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by arclight
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Radios and Comms
Topic: California wants to get rid of repeater sites?
Replies: 0
Views: 133

California wants to get rid of repeater sites?

Has anyone heard about a plan by Cal Fire to no longer consider amateur radio repeaters a "public benefit?" The long and short of it is that some repeater owners are apparently getting notices that Cal Fire and/or other agencies want them to either vacate or pay large fees, similar to what a cell si...
by arclight
Tue May 22, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Anything Else
Topic: Team Rubicon Watches
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Team Rubicon Watches

Okay, my friend Adam is a classically-trained watchmaker. Here is his input: The staple for self-winding movements of good quality is the ETA calibres 2824-2 and ETA 2892. They are both tanks and the difference between them generally comes down to what kind of case you are trying to cram it into. Th...
by arclight
Mon May 21, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: First Aid, Medical and Hygiene
Topic: Some light reading
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Some light reading

Some links - laceration repair: Ethicon Wound Closure Manual (long, very detailed) http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/surgery/Education/facilities/measey/Wound_Closure_Manual.pdf Laceration Repair: A practical approach (Covers things like regular vs. sterile gloves, what to use for irrigation, etc). https://...
by arclight
Mon May 14, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Tools and Products
Topic: Coolers - Keeping food cool
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Coolers - Keeping food cool

Yeti is no longer at the top of the price/performance curve. If someone here really needs a high-end cooler, I'd look at Pelican. Their coolers are literally a giant Pelican box with high-performance insulation built in.
by arclight
Mon May 14, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Anything Else
Topic: Team Rubicon Watches
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Team Rubicon Watches

For some reason, they really seem to go cheap on the luminous paint on some of the lower-end models. This is definitely the case with Casio. I agree on this being a critical feature.

For comparison, my Seiko will easily be readable until morning if charged in room light.
by arclight
Sun May 13, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Products
Topic: Coolers - Keeping food cool
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Coolers - Keeping food cool

Update: I've now been using the TB51 Truckfridge for about 3 years, and I can officially say that it is awesome. It will run indefinitely on a 100W solar panel, even in the Summer. If you're thinking about spending the money on a Yeti-like cooler, consider one of these instead. The only reason you m...
by arclight
Sun May 13, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Radios and Comms
Topic: Chinese Radios and Accessories - Starter's Guide
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Chinese Radios and Accessories - Starter's Guide

The #1 item on the list for our SAR team is a 2m telescoping antennas. These can enable you to get a message out when everyone else is in the dark. The premium ones are from Smiley Antennas in San Diego: http://www.smileyantenna.com/product-p/14610.htm There are also cheap knock-offs on eBay. You ca...
by arclight
Sun May 13, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Anything Else
Topic: Team Rubicon Watches
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Team Rubicon Watches

I am very hard on watches and personal electronics, and I've researched this a fair amount. My personal pick is a "middle of the road" certified dive watch. To be considered a "dive watch," they have to pass several tests: 1. Water resist to 200m 2. Screw-down crown 3. Timing bezel with one-way ratc...
by arclight
Sun May 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: First Aid, Medical and Hygiene
Topic: Some light reading
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Some light reading

Here are some excellent, free books on disaster medicine and rescue, paid for by your tax dollars: 1. The DHS Austere Emergency Medicine Field Guide https://www.amr.net/solutions/federal-disaster-response-team/references-and-resources/dhs-austere-ems-field-guide.pdf 2. U.S. Army TCCC (aka Care Under...
by arclight
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Anything Else
Topic: Excellent article on respiratory protection
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Excellent article on respiratory protection

Here is a surprisingly good article on choosing respirators for smoke, hazmat aand CBRN hazards: https://theprepared.com/gear/reviews/best-gas-mask-respirator-survival/ Note that recently-expired cartridges are also available cheap on eBay, as lots of fire/ems/leo units refresh this stuff regularly ...