There's a good article in here on the procedures for buying a fully automatic weapon in the United States. Also some information on storing long term supplies, and a few other interesting articles. American Survival Guide costs $10.00 on the news stand, is monthly, and is both entertaining and educational.
(Power went out again as I was writing this. It's been on and off all day)
Some great articles in this edition. Military Surplus doesn't just cover firearms, but the whole spectrum of old military gear. This issue had a pretty good article on the best old war movies. Costs $10.00 and doesn't come out often, but I buy them religiously.
Another hurricane in the Atlantic. Harvey didn't bother us, Irma pummeled the mountains, Jose gave us a miss, but Maria may come this way. For right now, nothing to do but watch it. If it does hit the Carolina coast, we'll be in the southwest quadrant most of the time, the best place to be.
We are still dealing with the aftermath of Irma. One young fellow who lives out in my quadrant of the county had a lot of damage to his house, but no insurance. He shot himself, which was kind of tough on his three little kids.
Last night an old guy who uses a walker to get around tried to climb up on a ladder and clean out at gutter on his roof. He fell 10 feet, and broke his back. They had to call in a medivac helicopter and have it land out on the floor of the rodeo arena to haul him off to Chattanooga.
There was another strange incident a couple of days ago. I live in a remote part of the county, but not the most remote. Out that way, a man was home with his family, having dinner. Somebody knocked at the door, and he opened it. There were three men there and one of them hit him in the face with a wooden club. These guys beat the tar out of the husband, assaulted the wife, and while all this was going on , their daughter ran to the neighbors.
The neighbors, who live in another farm house some distance away, called 911 and the farmer and his two boys came loaded for bear. The assailants were pulling out as the neighbors arrived. The Sheriff's Department put out a "bolo" (an emergency alert to our county and neighboring counties) on the vehicle and called in off duty officers. But I haven't heard anything more, so it looks like the attackers got away. Sometimes weird, random things like that happen here. Some years ago, down on the hard surface road just a few miles from my place, a little old lady who lived alone was beaten to death. She didn't lock her doors, and apparently somebody just walked in and killed her. Nobody has ever been charged with that, either.
Cartoons: on a lighter note:
I've mentioned these before. In a rural area, they're worth their weight in gold. In a city, where radio communications are usually trunked and encrypted, not so much so.
My equipment is old, but it works fine.
The top two sets are digital , but the bottom set is so old it uses crystals. My situation is such that while there are a number of nets here, I only monitor a few:
1. Sheriff's Department ( I always have the old crystal set locked on this frequency)
2. Fire and Rescue/Ems ( I keep one scanner on this frequency)
3. Forest Service (one of the frequencies on the third scanner)
4. Adjacent county Sheriff's Departments (4 frequencies on the third scanner)
5. Georgia State Police (2 frequencies on the third scanner)
6. County Emergency Control Center (1 frequency on the third scanner)
One extra item I'd add to the equipment list is a good battery backup. I use a pedestal mounted system that can supply power to all three radios for about six hours before it has to recharge, assuming the radios are all on. Cost around $300.00, but protects your electronics from low amps on the line, and line spikes. Anything electronic you have plugged in, has to be plugged into a battery backup with a high spike clamp speed and good line conditioning. Out here, the power system is shaky at best, and if you don't do this, you'll be buying a lot of radios, computers, satellite receivers, et al.
Of course, if the fewmets really hit the windmill, scanners may not be operational. During a lot of the Hurricane Irma storm, the "repeaters" we use here were off line. These are radios on mountain tops that pick up a transmission and retransmit it. VHF is line of sight, so that's the only way to get around terrain masking. If the repeater's antenna system is knocked out, your scanners are not going to be much use.
As for CB, which is good in normal times, the people you communicate with that way tend to disappear in a storm. They don't have alternate power, in most cases, and they lose their external antenna farms pretty quickly into the event. However, CB is a darn good thing to have in rural areas, because it can keep you posted on what's going on around the county.
A base station that offers SSB (single side ban) and AM is best, with a good external whip antenna. I've been using one of those for more than 30 years.
My pole antenna was knocked down by the latest storm, but the mounting pole is still up, and I'm working on getting it fixed.
Thought for the Day:
Some end of day music:
Chill Mix - Another Day on the Terrace