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
Post by malewithatail on May 4, 2021 16:37:56 GMT 10
I suggest that we decide on some frequencies to contact each other in the group now, before TSHTF. I realize not all preppers want to, or indeed have the means to become Ham radio operators, so to that end, I am suggesting UHF channel 29, which is the road channel. I also suggest a HF 27 megahertz CB channel, say channel 10 on Australian sets, or channel 14 on American sets. This frequency is 27.125 Mhz. Just remember that UHF CB is primarily a short range (20 km max) method of communicating, whilst 27 megahertz has the potential for around the world range under the right conditions.
What would be even nicer than a nominated band/freq is an app that would generate authentication tables based on a seed phrase shared by two parties. Whilst far from 100% secure, that would provide a degree of confidence that you're talking to someone in a circle that you know/trust.
I would write the code myself ... except I've long forgotten how to do that 5hit.
Sorry, authentication tables are a mechanism for two (or more) parties communicating via radio to verify that the person they are speaking to is a trusted person. One party requests the other party to authenticate by reading out a code and the other party looks up the corresponding code and reads back the answer. If the other party can't provide the answer you know they don't have access to the authentication table. If they do respond with the correct code they are likely to be one of your trusted parties (unless the authentication tables have been compromised of course)
The authentication tables should be regenerated frequently in order to prevent them becoming compromised.
Post by malewithatail on May 6, 2021 16:52:05 GMT 10
Agree with the idea of coded responses, but I try to operate on the KISS principle, keep it simple stupid. Just passing info that a bad ass group is headed towards such and such probably wont compromise your location in any way. Up until the 1970's, 27 megs was a ham band, and my old Yaesu FT-901D has it fitted as standard, at 400 watts as well. I suggested 27.125 as a liaison frequency, as a lot of 27 meg gear that was crystal locked, is available cheaply now and almost always has 27.125 Mhz fitted as standard. There is nothing to stop you from listening on the ham bands, and there are around many older, analogue tuned receivers that can decode SSB. Kenwood, Tandy etc, and my favorite portable is a Barlow Wadley, XCR-30, crystal locked analogue tuned phase locked loop receiver. It can pick up hams from around the world, just on its inbuilt whip aerial, connect to a decent outdoor aerial and the world is at your fingertips. Other older rigs to look out for are the Tandy DX series, DX150, 160, 200. To successfully listen to hams you need something with single side band capabilities. My first rig used a small oscillator placed next to the radio to resolve SSB, but for less than $100 you can do infinitely better nowadays. (A Barlow though, will set you back considerably more than $100, if you can find one of the 20,000 that were made). Things to look for, obviously, SSB reception, bandspread to make tuning easier, crystal filter, operation from 12 v DC, an RF stage to get decent cross modulation and noise figures, a sensitivity around 0.5 microvolts for 10 db. signal to noise will pick up anything that's above the noise floor, external speaker and/or headphones socket, backlighted dial for night use, line out for routing the audio to your small FM broadcast transmitter or recording, don't get too carried away with dial accuracy, as you want to listen, and will be tuning around rather than staying on a fixed, known frequency. Unless you really know what you are doing, stay away from any valve gear, its well over 50 years old now and most will need an overhaul and at least the capacitors replaced. I know that the old gear is probably EMP/CME proof, but maintenance costs are now high on this type of gear. It also will draw a fair bit of power from a 12 v battery, if it can operate on 12 v dc at all, and is impractical to operate from dry battery's in an emergency. As for direction finding, professional gear is expensive, and amateur gear doesn't work all that well. If you don't transmit, the risk of detection is minimal, except if the Military are after you, and its probably too late to worry at that point anyway. Keep messages to less than 10 seconds or so, and I think the powers that be will have bigger issues to face than a few renegade people on properties that are sharing info that isn't classified anyway. Digital gear is available, but how deep are your pockets ? I think Id prefer to spend that cash on night vision gear instead. (Stay tuned for some experiment's with modifying cheap home security cameras to work in low light, without IR illumination. Teasing eh ?) If anyone want some advice on a purchase, PM me.
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