Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
It is always strange to write a Sunday Survival Buzz while I am on vacation. On the one hand, I want to be thorough and gab about what I have been seeing, who I have been talking to, and how much or how little those around me are prepping. I will say this: most folks think I am pretty darn strange.
Prepping? What is that???? Working on a blog? What is that???
Alas, I am kicking back and enjoying myself so instead of writing a novel, today I am going to point you to a nifty document titled Choosing a HAM Radio. This is a 24 page Quick Start Guide to selecting the right radio equipment for your needs. Perfect for all of us newbies who want to learn about some of the features available on our radios to determine which are most important.
And just so I clear the air before you ask, no, I don’t have my license yet.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The Sunday Survival Buzz #138
There are two giveaways open and awaiting your entry!
PLUS THE WINNERS
The winners of last week’s giveaways will be announced when I return from vacation.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
Lemongrass is a great essential oil to have in your first aid kit.
When inhaled, it helps with shock plus it is a gentle oil that is useful for reducing inflammation and muscle aches when applied topically. For wounds, blend Lemongrass with a carrier oil such as a plain ole naked salve or Miracle Healing Salve.
Lemongrass even helps control fevers. Blend it with FCO or your salve and apply to the back of neck and chest areas and to the bottoms of the feet.
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THE FINAL WORD
This week I am keeping things short and sweet. If you are new to HAM radio, please do download the short guide to equipment if for no other reason than to become familiar with the terminology. Okay>?
So 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: Here are some personal favorites, including a nifty handheld scanner with a HAM band. No license needed!
Uniden Handheld Scanner – Black (BC75XLT): A hand scanner with ham band that is very portable. This one runs on 2 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries that can be recharged while in the scanner.
Pofung UV-5R Ham Two Way Radio: Redundancy is the name of the game. I also have two of these inexpensive HAM radios. Keep in mind that if you are just planning to listen, you do not need a license (I am still working on mine). The price is right. Also, consider the NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R and the USB Programming Cable for Baofeng UV-5R UV-3R+. Note: the Pofung was formerly known as the Baofeng UV-5R).
Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.
Soft ‘n Style 8 oz. Spray Bottles: I happen to like these smaller bottles and you can not beat the price for a set of 3. Likewise for these Pump Dispensers.
NOW Solutions Vegetable Glycerin: You will need this for your Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. I paid almost as much for only 4 ounces locally. This is a great price and 16 ounces will last forever.
Budget Essential Oils: For the budget minded – and especially for use in cleaning supplies – consider NOW Foods Essential Oils. I do not recommend these for wellness purposes but they do smell nice and can be used in a diffuser or blended, as I mentioned, into your DIY cleaning products.
Mobile Washer: This is a hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.
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