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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #8190 on: December 10, 2018, 10:13:14 pm »

bring   on   the   "  Crisco "   /   shades   of   my   grand-mothers   &    mothers   kitchens.....
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #8191 on: January 15, 2019, 10:46:41 pm »

travel kits

How many examples have you heard or read about where people slid off the road in the winter and had so survive (or not) days before being rescued? … or walking out to rescue? How many of these tales before you actually prepare to land on the side of “survived” rather than “perished”?

I finally had enough. Today I began reviewing what I had set up and was using, or not using. Completely inadequate was the early conclusion. I had lots of pieces kinda-sorta geared up, but I wasn’t even using the bits I had. My get home bag was always home, even when I was not. My winter slide-off, survive a below freezing winter night bag also stayed home except for special occasions.

Need does not wait until you are prepared for it.

Today I got serious, set up a big table in my studio and shredded my four semi-coherent kits, reorganizing into a rational setup that will be convenient to use and, therefore be there when I need them.

https://www.bitterrootbugle.com/2019/01/15/travel-kits/
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #8192 on: January 16, 2019, 02:32:54 pm »

Yes always important to have a winter kit to add to your normal get home kit. I have a duffle bag with insulated bibs, Carhart coat, hat gloves and my Muck boots I throw in the car in the winter.
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #8193 on: January 24, 2019, 12:44:45 pm »

I did my 5th turn as comms support coordinator for the Darby Dog Derby dog-sled and skijour races January 19-20.  We learn every year from this ... and are getting pretty good at it. 

This year a two-person operator/traffic-logger set the GMRS repeater up in a high spot overlooking the 25-mile course. They could tell us at any time which teams had passed which checkpoints. 

Comms were excellent. No dead spots anywhere ... except for the antique batteries on our very robust ex-federal radios.  I will have either a complete set of NEW batteries or complete set of new radios before I deploy either of our "Event Repeaters" again.

The whole story: https://www.bitterrootbugle.com/2019/01/22/darby-dog-derby-2019-review/

The dog derby gives us an opportunity to test our Event Repeater. Real events may not be on a nice summer afternoon. Testing in winter conditions is harder on men and equipment. Good for me and others to show us what we need to work on for any kind of winter deployments.
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #8194 on: January 30, 2019, 07:46:44 pm »

Definitely some amateur radio overlap, but the most exciting part for me is that I got a comms network up.

The BEARS (Bitterroot Emergency Amateur Radio Services) group is a small working group of mostly radio guys. Technologically I hang on by my fingernails in this company, but am an organizer, a real one. So I run the meetings without title... this is a rather organic group.  I am a good cat herder. I like driving the bus from the middle row.

I have worked the radio geeks in order to determine best ways to provide EMCOM when the phones and Internet fail us.

We were betting everything on VHF and UHF repeaters (our radios hit the repeaters who retransmit with greater power from better locations). Not a bad bet, but all your eggs in one basket ...

At our last two monthly BEARS meetings blasting ham radio signals straight up for the Ionosphere to reflect straight back down turned out to be the ideal short-range backup-comms plan. So I ran with it.

I spent a few days building an antenna that specialized in that mode. Today I sent an e-mail reminder to all BEARS and the more social-ham-focused club (much bigger audience) that we were going to work this mode. Tonight 8 of us were on the air that way.  That, folks, is a quorum.  It gets better from here.
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