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by Tevo
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?
Replies: 13
Views: 3391

Re: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?

Just an update...I decided to hold off on the 857d until I had a little more HF time under my belt to decide what I liked and didn't, as far as personal preferences go. I picked up a used IC-718 for dirt cheap and have been enjoying it so far. It's a pretty straightforward rig probably perfect for a...
by Tevo
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Becoming licenced
Replies: 9
Views: 1934

Re: Becoming licenced

Depends on whether you want to learn the material or do like most people nowadays and just memorize the answers so that you can pass the test. If the latter, the online study guides will be sufficient, I'm sure. Don't be surprised if you get licensed, get on the air and then find yourself not knowi...
by Tevo
Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: NVIS for regional emergency comms
Replies: 3
Views: 1621

NVIS for regional emergency comms

Question for those more knowledgable than I (most everyone). In a localized emergency I was thinking having comms in the "medium" range would be as or maybe more usefulthan longer distance comms. VHF addresses local LOS type comms, but in the area out to 500 miles or so would seem to be ripe for NVI...
by Tevo
Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?
Replies: 13
Views: 3391

Re: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?

I like the cobra because it covers 160m-10m, though I suppose if I want to work 6m I'll need a second antenna. Lots of good choices it seems. I'll check out that design though...sounds promising. Thanks!
by Tevo
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?
Replies: 13
Views: 3391

Re: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?

Thanks for the input everyone. I think I'm going to place an order for the 857d and run a Cobra Ultralite Senior dipole (http://www.k1jek.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) as my primary base antenna and look at something for 6 and 2m. Thanks again!
by Tevo
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?
Replies: 13
Views: 3391

Re: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?

I thought about the overlap in coverage but figured it was more a redundancy thing than anything else and the options without the overlap seemed not to save that much money. I intend to use the HF rig mainly in a base setup but in a mount that allows me to grab and go fairly quickly so I can use it ...
by Tevo
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Opinions on Yaesu 857d?
Replies: 13
Views: 3391

Opinions on Yaesu 857d?

I'm upgrading to general in a few weeks and am looking for a good HF rig. The 857d seems like a good pricepoint for me at $800ish but was wondering if anyone here had any experience with it. Currently I have a couple FT60s, some HT1000s, and some Motorola Spectras for my local stuff. I have no exper...
by Tevo
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How fat are you?
Replies: 65
Views: 2048

Re: How fat are you?

Complaining isn't the same as pointing at legitimate flaws. Pretending it doesn't apply to you because top rugby and NFL players get classed as overweight or obese by BMI standards is just sad. It's not a pissing match to ask for evidence that BMI somehow doesn't help someone. Plus this is all a bi...
by Tevo
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How fat are you?
Replies: 65
Views: 2048

Re: How fat are you?

Yeah, but for the vast majority of people where BMI fails on an individual level, they already know it and why it fails for them. It is way way way more likely that a given individual who sees one of these self-evals actually thinks they're fine or maybe "a couple extra pounds but who doesn't have ...
by Tevo
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How fat are you?
Replies: 65
Views: 2048

Re: How fat are you?

And that's just the problem...it was designed to do something other than what the general population uses it for. I work out at a Crossfit gym where the women there tend to be very, very lean. These are average housewives by and large, not super athletes. Yet when BMI is applied to them they all com...
by Tevo
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How fat are you?
Replies: 65
Views: 2048

Re: How fat are you?

BMI is essentially worthless as a measurement of healthy weight. It doesn't take into account muscle mass at all and as a result unhealthy thin people who are completely out of shape (they're commonly called skinny-fat) will be listed as a healthy BMI while healthy athletes with muscle development a...
by Tevo
Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Good Tarp?
Replies: 29
Views: 5493

Re: Good Tarp?

What is your bug out plan? If you plan to walk any significant distance, my preference is for a lighter silnylon type tarp. If not, there's no reason not to go with a cheap poly tarp. The things are indestructible. If you need to carry it, orplan to use it for recreational backpacking, go for a ligh...
by Tevo
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Re: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow

How breathable is the Carhartt coat you linked, Tevo? It says it has a polyester mesh lining, does it insulate the coat or is it just for comfort? I'm basically wondering if this coat will work during mild summer weather as well as during the winter, as that would effect what size I get. Well, it d...
by Tevo
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Re: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow

Damn, that Carhartt jacket looks pretty bombproof, and priced right too. Material almost looks like Cordura. I think the MH Epic is the rain jacket I have too. I can never remember the name of the model. It's proven to be a great jacket over the past few years. I can roll it into a roughly 3"x10" c...
by Tevo
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Whey Protein
Replies: 54
Views: 3049

Re: Whey Protein

This is completely anecdotal but take it FWIW... I have actually noticed a difference between GNC amplified wheybolic extreme 60 protein powder and other cheaper brands. I have been on a calorically restricted diet for some time while also doing Crossfit, powerlifting and strongman training. I'm pre...
by Tevo
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Re: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow

If I expect to be bushwacking or in a situation whee I can tear up my gear I usually layer up with a synthetic base (thickness depending on how cold it will be), a cheap Sam's club "performance fabric" (i.e. polyester) t shirt, a synthetic fleece I got for $6 at walmart and a Carhartt waterproof bre...
by Tevo
Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Kifaru Megatarp Stove Choice
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Kifaru Megatarp Stove Choice

Great info, thanks WoodsWalker. Any thoughts on the Megatarp compared to your paratipi having seen both in person?
by Tevo
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Kifaru Megatarp Stove Choice
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Kifaru Megatarp Stove Choice

Anyone have any experience using a kifaru Megatarp with a stove? Trying to decide betweenthe parastove and small stove and was wondering if the para is big enough for temps down to -5f or so. It's for backpacking so if it's possible to get away with the smaller one I much prefer that--but I certainl...
by Tevo
Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Is Height/Build important for Survival?
Replies: 61
Views: 5598

Re: Is Height/Build important for Survival?

Height/build may, in fact, be a deciding factor in a survival situation, but it all depends on the situation. Maybe a situation arises in which you either hump a 75lb ruck over miles of mountain passes or die. In that case, being overweight can certainly hinder your survival. On the flipside, if a 5...
by Tevo
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Backpacking Denali
Replies: 3
Views: 2405

Re: Backpacking Denali

If you are unable to get a permit, hiking the Resurrection trail on the Kenai is a very popular route and is easy to access trailheads, but offers some pretty scenery. http://www.backpacker.com/september_1997_destinations_alaska_resurrection_trail/destinations/801" onclick="window.open(this.href);r...
by Tevo
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Backpacking Denali
Replies: 3
Views: 2405

Backpacking Denali

The wife and I are planning a Denali trip this summer and would like to do a 5-8 day trip in the Denali backcountry. I understand you can't reserve permits in advance so you should come prepared with alternate itineraries. Does anyone have any experience here? Any suggestions as to which units are b...
by Tevo
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Kifaru bringing out new goodies
Replies: 5
Views: 2183

Re: Kifaru bringing out new goodies

I hate you right now. :lol: i was *this* close to reluctantly pulling the trigger on an Express. I wanted something in the mid to high 2k cubic inches for dayhikes and overnights that i could expand to mid 3ks using pockets for 3 day trips. The Express was a smidge too small but I figured I could ma...
by Tevo
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Propane Heat: Pros and Cons
Replies: 16
Views: 1980

Re: Propane Heat: Pros and Cons

We heat a motorhome fulltime with propane via two Wave catalytic portable propane heaters, supplemented with a small desktop size ceramic heater. Being a motorhome it's poorly insulated compared to your average house. Winter temps this year have averaged around 10-15 as nightime lows. We're able to ...
by Tevo
Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Champion 2,000 watt inverter generator
Replies: 43
Views: 9128

Re: Champion 2,000 watt inverter generator

I go to a summer festival out in the NV desert every year and run two Honda EU2000s paralleled to power an AC unit. Noise is an issue there, not so much for security but simply being a good neighbor and not bothering everyone with your gens. Hondas are super quiet to begin with,but what I do is buil...

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