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  Picaridin Insect Repellent
Posted by: bmyers - 06-01-2019, 01:04 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Wasn't sure where to post this, but as you know I have been spending the last few days out cleaning up around the farm. The grass/weeds/brush have been from waist height to over 6ft. The bugs have been horrible. 

Before I went out each day I used the Picaridin Insect Repellent lotion. I have had zero mosquitoes bites and I had one tick on my arm that was actually trying to crawl off of me and it fell to the ground. Wife has checked me head to toe for any unwanted guest on none on me. 

Yes, I have been mowing in a cab tractor, but before we mow an area, we walk it to check for any hidden dangers and to make sure there are no fawns laying around. We have spooked several does, but so far not found any fawns. 

One other step I took was to spray my hat, boots, and blues jeans with Permethrin spray.

So for me, this seems to have worked well and I hope to be able to say by the time winter arrives that this process kept me bite free.

Link to the lotion:

Link to the spray:

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  New Olight PL-Pro arrived
Posted by: bmyers - 05-30-2019, 09:53 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (6)

My new Olight weapon lights arrived today, will get them charges and have to give them a try.

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  new project re chargers
Posted by: bdcochran - 05-30-2019, 01:19 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (4)

I have a huge file of combined chargers and flashlight manuals.  Have to break it apart.

David suggested using 14500 batteries in Sipik sk68 flashlights.  Put aside a flashlight perhaps getting hot, I thought maybe I should acquire 14500 and recharge.

1.  you can not use some of the existing rechargers so each one has to be researched.  If one of my existing chargers can be used, I need to identify it permanently and/or easily. 
2.  you cannot use 2 14500 batteries in most flashlights that use 2 aa batteries.

Thanks David! Sad Big Grin

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  Convoy S11
Posted by: David - 05-29-2019, 01:14 PM - Forum: Lighting - No Replies

Hadn't been to BLF in a while so I dropped by and saw this post:

BLF review on Convoy S11

Uses a 26650 battery but has ring adapters to use an 18650 as well.  Would be interesting to see if it will take 3xAAA.  For less than $25 this would be a heck of a light.  Available from Simon at Aliexpress.  Simon has a very good reputation on BLF and his products are rock solid.  I have several Convoy S2+ lights and they are top notch.

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Posted by: David - 05-27-2019, 01:39 PM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (12)

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  Bought my first tractor
Posted by: bmyers - 05-26-2019, 11:07 AM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - Replies (6)

Well, since all the paperwork has been officially completed, I now own 40 acres of the family farm. I know, not that much, but it is a start. We have shared crop the tillable land. So, I just needed a tractor to be able to mow, plant a little garden, and work on cleaning up some of the areas. 

After talking with several people and knowing what we have available at the farm, I decided on the Kubota Grand L3560. Yes for you old timers I'm a softy and I like my climate controlled cab, but more importantly I like the protection the cab offers so I don't get stung by hornets/bees or get ticks on my while I'm mowing the high grass area. Several of the areas have been mowed in the last few years so it is going to take some work cleaning them up.  I purchased a 6 ft rotary mower and L805 front loader. I'm hoping to get everything delivered this week so I can slowly start the clean up process. 

I have a well, a spring, and two creeks that run through the property. I need to get some before pictures and get them posted. 

Anyway, I have a project to work on now and lots of things to plan out.

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  Connecting phones without cell service
Posted by: Tom Mac - 05-25-2019, 04:42 PM - Forum: Communications - Replies (1)

Re   goTenna Mesh

Saw these devices online, any one have any info ? List states up to 4 miles directly, more with relays to other devices without cell service... uses phone as sms tranmitter.
Might be a good combo with phones if things are down/out

( amazon has them for 165 a pair )


  • SMART DEVICE: goTenna Mesh pairs to your phone and enables it to privately relay texts and GPS locations between other goTenna devices, up to 4 miles in range.
  • INDEPENDENT & FREE: You don’t need phone service, routers, towers or satellites to use goTenna. Power your own network, whenever and wherever you need it. Secure encryption- No central data-store so your private chats are end-to-end encrypted.
  • CHAT, TEXT & GPS: Our super-smart mesh protocol powers private 1-to-1, group chats or public emergency broadcasts to all nearby users. Plus, the free goTenna app includes detailed offline maps for any region in the world.
  • THE PERFECT OFF-GRID TOOL: goTenna Mesh is great for hiking in areas where cell service is unreliable, avoiding costly data plans while traveling internationally, and staying connected in emergency situations when cell service is down.
  • ANDROID & IOS READY: Compatible with iOS or Android devices. Sold in pairs. Charging cables included.

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Posted by: kirgi08 - 05-25-2019, 04:11 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

We had a shutdown,I talked to David about it,Racer took care of it.'08.

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  Ouline XML T6 Flashlight
Posted by: mac66 - 05-25-2019, 01:16 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (10)

This light comes in a black plastic box with a picture of a guy with an AR15 on it cause it's "tactical."  The box is kinda cheap plastic  and the clasps won't hold when the box is dropped. Never the less, the box could be used as a small FA kit or small tool kit I suppose. It is by no mean water proof or even water resistant.

The package also includes caribiner for no apparent reason. There is a wrist strap on the box and the light which the caribiner could be hooked to but why would you?  I have to admit seeing the box and caribiner was an extra incentive to buy, as getting extra stuff is always good.

 As for the light it is plenty bright enough. Not sure if it is 1000 lumans however. I didn't have any 18650 batteries handy which presumably would increase it's brightness. The wrist strap is too small to fit over my hand.

As spec'd it has 5 modes. High, medium and low and two flashing modes, fast and one that flashes SOS. It also has a zoomable lens from very wide to a small square when zoomed all the way out.  I've found the high and low modes to be useful on other flashlights in that you can turn the intensity up when outdoors and down when indoors.  I've never found a use for the strobe function however.

I have a 100 yard wide drainage ditch behind my house. I took the light out to the ditch at night with three AAAs and shined it across to the other side. It lit up the other side pretty good as well as up and down the ditch. It definitely bright. Would be excellent for tracking wounded game in the fall during bow season.

This light is well worth the less than $6 I paid for it. It won't replace my EDC light but would be useful around the house or in a Get Home or Bug Out bag.

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Portable...deals19-20

The white thing is the sleeve for the 18860 battery
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Shown with my EDC light... A Sipic 68k
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It's taciti-cool

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1x Cree Xm-l t6 Led Flashlight
1x AAA Battery Holder For Using AAA Battery
1x Plastic Tube For Using 18650 Battery
Battery (Not Included)
1x Aluminum Carabiner Screw Lock D-ring Hook for Outdoor Sports
Product Specification:
Name: Brand New r5/t6 Led Flashlight
Led Bulb: Cree Xml-t6
Max Brightness: 1000 Lumens
Max Lighting Distance: >500m
Led Lifespan: >100000 Hours
Ip Grade: Ipx-6
Wattage:10 Watts
Special Features: Zoomable (Max Length : 6.22in Min Length: 5.35in)
Focal Length:Adjustable
5 Modes: Hight/Middle/Low/Fast Strobe/Sos
Body Material: Aluminum Alloy
Wattage:10 Watts
Dimension: 5.39 x 1.38 x 1.02inch
Net Weight(Battery Not Included): 150g (5.29 Ounces)
Switch Type: Tail Cap Switch
Cap Switch Color: Black
Body Color: Black
Power Source: 1 x 3.7v 18650 Battery (Not Included) Or 3x AAA Battery (Not Included)

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  Survival and Controlling the Night
Posted by: bdcochran - 05-19-2019, 07:28 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)


Sometime before 1968, I watched one of the usual breathless news reports on television. It was an agitated presentation of the South Vietnam jungle with machine gun volleys. The network reporter was excitedly reporting that the guerrillas controlled the night and that now machine guns were being made available to the Communists.

My immediate thoughts were that the US Army should know by the 1960s how to deny an enemy force the freedom to move in and control the night.

I was too optimistic. Despite television, videos, books, manuals, there is little institutional memory in the US Army. Least you think that I am too harsh, the Soviet Army of the 1930s failed repeatedly against the Japanese in Manchuria and the Far East until it adopted the Japanese night fighting techniques.

In 1913, an American Army officer translated the Japanese manual into English. Here it is - for free! www.lenaweemilitia.com/NIGHTMOVEMENTS.pdf. It tells you how to train yourself, you family and your circle, now and after shtf, for night time fighting.

It seems that the material could be made available, but it isn't. Another example: the Russian Army of 2019 still follows the precepts of Field Marshall Suvorov from 300 years ago. He never lost a battle. Yet, even if you search the US Army West Point Library, you will not find a copy in English. I am trying to obtain a translation available in Moscow into English, there being one copy in Spain.

Depending upon where you live, you will have 6 - 16 or more hours or more, within 24 hours. Your choice. Do you control the night or do you leave it to chance.

In Vietnam, Hack Hackworth, a former enlisted man who did night fighting in Korea, was given command of a sad sack unit. Within a month, he had his command outperforming other commands in the Army. It was simple. He thought about how to control the night in fighting. So, go look up his story and learn the tactics for a unit.

My focus is on you, the individual, and your family and controlling the night.

1. get real about your skills and the skills of your family;
2. plan to control the night instead of it controlling you;
3. if you plan to control the night indefinitely, then focus on that goal.

Advantages of controlling the night:
1. if you have illumination, you have time invent, make and repair gear;
2. if you have illumination, you can facilitate movement;
3. if you gain the skill set, you do not need a light on a fire arm, a light in the hand for engagement.

Disadvantages of controlling the night:
1. getting too comfortable and failing to understand that an opponent will adapt to your control of the night.

You, the individual and your family
1. Don't buy sophisticated equipment requiring manuals/memory unless you a: make multiple copies; and b. train everyone now. Your skills are not transferable by osmosis or because the other person is your wife or child. Don't buy a super duper flashlight with 5 functions for example.

2. Don't buy an $800 generator to use only in emergencies to provide air conditioning or to protect $100 worth of food in the refrigerator unless, a. you have a medical condition; b. you are assured that you will have a resupply of gasoline or propane in a few days. Use the tanks of propane to fuel a lantern and you have a better situation. I have 5 tanks for that purpose.

3. Have an adequate small flashlight with spare batteries in depth. There should be a couple in every car, one in every room, one in every suitcase, one in every backpack. If you can afford rechargeable batteries and a charger, buy only the best with high ratings. Check the batteries every few months. You can even buy adapters so that smaller batteries can be used in larger flashlights. Learn that every flashlight is a compromise. Moonlight, long lasting for walking a trail at night without or reduced possibility of detection. High lumens for working on small items.

4. Consider low light lanterns which can be powered by batteries, flame, kerosene, propane. I have a standup, low lumen battery operated lantern for each major room in the house. A propane operated lantern for outdoors.

5. Consider motion detector lights that are portable. Before shtf, they are in the garage for illumination into dark corners. After shtf, they will be perimeter lights.

6. Don't get sucked in by the solar craze.
a. Every solar light has a rechargeable battery inside. Most are not replaceable unless you have skills, a soldering iron, a specialty battery, and power for your soldering iron. Then, you (how about your wife or 10 year old) have to figure out how to replace without a youtube video because the power is off.
b. Oh, you bought low lumen solar lights for your home? Ok. They don't last 10-12-16 hours and you need them for the early morning!
c. Oh, you bought a solar recharger? Forget your flashlights for a moment. Your walkie talkie takes 4 batteries. And, at a minimum, there are two units, yielding 8 batteries. And, you charger takes 8 hours to recharge just two batteries? Good luck.

2. plan to control the night instead of it controlling you
You have all basic supplies. However, you need to work on the skills and planning.
Example. You are a stay at home person. You are urban, living on a street. Ok. You measure the distances down two blocks, a block, across the street. Now you can learn sight adjustment on weapons for that distance. You live in a jurisdiction where street jacks are legal. You control access to your location by laying them out. You put your cheap motion activated lights where needed. Critically, you have worked out communications monitoring/transmitting so that batteries are not run down and you can use batteries elsewhere when needed.
You do some other things that no one does. In your urban example. You walk the two blocks at night in the dark and learn how long it takes. It affords you the knowledge of your lead time if you leave your position. You also transpose. This means you walk the distance at night from different places to where you plan to be. You note the places of concealment, places of cover, learn what a walking person sees when advancing on your position.

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