myrrph: but does mainstay taste good tho? I watched the urban prepper taste test.. I think same thing over 72 hours is a baaaaaaaaaaaad idea.
Jul 16, 2021 15:16:25 GMT 10
survivalstorehouse: We did a lot of taste tests - its all vanilla shortbread taste - Mainstay was good because it held moisture and so wasn't thirst provoking - but yeah you had to be pretty hungry to enjoy it :-)
Jul 16, 2021 18:08:28 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: I lived off it for a week no dramas. But im also the person who has noodles for breakfast and lunch 6 days a week.
Jul 16, 2021 18:34:30 GMT 10
Joey: I've still got a bunch of the sample food biscuits from survivalstorehouse for members to try, please PM if interested
Jul 16, 2021 18:38:32 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Well, it's cold, wet, windy here in SA - more to come - welcome to winter!
Jul 16, 2021 19:56:35 GMT 10
myrrph: I have been thinking about savoury long life survival food coz I am not a big fan of sweet stuff. but you're right, the thirst factor is a major point. I've tried making pemmican (and failed) now gonna try hard tack (like at last!).
Jul 19, 2021 13:29:01 GMT 10
myrrph: One good thing about this pandemic, is that it allows me to try all these nice prepping things ^_^
Jul 19, 2021 13:29:24 GMT 10
malewithatail: Also enables one to go over the preps and tidy up the shed.
Jul 19, 2021 14:50:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Well, SA going into a "not a lockdown" lockdown. Yay!
Jul 19, 2021 19:47:28 GMT 10
spinifex: And now SA is in a full Lockdown for 7 days ... toilet paper sold out within hours!! LMAO What the heck is with that behavior??
Jul 20, 2021 17:01:57 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: Plenty of time to do some weeding, since i spent an hour today and barely made a dent. But QLD, so no lockdown. But if we did, ammunition supply is essential, thus still going to work.
Jul 20, 2021 18:23:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: We've got up to 40mm rain coming next 7 days - another shed clean up is on the cards.
Jul 20, 2021 22:21:35 GMT 10
SA Hunter: People on social media whinging that the shelves at supermarket empty, nothing for them to buy - lessons not being learnt!
Jul 20, 2021 22:23:04 GMT 10
malewithatail: Went shopping today, holes appearing in shelves at wollies. Amazing. get prepped people.
Jul 21, 2021 18:09:12 GMT 10
Joey: Anyone with mates in Talisman Sabre that can hook us up with a box or 2 of US MRE's?
Jul 22, 2021 13:52:51 GMT 10
SA Hunter: 22mm rain so far-more to come.
Jul 22, 2021 22:45:03 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: We been getting the yanks in the shop here, they think the games are some secret hush hush thing.
Jul 23, 2021 19:30:43 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: What an afternoon. 4 hours of trying to set up and position my 4g directional antenna (1hour to drive into town for fittings and back). Sealed up hole and roof. Then realize i forgot to re run my VHF/UHF antenna wire.
Jul 24, 2021 17:49:20 GMT 10
I suck at learning about radios. I have an idea though. This is just one of the basic radios (this one from Aussie Disposals) available all over the place.
Generally they have a pretty short reception range. I assume this is because of the small antenna. Is it possible to use a long piece of wire in place of or attached to the existing antenna and greatly improve the reception. Both in terms of clarity of reception and also the distance that the radio will receive from? If so is there an easy way to do it? For example, if a station could be heard faintly would an antenna extension increase the sound level coming from the radio? Or would an extension to the antenna enable it to hear stations from further away? And for God's sake don't get technical in your answers, please, or I won't understand it!
We can learn new things all the time with a bit of reading:
According to the internet: "Shortwave radio is radio transmission using shortwave radio frequencies. There is no official definition of the band, but the range always includes all of the high frequency band (HF)" "Radio waves in the shortwave band (HF) can be reflected or refracted from the ionosphere. Therefore, short waves directed at an angle into the sky can be reflected back to Earth at great distances, beyond the horizon. This is called skywave or "skip" propagation. Thus shortwave radio can be used for very long distance communication, in contrast to radio waves of higher frequency which travel in straight lines (line-of-sight propagation) and are limited by the visual horizon"
So your Grans shortwave radio works the same as my HF set; just lacking the ability to transmit.
A copper wire loop is always good for enhancing reception coverage of hf or shortwave transmissions. If possible, create a big loop around your roof and connect it back to the radio and that will greatly assist. If not you roof, then on a tall tree.
Again, take advantage of the resources we have available, ie google, and do a search. I didn’t have such facilities when I was a kid with my grandfathers old valve shortwave radio so I experimented, went to the library and read up - but after a few experiments, and depending on time of day and weather, I was easily able to receive plenty. So read and experiment - it’s how we learn.