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by taipan821
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Coal powered Generator - small / home sized?
Replies: 10
Views: 207

Re: Coal powered Generator - small / home sized?

We use a coal-fired boiler at work for hot water (megalitres of hot water at 80 degrees C) one thing you might not be aware of is the startup time, which depending on your setup might be several hours before you can begin to produce electricity. with regards for power supply for 18 months, it might ...
by taipan821
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Hatchet vs. Machete--either, neither, or both?
Replies: 22
Views: 520

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

for my local conditions, a machete works well (rocking a 1958 pattern Australian Army Machete) , going south, i switch it out for a saw (chainsaw) and axe because the timber gets bigger the further south you go.
by taipan821
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: How have your preps evolved?
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: How have your preps evolved?

I started prepping with this view of going alone in an 'almost' anarchic environment. Recent events including deployments to areas affected by cyclones have made me rethink this, My preps have shrunk in volume, focusing more on short term relief (three weeks) rather than doomsday scenarios. In addit...
by taipan821
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Cold pack activating itself
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Cold pack activating itself

I've had a instant ice pack activate itself, was located in the corner of a trauma bag and got bumped. I've also had one go off, in its box, on a shelf...turns out there was a bad batch.
by taipan821
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: budget QRP rig
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Re: budget QRP rig

just bought the UBitx, now currently researching for a matching ATU, I'm looking at mounting the ubitx, ATU, battery and charger into a pelican case, with space for the coax and antenna.
by taipan821
Sat May 26, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*
Replies: 1156
Views: 63230

Re: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*

Another question, regarding headspace gauges.

worth it? I'm not being picky at the moment about case dimensions, just wanting to make sure the case will load
by taipan821
Tue May 22, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I am Going to Starbucks. No Really.
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: I am Going to Starbucks. No Really.

I never really understood the whole fancy coffee thing. I also drive a truck, have short hair and a coin purse. It is what you do when you can't make good coffee. I used to work at a 24hr MacDonalds. And constantly had to drag people out of that place. I've been at 24 hr Mcdonalds after SES activat...
by taipan821
Tue May 22, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What is Water Plan ?
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: What is Water Plan ?

I complement the OP on a wonderful first post...never thought about the hot water system. I live in the North of Australia, the tropics and we get cyclones. I aim on having 10L of water per day (cyclone plan) for drinking, washing and cooking. I'm slowly collecting 10L containers to avoid the panic ...
by taipan821
Tue May 22, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: 8 Survival Myths That Will Definitely Make Things Worse (vid
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: 8 Survival Myths That Will Definitely Make Things Worse

I'm watching this while in western queensland....think tornado alley then turn the heater on. the distinguishing feature is the complete lack of trees, let alone the complete lack of moss for navigation :shock:
by taipan821
Tue May 22, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*
Replies: 1156
Views: 63230

Re: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*

Here are some things I wish I knew when starting. Get a cheap (used?) single press. If you are buying brass online and/or reloading brass you haven’t shot get small base dies and a case trimmer. Lastly, buy reloading books and see what you shoot and what powders can be used with each cartridge. whi...
by taipan821
Mon May 21, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*
Replies: 1156
Views: 63230

Re: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*

More questions 1. Are dies interchangable? can I use RCBS dies in a lee press? Yes 2. what advantages does a turret press have over a single stage? (single stage press $142 AUD, turret $175 AUD ) With a single stage you have to remove and screw in each die as needed. Turret all the dies stay on the...
by taipan821
Mon May 21, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*
Replies: 1156
Views: 63230

Re: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*

thanks for the info halfapint.

More questions
1. Are dies interchangable? can I use RCBS dies in a lee press?
2. what advantages does a turret press have over a single stage? (single stage press $142 AUD, turret $175 AUD )
by taipan821
Mon May 21, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Best (durable) earbuds for comms/BOB use
Replies: 18
Views: 2392

Re: Best (durable) earbuds for comms/BOB use

I use a bowman headset which I've modded to suit the icom radios my volunteer unit run. I would love to hear more about this, I actually just started shopping for a bowman. I honestly just got it to fit under my helmet so I can hear the radio while conducting search and rescue. haven't used it enou...
by taipan821
Sun May 20, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Best (durable) earbuds for comms/BOB use
Replies: 18
Views: 2392

Re: Best (durable) earbuds for comms/BOB use

I use a bowman headset which I've modded to suit the icom radios my volunteer unit run. I only use this as it is reasonably comfortable and still allows me to hear. for amateur radio...in fact all my radios have a pair of cheap earbuds packed away with them. I do have a pair of sennheiser headphones...
by taipan821
Sat May 19, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*
Replies: 1156
Views: 63230

Re: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*

A little update on my introduction to reloading If you want to hand polish, I would suggest NevR Dull from eagle one. Its like cotton batting soaked in a mild solvent, works great and a can will last years. Thanks for the recommendation, it is so much easier to use and with less mess. I have 100 rou...
by taipan821
Sun May 13, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Heat, and How to Survive It
Replies: 18
Views: 715

Re: Heat, and How to Survive It

+1 for conditioning. I live in Northern Australia, so I get both dry heat and the humidity depending on where I am (eastern side of range or western), there is no fast way to get used to the heat, you just have to bear it. +1 for loose clothing and water. I've found that when I'm in dry heat I don't...
by taipan821
Fri May 11, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Industrial Use First Repsonder and Emergency Kit
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Industrial Use First Repsonder and Emergency Kit

I've recently started working as a first aider in a meat processing plant. most of the injuries we see are soft tissue injuries (sore muscles, tenderness etc). and the most common item we use is vet wrap. sticks to itself, does not hold water and easy to apply quickly. We also have dedicated lacerat...
by taipan821
Mon May 07, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: I want to ask a question
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: I want to ask a question

I'm not really the sort of person to suggest anything, but it depends on your risk level Best option: magazine out, chamber empty, safety on Good option: magazine in, chamber empty, safety on bad option: magazine in, chamber loaded, safety on Worst option: magazine in, chamber loaded, safety off. ho...
by taipan821
Sun May 06, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: a quick question about power
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: a quick question about power

raptor wrote:Remember with grid tied solar panels systems( which are popular in the US) without utility or generator power they are automatically shut down.
I'll have to check that, I think that is what happens here (Queensland, Australia) but I'll have to double check
by taipan821
Sun May 06, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: a quick question about power
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: a quick question about power

Everyone it seems is preoccupied with the generator and overlooks the obvious real weakness. Thanks.....And you'll probably never see a power company truck try to dodge a squirrel that's trying to run across the road.:crazy:[/quote] I've frankly never seen a power company truck try to dodge anythin...
by taipan821
Tue May 01, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Baofeng Radios.
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Re: Baofeng Radios.

Not only do the Chinese make cheap knockoffs of foreign goods, but they make cheap knockoffs of Chinese goods too. At this point I will only buy Baofeng radios and accessories from reputable, established dealers. It would be nice to pay $7 for a battery, but I"ll spring the extra and pay $15-$20 fo...
by taipan821
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Baofeng Radios.
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Baofeng Radios.

Hello all. It's been a while since I was last looking for a cheap vhf/uhf handheld. last time I looked there was the baofeng UV-5R. Now there are so many options. UV-5R, UV-5RB, RC, RD GT-3, GT-5 so, from the baofeng line, which radio would be the best bang for the buck? Does the humble UV-5R still ...
by taipan821
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: oxygen regulator's:
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: oxygen regulator's:

02 regulators come in a variety of styles and shapes, but all do the same basic function. However, saying that I am a big believer of using what you were trained on, treat oxygen as a drug as you can cause harm by oxygenating too much. ( you have been trained on 02 administration and advanced resusc...
by taipan821
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6560
Views: 261766

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

attended a course for fighting bush fires so I am more prepared for the coming fire season

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