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The $6 Ultralight Backpacking Stove

Straight from the bargain bin at the Shenzen copycat flea market is the “Ultralight Backpacking Stove”. Will you burn up your six bucks or load your family’s packs with these gems? The choice is yours, the opinion is mine. Check out the $6 Ultralight Backpacking Stove These ship straight from Shenzen, so be prepared to …

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The $12, 18 billion lumen, impervious to water at crush depths, Cree* LED Headlamp

So scams promise to make you rich overnight, in the case of off shore goods that could be useful to our everyday lives, they make you poor slowly.  In this video I take a look at the $12 headlamp that claims some amazing things.  Spoiler alert..It doesn’t do anything it says it does.  Does that …

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Optimizing GMRS Communications- The Midland MicroMobile MTX 100

GMRS or General Mobile Radio Service is one of the tools available to us for communications. In this video we talk about how you can make the most out of GMRS.  One of the best radios for the task is the Midland MicroMobile.  The MicroMobile offers a few key features not found in other commercial …

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DIY How To Build A Solar Powered Ham-O-Can Radio Go Box

A little while back, one of the fans on our Patreon page suggested that there wasn’t a good how to on the internet on building a Radio Go Box.  What is a radio go box?  Simply put, it is a radio in some sort of enclosure that is self powered that you can take out …

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EMP- The RZ Mask, what is filtering your air?

Lots of folks have solutions for shelter, water, and food in their preps, but what about air?  The rule of threes tells us the body cannot survive without air for more than three minutes.  Some disaster’s primary motivators might be something that happens to the air, volcanic eruptions, war, epidemics, massive forest fires.  What solution …

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The Ultimate Guide To Software Defined Radio

Detecting drones and other aircraft, predicting weather, monitoring police, fire, EMS, air traffic, ham, business radio, radio astronomy, finding ships at sea are some of the things that you can do if you have a key to the radio spectrum.  Until now, if you wanted access to any one of the aforementioned types of communications …

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How To Download Weather Images Directly From Satellites with SDR

Downloading weather directly from NOAA (and Meteor) weather satellites is one of the most interesting things you can do with Software Defined Radio or SDR for short. This SDR Tutorial will show you how to setup your dongle and computer to download satellites as they pass overhead. This is a little more involved than some …

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How To Build A QFH (Quadrifilar Helix Antenna) to Download Images From Weather Satellites

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  Every few hours a NOAA weather satellite passes over your head, continuously transmitting pictures in visible light, infrared, and shortwave infrared.  Meteorologists utilize this information to predict weather.  The good news is, so can you.  With something like the NooElec SDR dongle, a computer, and a QHF antenna you can predict your own weather, …

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How To Harden Doors, Part 3

If you are just joining the series, please start with the first video in the series, or our Security 101 Video.  In this third part of how to harden doors we tie everything together, answer questions the series has generated, and talk about what type of door I used and some of the extra things …

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What Makes A Lock High Security? The Mul-T-Lock Hurcular Deadbolt

In the second part of the “How To Harden Doors” series (missed the first part?), we take a look at the Mul-T-Lock Hurcular Deadbolt. There are many different locks, from many different manufacturer’s, at many different price ranges. The Mul-T-Lock employs just about every security measure possible and we contrast these to what you might …

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