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by Burncycle
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Counterpoise wavelength
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Re: Counterpoise wavelength

At the moment, a UV-5R with an ABBREE 42.5" antenna for 2m / 70cm. Looking into getting a Yaesu VX6R within the next couple of months. I've had my license for a few years, but still very much inexperienced. I mostly listen, but have been more interested lately in getting a decent (if basic) setup.
by Burncycle
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Counterpoise wavelength
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Counterpoise wavelength

If I'm using a counterpoise / Tiger Tail for a HT and the Antenna is 1/2 wavelength, do I also need a 1/2 wavelength tiger tail for it to be effective, or would a 1/4 wavelength tiger tail still provide some benefit?
by Burncycle
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My BOB Post, Pic Heavy! (UPDATED 29MAR20)
Replies: 915
Views: 213386

Re: My BOB Post, Pic Heavy! (UPDATED 29MAR20)

Try imgur.com, photobucket has gone downhill lately
by Burncycle
Tue May 14, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Portable trail cart.
Replies: 7
Views: 2100

Re: Portable trail cart.

Ever see a bushcrafty video where they do something clever that seems silly obvious in retrospect, but it just never occurred to you? These carts remind me of that! I'm not saying you shouldn't keep your gear man portable, but in the vast majority of cases you'll either have transportation or be tra...
by Burncycle
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Re: Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter

One more concern... flammability of the various materials. Yes, you're holding everything clear of the flame with your legs, but if you should nod off... is the SOL poncho going to combust if it hits flame?
It will definitely melt
by Burncycle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Re: Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter

Thanks for the comments! I've messed around with a separate mylar blanket and disposable poncho, it works but it's easier to deal with just the SOL poncho which is essentially both in one. As others have mentioned it doesn't stop conductive heat loss, so whatever touches it will get cold, but your c...
by Burncycle
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Palmer Furnace style emergency shelter

Especially this time of year, where it's relatively warmer during the day but dips to freezing at night, I wanted an emergency shelter I could carry with me in a cargo pocket. Additionally, our fire station does water calls year round, so it would be nice to have something on my person in case somet...
by Burncycle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: The battle of the PCCs
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: The battle of the PCCs

I haven't really found the perfect PCC yet. Nearly all of them seem unnecessarily bulky or have a cheap feeling. AR based PDWs can get pretty darn small https://i.imgur.com/QZXRn6J.jpg and can be had in better calibers like 300 blackout. With AR kits and platforms being very inexpensive lately, it w...
by Burncycle
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: VX-3R alternatives
Replies: 1
Views: 2426

VX-3R alternatives

I had a UV-3R with the intent on eventually picking up a VX-3R, which is now discontinued and difficult to find.

The appeal to me was the size, and I was wondering if there are any alternatives in the same class out there?
by Burncycle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ocean Signal RescueME PLB1
Replies: 17
Views: 2571

Re: Ocean Signal RescueME PLB1

Steep and Cheap had the same sale last month and I didn't pull the trigger, kinda regretted it. Was surprised to see it on sale again this month so I picked one up.

The thing is pretty small, about the size of two tic-tac boxes stacked on each other.

They may have run out but I'd keep checking back.
by Burncycle
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I
Replies: 6632
Views: 1069403

Re: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I

Ocean Signal RescueME PLB1

$155, normal prices $230-280


https://www.steepandcheap.com/ocean-sig ... Q3MDAwMDAz





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by Burncycle
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: New reviews from Gearlabs for solar panels 2017.
Replies: 9
Views: 2560

Re: New reviews from Gearlabs for solar panels 2017.

I've been having a hard time finding the Anker panels anymore it seems like they're drying up
by Burncycle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Looking for a new .380 pocket pistol.
Replies: 34
Views: 7036

Re: Looking for a new .380 pocket pistol.

I carry IWB, 3-4 o'clockish so this may not apply to you. I tried jeans pocket carry once and trying to draw while seated in a car is basically a non-starter for me. Maybe my pants are too tight :awesome: IWB still sucks while seated, but I also like using my pockets for all the other crap I carry. ...
by Burncycle
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Hatchet vs. Machete--either, neither, or both?
Replies: 22
Views: 2338

Re: Hatchet vs. Machete--either, neither, or both?

My 12" Ontario machete is a "big knife" that is used in the exact same way as big custom knives, but doesn't cost $100+. I can beat on it, chop with it, abuse and baton with it, and if it gets scuffed up or breaks I won't feel bad about it (probably because of all the blisters I got from it over the...
by Burncycle
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: One-person bug shelter question
Replies: 20
Views: 4515

Re: One-person bug shelter question

Sounds like the IBNS is about perfect for that AO regarding simplicity of setup and being freestanding as you indicate. It sounds like you've already considered some other options and ran through the pros and cons. There are other bug net tents out there for ultralight backpackers, including some wi...
by Burncycle
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Portable solar panel reviews!
Replies: 27
Views: 5557

Re: Portable solar panel reviews!

Only ones I have direct experience with is the Goal Zero nomad 7 and the Anker 14 watt, both of which worked well. The Goal Zero has some nice reviews on youtube where people were being rough and torture testing it so that helped my confidence, but the faster charging of the Anker is appealing.
by Burncycle
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Do you have Body Armor?
Replies: 88
Views: 8559

Re: Do you have Body Armor?

I've been looking at the AR500 type offerings, but some won't protect against M193 type ammunition which is quite common. Then I see the level III+ offerings that are supposed to stop it, and some youtube reviews it looks like it does, and on others it looks like it doesn't, so I'm not sure what to ...
by Burncycle
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Howard Leight Hearing Protection and Amplification
Replies: 11
Views: 1532

Re: Howard Leight Hearing Protection and Amplification

Was torn between the Howard Leight and the Peltor Sport Rangeguard (similar price range), both got good reviews. Ended up going with the Peltors, and so far they've been amazing. I'd never had electronic hearing protecting before, and was able to wear them for a long time without discomfort like my ...
by Burncycle
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: New production Polish NATO Jerry Cans $19.99
Replies: 16
Views: 2286

Re: New production Polish NATO Jerry Cans $19.99

These are rugged and I'm interested in them, but what was the rationale behind restricting them for fuel use in the US?
by Burncycle
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Medieval McDonalds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1834

Re: Medieval McDonalds?

Found a quote on another site regarding how much wheat to make a loaf of bread (which we can extrapolate buns from I guess!) The average yield per acre of winter wheat is 82.0 (2.46 tons, 4920 lbs) bushels, while spring wheat is 78 (2.34 tons, 4680 lbs) bushels per acre. 45 lbs of wheat will yield r...
by Burncycle
Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Medieval McDonalds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1834

Medieval McDonalds?

The average McDonalds serves approx 2,000 people per day, and I feel like sustaining something like that would take a staggering amount of resources but I've never been able to really quantify it. If you were to take away modern infrastructure, but wanted essentially a fast food burger joint like Mc...
by Burncycle
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Night running/fast hiking in the woods 101.
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Night running/fast hiking in the woods 101.

What kind of shoes do you wear? Do they work well on slippery rocks?
by Burncycle
Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: ar15/ak47 pistol for shtf?
Replies: 20
Views: 2925

Re: ar15/ak47 pistol for shtf?

They're great! Ever since "the decision" (dah dah dahhhh) on the sig brace I tend to prefer the AR platform for its inherent physical attributes, but 5.56mm suffers out of the short barrel as everyone has mentioned. .300 blackout on the other hand... Now if I could just afford to shoot it :lol: Basi...

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