Archive for the ‘Radios’ Category

GP4L Shortwave Radio

June 13, 2009

We test the GP-4L small handheld Shortwave Radio
We were on a mountain at about 4000 feet at about 2 am
The radio did pick up stations, but it would have been dificult to tune most of them in

The LED and standard FM radio both have worked well no mater where we test this radio, however we are still finding little success finding shortwave broadcasts durring our testing

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Comparing Prices on EDC Gear

May 6, 2009

We noticed some low prices on Every Day Carry (EDC) Tools at the local big box store. We took a look at the prices at the store compared to the suggested retail price from the manufacturer, and then we compared the big box store price to online stores and online auctions. Surprisingly, the Auctions were not always the lowest prices, and some of the prices at the local store beat the online purchase options. What this small experiment tells us is there is no best place to buy gear. Prices do fluctuate and for the money you might save it’s worth looking around before you put money down.

We noticed some low prices on gear at the local big box store. We took a look at the prices at the store compared to the sugested retail price from the manufacturer, and then we compared the big box store price to online stores and online auctions. Supprizingly, the Auctions were not always the lowest prices, and some of the prices at the local store beat the online purchase options. What this small experiment tells us is there is no best place to buy gear. Prices do fluctuate and for the money you might save it's worth looking around before you put money down. Gerber Ripstop, Gerber EAB (Exchange A Blade), Gerber Artifact, Gerber Clutch (pliers), Leatherman Micra, Leatherman Wave, Leatherman Blast, Swiss Tech Util-Key 6-in-1, Maglite Solitare, Mini Maglite, INOVA Bolt (2.0), INOVA Bolt (3.8), INOVA Bolt (4.6), INOVA X1, INOVA X0, INOVA X03, Black & Decker Stormtracker Weather Radio We noticed some low prices on gear at the local big box store. We took a look at the prices at the store compared to the sugested retail price from the manufacturer, and then we compared the big box store price to online stores and online auctions. Supprizingly, the Auctions were not always the lowest prices, and some of the prices at the local store beat the online purchase options. What this small experiment tells us is there is no best place to buy gear. Prices do fluctuate and for the money you might save it's worth looking around before you put money down.

We Review prices on the; Gerber Ripstop, Gerber EAB (Exchange A Blade), Gerber Artifact, Gerber Clutch (pliers), Leatherman Micra, Leatherman Wave, Leatherman Blast, Swiss Tech Util-Key 6-in-1, Maglite Solitare, Mini Maglite, INOVA Bolt (2.0), INOVA Bolt (3.8), INOVA Bolt (4.6), INOVA X1, INOVA X0, INOVA X03, Black & Decker Stormtracker Weather Radio

Knife / Light / Tool
Retail
Box Store
Online Store
Auction
Gerber
Gerber Ripstop
$ 63.29
$30.29
$33.40
Gerber EAB (Exchange A Blade)
$16.00
$10.79
$7.88 – $11.46
$9 – $13
Gerber Artifact
$ 14.86
$9.54
$7.88 – $10.38
$6 – $12
Gerber Clutch (pliers)
$ 25.38
$15.19
$19.99
$5 – $15
Leatherman
Leatherman Micra
n/a
$21.99
$19.99
$3.50 – $20
Leatherman Wave
n/a
$77.99
$79.99
$30 – $50
Leatherman Blast
n/a
$47.99
$47.99
$18 – $36
Swiss Tech
Swiss Tech Util-Key 6-in-1
$10.99
$5.24
$8.10 – $10.29
$5$12
Maglite
Maglite Solitare
n/a
$4.84
$4.98 – $6.99
$5 – $7
Mini Maglite
n/a
$7.89 – $8.49
$8.69 – $11.64
$3 – $12
INOVA
INOVA Bolt (2.0)
$27.99
$24.79
$21.95
$32.95
INOVA Bolt (3.8)
$36.99
$35.49
$31.95
$17.50 – $25.99
INOVA Bolt (4.6)
$45.99
$43.79
$41.95
$19.99 – $31.99
INOVA X1
$26.99
$20.49
$20.00
$9.75 – $16.99
INOVA X0
$49.99
$38.79
$42.50
n/a
INOVA X03
$69.99
$53.49
$48.00 – $51.64
n/a
Black & Decker
Black & Decker Stormtracker
Weather Radio
Discontinued
$30.99
$26.99$35.99
n/a
Red = Highest Price
Green = Lowest Price

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PowerPax 12 Pack Battery Caddy

March 16, 2009

I bought this battery holder at a gun show a few months back and it has proved to be a real convenience. It holds 12 AA batteries securely. Since the holder can accept the battery either end down, I can also use the Battery Caddy to keep track of used vs new batteries. The batteries are held tightly so they do not rattle or make any noise in the caddy. In order to find the battery caddy in the pockets or pouches we keep it in, I added a 550 cord lanyard with a LED light. This simple modification makes the battery holder easy to find and easy to grab. Eventually I found this Uncle Mikes double magazine pouch which fits the Battery Caddy as if it was made for it.

I bought this battery holder at a gun show a few months back and it has proved to be a real convienience. It holds 12 AA batteries securely. Since the holder can accept the battery either end down, I can also use the Battery Caddy to keep track of used vs new batteries. The batteries are held tightly so they do not rattle or make any noise in the caddy. In order to find the battery caddy in the pockets or pouches we keep it in, I added a 550 cord lanyard with a LED light. This simple modification makes the battery holder easy to find and easy to grab. Eventually I found this Uncle Mikes double magazine pouch which fits the Battery Caddy as if it was made for it.

PowerPax 12 Pack Battery Caddy

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Lithium vs Alkaline AA Battery Test

March 15, 2009

We have used bulk Alkaline batteries for many years now. They are fairly inexpensive and seem to work well in my digital cameras which are the largest user of AA batteries used by us daily. We take photographs for a living so we use our digital cameras every day and go through about a battery a day each month. Alkaline AA batteries cost us about $10 for 24 (More or less depending on Sales, where we buy, etc) this is about 42 cents each or about $15 a month.

We have used bulk Alkaline batteries for many years now. They are fairly inexpensive and seem to work well in my digital cameras which are the largest user of AA batteries used by us daily. We take photographs for a living so we use our digital cameras every day and go through about a battery a day each month. Alkaline AA batteries cost us about $10 for 24 (More or less depending on Sales, where we buy, etc) this is about 42 cents each or about $15 a month.

Lithium vs Alkaline AA Battery Test

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GPS, Radio, Altimeters, Compasses, Thermometers

February 17, 2009

We took a few of the electronic outdoor equipment out to compare how they work. We compare features of the Garmin Legend GPS, the Garmin Rino 120 GPS and a Motorola Talkabout T6320 Radio. These are some of the most feature rich units we have found over the years at prices we could afford. These units give us a lot of information and abilities when camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and geocaching. Usually we pass the units around or if everyone has their own radio / GPS then the Rino is carried and the other two units are carried in the pack as backups. Together these three units offer; two GPS Units, two Two Way Radios, two Compasses, three Altimeters, a radio scanner, national weather radio, barometer, sun and moon charts and a lot more.

We took a few of the electronic outdoor equipment out to compare how they work. We compare features of the Garmin Legend GPS, the Garmin Rino 120 GPS and a Motorola Talkabout T6320 Radio. These are some of the most feature rich units we have found over the years at prices we could afford. These units give us a lot of information and abilities when camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and geocasching. Usually we pass the units around or if everyone has their own radio / GPS then the Rino is carried and the other two units are carried in the pack as backups. Together these three units offer; two GPS Units, two Two Way Radios, two Compasses, three Altimeters, a radio scanner, national weather radio, barometer, sun and moon charts and a lot more.

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Howard Leight Electronic Hearing Protection

October 19, 2008

The Impact Sport electronic earmuff amplifies low-level ambient sounds, like range commands and conversations, while instantly reducing the potentially damaging sounds of gunfire. The Impact sport has a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) 22.

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The Impact Sport electronic earmuff amplifies low-level ambient sounds, like range commands and conversations, while instantly reducing the potentially damaging sounds of gunfire. The Impact sport has a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) 22.

GP4L Shortwave Radio First Impression

October 19, 2008

Our first look at the County Comm GP4L Pocket shortwave radio. We ordered this small radio for the emergency bag. It arrived just a few days after ordering. All it needs are batteries to get started

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Our first look at the County Comm GP4L Pocket shortwave radio. We ordered this small radio for the emergency bag. It arrived just a few days after ordering. All it needs are batteries to get started

Ham Radio Introduction

October 19, 2008

Amateur Radio is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Communications Act of 1934. It is also subject to numerous international agreements. All Amateur Radio operators must be licensed. In the U.S. there are three license classes. Each successive level of license comes with an expansion of privileges. Your entry into Amateur Radio begins with a Technician Class License

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Gear
Hams use many frequency bands across the radio spectrum
The FCC allocates these frequencies for amateur use.
Ham Radios operate from just above the AM broadcast band to the microwave region, in the gigahertz range

Most Ham radios are a transmitter and a receiver in one unit, called a transceiver.

There are many digital modes that can be used in ham radio, so modems can be used to communicate in various networks

Radioteletype, (RTTY) uses computers to send information

Morse code signals (a series of beeps) can sometimes get through when voice transmissions cannot.

Hams may use VHF FM, hand-held transceivers set to transmit on one frequency and receive on another frequency

They may use FM Repeaters to receive and re-broadcast signals to extend the range

Repeaters use antennas on top of mountains and high buildings.
The repeater receives a signal and rebroadcasts it on another frequency using many watts of power.
The repeater extends the range of the hand held ham radio to tens or hundreds of miles

Hams can also use their hand-held radios to communicate through an amateur radio satellite when it is overhead

CB Radios have a 5-watt transmit power limit, Ham Radios can use up to 1,500 watts

Ham radio antenna style and size depends on the frequency being used
The same antennas are used to both transmit and receive
Lower frequencies have longer wavelengths and need larger antennas

Communication Sub-Pack

October 17, 2008

Many people maintain an emergency bag with essential gear. I use smaller bags inside my main emergency pack so that it is easy to find and there is less chance of loose gear falling out of the pack in the dark, on the move, etc. One of the sub-packs contains communication and signaling items. Here is a breakdown ot the gear I have selected for this pack. Inside an old military pouch I have; 1- The bag, 2- Ranger Pace Beads, 3- GI Compas Pouch (for compass and pace beads), 4- GI Compass, 5- Rhino GPS / Radio, 6- Scanning CB Radio, 7- Digital Camera, 8- NBC decontamination wipe case, 9- Pocket Police Refrence Guide, 10- CB Radio 12 volt power supply cord, 11- GI M-16 magazine pouch (For the CB Radio), 12- Light Sticks

Many people maintain an emergency bag with essential gear. I use smaller bags inside my main emergency pack so that it is easy to find and there is less chance of loose gear falling out of the pack in the dark, on the move, etc. One of the sub-packs contains communication and signaling items. Here is a breakdown ot the gear I have selected for this pack. Inside an old military pouch I have; 1- The bag, 2- Ranger Pace Beads, 3- GI Compas Pouch (for compass and pace beads), 4- GI Compass, 5- Rhino GPS / Radio, 6- Scanning CB Radio, 7- Digital Camera, 8- NBC decontamination wipe case, 9- Pocket Police Refrence Guide, 10- CB Radio 12 volt power supply cord, 11- GI M-16 magazine pouch (For the CB Radio), 12- Light Sticks

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