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Ted’s essays

two-way radios for you

Yaesu FT=60R Dual Band Handheld $172Baofeng dual band UV5R handheld $36Below, I am republishing information about a class this coming Saturday. Today and tomorrow I am refining the information I will be presenting and the exercises we will be doing. As I assemble the video clips, handouts and class outline, I recognize the value I am offering. Even my family and best friends won’t get the information out of me in a more organized, concise way. On either side are two choices of dual-band radios. To the left is the $172 Yeesu. It could be a Motorolla, Kenwood or other well-established amateur radio producer. The price could run from around $170 on up to $300 or more. They feel dense; […]

At what age does your knowledge of the world stop growing?

This very imprecise chart represents a lifespan on the X-axis and knowledge of the world, culture, on the Y-axis. Place yourself, where you are today on the X-axis. Do you know less today than you did last week? Or are you still increasing your knowledge? Do you expect to forget more than you learn anytime soon? How do you feel you compare to yourself ten years ago? Where do you expect to be ten years in the future? … STOP Take a few minutes to mark your spot Where are you today? … There are significant reasons those who would rule the world broke up the nuclear family and segregated children and adults by age. Primary among them is […]

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 […]

when low is high

I do not take it seriously … certainly when compared to those for whom Practical Pistol is LIFE. It is a great sport. It has wonderfully useful real-world application. And I do admire those folks who can SMOKE the course. A handgun you do not practice shooting is not much better than a pocket full of stones you don’t practice throwing. If you expect your pistol to be useful in a dire self-defense scenario, you dang-well better shoot it often enough to KNOW you can hit what you want to hit with it, and not hit what you want to not hit with it. It is fun. It is a great skill set to have in your quiver. But I […]

Ted’s awesome meat loaf recipe

I combined a few recipes, added a dash of improv and made a lovely meat loaf today. I wrote it out tonight so I could come close to repeating it another day. Of course the measurements are approximations and wild guesses, but I’m betting they are close to what I used. Ted’s Awesome Meat Loaf 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped green onions 2 chopped carrots 2 chopped stalks celery 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 8-ounce cans tomato paste [homemade] 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt [Himalayan pink] 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper [fresh ground] 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (untested addition) ——– Stir fry the above ingredients, using only […]

mapping your neighborhood

Having the right resources in the right places is the essence of surviving and thriving. Disasters challenge that pleasant place. Proper planning includes mapping resources and features that may be useful to your community in emergencies. Also valuable is placing on that map any threats you know of, along with potential avenues for likely threats. Obviously, so you can plan to minimize their negative impacts on your community. This is a big topic that deserves thought, planning, organization from a handful of proactive, foresightful neighbors. While I can’t help you with that, I can point you to a couple of hugely valuable resources. Samuel Culper publishing in Forward Observer offers A Primer on Tactical Intelligence Collection that is a prize […]

the whole page

I know my loyal fans come to this website for my scintillating writing. But I want to point out that I do put some thought and effort into the links and information placed in the side columns. I just gave those a freshening up, and reorganization. They had not been given any attention for quite a while. There is some current prioritization of older links and reference information, along with some new and updates. I encourage you to take a little time to look around … and check out anything that strikes you as potentially interesting.

post card from Conner

Warm spring-like, rainy and sunny weather had made all but the drifts of snow disappear. Overnight last night that changed in a big way with about 4 inches of fresh, light, fluffy powder. Picture perfect opportunity not to be missed. Hey, what is all this stuff? Conner Cabin front yard (note bird in upper left) The Bitterroot Dwarf Penguin(American Dipper to some) Conner Cabin back side Conner riverside trailhead The Honeymoon Cabin […]