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Episode-1322- Steven Harris on Radio Preps for the Common Man

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Special Note – If you don’t get over to Radios1234.com during or after this interview you are cheating yourself out of a HUGE range of resources that Steven Has Made Available to you that go along with an clarify many things in this episode.

Steven Harris returns to TSP this time to discuss radios and I mean everything radios for the common man. As is typical with Steven he did so much research that today’s show may come off like a college short course in emergency radio use.  Rather than say, “become a HAM”, Steven has taken the approach of radios for the rest of us.   Like those of us that don’t want to make radio part of our life, simply part of our preps.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. Today he covers generators with us in part two of a two part series.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-877- CB Radio as a Practical Prep with Clay Vitis

The Galaxy 979 is my Personal Choice for an Upper End SSB CB Radio

The Galaxy 979 is my Personal Choice for an Upper End SSB CB Radio

Clay Vitis is a long haul truck driver who uses CB both in his daily work and as a fellow prepper.  Clay is also a licensed HAM however he spends most of his time on the CB bands.  He joins us today to discuss the ins and outs of CB radio communications for every day prepping.

Note to all HAMs, today’s show is NOT why CB is better than HAM or vice verse, it is about CB as a technology for preppers.  We have a HAM radio episode planned with Expert Council Member Tim Glance scheduled in the future.

It is my belief that HAM and CB both have their places and HAM is far more specialized, making it practical for the specialist and not quite so practical for the guy that doesn’t turn a radio very often other than for specific events or while traveling.

Join Clay and I Today as we Discuss…

  • Cheap CB Options
    • How much do you need to spend on the equipment
    • What brands or models offer a good value
    • Base station, mobile or handheld
    • The capabilities of lower end equipment
  • Upper end cb options
    • What constitutes a “good” cb
    • Where are the best places to find upper end equipment
    • Why upper end cb’s perhaps are not always the best “value”
    • Upper and lower sideband and their practicality
  • Antennas for CB Radios
    • Antenna options for mobile and base station use
    • The idea of “homebrewing” an antenna
    • Creating stealth antennas
  •   Optional equipment
    • Tuning meters
    • Amplifiers (including legal/ethical issues )
  •   Fun with CB’s
    • A cool game you can play with fellow breakers
    • Learning the technology, community and geography at the same time
    • Realize there is more to CB that the “one nine”
  • Practicality of CB from a survival/prepper standpoint
    • Ready to run “out of the box”
    • Inexpensive
    • Reliable
    • Can be taken to specialized levels but not specialized
    • Lots of users (especially during a disaster)
    • Plug and play installation with portability
    • Great for general travel info

Resources for Today’s Show

  • Members Support Brigade
  • TSP Gear Shop
  • Join Our Forum
  • Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day)
  • Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day)
  • The World of CB Radio – Book I mentioned on air
  • Confessions of a Real CB Nut – The kindle edition is only a dollar and I found it a fascinating read about CB and its evolution along side armature radio.  It explains a lot about the current issues with over amping and some other things.  It is also a great look back at American before the internet, the 60s, 70s and 80s in particular.  Life for a traveling working man in rural America, entrepreneurship, etc.  Lastly, the kindle edition deffinitely has some real issues that must have happened during conversion of the old book.  For instance it says “don’t” in every instance that should say “doesn’t”, but it doesn’t take away from the book if you just over look it, can’t speak for the text version.

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Episode-244- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 7-27-09

Today we do another round of your questions on the air during my morning commute.  Today I answer questions on emergency radios, patio gardening, food storage, credit unions vs banks, dealing with unprepared neighbors and more.

I will also continue my “intro segment” about current events.  Today what the Obama administration is doing right (yes right) about illegal immigration and what I think the eventual endgame is, and to quote Chris Rock, it ain’t right.

Tune in today as I answer these questions…

  • How useful are hand crank radios, what about the units from Kaito?
  • Are the earthtainer, vertical hydro or small scale aquaponics right for the patio garden?
  • How long have I been personally storing and how long did it take to get to 30 days reserve?
  • How do credit unions compare to banks?
  • How do you deal with a neighbor that always borrows stuff when TSHTF and they are in deep trouble because they are so unprepared?
  • What age is good to start teaching a kid to shoot and how do you keep your guns secure from them?
  • If money is tight and you are a renter what preps should you have on hand, what do you do first?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of prepaying utility bills?
  • Where do you find good info on canning veggies?

Resources for today’s show…

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