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General Category => Tactical Corner => Topic started by: STN on August 02, 2017, 12:34:56 AM

Title: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: STN on August 02, 2017, 12:34:56 AM
Hello Operators.
Today we're talking about field stations, or actually the shelters we use when operating man portable or as portable field stations. Last April 2017 I participated in the radar challenge. I suffered some pretty awful conditions with snow, freezing rain, frostbite. After that, I began to realized it was time to reconcile my all-weather operating conditions.
This article discusses an all-weather shelter for amateur field communications. It shows you what I'm using now, and what I'm upgrading to in the near future.
If you've also been thinking about shelters or already have a solution, please tell me about it in the comments.
de oh8stn
http://oh8stn.org/blog/2017/07/31/all-weather-shelter-for-field-communications/ (http://oh8stn.org/blog/2017/07/31/all-weather-shelter-for-field-communications/)
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: cockpitbob on August 07, 2017, 06:18:57 PM
I used to go backpacking in the New England states in winter.  The one thing I learned, and it seems to be a universal rule for those that winter camp, is either get the proper gear or don't do it.  Without an appropriate tent, sleeping bag, pad/mattress, boots, clothes.... it's at best miserable and risky. 

That TipiTent looks interesting, but not having a floor is disqualifier for me.  Between bugs and critters having access when not on snow, and that a high wind could get under the edges.  Ohhh, but to have all that room and a wood stove would be luxury!
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: RadioRay on August 07, 2017, 06:29:09 PM
In winter, I loved snow shelters.  It was always worth the extra time when spending a few days or more because snow is a good insulator and the walls do not flap in winter winds. 20 - something F in still air is much warmer  than you would believe. Snow shelters are  q u i e t  inside. However, portability - not so much  ha ha


de RadioRay  ..._ ._
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: STN on August 08, 2017, 12:20:19 AM
I used to go backpacking in the New England states in winter.  The one thing I learned, and it seems to be a universal rule for those that winter camp, is either get the proper gear or don't do it.  Without an appropriate tent, sleeping bag, pad/mattress, boots, clothes.... it's at best miserable and risky. 

That TipiTent looks interesting, but not having a floor is disqualifier for me.  Between bugs and critters having access when not on snow, and that a high wind could get under the edges.  Ohhh, but to have all that room and a wood stove would be luxury!

Totally agree!
My cold weather sleep gear is Finnish Army winter kit. The tipi has a floor and inner tent,  but they are not shown in that photo. I figure a 2.9 kilos for the whole system plus the stove make it a winner. Have to remember my conditions up here at 65 degrees north are a little different than New England, although we don't have very many nor'easters up here, winter temp can kill you.
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: gil on August 08, 2017, 03:11:08 AM
I really like my ICS (Improved Combat Shelter) from ORC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFQrFzlUek (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFQrFzlUek)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRKZZXCouA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRKZZXCouA)

Improved Combat Shelter Features:
Gil.
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: STN on August 08, 2017, 03:31:08 AM
I like the combat shelter's too, they just don't work in Scandinavia during winter.
I enjoyed that second video you woke up showing the shelter and we hear the sound of a sheep in the background. So now we know how you stayed warm over the cold Pyrenees night 😃
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: RadioRay on August 08, 2017, 12:51:50 PM
Bwaaaaaaaa hahahhahhaa !!!!!!

I am simply going to keep my mouth shut on this thread  :o
Title: Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
Post by: gil on August 08, 2017, 01:09:52 PM
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So now we know how you stayed warm over the cold Pyrenees night.

What happens in the Pyrenees stays in the Pyrenees  :o ;D

Gil.