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
High altitude nuke are very much developed and ready to go... Quickest way to take a country down. Take out the grid and internet, and comms; Then the citizens riot - no need to invade until the society of the country has completely collapsed.
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Post by malewithatail on Jul 23, 2021 14:22:50 GMT 10
Agree, it wouldn't take much in the powder keg the world is now to set off a rather large bang. It wouldn't even need a nuke to go off to cause kaos. Add into the mix a Government that wants to suppress any information and turn off the phone networks, and do you know where your loved ones are ? Get commed up people, get a UHF CB, familiarize yourself with the local repeaters. Plan ahead with your family as to how to contact each other, times to listen, is the repeater mains powered ?(vulnerable if the grid goes down), or solar powered. I've solar powered our local channel 8 repeater, so it should keep going, for at least a day or so even with heavy use. Next, get a decent short wave radio to keep up with international news. Local news services may be unreliable or even corrupted by the Govt truth squads. Investigate at least one person in your group getting their Ham radio license, for longer distance comms. In the collapse, your radio room will probably become the most important room, at least for a few days until things settle down, so make sure it has a totally independent power supply, and some way of keeping it running, like solar. I always leave the aerials of the radios disconnected at all times, except when actually operating, in case of an EMP. Not everyone can have either the knowledge to build, equipment or ready finances, to buy/build a EMP proof radio, but your spare radios should be in a faraday cage (look it up). After the bang goes off, leave the radios off for a few hours in case of another one. Most people will still be in stuck trying to work things out, so if you do not have a radio that can survive an EMP or CME, a few hours delay wont compromise you. Use that time to check your stores, ammo and so on. We carry a spare engine computer and the tools and knowledge to change it out for each vehicle, not cheap to obtain, but a necessity if we are to get home. My No1 priority is to get home, and get us all together, then start gathering intel. Always keep your vehicles fuel topped off on every trip to town. You are already at your bug out location now aren't you ? Have a think about what you would need to get if the collapse happened today, and go and get it, now. Think along the lines of "gee, I wish Id got more of.....(Fill in the blank)." Have a listen to the following podcast for ideas.
I'll be honest. I'm not technically minded in any way, shape or form. I have some UHF handsets but mostly for the kids when we go camping so that we don't have to shout at them.
Is it even WORTH having UHF if SHTF? I don't really know much about it so I'd have to assume no. I also am interested in building a little fariday cage for the other half's drone. He has a pretty great drone that can have automatic patrol sectors set up and stuff. Very cool, but very useless if there's an EMP.
Post by malewithatail on Jul 25, 2021 18:10:35 GMT 10
Intel gathering will be vital after the collapse, knowing where the zombies are, they will want your supplies, and other things. Knowing what's happening will be like gold. My platoon sergeant, who served in ww2, was asked what scared him the most and his answer was not knowing what was happening, more so than the bombs and Germans. We have UHF CB radios in all vehicles, including the tractor. Do u know the channel of your local repeater ? Usually maintained by the local SES or RFS unit. Ours is now totally solar powered, so will keep operating after a grid down event. At the very least, have a decent short wave radio and know how to use it. Spare battery's and maybe a solar charger as well. The radios are for getting everyone home safe WTSHTF. Imagine all the cell phones, internet, facefart, etc. gone down, even fixed telephones will go out, and then having your loved ones in town and not knowing where they are ? Also have a UHF high power CB in our bug home bags, just in case we have to leave the vehicles and hoof it home. Bug out bags have one as well as a small short wave Kiato radio, spare battery's and and a solar charger. Look at some of my previous posts for more information, or PM me.
Don't adjust your mind, the fault is with reality.
Does a drone need a satellite to know where it is before it takes off? My son's mavic pro seems to know when it is in a flight zone, so I'm thinking no gps working, no drone flying.
Edit: Google says you can fly a drone without gps but it is much more difficult.
I believe it actually is a Mavic Pro. I'd assumed that you could fly them without GPS if you've already downloaded the local area maps but that sounds like a wrong assumption. I've had a look on a few videos that talk about it and you're right. It seems tricky. I suspect if you're in line of sight it's not too bad, so perhaps straight up, 360 and straight down might be ok. Definitely warrants some more checking out.
I agree MWAT, that GOOD intel is, and always will be, gold. But having a radio network isn't any guarantee of having good intel. How would you know that the information provided by the other operator is true? That it isn't hearsay or bias? That it isn't Tokyo Rose?
Post by malewithatail on Jul 25, 2021 19:02:37 GMT 10
Very good point, but by monitoring the bands before TSHTF, you can get an idea of what's normal now, and if something smells, its probably a rat. After TSHTF, we will all be very busy, so a little thought into setting things up now will pay off. For instance, food growing will be taking up a lot of time, so I have a small FM transmitter, used to send your MP3 music to a FM radio , attached to a better aerial to give a range that just about covers the whole 100 odd acres of the farm. This can be switched to any radio, from the main short wave set, to any ham transceiver and even the AM car radio. This means that I can keep an ear on what's happening whilst working in the farm. Don't overlook an old AM only car radio connected to a wire aerial say 30 meters long and as high as possible. Such a set is quite capable of receiving most mainland Australian radio stations and even New Zealand AM stations, especially after dark. Add a simple short wave converter to it and you have a potent receiving station, at almost zero cost, especially as AM only car radios appear at the tip regularly, and the converter only needs one cheap integrated circuit and a handful of other bits with a total value less than $10, and a couple of hours to build it, even dead bug style, no need for a printed circuit board. I have one attached to the car radio in my Ute as well as one still on the car radio in the old Ute that is now our on farm fire truck. That one is even fitted with a crude BFO to receive single sideband transmissions. The present project is to build a night vision monocular, from surveillance tv gear, and an external switchable IR source, trying to make it as passive as possible.