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by rpc
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Links
Topic: 1962 Civil Defense Plan & Shelter Manager Handbook
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

1962 Civil Defense Plan & Shelter Manager Handbook

I have on my website a complete scan of the 1962 "Civil Defense Operational and Survival Plan" of the City of St. Paul, Minnesota. This includes a complete copy of the fallout shelter manager's handbook. It's at the following link: http://w0is.com/stpaulcivildefense/page000.html There are occasional...
by rpc
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Elmer question BaoFeng BF-F8HP vs UV-5R
Replies: 37
Views: 11142

Re: Elmer question BaoFeng BF-F8HP vs UV-5R

On my website and blog, I have some information about the UV-5R that might be helpful: http://onetuberadio.com/category/baofeng-uv-5r/ http://www.w0is.com/miscpages/Cheap70CMHT.html I have one of the UV-5R's. I'm not familiar with the other model. I don't think there's too much difference between th...
by rpc
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Emergency Crystal Set Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1079

Emergency Crystal Set Ideas

I think this is more of academic interest, but I suppose in the ZPAW, knowing how to make a crystal set might be of interest. Here's a 1943 article on constructing emergency radio receivers, meaning mostly crystal sets. http://onetuberadio.com/2014/11/15/emergency-1943-radio-receivers-including-conv...
by rpc
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Shortwave listening in disasters
Replies: 17
Views: 2379

Re: Shortwave listening in disasters

Well, nobody's more of a sucker than I am when it comes to cheap shortwave receivers. I have many cheap ones, as well as many good ones. And, of course, I dream of the day when they will prove useful in a disaster. But from a practical point of view, the need is quite limited, and there are only ver...
by rpc
Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Expedient Winter Boots
Replies: 8
Views: 1073

Expedient Winter Boots

During our recent cold snap, I decided it would be fun to go outside without shoes in subzero weather. I made a pair of the expedient winter boots from Nuclear War Survival Skills and went for a walk around the yard. They were surprisingly comfortable and kept my feet warm. I was only outside for ab...
by rpc
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: capturing a repeater code
Replies: 19
Views: 2498

Re: capturing a repeater code

It's possible that what the original poster wants to do is illegal. And it's possible that it's legal. We don't know enough information, and I'll go on the assumption that it's legal. Assuming it's some sort of tone squelch or digital squelch, then the easiest way to figure out what "code" they are ...
by rpc
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Emergency Communications Primer
Replies: 30
Views: 10563

Re: Emergency Communications Primer

Thank you for the bump! I didn't realize that it's been so long since I wrote that. I have continued to update it over the years, and it now resides at the following link: http://w0is.com/emergencyprep/emergencycommunications.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A different version is...
by rpc
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Technician Class Interstate Communication Setup
Replies: 21
Views: 2338

Re: Technician Class Interstate Communication Setup

All of the following numbers are approximate, but they will give you a general idea. On all of the HF bands, there will be a "skip zone" to which communications will be very unreliable. For example, on 20 meters, communication will be very unreliable for stations less than 500 miles away, because th...
by rpc
Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Caretaker: Post-apocalyptic novel
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: Caretaker: Post-apocalyptic novel

For Luddites like me who don't yet own a Kindle, Caretaker is now available in paperback:

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by rpc
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Caretaker: Post-apocalyptic novel
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: Caretaker: Post-apocalyptic novel

Thanks both of you! If it turns out to be the worst thing you ever read, then send me a private message. If you like it, please post a review on Amazon. :D By the way, the following short story is free today (Thursday the 22nd) on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Snowbound-ebook/dp/B006X6QEEG/ref=sr_1_...
by rpc
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: WaterBob, AquaPod, HEWS without a tub
Replies: 12
Views: 2589

Re: WaterBob, AquaPod, HEWS without a tub

Personally, on something like that, I would operate on the assumption that it's going to spring a leak. Even if it's well constructed, someone could bump into it with a sharp object. When that happens, you have 50 gallons of water slowly leaking into your living room, with no way to move the thing. ...
by rpc
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: CNN Preps for Doomsday
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: CNN Preps for Doomsday

Well, that's an interesting list of miscellaneous items.

Unless I missed it, he doesn't have a knife. But I guess he can use the grindstone to sharpen the pencil.
by rpc
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Caretaker: Post-apocalyptic novel
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Caretaker: Post-apocalyptic novel

I'm pleased to announce the publication of Caretaker, a post-apocalyptic novel. A virus quickly kills almost all of the world's population, leaving only a handful of survivors. They are faced with two tasks. First, they need to ensure their immediate survival. They have at their disposal all of the ...
by rpc
Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: Books
Topic: "Snowbound" by Clement R. Dodge
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: "Snowbound" by Clement R. Dodge

Another Kindle book by the same author, "The First Week: A Time Travel Story" will be available free on Saturday, February 11 (starting at midnight U.S. Pacific Time):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0071HBBUI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by rpc
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: COMS and COMSEC
Replies: 42
Views: 4035

Re: COMS and COMSEC

>>>>Make sure the model you pick will have sub- channels on it. It will lower your chance that some one will monitor your conversation. <<<< No, it won't. It will prevent you from hearing them, but it won't prevent them from hearing you, unless they decided to use their "sub-channel" feature. Even t...
by rpc
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: bugout camper/trailer ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 1900

Re: bugout camper/trailer ideas

Buy new tires as a first thing. Esp if it was sitting on the tires for any length of time. Then a inner tube or two of the correct size, patch kit, and a tire pump. In addition, I would repack the bearings. I've been told it's an easy do-it-yourself job, but it's a bit out of my capabilities, so I ...
by rpc
Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Hand wound phone chargers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1858

Re: Hand wound phone chargers?

I'm a sucker for crank radios, and I own a couple of them. I don't own one that will readily charge other devices, but if I found one at a good price, I'd probably get one. After all, I am a sucker for them. But as a practical item, I have my doubts. First of all, on the two I own, the cranks look a...
by rpc
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Non-licensed Radio Operation
Replies: 65
Views: 3132

Re: Non-licensed Radio Operation

If there's a tall tree near the location of the beer, then there might be one inexpensive solution that would dramatically increase the ability to communicate, at very little expense. The cheap FRS radios are not allowed to have any provision for an external antenna. And the cheap GMRS radios don't ...
by rpc
Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: 50 mile walkie talkie
Replies: 59
Views: 44857

Re: 50 mile walkie talkie

If the GMRS repeater is working, then chances are, there's a working telephone within a few miles. A roll of quarters is probably going to do him more good. Since the original poster mentioned the "35 mile" walkie talkies, I should point out that any claim of mileage that is printed on the package i...
by rpc
Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: 50 mile walkie talkie
Replies: 59
Views: 44857

Re: 50 mile walkie talkie

I'm hesitant to use the word "impossible", since reliable radio communication over 50 miles isn't particularly difficult. But there's a learning curve, and it's not the kind of thing you can take care of by simply purchasing something and expecting it to work right out of the box. And it's going to ...
by rpc
Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: "Snowbound" by Clement R. Dodge
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: "Snowbound" by Clement R. Dodge

You can download a free Kindle viewer to view Kindle files on your computer or mobile device.

I don't know enough about the Nook to know whether or not there's a way to view other kinds of files.
by rpc
Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: need something for backup commo with wife
Replies: 83
Views: 4725

Re: need something for backup commo with wife

>>>>>Becoming ham won't automagically make everything come up roses. In order to make a ham radio work at its peak performance you do need to understand a bit what is going on in regards to radio theory. <<<< Yep, that's what I was trying to get at. As pointed out, there would be some advantage to h...
by rpc
Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: "Snowbound" by Clement R. Dodge
Replies: 5
Views: 720

"Snowbound" by Clement R. Dodge

The short story Kindle book "Snowbound" is free today (Sunday, January 15, until midnight US pacific time). It's the story of someone stranded in his vehicle by a Nebraska blizzard. It's available at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Snowbound-ebook/dp/B006X6QEEG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=13266...
by rpc
Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Time
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: Time

>>>>>but the water's more difficult, since I'd need to lug it back w/ my general groceries w/o a car<<<< If you live in an urban area, doesn't the city have a pipe running into your house that delivers H2O? If so, just find a convenient container, turn on the faucet, and fill 'er up. If you have not...

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