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antennas and cables

I do not recommend you begin connecting your radio to a remote antenna by building your own antenna OR cable. It is not as simple as it looks. Your first remote antenna and cable should be purchased from a reputable engineering firm. Here are three choices: Ham Radio Outlet DX Engineering cables DX Engineering vhf uhf antennas Doing it like that will get you a good solid start where setting up and operating your radio gear are the primary variables. IF you decide to immerse yourself into antenna and/or cable building you will have a pro-built setup for comparison and example. There are nearly unlimited resources in print and on the Internet. DuckDuckGo search for whatever you want – books, […]

stupidly embracing smart stuff

Dystopian novels that my generation read as teenagers and young adults are coming to pass. We are in the middle of everything the authors of 1984, Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies and many more saw coming. The Rutherford Institute’s newsletter is regularly thoughtful and insightful. I include one of them below that discusses the surveilance state our society has embraced and continues to further empower. John Whitehead’s essay is much shorter than the novels I mention above, informed by what actually IS in effect and strengthened by the obvious near-term trajectory that is so very much as the dystopian authors predicted. – Ted Click the title link below to read the article with numerous […]

personal Victory!

I determined to UP MY GAME in amateur radio knowledge this year. My primary methodology was to work towards passing the final hurdle in amateur radio to earn my Amateur Extra ticket. It demands a wide range of knowledge covering the spectrum of radio construction, operation and transmission. Two unanticipated things I learned from this effort were: 1) I really don’t want to know how radios are constructed… though much of that is required to pass the exam. 2) Simultaneously teaching a class of newcomers to pass their Technician level exams while studying to pass the third and final level was not helpful. Other lessons along the way. The ARRL study manuals are worth every penny and every hour […]

snowflake baggage

We have inherited a teenage girl for a while. She is solidly entrenched in the middle of the flock. That is to say, unfortunately average and normal for this generation. I really did not want to observe the snowflakes any closer, but the trajectory she and her mom were on was going from bad to worse. Youth is supposed to be the time of experimentation, unbridled enthusiasm, curiosity, energy, creativity and rapid learning. These attributes are much more a part of me, though my age group is ‘supposed to be’ retired and quite opposite in those characteristics. The Kid is rather unambitious and limited in creativity, but what struck me yesterday was the baggage today’s Normies carry around. My […]


– Respect yourself. It all begins there. Earn your own respect. If you think of yourself as trash, guess what? You are trash. Your honor begins within you.

Bitterroot emergency comms

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, once again I address the subject of what do you do when your phones and Internet stop working? Wonder and Nothing useful Are the two answers most people will default to. I know I am unusual in planning and preparing for such a scenario. I not only think of ME and mine, but want others to have value in their radios as well. So I produce an attractive, sturdy laminated card that they just might keep with their two-way radio enabling them to find value in it when no other means of mid-range communication is available. I hereby introduce GEN III of my cards. I will distribute as widely as […]

college diversity 101

Timing wise you might note: 1) Eliminate challenging and useful college courses 2) Eliminate technical and practical degrees 3) Eliminate challenging thoughts and speech 4) Eliminate the remaining white college students 5) Enslave with college debt and mental chains all who pass through the filters Turns out to be an interesting selection system. The creative, the inspired, the ambitious either teach themselves, apprentice, or take shorter, more directly applicable courses from trade schools. The knuckle-dragging drones take another 5 or 10 years in public indoctrination centers before making their way into a thoughtless, thankless, useless employment or welfare track for life. Slavery is back in the USofA… This time they fashion their own chains and slip them on with […]

Dr. Russell Blaylock: The Masses Are Becoming Cognitively Retarded and Incapable of Rational Thought

Is society getting dumber by the day? It may not just be your imagination: As Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeron, posits, the stupidity of the masses may be by design. by Vicki Batts, guest writer Through a barrage of toxic chemicals and compounds, Blaylock says the government is purposely trying to dumb-down the masses. A dumber society is more easily controlled, after all. Whether it’s the mercury in vaccines, the fluoride in our water, or the dozens of pesticides applied to our food, it’s hard not to suspect that the government knows exactly what they’re doing. The toxicity of these chemicals and compounds is well-documented, yet nothing is ever done to reduce the presence of harmful compounds in […]

fear of flying

I do not have a fear of flying, but if I did, my family wouldn’t expect me to take an airline trip to visit them. However in their minds “I don’t love them enough” if I won’t cross the border into California for a visit. It is not so much that I fear California. I loathe it. Okay, maybe not wanting to insert myself as an actor in George Orwell’s 1984 counts as fear. Their culture is broken beyond repair. Their smug insanity is as obvious as it is annoying. Their laws, lawmakers and academics left common sense behind fourscore years ago… just before I left California behind. It is an interesting, sad tale of descent into the abyss for […]

Vaccines: who are you going to believe?

On the one hand we have the acknowledged experts in drug pushing and vaccines. Theirs is a trillion dollar industry. One might assume they could spend A LOT of money defending it. On the other we have researchers, pediatricians, parents who have seen horrible damage from vaccines… and who, by speaking out, are trying to warn others of the dangers. The dominant side has billions of dollars to work with. They bribe doctors, regulators, politicians and media to portray vaccines in a gorgeous humanitarian, healthful light. They spend several times as much on lobbying politicians, marketing to consumers, influencing social media and bribing doctors as they do on research. They hire platoons of youngsters eager to earn a supra-minimum-wage […]

five star show

Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog is almost always good. This is one of the better ones, and very impressive. The greatest show on earth is not on lamestream media. His show is one place to find big bits of it. For the first time in several administrations, the Secret Service and US Marines are volunteering and proud to serve in the defense of the President Of The Unites States. Dang good thing we have volunteers as well as the best and brightest among them serving in this role. Our current POTUS is in The Deep State’s crosshairs. They just seem unable to get the Dallas Job done this time. 1:01 is HUGE 1:06 is MASSIVE 1:09 +++ 1:11 Amen!!! […]

redefining “breadwinners”

How do you turn a great culture into a dump? The turning point was LBJ’s Great Society in the year following the October 1964 assassination of President John Kennedy. The State has too many Breadwinners The State of Illinois’ debt Is currently $203,000,000,000.00 (billion) and growing rapidly. One reason is: The state has too many “breadwinners”. Hard to believe but it’s happening all over the country… An emergency room physician in Chicago tells of a woman in her late 20’s came into the ER with her 8th pregnancy. She told the doctor: “My Momma told me that I am the ‘breadwinner’ for the family.” He asked her to explain. She said that she can make babies and babies get money […]

car accident is SHTF

I picked a piece out of a prepper website some time ago. Unfortunately I cannot remember or track down where it came from. Here it is without the credits and links I normally give. ————————————– 8. Drive Better For those who think preppers focus too much on far-fetched scenarios, this one is for you: a car accident is a SHTF scenario. We don’t often think about them that way, but we should. Not only are cars exceptionally dangerous, but even if you come away from an accident unscathed, the financial effects can be serious, assuming your insurance isn’t up to scruff. Of course, collisions can happen to even the best drivers, but chances are, you are not among the best drivers. […]

the joy of work

Useless people avoid activities they perceive as work. Adding value to their lives, others’, and/or their community smack of labor to be eschewed in lieu of things that are “fun”. Fun is apparently defined as doing the same dang things with the signature element of providing no value to anyone. I am probably being over-broad, likely even cynical, but the granddaughter regularly pestering me to drive the garden tractor around for fun is a good example of today’s teen mentality. “You can drive it around AFTER you have mowed the lawn with it”. Grandma mowed the lawn because the grass was getting too tall while the kid seems to hold being useless as her highest goal. I would have forced […]