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Bitterroot Emergency Radio Plan

BEARS, that is the Bitterroot Emergency Amateur Radio Services, works towards having viable communication resources in place when our neighborhood most needs it. A radio and operator are useless without another radio and operator at the other end. Two-way radio is by definition a sending and receiving operation. The more operators on the network, the better our information is and the wider we can spread it. Likely more than 99% USofA adults ASSUME their phones and wi-fi devices will never fail them. In real-life emergencies, they are nearly always shocked and hopeless because those systems do fail. I print, laminate and distribute 4″ x 5″ cards with information enabling unused radios in the hands of unpracticed operators to receive and […]

flood, flood, flood … food will be a problem

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that “historic, widespread flooding” would “continue through May”. I see they have been reading The Bitterroot Bugle. I said the same thing on March 1st and in more detail on March 10th with my essay flood warning. The talking heads masquerading as meteorologists are SHOCKED, surprised and so-on by this devastation. Are they stupid or complicit? I doubt they are stupid. I look at the geo-stationary-satellite images seeing quite clearly the manipulation causing the historic weather disasters. Their training and available tool-sets probably exceed mine. They can’t not see it. Unfortunately, they also cannot talk about it and retain their jobs… which they obviously like more than their integrity. If you […]

NVIS amateur radio antennas

Unless we are on a mountain peak or Kansas flatlands with line-of-sight views of everyone we want to talk with, there are barriers resisting our two-way communications. With our Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios we compensate by installing specialized radio systems (repeaters) on high ground to repeat signals over a much wider area than we can reach from our own radios. These can extend our VHF and UHF ranges to 50 miles or so. Repeaters are both expensive and could be a weak link in emergency comms – that is they may not be working in certain disaster scenarios. Amateurs with General or Amateur Extra class licenses can use their High Frequency (HF) radios to […]

gear reviews

I have read of, seen photos and videos of five star rating factories in China. It used to be that eBay, Amazon and others gave shoppers great value in their reviews and ratings. Price being equal, purchasing equations favored online because the ratings and reviews led you from the poorly designed or constructed to the good stuff. No more. Large buildings stuffed with cheap computers, great Internet access and hundreds of full-time low-wage workers crank out reviews for products undeserving of one five star rating, let alone thousands of them. An average review rating of 4 1/2 stars may well mean ten honest one-star review being overwhelmed by the manufacturer’s ratings factory. Reviews now read like e-mail or Craigslist scams: […]

Why Are Why Are We Seeing So Many Bare Shelves at Grocery Stores Across the Country?

By Samantha Biggers – from DC Dirty Laundry   Over the past few months, my husband and I have kept an eye on the store shelves in our area. We don’t shop daily or even weekly, but the trend of increasingly bare shelves has been incredibly disturbing. This made me curious as to what others have been experiencing. As a member of various online prepping communities, I see a lot of conversations and concerns, but one thing that has stood out to me is the amazing number of people chiming in to report sparse or bare shelves or just not being able to find a specific item they like. We visited many different stores. Over several months we visited […]

big picture planning

A good friend was rambling on about his latest knowledge seeking topic. He is a major fan of YouTube learning, often following a particular subject down whatever rabbit holes they lead to. He is very intelligent, retaining near-encyclopedic knowledge on an impressively wide range of topics. But he does lose focus on his own priorities from time to time. Yesterday evening was one of those. So I brought my white board into play. I scribed and organized while he gave me his list and quantified the items there. His list is not the subject I want to share with you. I encourage you, on the other hand, to go through the process occasionally. White boards, chalk boards, super-sized computer displays […]

an overview of prepping

I just read an excellent essay that was one man’s prepping journey from its panicked beginnings to a thoughtfully organized approach. He is not pretending to know it all or be finished with his own preparations for CHANGE. He has, however, brought in some really cool analysis, approaches, and tools for the journey. I am going to encourage you to read it at backdoorsurvival.com, while I publish a few excerpts to give you a hint of why you should go there. – Ted Prepper Goals and Winter Projects by James Walton … Theme your Preparedness Future We all need motivation. While prepping can come on hot and heavy it doesn’t take long for the tentacles of complacency to weave their […]

travel kits

How many examples have you heard or read about where people slid off the road in the winter and had so survive (or not) days before being rescued? … or walking out to rescue? How many of these tales before you actually prepare to land on the side of “survived” rather than “perished”? I finally had enough. Today I began reviewing what I had set up and was using, or not using. Completely inadequate was the early conclusion. I had lots of pieces kinda-sorta geared up, but I wasn’t even using the bits I had. My get home bag was always home, even when I was not. My winter slide-off, survive a below freezing winter night bag also stayed home […]

shot placement

I have spent significant time with shooters and instructors thereof. There is much to know and always more to learn. Then of course there is practice, practice, practice. Having the right equipment is agreed by all to be a critical foundation. But there is a major factor they all leave out that is far more important than everything they teach. Communication. The world’s best shooting team is useless in the wrong place. A gaggle of tolerable shooters, acceptably equipped, in the right place is far more valuable. Surprisingly, almost none of the tacti-cool shooters and trainers I have met are radio guys. They strive and drive to get themselves and their shooters to put bullets on target in a wide […]

GMRS radio hardware

Tytera MD-390 $160I recommend GMRS radios as a backbone community communications system. I published a recommendation for handheld radios back in April this year… see http://www.bitterrootbugle.com/2018/04/08/handheld-radio-recommendation/. I will not repeat all of that detail or links here. I have not changed my suggestion, but am documenting more hardware in this post to make for a complete home and mobile set for the family. Your first move into GMRS radio is, according to me, getting a TYT MD-390 for $160. Everything built in. One tidy package. One modest price. For $25 and up you can get various BAOFENG models that can do two-way GMRS communications. Those are quite different in operation and have a learning curve that frustrates many new owners […]

bells – bronze age relics are still valuable

In researching for this article I ran across a site diffen.com. I was looking to to clarify the difference between brass and bronze. What a cool tool they provide… there vs their … flu vs cold … ethnicity vs race … mold vs mildew … and so much more. Check them out. I bookmarked the site in my search/research tab. Among their differences are that bronze came from around 3500 BC, the beginning of “The Bronze Age”, or when this batch of humans figured out how to make things from metal. That was a pretty big deal. Around 3,000 years later came brass. I have dabbled with brass trombones for 60 years. I love the sound of ringing brass from […]

Asymmetrical Warfare and 4GW

My friends at AMMO.com sent me the following article, encouraging me to republish here. It is excellent and well worth sharing with you. Obviously, anyone publishing this information is on our side. Better still, they have products we need at attractive prices. Ted How Militia Groups are America’s Domestic Viet Cong “It is interesting to hear certain kinds of people insist that the citizen cannot fight the government. This would have been news to the men of Lexington and Concord, as well as the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan. The citizen most certainly can fight the government, and usually wins when he tries. Organized national armies are useful primarily for fighting against other organized national armies. When they try to fight against […]

When we win, they will get violent

The globalists have responded to the shocking breakdown of their well-documented election manipulation by redoubling their efforts at controlling all media to include as much of the Internet as they can. The big ones, the “tech giants” were with them all along. They came out f their closets to openly, blatantly promote totalitarian brown-shirts and silence those preferring liberty, the constitution, or even democracy. Resorting to violence is the other big change they have made. It works particularly well in cities where the mayor is one of theirs. This tactic will not survive the transition to more conservative locations. It will, however, get more violent. Many of us who are reluctantly prepared for self-defense will be drug into the […]

Hobo Stew

A couple generations ago jobless, homeless individuals roamed around, mostly hitching rides on railroad trains to seek better opportunities somewhere else. World-wide, nation-wide it was lean times, but that didn’t stop their optimism that it might be better somewhere else. The men who hitchhiked around the nation scrounged for survival and in their hobo jungle encampments often shared their own edible tidbits into a communal pot to create hobo stew. It is that sort of eclectic, varied collection of news stories I share with you today. While coming down home stretch, I am still mentally and physically focused on getting the last few pre-frost, pre-winter outdoor projects completed. I can’t take the time to turn these clips into full-blown, linked […]