What did you do to prepare today?

What did you do to prepare today?
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#161 Post by Andy F » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:56 pm

Today? Have about 8 hours wait time left on banana slice dehydration.
I'm using up my stocks of seal-A-meal bags, portioning out 5 lb bags of pinto beans out of a 100 lb bag. Will do 5 lb bags of the 100 lb bag of rice.
I might buy more bag in rolls.

I'm looking at & considering Augason Farms brand of #10 cans of certain items, like dried eggs, milk and pancake mix. Mainly for long term storage. In regular life, we make our own pancake mixes & add eggs & milk.
I did get 25 bags of Carroll Shelby's HOT or Mild Chili Mix seasoning, I will put those in sealed bags for LT storage. Mr Shelby was my private patient on organ transplant floor mid 1990s. He was/is still the legendary Hall of Famer & a Texan, Bonneville Salt Flat race win 16 times, Ford Mustang & Shelby AC Cobra Concept race car inventor. Funny funny man, always positive & never downbeat, who's full of colorful jokes! Very TALL man, and he was very kind too. He died in 2012.
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#162 Post by Andy F » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:32 pm

Today?
Being a good neighbor. Filled up their 4 tires for free using a 12VDC Compressor air pump. Their tires were all at ~19-20psi, s/b 36psi :o
While we did that, I lightly discussed topics on GSM. I don't want to scare people off on the topic.
Later they gifted me with a triple shot Starbucks Latte Espresso :D

Now, I'm wired for sound while waiting & watching apples dehydrate, now reviewing news, weather & volcano activity and catch up on IAF & ORP etc videos.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around & understand magnetic pole reversal & potential negative effects on people.
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#163 Post by Elew » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:28 am

I've just been working as much as I can, because this next month with holiday sales...If I sell enough I can get the wood stove. I am determined...

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#164 Post by Andy F » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:16 pm

Today? Last night it was very cold. I placed my dehydrator in my sleeping room in the early evening, closed door. Dual duty, room was comfortable, and is efficient use of energy.
I have no real plans for today, grocery day for making hummus, need Seal A Meal roll of bags.
I will have to make a ToDo list or I will flounder lazily. I feel yucky today, got a crick in my neck and moving slow like a sloth :lol:
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#165 Post by iceagefarmer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:50 pm

Hi folks,

I regret not being more present in this forum but did want to check in -- while my family is safe, our community is very close to and affected by the North California wildfires. I've been involved with some of the efforts to get donations over to evac centers. They are swimming in donations now (although still low on things like pet food -- it's really informative to see what people send, THINKING it is needed, vs. what is REALLY needed), although also having health issues. I'll post a video I just uploaded about this over in the events thread.

The smoke is positively apocalyptic. I need to go catch up on watering, and work on the greenhouse (I was able to get the frame up -- need to get the structure anchored before putting the plastic on though, particularly given these so-called "diablo winds" that spin up to create fire conditions.

And yes, we continue to actively consider where would be a safer place :p

Much love to all. I hope you are well, and am honored and humbled to be here with you!!!

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#166 Post by Andy F » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:50 pm

Today?
I am playing with ham & Shortwave radios, mostly listening. I did some work for a neighbor, who bartered work with about 4 dozen Birch Benders empty ~15 ounce pancake mix bags. They are a sturdy and good thickness bag. I tested sealing one bag just below its zipline with Seal A Meal. It seals the bag very well.

They will hold just over a pound of Flour, Cornmeal or Oatmeal or dried greens ??? I used permanent black magic marker to label & date contents.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#167 Post by iceagefarmer » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:22 pm

Andy F wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:50 pm
(shortwave and pgp)
Can I ask what you are using for SW?

A late friend of mine had showed me years ago an incredible setup where he was passively monitoring messages on PSK across a few frequencies. I've been meaning to look into this, and the possibility of constructing a mesh network of operators sharing messages (much like BBS/FidoNet/etc. back pre-internet) to pass information back and forth in emergency situations.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#168 Post by Elew » Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:13 am

Today we scrapped the strawberries, the frost had damaged them too much :( we will try them again in the spring. So I have more basil started in their place for the winter, because we love pesto...

Then we got a new neighbor. She lives alone in an RV (with a couple cats), but her 12V system is not working. So Nyai is trying to help her sort that, and we loaned her a little Mr Buddy heater to get her through, and helped her figure out what she needs to stay warm and cook with no electric...we will have her self sufficient in no time.

Got some beans soaking, and then back to work...wood stove soon I hope :)

And I sorted out sewing machines and sewing tools. I get each of my kids one thing a year, usually a tool of some sort, and this year is sewing. So one girl wanted my old singer, which is a die hard machine built in 1994...but I have wanted a better machine that can sew heavy canvas for like 20 years, so was happy to pass along the old one. Then I got my two other girls basic machines as well...so everyone will be able to make clothes and whatever they need. Bags of 50 bobbins, pins, needles, etc...they will have enough to last a lifetime if they take care of them.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#169 Post by Andy F » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:06 am

iceagefarmer wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:22 pm
Andy F wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:50 pm
(shortwave and pgp)
Can I ask what you are using for SW?

A late friend of mine had showed me years ago an incredible setup where he was passively monitoring messages on PSK across a few frequencies. I've been meaning to look into this, and the possibility of constructing a mesh network of operators sharing messages (much like BBS/FidoNet/etc. back pre-internet) to pass information back and forth in emergency situations.
I am new again to SW Radios, my last one was as a ~15 yrs old. I will pick it up fast though & will update here, when I find all the stations (a few days) as I have many resources. My main purpose is world news, and also pointed to find more local & USA wide channels for news (usually has more honest news by those who're on scene & broadcasting live)
I'm more comfortable with ham radios, tbh. Ham is my forte & favorite comms.
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#170 Post by Andy F » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:20 am

There are PSK apps for Android. I have it, just haven't used it much. Works with ham radio PSK frequencies good. I'm more a conversationalist on news & tech. I plan on finding PSK channels to see what I hear/find on news.
PSK for Android smartphones and tablets http://www.wolphi.com/ham-radio-apps/droidpsk/
Version 3 now with improved sensitivity and faster locking

DroidPSK is an application to decode and encode Ham Radio BPSK31 & BPSK63. A great tool for portable Amateur Radio operation. Does it for you.

There is no extra hardware required for decoding, since DroidPSK is able to decode the signal recorded from the smartphone / tablet microphone. Just hold your Android phone or tablet close to the speaker of your Amateur Radio transceiver or receiver, adjust the waterfall slider to the carrier frequency and DroidPSK will start decoding.

. DroidPSK - PSK app for Android
In transmitting mode characters can be entered using the keyboard. 20 macros are also available to store standard messages such as Name and QTH and station info. Macro keywords such as <my:callsign> <his:rcvd>, <stop> etc. are also supported. 4 different colors can be assigned to the macro buttons. For transmitting an interface like the WolphiLink is recommended. A Bluetooth function is built in but still experimental stage.

Starting v2.0, new logbook functionality is included. Callsign, Name RST etc can be easily transferred into the logbook from the receiving screen. The logbook entries can be easily searched and modified. The logbook also includes ADIF export and import to transfer your data to a PC-based logging software.

If you like to see more information you can take a look at the manual at: DroidPSK manual

The suggested frequencies for PSK on the Amateur Radio bands are:
((Americas is region 2) If you want to screenshot a nice chart to save - go here) https://www.qsl.net/darn/PSK31.htm

1.838 MHz 160 meters
3.580 MHz 80 meters
7.035 MHz 40 meters (region 3)
7.040 MHz 40 meters (regions 1,2)
10.142 MHz 30 meters
14.070 MHz 20 meters
18.100 MHz 17 meters
21.080 MHz 15 meters
24.920 MHz 12 meters
28.120 MHz 10 meters
50.290 MHz 6 meters
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