become a Ham radio operator

UPCOMING FREE CLASSES Want to obtain your technician license? A tech class will be held October 7th.Classes will be every Tues from 7-9PM at the Stevi Library for 10 sessions. At the end of the ten week session a FCC Volunteer administered exam will be administered to qualify you for your FCC Amateur Radio License.…

6 Ways To Make Fire Without Matches

from The Bugout Bag Guide Posted on September 24, 2014 by Chris Ruiz In a survival situation being able to start a fire can mean the difference between life and death. Hopefully your bug out bag has a fire starting kit that will enable you to start a fire quickly and reliably. But what if…

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire

from Backdoor Survival .com It has been awhile since I have written about living a strategic life. For those of you new to Backdoor Survival, living a strategic life is something that I encourage everyone to embrace, prepper or not. As a matter of fact, it is so important to me personally that I co-authored…

adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place. One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies to HAM Radio with primary focus on emergency communications. It…

monster cookies

Dad’s Universally Acknowledged Greatest Cookies Ever Created 1 1/4 cups (2 ½ sticks) Horizon unsalted organic butter 1/2 cup Sucanat 3/4 cup C&H golden brown cane sugar (packed) 2 fresh organic eggs from range chickens 1 tbs Cooks organic vanilla 2 1/4 cups organic whole wheat flour 1 tsp Arm & Hammer baking soda 1…

flashers

Mozilla Firefox, the hugely popular free Internet browser has a built-in pop-up blocker. Open the Menu, Click on “preferences”, then “Content” and check the box [x] Block pop-up windows. The problem is you still get annoying, dancing, moving garbage ads. Today I got fed up enough to bang around looking to put a stop to…

surveying the East Fork

Not because the world has some screaming need I am fulfilling, but merely because I want to… I slipped on my 14″ dairyman boots to walk across a river varying in depth from 10″ – 18″. If your math skills are average or better, you will correctly guess those boots were quite full of water…

feeling smug and toasty

Our new woodstove is starting to earn its keep and has me feeling a bit clever with a couple of my installation innovations. First off, it is definitely warm in my studio. Actually, as predicted, a bit over-warm, truth be told. Sitting a tad over three feet from the cabin’s heat source will do that.…

Propane For Preppers

How much do you really know about storing and using propane? If you are like most folks, you open the valve on your tank and for all intents and purposes, you have fuel. In the Backdoor Survival series, Propane for Preppers, we are going to unravel the mysteries of propane so that you will know…

infinite grid-free firewood

I finished installation of an efficient woodstove in our river-side cabin. It is a small woodstove, but we live in a small house. This should easily keep us warm so long as we keep it fed. Nice that we have electric central heat on the programmed thermostat I installed. Extra nice that we don’t have…

12 Months of Prepping

from Backdoor Survival Sometimes we all need to go back to the beginning to regroup, redefine and start over with a new perspective Back in 2011, when I first wrote about 12 Months of Prepping, I was excited and highly motivated to share monthly checklists with the beginning prepper. At the time I was somewhat…

Conner radio repeater

Today I completed my part of construction for the future Ham radio repeater on the knoll above Conner. The first step was to get permission and signed contracts from the landowner allowing it to happen. That wasn’t hard as the new neighbors are great people who are becoming our friends… and who, active in search…