HWY 2

For 9 consecutive weeks

With the HAM exam to follow (All levels of licensing will be available for testing)

Will need to obtain the ARRL "Ham Radio License Manual" 4th Edition Level 1

(Make sure it is the 4th Edition July 1,2018 through June 30 2022!!)

which can be aquired through Amazon or most book stores

Also, for those new/never exposed to Ham radio, I will be giving a presentation "Why HAM Radio"

at the Priest River Public library on 9/6/2018 at 5:30 PM

to be repeated at the Blanchard Public Library on 9/29 at noon

Don Goodrich

CERT South Sponsors Second Sunday's Snack, Social and Soiree at Spirit Lake's Small Park

  • Sunday, September 9th, 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Spirit Lake's "Little Park" - Maine & 4th

    Past event

    • 18 people attended

Trying a NEW (M)EATERY! and Prep for Sept 30 Field Day

  • Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Blanchard Inn. 208-437-3137. Hwy 41, Blanchard, ID

    Another Recon, seeing if this is amenable to meetings . .  .

    NOT The Blanchard…

Your BaoFeng Radio: Part II

  • Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Don Goodrich will be discussing these topics for CERTs, InwPreps, and OathKeepers (along with…

    • 14 people attended

See a Mech-Tech PISTOL To CARBINE Conversion Tonight!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Saturday, June 16th, 2018 @ 7:42am

Get a preview at:
Bring your oddities, favorites, or 4-sale items to the inwPrep / OathKeepers Meeting!

Call me if you want a seat held for you at Mi Pueblo at 5PM.  Otherwise, see you at 6:30??!!
Full details at calendar posted at -
Feel free to bring snacks / drinks to share.
Thanks & Blessings!

How Does My RIFLE Work? Cleaning, Zeroing, Aiming, Maintenance, Loading, etc?

  • Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Showing up at MI PUEBLO at 5PM for Dinner?  Call Russ to hold a seat!

    So, you have a…

    • 4 people attended

COMPANION PLANTING In Your Garden & Orchard

  • Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Mi Pueblo Authentic Mexican Food. (208) 623-2532. 6249 W Maine St, Spirit Lake, ID 83869

    Join us for a meal, beverages and good times!
    Jeanne will moderate a discussion of…

    • 8 people attended

POSTPONED ONE MONTH: Free 1-hour Basic Pistol Safety Class,

  • Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 12:30pm - 4pm
    Location: GrabbaGreen, Neider & 95 in CDA (NW corner)
    Must Pre-Pay and Pre-Register At:

    Free 1-hour…


  • Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 12:30pm - 4pm
    Location: GrabbaGreen, Neider & 95 in CDA (NW corner)

    SAFETY & CONCEALED CARRY CLASS endorsed by law enforcement, ladies,…

    • 1 person attended

POSTPONED: Free Gun Safety Class

  • Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA
    Must Pre-Pay and Pre-Register At:

    Free 1-hour…


  • Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA
    ID/WA CONCEALED CARRY PISTOL and Safety Training Class, only $39!

    Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at…

Newport Meetings Now ONCE a Month!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 @ 8:01pm

For years, the combined inwPrep / Oath Keepers meetings have been both the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month in Newport.  Effective immediately, we'll be meeting ONLY on the 3rd Saturday at 6:30 at the Hospitality House.

Ancillary to this, we'll unofficialy be gathering earlier, 5PM, at Mi Pueblo for a meal & social gathering (seating reservations requested; call Russ, 208.660.8877). 

Also, the monthly Handgun / Concealed Carry Class generally meets at the HH on the following day (Sunday) afternoon at 12:30 (reservations required).

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