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by Grant
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Made a 100 mile contact with a handheld!
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Re: Made a 100 mile contact with a handheld!

I did make sure I told them that the sort of range I just got was due to how high up we were. I also told them how repeaters worked, too, and demo'd that later, so they got a good intro. I know better than to have something happen like that and try to pass it off as normal. That would guarantee a pr...
by Grant
Wed May 07, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Made a 100 mile contact with a handheld!
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Re: Made a 100 mile contact with a handheld!

Well, to be fair, my radio was more than a hundred by quite a bit, and my contact wasn't that well organized, it was just a fluke. I didn't expect it to work that way, I was just doing and demo and suddenly it happened. I don't know what the other guy was using...I guess I need to ask when I send hi...
by Grant
Mon May 05, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Made a 100 mile contact with a handheld!
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Made a 100 mile contact with a handheld!

It’s common to see people asking about ’50 mile walkie talkies’ and the like, so I figured I’d throw this in for sheer weirdness value. I went to Whiteside mountain this weekend to help one of the schools I’ve been to run a small biology expedition. Things worked great, and one of the other professo...
by Grant
Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: My KHHI "Scourge" Khukuri Arrived!
Replies: 21
Views: 3559

Re: My KHHI "Scourge" Khukuri Arrived!

Ah, ok. My reading comprehension is good, but my picture comprehension is awful, it seems. Thank you!
by Grant
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: My KHHI "Scourge" Khukuri Arrived!
Replies: 21
Views: 3559

Re: My KHHI "Scourge" Khukuri Arrived!

One other thing that I can't figure out from the pics, how does the sheath attach to a belt? Or is it just thrust through?
Thanks!
by Grant
Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: My KHHI "Scourge" Khukuri Arrived!
Replies: 21
Views: 3559

Re: My KHHI "Scourge" Khukuri Arrived!

Is the back edge sharp too, or do you have to special order it?
by Grant
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Chemical spills into WV river
Replies: 37
Views: 2899

Re: Chemical spills into WV river

I've been wondering about groundwater, in my own area the lake upstream is being drained to rebuild a dam, which means the swamps in my area are flooding big time. No danger, but what does it do to my house water? I don't know. On a more relevant note, I am aware that this may be a dumb question but...
by Grant
Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: lunchtime MBO fail!
Replies: 7
Views: 1674

Re: lunchtime MBO fail!

I don't see 'fail', I see a complete success! Ok, it wasn't what you had in mind and it could have been a disaster for real, but that's why you did it BEFORE it was real. Now those problems won't be able to bite you later. Congratulations to both of you on a very effective outing! Meanwhile, wish me...
by Grant
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Shortwave Stations
Replies: 6
Views: 2021

Re: Shortwave Stations

Shortwave is a HUGE band to just try to find something in. I strongly recommend Prime Time Shortwave to help:

http://www.primetimeshortwave.com/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

They have schedules for broadcasters by area, time, country, and so on. I use them all the time.
by Grant
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Best way to carry a Samuri Sword
Replies: 49
Views: 8780

Re: Best way to carry a Samuri Sword

Right, that's the sort I'm referring to. It may not be exactly what the OP is referring to, but for really carrying it around without damage to the sword, I've never found better. Close to five years and not a ding across multiple states and thousands of miles.
by Grant
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Best way to carry a Samuri Sword
Replies: 49
Views: 8780

Re: Best way to carry a Samuri Sword

Back to the original question, I do occasionally have this problem (most recently when doing a demo for a Children's Church class). While it's not 'ready for battle' style carry, I have a cheap sword bag from Hanwei that I've found fits a great many swords, and has a shoulder strap. The sword is ent...
by Grant
Wed May 29, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: I need a suggestion on a cookset
Replies: 17
Views: 1744

Re: I need a suggestion on a cookset

Here's mine, based on a small Kelly Kettle. The bright side is it boils water in under five minutes. The downside is it is a bit bulky. But you don't have to carry fuel, so that offsets it a bit. http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=84404" onclick="window.open(this.href);return fa...
by Grant
Sun May 12, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Questions for HAMS
Replies: 14
Views: 2099

Re: Questions for HAMS

It's a very similar problem to what the OP described in terms of reception. The triband antenna (either the mag-mount or the diamond on the handheld, as well as the factory duck) is nearly useless for shortwave listening, CB, HF, and so on. It works great for analog scanning, the air band, and the l...
by Grant
Sun May 12, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Questions for HAMS
Replies: 14
Views: 2099

Re: Questions for HAMS

One thing I've done myself with my TH-F6A (2m/440/220) is my usual diamond triband antenna on the radio when portable, but when I'm in my car and want something better I have a tri-band magmount antenna, AND an old CB antenna that's worked well for HF/Shortwave listening. I have an antenna switch so...
by Grant
Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: KKCK- Kelly Kettle Cook Kit
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: KKCK- Kelly Kettle Cook Kit

Thanks for the comments, I didn't expect this thread to return after so long. The reason for the silicon pot holder is just that it's sometimes easier to deal with hot things if you have it, and it doesn't hold dirt like cloth if I use it to set a spoon on, etc. It's proven it's worth. The cotton ra...
by Grant
Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Parker razor with 'full' blade?
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Parker razor with 'full' blade?

I noticed these 'disposable' straight razors that take double-edges blades cut in half. I had an idea of using one to get more 'life' out of my non-shaving quality blades, seeing as a dull razor is still a very sharp knife. The thing is, does the blade HAVE to be cut in half to work, or can it use a...
by Grant
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 22
Views: 2624

Re: Whistles

I have a small cylindrical brass one that I found, about the thickness of a pencil and an inch and a half long, on my keys. Very small but very loud. It's rather scuffed up but ten years on it's still there and still works.
by Grant
Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: straight razor use in PAW
Replies: 27
Views: 1998

Re: straight razor use in PAW

My normal razor is also an old Gillette twin-edge! Works great, and I have (once) managed to resharpen and reuse a blade. Wasn't really worth it, but handy in an emergency. Plus a small razorblade, even after being past 'shaving' use, can have plenty of other possibilities. Wish there was a knife ha...
by Grant
Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Good Quality COMBO Radio (AM/FM/SW/Wx)
Replies: 19
Views: 5598

Re: Good Quality COMBO Radio (AM/FM/SW/Wx)

Nice choice! I have two favorites. The cheaper end is a Grundig G6 aviator, the smaller version of the G3, which gets everything you want EXCEPT weather, and the SSB isn't the best. The G3 is a lot better. I can understand SOME ham talk on my G6 but it doesn't tune very well in the ultra-fine ranges...
by Grant
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Weekly Net - what mode/freq/time/day?
Replies: 20
Views: 2702

Re: Weekly Net - what mode/freq/time/day?

Unrelated to making a new one, there is a preparedness net on 3.818 at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday. I only have a THF6A, but I listen in by hanging a wire from a tree. Works great and last Sunday learned a great deal about REAL off-grid construction from several people who have been living like that for so...
by Grant
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Looks like there’s some CB enforcement starting…
Replies: 0
Views: 1272

Looks like there’s some CB enforcement starting…

I sometimes wonder if I have the only fully legal CB station on the entire I-95 corridor. I’ve heard truckers on 19 say that the FCC has been parking at truck stops and spotting overpowered CB’s, but I didn’t think much was coming of it (I know for a fact that Channel 6 is unusable and I noted a few...
by Grant
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: The second time, but still funny (pirate vs ham radio)
Replies: 10
Views: 4004

Re: The second time, but still funny (pirate vs ham radio)

Don't have a flag, but there IS a house here in town that always flies a pirate flag from one of the roof points. I have no idea why. Maybe they're a pirate station who's having to figure out how to explain they're not an amateur...
by Grant
Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: The second time, but still funny (pirate vs ham radio)
Replies: 10
Views: 4004

The second time, but still funny (pirate vs ham radio)

In a parking lot someone asked me what the ‘funny’ antenna on my car (a triband mag-mount) was for. I told them it was for a ham radio, they didn’t know what that was, so I said “Amateur radio, for a hobby mostly, but it can be handy in an emergency too.” They said “So long as you don’t get caught.”...
by Grant
Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: VHF-Lo vs VHF-Hi vs UHF for best range?
Replies: 16
Views: 6240

Re: VHF-Lo vs VHF-Hi vs UHF for best range?

It doesn't have to be so limited though, tonight on 2m using my THF6A ht connected to a tri-band mag mount, I managed to have a great talk with a guy almost 30 miles away, simplex. He had a beam, though, and he said I was faint (not surprising) but the fact that my 5-watt with a car antenna could do...

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