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CB / Re: CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
« Last post by gil on November 08, 2017, 03:16:04 AM »
CB is a great local communications tool. I got my first one when I was 14, a Lafayette LM-300, followed by a President Jackson. During the height of a solar cycle it will skip worldwide. Right now, not so often... I am sure I will end up buying another one some time, A president Grant II probably.

Gil.
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CB / Interesting CB article
« Last post by NF822WNY on November 08, 2017, 12:50:13 AM »
The following link highlights the reasons CB (11 meter)should be included into radio prepping

https://offgridsurvival.com/cbradios/

Also included a generic listing of what channels to monitor, I found this helpful when starting out.
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CB / Channel 3 Project
« Last post by NF822WNY on November 08, 2017, 12:39:49 AM »
Anyone interested in CB and prepping should take a look at the following site:

https://amrron.com/communications-resources/ch3-project/

This outlines a protocol for SHFT comms with non licensed radio operators.

Could be helpful for CB, FRS, GMRS
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CB / CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
« Last post by NF822WNY on November 08, 2017, 12:34:22 AM »
About a year ago i started into the world of radio prepping.  My main focus was a reliable radio system to communicate between my home and my vehicles.  In the US you can go ham or you can go cb, frs, gmrs.  In the interest to keep my prepping off the grid as much as possible i settled onto CB.  My firm belief is that if you are under the understanding that there are limitations to CB and are inherently not the best radio system, you will still be surprised and pleased with the capabilities of CB.  For my own preps, i have a Midland 78-22 that can be a handheld or a mobile with additional mag mount.  I have a Uniden 980SSB in my truck that i use daily for traffic and weather and to talk to local cb'ers, up to 15-20 miles away.  I have a Galaxy 2517 10 meter convert as my base station with an A-99 antenna.  This gets me out a farther than my mobile.  Recently i finished my go box project which includes cb, amp, swr meter, speaker, pa horn two antenna mounts, anderson powerpole power distribution.  This go box runs off a 40 ah bioenno LiFePo4 battery for extended use.  All of this is in a hefty tool box and will serve as a portable base station when camping, hunting, and SHTF.  Again my main focus is local contact and communication reliable communication between my home and mobile locations.  Skip allows further contacts when possible.  Once everything is dialed in i find it a reliable and effective means of communication.  Again, i am realistic in knowing my CB is not a Ham, but it serves a purpose.  I am also not ignorant to the fact that there are some crazy's out there (channel 6 etc) but locally i have found that there are many truckers still using cb, as well as a dedicated few cb base stations that are like minded.  Things that can defiantly come in handy. 
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Tactical Corner / Re: AmeriGeddon SHTF Movie
« Last post by NF822WNY on November 08, 2017, 12:16:52 AM »
Not the best SHTF movie by a long shot, but will make you think
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Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of House Water Supply
« Last post by NF822WNY on November 08, 2017, 12:12:48 AM »
Water, the key to life is often overlooked, but if you look close at your situation you may find some interesting and unusual water sources in a grid down situation.

1 hot water tank...40 gallons of water already in a container, with a valve at the bottom to allow controlled access.
2 toilet retention tank, 1 to 2 gallons of water
3 sump pump pit, ground water in the home
 
none are exactly appetizing but with a good filter, it doesn't really matter
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Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of Water
« Last post by Quietguy on November 07, 2017, 06:36:21 PM »
Nice!  I worry about it handling the pressure of house water, but something like that has a lot of potential.  We don't plan on being in this house more than 5 more years, so this idea is for the next house.

One option is to not connect it in-line with the house supply, but put a 12 volt RV pump on the discharge outlet and back-feed it into the house system as needed.  Close the main supply valve from city water so you aren't trying to feed water to the whole neighborhood.  You can use a garden hose to make a temporary connection from the RV pump to a convenient hose bibb, with appropriate freeze protection as needed.  That should be good enough for sanitation purposes.

A non-permanent installation like that could be done in a day and the whole thing moved with you to your next location.  Or, leave it behind as a rain-water collection system for the garden.

Wally
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Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of House Water Supply
« Last post by cockpitbob on November 07, 2017, 02:55:37 PM »
Update:  I've learned that my forced water heating system should run fine for a very long time(weeks or months) without house water.  I'll call it a semi-sealed system that works at a lower pressure (12psi) than the house water and only draws in new water if for some reason it loses some.  Apparently if you flush the system the water is supposed to look black.  That means it's been there a long time and no new oxygen has gotten in to help corrode things from the inside.

Knowing that the furnace will keep the house warm even if the town water is out for a week is a big comfort.  One reason I got the generator is around here people have been without power for over 2 weeks in winter and unless they had a wood stove their houses froze.
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Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of House Water Supply
« Last post by gil on November 07, 2017, 01:37:27 PM »
I just thought it was funny ;D One needs to be ready for anything, LOL.

Gil.
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Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of Water
« Last post by cockpitbob on November 07, 2017, 09:41:11 AM »
Water is the most valuable but hardest to prep for, it takes up a lot of space to store it, gets heavy quick, and requires maintenance.

The best set up I have seen for water storage is plumbing a 275 gallon storage container in to the houses water system. Once the tank is full as you use water in the house it draws it through the tank just like a hot water heater. This allows the water to be constantly circulated. The down side is when the main goes down you will have no flow unless you plumb a pump (preferably 12 volt) it the system. Or drain into buckets.

We have 2 of these tanks at my moms place, I still need to plumb them into the system. Iím looking at plumbing into the sprinkler system so I can keep the tanks in the back yard and out of site.



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Nice!  I worry about it handling the pressure of house water, but something like that has a lot of potential.  We don't plan on being in this house more than 5 more years, so this idea is for the next house.

Water was restored late last night, so life is back to normal.  I think my biggest take-away from this is the realization that my house's heating system is forced hot water and I don't think it will work without the house's water supply.  I need to research this.  In winter we can go a month without seeing temperatures above freezing.  If we lose water for an extended period I'd be heating my house with electric heaters and hair dryers.
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