my radio shack is grounded

September 20, 2014
my radio shack is grounded

Coming out of the radio shack is a piece of 3/4″ copper pipe bent into an S for a radio-frequency (RF) ground. Also coming out is a chunk of #6 multi-strand serving as chassis and 120v ground. The ground wire itself is mostly #6 multi-stranded copper wire running a continuous 160-foot loop. At every turn,…

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adult ed class: preparedness

September 20, 2014
adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place. One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies…

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monster cookies

September 18, 2014
monster cookies

My daughter-in-law requested a cookie recipe I developed over 20 years ago. I delivered. Of course I still have it. I LOVE those cookies… they are delicious, healthy, hearty … and fattening (oops). Perhaps in moderation … Much like me with cafe’-racer motorcycles, I don’t…

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Conner sunset

September 17, 2014
Conner sunset

I had been working several hours in the yard with Scooter’s willingness to explore Western Montana limited by a 20′ rope. She’d had more than enough of that little world view while I had over plenty of digging, scratching in the stubborn soil and hooking…

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another fan of our fireplace

September 16, 2014
another fan of our fireplace

Scooter seems to enjoy the heat of our fireplace. She has discovered a new lounging spot. It puts her near my office chair. That is always a priority to her – being near Missy or me whenever we sit still. This spot has an advantage…

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surveying the East Fork

September 16, 2014
surveying the East Fork

Not because the world has some screaming need I am fulfilling, but merely because I want to… I slipped on my 14″ dairyman boots to walk across a river varying in depth from 10″ – 18″. If your math skills are average or better, you…

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feeling smug and toasty

September 12, 2014
feeling smug and toasty

Our new woodstove is starting to earn its keep and has me feeling a bit clever with a couple of my installation innovations. First off, it is definitely warm in my studio. Actually, as predicted, a bit over-warm, truth be told. Sitting a tad over…

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infinite grid-free firewood

September 7, 2014
infinite grid-free firewood

I finished installation of an efficient woodstove in our river-side cabin. It is a small woodstove, but we live in a small house. This should easily keep us warm so long as we keep it fed. Nice that we have electric central heat on the…

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how to make a trillion dollars

September 2, 2014
how to make a trillion dollars

In five easy steps, you too can be a trillionaire. Earn unbelievable income without any hard work or risk of your own money. 1. Make up your own currency. It should look like a trusted currency, but does not need any backing such as gold,…

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12 Months of Prepping

August 29, 2014
12 Months of Prepping

from Backdoor Survival Sometimes we all need to go back to the beginning to regroup, redefine and start over with a new perspective Back in 2011, when I first wrote about 12 Months of Prepping, I was excited and highly motivated to share monthly checklists…

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Conner radio repeater

August 26, 2014
Conner radio repeater

Today I completed my part of construction for the future Ham radio repeater on the knoll above Conner. The first step was to get permission and signed contracts from the landowner allowing it to happen. That wasn’t hard as the new neighbors are great people…

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manual mowing again

August 17, 2014
manual mowing again

My 20-year-old little Honda mulching mower is still gimpy. The quality time we spent together in the shop did not make it young and spry – like I am. I recognize a fuel-flow problem, but am unable to find a fuel filter anywhere. If there…

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Scooter’s Cave

August 14, 2014
Scooter’s Cave

Missy cleaned up our third-hand dog kennel today – removing stickers along with some dirt and grime. It looks a bunch better, but she left the brand-name label above the door. That wouldn’t do, so I covered it. It is significantly less tacky now. Scooter…

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nuther near miss

August 14, 2014
nuther near miss

Funny thing on the way to town yesterday afternoon. One of those scattered squalls had ripped through, dumping deluges after flinging branches all around. But I figured the roads were probably dried off enough that I could take my hydroplaning-prone, fuel-efficient CRX without functioning seat-belts.…

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more load testing

August 11, 2014
more load testing

We were back at the 200 yard line again this morning. After some quality time communing with my reloading bench, I had some more ammo to test. For CMP and NRA High Power Rifle matches, we use a “service rifle” which is in appearance and…

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200-yard range results

August 7, 2014
200-yard range results

.308 load testing .223 load testing

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redneck dishwasher

August 3, 2014
redneck dishwasher

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logger back

July 31, 2014
logger back

It has been weeks since I had any back pain or sciatica symptoms. After just over a year of those two severely limiting my mobility and abilities, this is very good news indeed. Chief among the good parts is feeling healthy, strong and able to…

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new theme

July 30, 2014

WordPress calls them “themes”, but in classes I teach on website-building I often refer to them as “skins”. The templets that control how a blog website looks and functions are built by programmers who greatly simplify publishing, but severely limit what you can do with…

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flippin’ bergers – part 1

July 26, 2014
flippin’ bergers – part 1

All I have used in my .308 are target bullets and target ammunition. I wanted something in this versatile rifle that could actually DO SOMETHING. From my reading, Berger’s 175 OTM Tactical is a great hunting round. So I aim to find out. I loaded…

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targets

July 19, 2014
targets

My low-rent Romanian AK47 had an awful trigger that was like a pointy stick dragging across broken pavement. Worse, every shot fired would reset the trigger with a smart SLAP on your trigger finger. Not too many shots downrange before anyone and everyone had enough.…

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The Day Before

July 19, 2014

Studying history with knowledge of the elite banking families in mind; with an understanding of the role The Bilderberg Group plays in it, and watching events unfold from sources outside their mainstream media leads prudent people to preparation for dramatic change in our world. That…

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river hangout

July 11, 2014
river hangout

The river has come down a foot or so and we are a month older than pictured here, but it’s the photo I have available for this thought. I just opened the windows to let the evening cool take the temperature down in the house.…

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take a hike

July 8, 2014
take a hike

Lest I be accused of failing to stop and smell the roses…. We live in a lovely vacation paradise, so it is easy to just STAY here and enjoy the nature in our own back yard. But we took a break that I share here…

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first car

July 6, 2014
first car

I bought Mom’s ’50 Plymouth from Dad when he upgraded her to a ’57 Ford. He paid $125 several years before, so that’s what it cost me in 1966. The 16-year-old factory paint was such a glossy black that reflection of sky was blue, clouds…

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cafe’ BSA

July 5, 2014
cafe’ BSA

Fairly fresh out of the service I finally got a chance to scratch that itch to own a motorcycle. Typical Ted, it couldn’t be one of the popular Hondas or Harleys. Somehow a Triumph 650 Bonneville was my ideal. I found a nearly-affordable BSA 650…

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Field Day 2014

July 3, 2014
Field Day 2014

Amateur radio operators preparing for weekend event When the power goes out, often amateur radio operators have the only reliable means of communication. They are prepared with generators, solar power, radios, antennas and training. Amateur Radio Field Day is a coordinated effort for all amateur…

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saying “NO” to myself

June 26, 2014
saying “NO” to myself

  Claire Wolfe Getting to No You Thursday, June 26th, 2014 You’ve decided you need to say no. To new volunteer obligations. Impositions on your privacy. Visits from relatives. Extra projects at work. Co-workers who crowd you. Whatever. (Maybe even to government, but more about…

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Father’s Day

June 15, 2014
Father’s Day

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great video

June 14, 2014

I confess to a certain bias: my daughter created this video. It is excellent in several ways. Watch it for its own sake. For me, I am pleased that she achieved a position of doing what she enjoys, is very good at it, earns a…

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