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Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion Yesterday, 08:55 PM
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Posted By Just Jeff
Found a pretty heavy duty hand drill at Goodwill...

Found a pretty heavy duty hand drill at Goodwill for $3.99. Looks old. Hopefully it never comes down me actually needing a hand drill, so until then it'll look cool on the shelf.

Also fixed my...
Forum: Communications 07-08-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,337
Posted By Just Jeff
LOS is LOS, regardless of whether it's to a...

LOS is LOS, regardless of whether it's to a repeater or another radio. All 5W VHF/UHF are roughly LOS radios.

You may have different experience, but telling someone a Baofeng is limited to 1/2 mi...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-08-2020, 02:19 PM
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Posted By Just Jeff
Watch out for them!

Watch out for them!
Forum: Communications 07-08-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,337
Posted By Just Jeff
Exactly. You might get a small bump in...

Exactly.

You might get a small bump in usability from a more expensive HT because of better front end processing, but that really only matters in congested environments like cities with a lot of...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-04-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
No, they know exactly what they're doing. They...

No, they know exactly what they're doing. They say it openly on social media. Some people just don't want to acknowledge what's really happening.
...
Forum: Communications 07-03-2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,337
Posted By Just Jeff
Agreed. For the price of one "nice" HT, Baofeng...

Agreed. For the price of one "nice" HT, Baofeng lets me outfit a team with adequate comms, or leave two radios in each vehicle so I never have to remember to pack them. Those are entirely separate...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-02-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
AKA camel spider. You're probably familiar with...

AKA camel spider. You're probably familiar with those.

I didn't realize we had them in CO until my son "saved" a customer from one on a store shelf last week. Ours tend to be smaller, I read.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-02-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
Good piece of kit. Be aware of two things. ...

Good piece of kit. Be aware of two things.

1. Instead of that bumping them out of the way, they can stand on it and hold onto the roof rack. Now you have a stowaway, so maybe the laws of the sea...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-02-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,599
Posted By Just Jeff
Yeah. She's a good enough philosopher, but not a...

Yeah. She's a good enough philosopher, but not a great behaviorist or economist. I like the idea behind Objectivism that A=A. Reality exists, regardless of how we perceive it.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-02-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,599
Posted By Just Jeff
I think the point wasn't that they took their...

I think the point wasn't that they took their resources with them, but their talent. The government can no longer order their abilities to be used, and the people who replace the leavers are not...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 07-01-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,067
Posted By Just Jeff
Jerky, Slim Jims, Ultralight Joe's Moose Goo...

Jerky, Slim Jims, Ultralight Joe's Moose Goo (link) (http://www.ultralightbackpacker.com/moosegoo.html) and tortillas, Clif Bars dipped in single-serve peanut butter cups....

And fresh oranges....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-30-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4,917
Views: 1,542,137
Posted By Just Jeff
Backcountry.com has a big sale on, including 40%...

Backcountry.com has a big sale on, including 40% off some Arcteryx gear (https://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=ml&ti=877297&pw=259125).
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-27-2020, 03:58 PM
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Posted By Just Jeff
He's probably nesting nearby, and sees his...

He's probably nesting nearby, and sees his reflection in the window as a threat. If you can cover the reflection, he'll stop attacking it.

This happened to me once (the cardinal, not me attacking...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-26-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,717
Posted By Just Jeff
That's like saying a hammer doesn't make a good...

That's like saying a hammer doesn't make a good screwdriver. This jacket wasn't designed for bushwhacking.

I have lots of trail time wearing gear like this and I've been satisfied with the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-26-2020, 11:52 AM
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Views: 1,542,137
Posted By Just Jeff
Pretty good sale at Osprey, if you need a new...

Pretty good sale at Osprey, if you need a new pack or vehicle bag.
https://www.osprey.com/us/en/category/sale/
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-26-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
Setting up my wildlife and landscape photo kit, I...

Setting up my wildlife and landscape photo kit, I wanted a small pack to sustain me all day, including the Ten Essentials and all the photo gear...and be hot-swappable with the Hazard4 ham radio...
Forum: Communications 06-24-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By Just Jeff
Most antennas for 2m are 19" long. Here's a...

Most antennas for 2m are 19" long. Here's a halfwave dipole (http://www.tothewoods.net/Comms-how-to-make-half-wave-dipole-vhf.php) I made for 2m so you can get a sense of a bigger one...it's about 3'...
Forum: Communications 06-24-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,337
Posted By Just Jeff
Reports like this usually mean user error...not...

Reports like this usually mean user error...not accounting for general HT constraints.

It's like when Jeep people mount an antenna behind the spare tire, then blame the radio for a bad signal.
...
Forum: Communications 06-24-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,337
Posted By Just Jeff
That's kind of how I do it. I have a kit in every...

That's kind of how I do it. I have a kit in every vehicle, mainly for emergency purposes as backup to the cell phone in case I'm out of coverage. If something happened, my first call for help would...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-23-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
If you want some high-end gear, Filson is having...

If you want some high-end gear, Filson is having a Summer Sale (https://snp.link/fd5ad29a) with lots of items 50-75% off. I've been wanting some tin cloth pants (https://snp.link/94896044) and...
Forum: Communications 06-23-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By Just Jeff
You might try the UV-50X2 dual-band 50W mobile...

You might try the UV-50X2 dual-band 50W mobile...
Forum: Communications 06-23-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,337
Posted By Just Jeff
For the price, there's no reason not to get a...

For the price, there's no reason not to get a few. You get what you pay for, so the QC isn't as high as a radio that costs 10x as much...but so what? For the price of a single KenYaeCOM, you can...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-23-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
For my hygiene stash... Whenever I travel...

For my hygiene stash...

Whenever I travel for work, I take the free soap/shampoo from the hotel. These kits go in our vehicle bags, and I made small kits to give away.

I keep one or two in the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-23-2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
If you have an REI nearby, check out their garage...

If you have an REI nearby, check out their garage sales where they sell all the returns. Sometimes it's super simple things like you're talking about.

Several years ago I got a $600 GPS for about...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-23-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4,917
Views: 1,542,137
Posted By Just Jeff
Filson is having a Summer Sale...

Filson is having a Summer Sale (https://snp.link/fd5ad29a) with lots of items 50+% off. Some of their stuff is just for the name, but the more traditional offerings like tin pants and wool jac-shirts...
Forum: Urban Survival 06-22-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By Just Jeff
Yep. The idea that the USG will physically...

Yep. The idea that the USG will physically dominate its way out of an insurgency is just silly. Whether a Western democracy should try to "dominate" its own citizens is a separate question.

This...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-22-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Relevant satire: "Bestselling Book 'Cancel...

Relevant satire: "Bestselling Book 'Cancel Culture Isn't Real' Pulled From Stores After Authorís Old Tweet Surfaces"...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-21-2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 296
Posted By Just Jeff
When the tent is set up, are the poles inside or...

When the tent is set up, are the poles inside or outside the tent?

If outside on a tab with a grommet in it, it's probably pretty easy to set up without poles.
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-21-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 794
Posted By Just Jeff
Yep. All heavy. Mission drives the gear...

Yep. All heavy.

Mission drives the gear train. If that gear meets your mission, like if the goal of your backpacking trips is training to use milsurp gear in a simulated bugout, cool.

But if...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-21-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 794
Posted By Just Jeff
Of the trip, or the kit? Can't help with the...

Of the trip, or the kit?

Can't help with the trip, but you can put together a lightweight backpacking kit relatively inexpensively. Just have to put in the work of understanding how all the parts...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-21-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 794
Posted By Just Jeff
I have family in GA so we could time it with a...

I have family in GA so we could time it with a visit.

Re: your AAR, we have very similar backpacking styles. I even use a Packa. It's probably my favorite piece of gear besides a hammock kit.
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-20-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 794
Posted By Just Jeff
I agree for anything over about 20 lbs. The...

I agree for anything over about 20 lbs.

The pack in that pic is the Gossamer Gear Miniposa. It uses a folding CCF pad as the framesheet, and has a hip belt. You can see the pad in the picture, and...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-20-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,024
Posted By Just Jeff
That depends on the task. If the purpose of...

That depends on the task. If the purpose of buying this particular compass lends itself better to a button compass than a baseplate one, then a baseplate compass won't help more, no matter the price...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-19-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 794
Posted By Just Jeff
I did seven days unresupplied in the Smokies, and...

I did seven days unresupplied in the Smokies, and hiked almost 100 miles. My pack weighed exactly 30 pounds at the start. That included an extra day and a half of food and two liters of water. I used...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-19-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Looking at you, 1911.... <runs for...

Looking at you, 1911....

<runs for cover>
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-19-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
Most manly gun men are nuts, so you got that part...

Most manly gun men are nuts, so you got that part right. At least the ones who post in the internet.

Every body is different, so the best gun for every body may also be different. There are...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-18-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Sometimes procrastination pays off. Wife got a...

Sometimes procrastination pays off. Wife got a bike and needed a hitch-mounted bike carrier. Been meaning to get one; been too busy (lazy) to research it enough to buy one. Then I found a $75 one for...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-16-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Haven't printed up these maps for my new place...

Haven't printed up these maps for my new place yet, but I was just reminded of this.

Google Earth has a transparency slider bar that allows you to display a topo map over the imagery, and adjust...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-16-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
Finished updating my wife's car bag today. Last...

Finished updating my wife's car bag today. Last thing was the first aid kit, including some Pepto pills, anti-histamines, cold meds, and ibuprofen. Sometimes people get so focused on the trauma...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 06-14-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,024
Posted By Just Jeff
I got this one. It's just a little bigger than a...

I got this one. It's just a little bigger than a button compass, but it has a rotating bezel with heading markers on it....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-11-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Having your own manufacturing capability is...

Having your own manufacturing capability is definitely a solid addition to your preps. It's on my list but I have too many hobbies taking my money away right now.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-11-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 41,219
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Posted By Just Jeff
A professional who doesn't know how to type a...

A professional who doesn't know how to type a part number into Amazon is not very professional. Very few things cannot be purchased within a few minutes on the internet, unless it's literally a...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-10-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
I'm about to enter the struggle. I do the same,...

I'm about to enter the struggle. I do the same, and we've been over our PCS weight for the last few moves.

But in a year or two we're going to drastically downsize...might even live in an RV or be...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-07-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
SB used to have a chat room. It was nice because,...

SB used to have a chat room. It was nice because, on a forum as big as SB, the chat room brought together people who have different interests in prepping and survival--and we had a small community...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-06-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Got some maps for the vehicle go-bags today. 1...

Got some maps for the vehicle go-bags today.
1 - A state "recreation map" (link)...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-03-2020, 10:43 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
I live in a very low-crime area, but we had...

I live in a very low-crime area, but we had recent reports of guys breaking into cars to steal garage door openers. One guy a short distance away got his gun to check out his garage, found two guys...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 06-01-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,867
Posted By Just Jeff
Might be better to search for "plate carrier,"...

Might be better to search for "plate carrier," and then buy plates to put inside it. The plate carrier has MOLLE on it for you to attach pouches.

This would be instead of a kevlar vest.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-01-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
Yep. And to be aware that some states have the...

Yep. And to be aware that some states have the equivalent, even though they don't call it a castle doctrine. E.g., several gun groups in Virginia opposed their castle law several years ago because it...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-01-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 41,219
Views: 5,955,592
Posted By Just Jeff
I will use "enough force to stop the threat." If...

I will use "enough force to stop the threat." If lethal force is a reasonable response to the threat presented, then so be it.

It's worth keeping in mind that very few states authorize lethal...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 06-01-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,867
Posted By Just Jeff
This deserves to be repeated. A lot of folks on...

This deserves to be repeated. A lot of folks on SB are well kitted out, but overweight and pre-diabetic. If that's what life handed to you, then do the best with what you have...but for a lot of...
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