Sit. Rep. #93: Knots, Lids, & Permits

1- OK!  You have spent at least a month getting in physical shape for your first hike or backpacking trip.  You have learned how to mentally deal with physical exertion.  You now know how it feels and you can muster through it.  You have put up & struck your tent many times including several times … Read more

Sit. Rep. #91: Chips, Weaving, & Kits

1- I carry an Emery Board in my shaving kit when I go camping.  These can take care of cracked toe or fingernails, calluses, and can even be a backup match striker. 2- Many companies have intern programs.  Some pay, some do not.  Some schools give class credit for internships.  (I just found out that … Read more

Sit. Rep. #90: Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

1-This song is titled “The Happy Wanderer” by Florenz Friedrich Sigismund.  First verse: I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track, And as I go, I love to sing, My knapsack on my back. 1B- Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem “The Way Through The Woods.”  Here is the second verse. Yet, if you enter … Read more

Sit. Rep. #70: Dissemination & Slippery

1-  The term Propagation means according to the dictionary is: to disseminate, spread, or circulate.  In Ham Radio (and all other kinds of Radio transmission & reception)  Propagation means the ways that the RF signal travels from the transmitter to receiver.  Line-of-Sight, Ionosphere bounce, Moon bounce (called EME for Earth, Moon, Earth), Meteor Scatter, Ducting, … Read more

Sit. Rep. #57: Inflammable Air

1- H2O, water, Probably the most recognized chemical symbol in the universe.  It only takes 3 atoms to make this molecule…  2 Hydrogens (H) and 1 Oxygen (O).      Here is where things get really interesting.  The Oxygen (O) atom, in the water molecule, steals some — oops let me back up a step … Read more

Sit. Rep. #48: Guys & Pegs

Wisdom hints about hiking: 1- Take an extra stove & fuel to do nothing but boil water for dishwashing & sterilizing mess kits.  You will need to be a good-sized pot.  And pliers for mess kit dunking. 2- Windscreens help cook faster. And they keep the pots warmer longer.  Choose the number & size/height of … Read more

Sit. Rep. #40: Reading the weather without the book

1- Nice storm last night.  That makes me think about camping in that kind of weather.    When was the last time (and the next time) you waterproof your tent?  Dining fly?  Ground cloth?      How would you anchor your tent & dining fly in that kind of storm?  Do you carry extra tent stakes … Read more