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by Zembecowicz
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Anyone interested in a Boring Flamethrower
Replies: 13
Views: 1890

Re: Anyone interested in a Boring Flamethrower

I hate to be a killjoy, but it looks like someone attached a brush killer to a toy gun. I have one one that I use to get my burn piles going, and I think I paid $15 for it at Hazard Fraught. While it does shoot a lot of fire out of the end, it goes maybe four feet. It'd make a pretty poor weapon if ...
by Zembecowicz
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Flu Related State of Emergency
Replies: 6
Views: 747

Re: Flu Related State of Emergency

The flu made its rounds through my workplace this year. I managed to contract it myself, and I don't think I'd been that sick in a decade or more. I ended up sleeping for roughly 14 hours a day during the peak of it, and had a fever of 102 F. I have a higher than average activity level and am reason...
by Zembecowicz
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Who has a vacuum sealer they like?
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: Who has a vacuum sealer they like?

I have a "Food Saver". I bought the thing at Bi-Mart about five years ago or so. There's nothing about it that really gets my blood pumping but I don't remember it being expensive. Most importantly it still works.
by Zembecowicz
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Amtrak Train Derailed onto I-5 Betweeen Seattle and Olympia
Replies: 9
Views: 824

Amtrak Train Derailed onto I-5 Betweeen Seattle and Olympia

An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass that crosses Interstate 5 between Olympia and Seattle. Multiple fatalities and even more injuries have been reported: http://katu.com/news/local/derailed-train-falls-off-bridge-onto-i-5-lanes-south-of-tacoma . While I was checking up on friends and family ...
by Zembecowicz
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycles.
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Bicycles.

Just like anything else, vehicles are tools, and you need the right one for the job. I work in a downtown, urban environment. If I'm sufficiently motivated I can get out of downtown into residential neighborhoods in about 20 minutes on my bicycle. In my car I'm lucky to be out in 30 minutes. 45 is a...
by Zembecowicz
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV
Replies: 868
Views: 82487

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your

I got the damned thing to run again. The old choke cable was trashed and wouldn't open the choke. With the new cable in place she's grunting like the pig that she is again.
by Zembecowicz
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6630
Views: 297661

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Today I learned the hard way that my BOV/"oh shit there's 3 feet of snow truck" won't start due to the choke cable not opening the choke. I guess I know what I'm doing next weekend.
by Zembecowicz
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?

I know a little bit about electronics from taking physics back in college, but I definitely have a lot to learn. After I finish working through an information security book I'm reading I'm going to snag a copy of The Art of Electronics and work though it while building some projects as well.
by Zembecowicz
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?

I've decided that the first thing I'm going to do is get an antenna up and coax into the house, assuming that the weather holds (it's been unusually mild lately). That way I can set up a HF rig as soon as funds allow, rather than waiting for the snow to melt. One thing I found to be interesting is t...
by Zembecowicz
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: Arctic Survival Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1789

Re: Arctic Survival Question

I'm actually about 3/4 of the way through reading Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know by Ranulph Fiennes. He stated that he wore animal fur parkas for his first trip to the North Pole, but not what the fur was. He also slept in tents on most of his trips, but no mention was made of what they were made f...
by Zembecowicz
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?

I like the way you think taipan821. Eventually I want to be at the point where I'm homebrewing radio gear, and I think antennas are a good place to start. I've been reading about G5RV antennas for the house and they seem interesting. I'm going to talk to some folks on the web and the local simplex n...
by Zembecowicz
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?

I actually just got my general class license on Saturday, and found a local simplex VHF net the following day.
Once our Thanksgiving guests are back home I'm going to start learning CW, so QRP will definitely be an option. Once Spring has rolled around I think I'm going to start doing SOTA.
by Zembecowicz
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6630
Views: 297661

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Today I stumbled across a local simplex 2 meter net. Although it isn't an emergency communications net per se, the net coordinator said that a lot of other people in the area monitor the frequency during extreme weather events and other such things. I also cut down a dead tree and converted the non-...
by Zembecowicz
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: 2 meters: recommendations & education...& Solar power!
Replies: 53
Views: 6418

Re: 2 meters: recommendations & education please

One of those roll-up J-Pole antennas will greatly improve the performance of your UV5R. They're essentially folded dipoles, so you should get around 2 dB gain from them. (Some people claim 6 dB, but I don't buy it). They can also be elevated a bit, which may get your signal up over some obstacles. O...
by Zembecowicz
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: The BIG Generator Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 3781

Re: The BIG Generator Thread

I finally got around to testing the EU1000 with my refrigerator. I left the door hanging open for about twenty minutes and the little genny didn't miss a beat. Good job Honda!
by Zembecowicz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Bolt wear/safety question
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Bolt wear/safety question

I'm on the same page as Sterticus and JeeperCreeper. Back when ARs were expensive got a (for the time) very good deal on a used AR. The bolt looked like yours but much worse, because it was carbon-tastic due to the rifle having had a bunch of Wolf ammo (works, but it is dirty) through it. I left it ...
by Zembecowicz
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Paladin Press Shutting Down
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Re: Paladin Press Shutting Down

RonnyRonin, IIRC Paladin stopped publishing some titles after the family of a murder victim sued them for publishing a book called "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors". As an aside, with Loompanics now long gone and Paladin going away soon I have to wonder about the future for w...
by Zembecowicz
Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Let's Play Mix and Match With Transition Fire
Replies: 17
Views: 1030

Re: Let's Play Mix and Match With Transition Fire

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For the post zombie apocalypse. Cause you know style counts
Just curious, what kind of stock is on that SKS?
by Zembecowicz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: I built a woodshed this Summer
Replies: 13
Views: 2987

Re: I built a woodshed this Summer

I have a masonry fireplace in addition to my stove. The thing is all but useless as a heat source. I burn lumber scraps in it, but I don't waste good firewood on it.
by Zembecowicz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: I built a woodshed this Summer
Replies: 13
Views: 2987

Re: I built a woodshed this Summer

Thanks for the compliment. If I did my math right it holds six cords. Pretty much everybody has wood heat up here. Some folks have propane tanks and you will still come across the odd oil burner here and there. It rains a lot more than in the lower elevations because storms hit the mountain side, so...
by Zembecowicz
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: The BIG Generator Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 3781

Re: The BIG Generator Thread

I've gone with a pretty minimal generator myself (Honda EU1000) as I have wood heat and oil lamps. I based my decision on the amperage that my refrigerator draws, since it's the only electrical thing that I really can't do without. Some of the comments above have made me wonder if the amperage on th...
by Zembecowicz
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Survival Knife! 1980s TV Commercial
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: Survival Knife! 1980s TV Commercial

I remember wanting one of those very badly when I saw that commercial. When I was about 25 or so I found one at a garage sale. I was pretty disappointed with the build quality. My inner 12 year old felt like he'd been kicked in the yambag.
by Zembecowicz
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Amateur Radio - Where to go next?
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Amateur Radio - Where to go next?

I got my tech license about four years ago, primarily because a high power rocket club I was in at the time used 2 meter HTs for crew communication. I ended up finding a Kenwood TM261A and a power supply on Craigslist, and back before I moved it set up with a ground plane antenna in my attic. I got ...
by Zembecowicz
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey from Down Under
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Hey from Down Under

Welcome from the great muddy North.

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