Showing posts with label Safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Safety. Show all posts

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Magic Smoke

Sometimes the magic smoke escapes via the antenna...

Via reddit /r/amateurradio

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NOAA Alerts - Part 2

Looks like several folks liked the idea of a $8 NOAA Alert Radio, but Nate points out a nifty alternative...

Radio Shack All Hazards Weather Alert Clock Radio With Skywarn
"For less than $30, you can get a radio that does: 
- NOAA (with Specific Area Message Encoding, the display will alert and show the text even if the radio is in standby). 
- Your regular analog Broadcast AM/FM (Stereo, it has 2 speakers) 
- "Skywarn band" (Which is essentially 2m and 440).- AUX input. 
- Alarm clock (2 separated alarms can be set).
It has a BNC female connector like most scanners have, so you can plug it into an external antenna as well.
I use it some times when I want to monitor a nearby repeater."

Friday, April 10, 2015

NOAA Alerts

Speaking of NOAA alerts, this RadioShack SAME Weather Radio for $7.99 was getting a lot of praise on the 470 repeater the other day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gun Box

So a gun case that opens with an RFID chip on a bracelet. I'm not sure I feel that is a good idea. I guess it is no worse than having a key that can be taken. Or even a combination that you are "encouraged" to share. I do like that you can get an extra RFID sticker. Maybe put it inside a book cover.

It is a lot prettier than other gun cases I have seen. Add a couple of fake antennas and people would think it was a wireless router.

A clear positive is that it has two USB ports for charging devices.

Via Uncrate

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Man shoots himself in the hand at Gun Show

Man accidentally shoots himself in the hand at Gun Show

1. I've said it is like the four rules are suspended when you go to a gun show. It freaks me out.

2. I predict Uncle will post about this and say "Stop touching it."


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Drug Cartel Areas of Influence

Since my company has a plant in Mexico, I probably should not read reports like this one from Stratfor. It shows a map of where the various drug cartels are in control. I think I am ready for a job where I never have to leave Knoxville.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cameras Everywhere - Sousveillance

Clive Thompson talks about sousveillance:

"Sousveillance is the monitoring of events not by those above (surveiller in French) but by citizens, from below (sous-). The neologism was coined by Steve Mann, a pioneer in wearable computing at the University of Toronto."

I like the term and the balance of power it suggests.

Examples of videos providing evidence of when people do bad things is all around. Most commonly, we think of catching people in positions of authority misbehaving as in the video below:

Sometimes it even gets people fired -  like the officer that threatened to kill permit holder in what seemed to be a simple incident.

LawDog points out that doing good may have a price. Even knowing the potential consequences, I would hope that I would be like Mr. Green, who recorded the video above, and do the right thing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No More Mobile Hams in the US?

NTSB new recommendations:

"To the 50 states and the District of Columbia:
  1. (1) Ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers; (2) use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration model of high visibility enforcement to support these bans; and (3) implement targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and enforcement, and to warn them of the dangers associated with the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices while driving. (H-11-XX)"
Seems to be a lot of folks with strong opinions on both sides of the proposal based on the chatter on the repeater and the general comments on various articles (here, here, here) posted about the recommendation. While I am in the don't tread on me camp, this cuts both ways as I want to talk on my radio/mobile phone, but I want my family to be safer, too. Liberty? Security? Pick one?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tueller Drill

The instructor talked about the Tueller Drill in my carry permit class, but to see it in real life scenario is eye opening.

Via Uncle via BlueSheepDog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Slippery Slope

First they came for my detergent.
Then they came for my light bulbs.
And now they want my inhaler.

Monday, August 22, 2011


(First, I can't decide when I see his username if it is "User Doc" or "US Nerd Doc." "US Navy ER Doc" is the last one I come up with.)

USNERDOC likes the Revision Military Sawfly glasses. And he gets you 20% off if you order before Wednesday, August 24 and use the code "DOC".

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Poor Judge-ment

Man drives car.
Gun slides around.
Man grabs gun.
Man shoots self.

Story at

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My training kicked in... I called mommy.

This is a serious video, but the 12 year old in me couldn't resist posting about it when I read the comment by Gunfan50BMG:
"My training kicked in... I called mommy."
The comment will make more sense once you hear him tell what happened after the negligent discharge. Scary stuff. As others point out, it does help the argument for learning one system and sticking with it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ban on Bodies of Water

I think we should ban large bodies of water. Too many people drown because of large bodies of water.

What you say? Swimming lessons? That's just crazy talk. Next thing you know, you will want people to have basic firearm safety training, too.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Preparation is a Journey

Preparation is a journey. I can't prepare for everything, but over time I'd like to give myself more options.

For example, I keep improving my Emergency Car Kit as I've add cell phone chargers and some ice melt to the gloves, poncho, and hat.

Here is another food-for-thought article:
Three seconds. Three minutes. Thirty minutes.

I have no go-bag. I've had CPR, but don't have good first aid kits. A buddy is talking about scheduling some first-aid training, so maybe I can fill in that gap.