5 radios for emergency preparedness

The morning after Hurricane Hugo devastated my community there was one thing in common most everyone was searching for – information. Many were without power thus they could not turn on the TV. I jumped in my 1983 Ford Escort POS and turned on the radio. Reports were flowing in on wide spread power outages, destruction, … Read more

3 Fixes to Make Your Home Tornado-Resistant

By Cherie Data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute found that the years between 2008 and 2013 represented the five highest years of insured losses due to tornadoes in U.S. history. A 2013 report by U.K. insurance firm Lloyd’s of London concluded that the atmospheric phenomena known as El Nino and La Nina contributed to … Read more

Panhandle Rancher speaks…… Battery Wiring Diagram

Rourke: The following information is related to the post – Homemade Portable Solar Generator. Batteries B1 through Bn are connected in parallel. Connect charge positive lead to B1 positive terminal; connect load positive lead to Bn positive terminal. Connect charge negative lead to Bn negative terminal; connect load negative lead to B1 negative terminal. This … Read more

REVIEW: Kelly Kettle Trekker

Introduction Most every prepper in existence has at least one – if not a dozen –  ways to cook in the absence of electricity.  Whether on the go or sheltering in place, cooking and boiling water are right up there on the “list of important things” that must be done. There have been a multitude … Read more

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 21st, 2015

As our current Administration continues to celebrate in their efforts to make “deals” with Iran – Iran relishes in calling for the death and destruction of America in addition to Israel. It remains frustrating to see the general “sheeple” citizen with their  head in the sand on matters that affect the welfare of this country. … Read more

18 things every child should be taught

  There are things that every kid should learn as they grow up. Some of these things are simple matters of convenience. Others may just save a few dollars. More importantly – some may just save the kids life. As a parent – or maybe a grandparent – it is your responsibility to make sure that … Read more


By Brad M After getting home from a 12 hour work day, shoveled the snow off of your driveway and walks, and find that you are tired and hungry. You decide you want a plate of Nacho’s, so you make them for yourself. Just as you are walking to your couch to sit down and … Read more

Got Baofeng?

A fellow group member just became the owner of a Baofeng UV-5R. I told him that he should read this post and I figured many may not have seen it the first time around. HAM radio is one of those mysterious phenomenon that most people ignore because they just don’t understand it. I totally identify … Read more

Indoor Gardening 101: 3 Basic Tips for Urban Gardeners

By Cherie Whether you’re living in an urban environment without the space to create an outdoor garden or if you want to grow seedlings from the inside of your home, you can bring your green thumb inside with these indoor gardening tips: Start Small Unlike traditional outdoor garden plots, indoor gardens are much smaller. Use … Read more

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 15th, 2015

HEADLINE: ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is … Read more

Firestarters by Crayola

Amazing the things that we all have laying around that have some really great uses and do not even know it. Take crayons for instance. I had read somewhere that they were good for starting fires. I was at Wally World picking up a few things and I told my wife I needed to go … Read more

Question: Marine radar for land based surveillance?

Thinking about adding radar surveillance to my mountain top retreat. Anyone know anything about using marine radars for land application? I am considering a Si-Tex radar, see: http://www.ebay.com/itm/T-760-Compact-Color-Radar-With-4kW-18-Dome-7-Touchscreen-For-Any-Size-Boat-/221500929393?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item33927bf571&vxp=mtr http://si-tex.com/brochure/1409155932T-760%20Literature.pdf http://si-tex.com/product_spec/1410261433T-760%20Literature.pdf Low end marine radar is now affordable! My goal with such would be to have an alarm sound when vehicles enter search area and even … Read more