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by coldshot
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Filling a Platypus with a MSR filter
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Filling a Platypus with a MSR filter

Does anyone make an adapter that has Nalgene threads on one end and a Platy thread on the other? Just putting a piece of hose on the nipple on the bottom of the MSR results in too many moving parts.


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by coldshot
Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Military Mast and Arrow 146/440 J-Pole - Roof Gable Mount
Replies: 9
Views: 11073

Re: Military Mast and Arrow 146/440 J-Pole - Roof Gable Moun

My one complaint about the antenna is that the L-bracket that the elements are attached to is narrow. What this does is place the SO239 with about 1/4 inch gap from the back of the L which makes getting weatherproofing tape up over the top of the connector threads, very very challenging. Why don't ...
by coldshot
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: I put together the smallest HF setup I could....
Replies: 17
Views: 3961

Re: I put together the smallest HF setup I could....

3) Have you actually calculated the runtime with that battery and those solar panels given the average insolation in your QTH/AO? I ask this because I did that calculation recently and was stunned by the answer. My radios draw 2A at 13.8VDC during receive (and a total of 35A during transmit if both...
by coldshot
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Local (Tampa) Help Setting Up EMCOMM Box?
Replies: 7
Views: 2416

Re: Local (Tampa) Help Setting Up EMCOMM Box?

The SPUD 7 looks interesting, but a lot of work. Have you watched this video? This is the way I'm leaning. It costs more, but is a lot less work, looks more professional, and things can be moved or added as needed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_95WEjo ... cssfI2br_w
by coldshot
Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Motorola Radius M1225 Programming?
Replies: 17
Views: 11463

Re: Motorola Radius M1225 Programming?

I never hear anyone using MURS anymore nowadays (used to hear mostly fast food restaurants) but technically you're supposed to use a low power radio that's certified for MURS. Nobody does but errp- we're not supposed to talk about that either. :words: I believe it is legal to use part 90 (commercia...
by coldshot
Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: First Radio, couple questions
Replies: 32
Views: 5413

Re: First Radio, couple questions

The FT-270R is an awesome radio, but it's only 2M. The FT-60R is also a very nice radio and it meets your dual band requirement. I've got both of those as well as the VX-3R. I got out in the wilderness quite a bit and appreciate the waterproof feature of the 270. My buddy that I go camping with has ...
by coldshot
Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:17 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Comms Noob, Need Some Info
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Re: Comms Noob, Need Some Info

So I'll say flat out, I know nothing about comms devices. I briefly skimmed the four part ZS Radio network series, and I plan to go back through more in depth later; don't have the time right now. However, I'm looking to strengthen my survival system, and comms seems to be the next step. My buddy a...
by coldshot
Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ultralight - A list of tips on lightening your load
Replies: 37
Views: 8079

Re: Ultralight - A list of tips on lightening your load

The truly ironic thing is he is a good 20-30lbs overweight This has crossed my mind I see the middle age sheguys on their carbon fiber bikes, I always think "Wouldn't it be easier, cheaper and healthier to lose some of that beer belly?" It becomes about bragging rights at some point. In the prepper...
by coldshot
Fri May 25, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Can anyone recommend a good 12v battery pack?
Replies: 10
Views: 2194

Re: Can anyone recommend a good 12v battery pack?

Not sure. Bought it from Powerwerx with my Powerpole stuff. http://www.powerwerx.com/batteries-chargers/sealed-lead-acid-absorbent-glass-mat-battery.html so many options!!! Thanks guys. Portability would be nice. The smaller kits are convenient but going with a marine battery would have some pretty ...
by coldshot
Thu May 24, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Can anyone recommend a good 12v battery pack?
Replies: 10
Views: 2194

Re: Can anyone recommend a good 12v battery pack?

I've got a couple of inexpensive 7.2 Ah SLA batteries with Anderson Powerpoles and a Watts Up and a trickle charger. They're always charged and they'll run my Yaesu 857D for a long time. They're small enough to put in a County Comm EOD bag. Buddipole makes a nice alarm with Powerpoles. It can be set...
by coldshot
Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Motorola HT1000 programming
Replies: 2
Views: 1993

Re: Motorola HT1000 programming

You should be able to just look up radio dealers in the yellow pages or do the same search on google maps. HT1000 was a good radio back in the day but they weren't all narrowband capable and that could be a problem that you run into with a modern day system, especially where you are. I'd take to a ...
by coldshot
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Mobile NVIS Systems (ex- 6m v. 10m)
Replies: 72
Views: 8867

Re: Mobile NVIS Systems (ex- 6m v. 10m)

I wasn't thinking safety. I was thinking groundplane. Holy birth defects Batman! :shock: Now back in my Army days as a tanker, I had an antenna like this within a meter of my head. Are you trying to say that Uncle Sugar wasn't looking out for me? Maybe the CVC acted like a Faraday cage. And, yes, t...
by coldshot
Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Learning Morse code
Replies: 18
Views: 2639

Re: Learning Morse code

Thanks for all of the replies. I've got my Tech and am studying for my General. Yes, I'm aware that it's not required for any license. And by the way, all of my other preps are solid. I just thought it would be cool to learn, especially since it's the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking and MC ...
by coldshot
Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Learning Morse code
Replies: 18
Views: 2639

Learning Morse code

I'm interested in learning Morse code. I'd like to get a straight key and use a practice oscillator. I'd also like to be able to plug it into something (ideally my laptop) that will decode my Morse so that I can verify that I'm doing it correctly and so I will also know how I'm doing on speed. My go...
by coldshot
Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ultralight shelters and......BUGS.
Replies: 32
Views: 5167

Re: Ultralight shelters and......BUGS.

The weight of my military Eureka tent got unbearable so I picked up a Big Agnes Fly Creek 2UL. The Eureka weighs in north of 9 lbs. The BA weighs in at 2 lbs 10 oz (verified on my scale). Thats a great weight for a full, double-walled tent. If you want it even lighter, you can go with the fast pitch...
by coldshot
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Rhino 655t vs Standard Horizon hx751
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: Rhino 655t vs Standard Horizon hx751

I've got an older Rino 120. It sends your position every time you key the radio and you can turn the GPS off. That being said, I have a standalone radio and GPS that I use. I keep the Rino as a backup. It only puts out 1W and has a fixed antenna. Not much of a radio to hang your survival on.
by coldshot
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Sleep System Indecisions
Replies: 34
Views: 2808

Re: Sleep System Indecisions

I've got a MSS, a Snugpak Merlin 3 with Paratex bivy and TS1 liner, a Snugpak Versatile Tactical System (Merlin 3/Softie 10 Harrier with Paratex bivy). The Merlin 3 is in my BOB due to it being very small. My BOB is a large ALICE with the full Tactical Tailor treatment on a DEI 1606 frame. I can't s...
by coldshot
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Yaesu radio advice
Replies: 7
Views: 4397

Re: Yaesu radio advice

Thanks for all of the valuable advice. I picked up a like-new 857D on QTH.com today. The Buddipole Deluxe is enroute. I've got a battery setup coming from Powerwerx. A couple of other questions: 1. What is the correct part number for the required Anderson Powerpole adapter ( from http://www.powerwer...
by coldshot
Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Yaesu radio advice
Replies: 7
Views: 4397

Yaesu radio advice

Looking to purchase a Yaesu for mobile operation (not vehicle mounted). Looking at the 817D, 857D, or 897D. I currently have my Tech ticket and will test for my General next month. I like the option of internal batteries in the 897, although I understand that the newest 817 has an internal battery. ...
by coldshot
Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: EDC LED flashlight fail- input, please?
Replies: 21
Views: 1782

Re: EDC LED flashlight fail- input, please?

If you want bullet-proof top quality American made goods, check out Malkoff Devices . You can go from the 265 lumen MD2 up to 900 lumens. I have the MD2 and the Wildcat. I run the Wildcat on 2 rechargeable 18650s. Perfect for your type of job....long run time and minimal expense. Some of the Chinese...
by coldshot
Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Mounting an ALICE to a 1606 frame and some other ALICE mods.
Replies: 125
Views: 31291

Re: Mounting an ALICE to a 1606 frame and some other ALICE m

Sorry to necro this thread, but it's full of good stuff, and I wondering if anyone has ever played with the large ALICE on the 1606 frame? I have 2 large ALICE packs and several mediums. I'd like to possibly make one of each. I have always liked the medium but I love the large. I've got a large ALI...
by coldshot
Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Mobile NVIS Systems (ex- 6m v. 10m)
Replies: 72
Views: 8867

Re: 6m v. 10m

Would a Yaesu FT-897D and a Buddipole using 40/80 meters work for this?
by coldshot
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: GMRS/FRS Radios
Replies: 42
Views: 5013

Re: GMRS/FRS Radios

I just got my Tech ticket yesterday. While perusing the swap meet, I picked up a Garmin Rino 120 for $42. It works perfectly. Now that's the GMRS/FRS deal of the week!
by coldshot
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Test Passed
Replies: 14
Views: 1478

Re: Test Passed

Great job, DI.

I'm taking my Tech test next month. I've got the General study guide and am already working on that as well.

What is your first radio going to be? I've got a Yaesu VX-3 and FT-60R sitting on the shelf waiting. I hope to pick up a Yaesu FT-857D or FT-897D someday.

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