In memory

This won’t be a pleasant post. Over the past few weeks we’ve lost three good people.

Will Grigg ran the Pro Libertate website, and I’ll admit that I havn’t been over there for a year or so. I didn’t stop following him because his blog (and podcast, for that matter) lacked for anything, rather it was that I was always so pissed off after reading it that I had to stop. His content was always excellent, and was a great resource for those interested in how “justice” gets meted out by corrupt officials. Will was doing great work right up until his death by heart attack at 54. He is sorely missed by his family, and his passion for justice was unmatched. Rest in peace, brother.

There is a GoFundMe for his family here. If you have a couple bucks and want to help them, please do.

 

Kevin O’Brien ran the Weapons Man blog and it was a daily stop for me. I received more about firearms of all kinds, their history, and their uses in each military service than I’d have been able to learn in a lifetime of reading books. Kevin also died from heart failure.

His blog is still up, and I urge you to stop by and peruse it, starting at the beginning. I believe you’ll be glad you did. Much more detail about his death and life celebration are there if you care to know.

 

Finally, Bob Owens took his own life, leaving a wife and two daughters, 9 and 17. I have no interest in moralizing about his choice. This is neither the time nor place, so please follow my lead.

My only interaction wit Bob was on Twitter, and I found him to be intelligent and witty. Bob ran the Bearing Arms website. He is also missed by his family, and I can only imagine that they are having a very hard time right now. Once again, if you have a little money and would like to contribute to his family’s immediate and college needs, you can head over to the GoFundMe set up in his name here. I’m sure it’ll be very much appreciated.

I’ve been personally mourning Will and Kevin’s death, and putting off this post, sorry. Now, with Bob’s death I had to get the move on. We’ve lost three excellent people, and I’m going to pray for the people who loved them. If you pray, I urge you to do so as well.

Go hug your friends and family.

After the Pussification

You know what I’m talking about-it’s everywhere, and it affects every decent man.

 

Out there, there is a huge number of men who are sick of it. We’re sick of being made figures of fun and ridicule; we’re sick of having girly-men like journalists, advertising agency execs and movie stars decide on “what is a man”; we’re sick of women treating us like children, and we’re really fucking sick of girly-men politicians who pander to women by passing an ever-increasing raft of Nanny laws and regulations (the legal equivalent of public-school Ritalin), which prevent us from hunting, racing our cars and motorcycles, smoking, flirting with women at the office, getting into fistfights over women, shooting criminals and doing all the fine things which being a man entails.

Read the rest at Kim’s website, and linger a while-there’s lots of good stuff over there.

Thanks to Kim for permission to repost, and also Western Rifle Shooters for leading me to Kim’s website. You might as well head over there too, while you’re at it.

Sparks 31 Down Grid Communication Class

At his blog, here.

This class has been the most useful information I’ve received since I received my amateur radio operator’s license. I took the class in April of 2016, and attended a refresher since.

I was woefully ignorant of communications when I took the class, but learned a lot in the class, and much since then.

I took all the notes I could, and wish I’d taken more. Fortunately, that’s all you need-and an ability to learn.

If you’re hungry to get communication skills for the bad times coming, sign up. You’ll be thankful you did

Click on the link and see what it’s all about.

Antique stores

Can be great places to haunt, to wit:

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I found these ham made pieces, along with a nice (appears to be new and unused) MFJ tuner, along with a couple huge boatanchor radios. I left the boatanchors, and bought the stuff above.

A couple weeks prior, I purchased a “grail” radio (for me anyway)- a Zenith Transoceanic H500. As you can see, it’s in nice shape:

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Back side:

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I took the chassis out, and it’s unmolested. I plan to recap it, install the filter caps, and replace the selenium rectifier with its modern counterpart. As much as I’m tempted to not change a thing, I’m more interested in using it, so the rework is necessary.

I didn’t pay too much, nor too little.

The moral of the story is to lurk the little second hand shops.

 

Update…

On Friday, I made my first HF contact, using my FT 857D connected to a Chameleon CHA F Loop. My contact was with a woman (Karen) in Urbana Illinois, on 20 meters-14.265 Mhz.

Today, I changed the oil on the Nissan, and again the old oil was black and nasty. This truck has the ugliest oil of any vehicle I’ve ever owned, other than my VW Rabbit Diesel. Better to come out filthy than clean, though. At least I know it’s doing what it’s supposed to.

I hope the interior of the engine is cleaner than the oil…

End fed half wave antenna

I recently purchased an EFHW antenna from Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Hawaii for $56 shipped, below:

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It’s pretty well made, the joints are soldered and it’s installed in a simple project box:

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The enclosure seems a bit less substantial than I’d like, so I decided to mount it to a piece of Plexiglass for mounting. I cut a piece, and drilled a few holes, rounded and sanded the edges:

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And mounted the matching box to the Plexiglass:

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I’ll also drill holes for the antenna wire later, when I have a better idea where they need to be.

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Included is 30′ of wire. It looks like a nice little unit, and my hope is to get it strung up mobile this weekend for testing.

See you soon.

 

 

A hit out of the park by Bill Buppert

As I fancy myself a voluntarist (not a very good one, but I’m working at it) Bill Buppert’s latest at Zero Hedge was right on target. Again.

Many Constitutionalists constantly badger everyone around them that the restoration of the document or a return to its origins will create a new yellow brick road where the government acknowledges and protects individual liberty at every turn and the central government in contravention of all human recorded history will remain small and vigilant of every predation on individual liberty.

Ad nauseum, the same parroting of nonsense learned in government obedience classes carefully and artfully disguised as civics class begun by a pledge to the centralizing instrument of mankind on the North American continent.

 

Go read the whole thing.

Chameleon CHA F-LOOP

I’ve followed Survival Tech Nord‘s YouTube channel for a year now, and like his no nonsense approach to equipment. He uses, tests, and reviews equipment, and his review of the CHA F-LOOP was excellent, so I decided to buy one. My criteria for doing so were the following:

Build quality

Band coverage

Ease of use

It certainly fills the bill for build quality. Every piece is top quality, and it looks like it’ll be sturdy for use in the field.

It covers 80-10 meters.

It seems pretty easy to use- you just take it out of the bag, install the coax cables and support “cables” onto the tuning unit, install the tuning unit onto a base (in my case I used a photography tripod), and connect the coax provided to the radio. switch between 80 and 40 meters, adjust the tuner, and off you go. I used it with my Yaesu FT-857D and my Drake TR-4, and it receives very well. I haven’t transmitted through it yet, but I’m going to take it out soon and see how it works. I’ll let you know what I find.

Meanwhile, go check out STN’s review, he will certainly do a better job of it than I’m able to.