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getting to know our good neighbors

Six months ago I bought a pair of custom topographical maps. One is my Area Of Interest (AOI) – that included my super-vulnerable home and our bug-out location, the homestead we bought and “rented” to offspring. The other map was a much more usable scale covering our Area Of Operations (AOO), that is the homestead neighborhood. See more detail here: mapping your neighborhood Because the kids are of the Snowflake Generation, the Me Generation, run to the tune of The World Owes Me A Living, the rental has become our new home. We are as busy as one-armed-paper-hangers cleaning up, remodeling and moving in. This has increased my focus on our AOO. It occurred to me that our podunk county […]

comms preps

I keep imagining people will strive to set the magic of radio to work for them before they need it. I consider myself a rank beginner in the radio world, but have made the personal leap into visualizing its value in emergencies … AND a serious commitment in hardware to ensure that can work for my family and my community. Heck, I talk about a “serious commitment”, yet people spend more on “smart phones” that will be deaf, dumb and blind in an emergency. I have a friend who claims to be “deaf”, but is simply overstating that she is “hard of hearing”. Nevertheless, the amateur two-way radio world is full of people who have reduced hearing abilities. Both the […]

grid jeopardy

Three major actions of the sun may hit the Earth hard September 8th and 9th. The possibility of SOME EFFECT is near absolute. We WILL KNOW something hit us. The likelihood of some damage to electronics and electrical transmission somewhere on Earth is very high. Some communities somewhere will lose their power. The probability of global grid failure is around 10%. It is not likely to be catastrophic. That is also to say that it could be catastrophic. Check your preparations for that sort of catastrophe TODAY. While in the midst of moving, I cannot drop everything and go on a prep-shopping binge today. But I can certainly re-prioritize some of my moving activities focusing on electronics and power-failure gear. […]

food for thought

The latest issue of YER OL’ WOODPILE REPORT is out – and definitely does not disappoint. I include below his section on preparing for a changed world. He is again spot-on. Read the bits below and the whole magilla at YER OL’ WOODPILE REPORT. Food. Finding good water isn’t a problem in the hills of Appalachia. Survivalists who fixate on water probably have other regions in mind, the arid southwest or the western high plains. If I lived, say, on the lee side of the Rockies I’d worry more about water than I do. Which is not much. Here there are springs and weeps everywhere, creeks big and small, lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, even the occasional swamp. If this […]

become an amateur radio operator

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm Darby Library meeting room July 13th – September 7th Handy in many situations, radio communications can be life saving when phones and Internet are down or out of reach Ham radios start where walkie-talkies leave off, with licensed radio operators communicating around the corner and around the world. ARRL License Manual costs $29.95 includes chapters on every aspect of the licensing exam and numerous practice tests Darby Thursday study sessions are FREE YOU can be an amateur radio operator No electronics background required Click this link for a .pdf poster advertising the class:Ham-radio-class-poster-7-2017 Below is a .jpg image of the class advertisement. TESTING SESSION JULY 17th For those ready to test for Technician, General or Amateur Extra […]

Are EMPs a real threat?

I know some people who consider themselves quite expert on the topic, one having been in charge of building EMP-PROOF installations for the US Army. None of them are doing much to prepare for our region being struck by an EMP. So I should just relax on the subject, eh? The animal mind categorizes everything in its world. This is a tree. I expect it to act like a tree. I can move by it confident it will not transform into a monster eating me up. Rocks, trees, sky, rain, sun, rivers, rabbits. bluebirds and everything in our world gets recognized, analyzed, categorized and, if it poses no immediate opportunity or threat, just passed on by with little attention. It […]

our turn coming

Another good Woodpile Report. Excerpts: Just a reminder. It appears leftist militants are still planning coordinated nationwide riots on July 2nd and 3rd, called “Impeachment Marches”. Thousands of street ‘activists’ will be using flash-mob and other methods taught at Summer Resistance Camp, generously funded by the The Democratic National Committee. Expect Black Lives Matter and armed Antifa red brigades to use demonstrators as a screen for serious assaults. Their leaders have refused to rule out property destruction and violence against unwelcome bystanders. Persons of non-color who are unlucky, elderly or merely slow moving are at particular risk. The central theme is, “Trump must go by any means necessary”, starting with shutting down entire cities. As happened in Baltimore and Berkeley, […]

my first 1K

I thought of myself as a 600-yard rifleman. In DCM, CMP and NRA High Power competitions, the 600 yard target we shoot at is labeled “MR1”. That stands for “medium range”, standard target. Thus I don’t get an inflated ego from hitting that sucker on a known-distance course of fire. Upon selling The Gentleman Farmer business I owned/operated for 22 years, my gold watch was a nice trombone and a nice rifle. Two tools I had long wished for but never afforded (best boss I ever had). My AR-10 and I are awesome at a known distance of 200 yards and quite clearly effective at measured and marked 600 yards. Of course only paper targets are going to present themselves […]

purchase and use of BaoFeng two-way radios

BaoFeng UV-82HP$62.89UHF / VHF128 ChannelsOutput: 7 Watts I have helped well over a dozen people earn their amateur radio licenses. But I recognize the effort to study for, and pass the FCC exam is not for everybody. Much more accessible is The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licensed radio service. A $70 FCC GMRS license has no testing requirements and covers your entire family’s use for 5 years. BAOFENG makes good, affordable radios that can listen to several other bands and legally enable you to transmit, that is communicate, via GMRS channels. Significantly, unlike the inexpensive blister-pack big-box-store radios, these transmit at much higher powers, and are capable of utilizing repeaters for long-distance communications. My favorite of their current offerings […]