Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
The momentous thing I did this week was to soldier through the frustration of getting my Baofeng ham radio programmed with local repeaters. I had problems getting the programming cable to work using the supplied disc. I finally went back to my email archives and sure as day, there were a few emails from readers advising me to download and use the free CHIRP software.
Now here is the deal. Before using CHIRP, you must install some drivers. They are call Prolific drivers and are not the same as the ones that come with your unit. If you do not do this, you will want to tear out your hair and throw the units in the trash. I almost did. Anyway, here is where you get the drivers: Installing the New Prolific Drivers.
Because my time has been so limited, I have been approaching the HAM radio set up and my own licensing in very modest baby steps. The next step is to dial in to a repeater frequency and listen. How difficult can that be? Then, after I return from my March vacation, it will be time to study and take my technician test.
In the meantime, if there is some nice Elmer out there that would like to coach me, I would be grateful!
This week I made another huge batch of soft soap and also took delivery of my Spark Naturals oil of the month, Marjoram. I am reading up on the uses of this oil and experimenting a bit. So far, it appears to be a reasonable and inexpensive alternative to some of the more pricey blends. I put some in a salve I made and am testing it on who else, Shelly, the Survival Husband.
Speaking of salves, I have some great new recipes coming up soon. I just know you are going to love them!
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
For the gun industry, women are the next big thing: Did I mention that in addition to my Ruger LCP and the AR7/22 caliber Shelly got for me last year (for Valentines Day of all things), I am going to get my own Glock later this spring? Standard black will do; as much as I am a girly girl, purple sparkles on a glock seems a bit over the top, even for me.
EMP Effects on Vehicles: I found this article fascinating in that addresses a topic that has been on all of our minds at one time or another. A hat tip to Shelly for digging this one up for me.
States Enrolling Prison Inmates in ObamaCare: Go to jail, get health insurance? WTF?
Threat Report 2013: Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Resistance: This report from the CDC is a detailed examination of antibiotic resistance. Did you know that most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes?
Gardening Link Bomb: Need some gardening help? Todd (www.prepperwebsite.com) has compiled this list of resources for us. He will continue to update the list so be sure to check back often. And by the way, one of my blogging friends that lives nearby has been helping me with my own gardening efforts this year. If you want to learn more about heirloom seeds, sign up for Melissa’s newsletter and get her Heirloom Gardening Guide for free.
15 Things You Really Should Buy At The Dollar Store: And wile you are there, look around for some inexpensive items to add to your preps. Often times, the dollar store can become a big treasure hunt. Also see Budget Prepping for A Buck.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
On the subject of preserving eggs without refrigeration, “Penrod” shared this:
Oregon State University Extension Service has a page on oiling eggs and on preserving them with water glass. They say that eggs can be preserved “from 4-8 months or longer. Here is a link: //extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/sites/default/files/images/lc105.pdf
“Chris” shared this:
I was with a cave rescue group for several years and we were in damp areas and sometimes walking through underground rivers for days. We made our matches water proof by coating with clear finger nail polish. This worked well and can make almost any match water proof.
On the subject of children and prepper, a new reader, “Michele” shared this:
I started breaking my kids in to prepping by telling them a zombie apocalypse was coming. They were old enough to know better but young enough to play along.
Our regular, sometimes totally unplanned, camping trips help with their quickness in getting out the door. I just tell them if everyone can be ready to go and in the car in less than five minutes we will spend a few days in the woods. My 7 year old is done in less than 3 and has taken to grabbing the diaper bag and our smallest tent on his way out.
They have also taught me a few things. I now have games and toys stocked with my food and water. My middle daughter keeps track of the toiletries because I tend to focus on food and water too much. My 9 year old is afraid of the dark, until the power goes out. Then she heads for the closest flashlight calmly while telling my melodramatic teen girls to be quiet before they scare the baby.
Yeah, I’ve taught them a lot, but they have taught me plenty too.
AND THE WINNER IS
The winner of the The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms is Marilee. Here is how she answered the question What native plants are available for foraging in your area? (It is okay to respond saying you don’t know!)
I will say I don’t know!
Fair enough – perhaps this book will help you identify the wild mushrooms in your area.
My favorite survival fiction novel is probably the first one I ever read (and I’m aging myself here 😉 – Lucifer’s Hammer.
The last winner for today is Barbara, who wins the Vigilant Trails Survival Kit. Here is how she answered the question: What is the outdoor activity where you would most likely need a compact survival kit?
The outdoor activity where i would need a compact survival kit would be in a bug out situation,( if I could not shelter in place.) I have no retreat to bug out to, A kit like this one would be a much needed addition to my BOB.
I would like to thank everyone for their entries. There are many more giveaways to come; more food, more books and some really cool gear. And remember, someone has to win – it just might be you.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BLOOPERS
Blooper alert!! Remember that compost bin I ordered? For those of you well versed in acronyms, it was a P.O.S. so I returned it. Please do not purchase this item: CompoMix Composter. I have ordered a different portable compost system but this time will check it out before blabbing about it here on Backdoor Survival. Stay tuned – it should be here next week.
THE FINAL WORD
Last week, a bunch of you shared your weekly preps in the comments area and that was great. Did you know that when Shelly ( the Survival Husband) visits the website, the first thing he does is read your comments? I know from reading them myself that a lot can be learned from readers sharing their tips and their experiences. So keep it up – I love it when you comment!
So now it is your turn. What about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned in recent articles as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.55 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one. It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized, LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $7. That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual-Band Ham Radio: The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. Here is the antenna I ordered along with the programming cable: NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R and USB Programming Cable for Baofeng UV-5R UV-3R+.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
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