Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's Summer Time and It's Time For Camping

  I remember quite a few years ago when my wife and I were dating we went backpacking to the Adirondack Mountains. It was one of the nicest times I have ever had. The weather was beautiful and the scenery was awesome. The only problem I had was bringing my dog Sam. He was supposed to be part black lab and part cocker spaniel. He was a really nice dog and minded pretty well. It was also very comforting to have him sleeping in the tent. The only problem I had was when hiking in with a full pack I took a break and sat on a log to rest. He saw something like a rabbit or squirrel and he took off running. He pulled me backwards and there I was on my back looking like a turtle. I finally made it up and we all had a good laugh. I will never forget it.
  When you go camping you are are going to need Camping Supplies. The first thing you need is a good tent. There are many different kinds of tents to choose from. The things to consider is how many people will be in the tent. The next thing is how heavy is this going to be to carry. The final decision is going to be the cost. If you are in a good size group you may have on person carry the tent. I would also make sure it is a nonflammable material. I believe this is a standard in tents these days. I would also have a tarp that you can mount over the front of your tent so if it rains it will keep it dry when you go in and out of the tent.
   The next item is going to be a backpack. Once again the backpacks come in all shapes and sizes. If you are using a two man pup tent make sure you can attach your tent to it. I have seen some backpacks where you may have a special aluminium rack that the backpack attaches to, so you can tie the tent to it. You can also carry all your food, pots and pans as well as a very good first aid kit. I would also make sure to bring some good rope with you also. There is the Dacron UV protected rope that can hold up to 770lbs. It is the same rope I use for my Ham Radio Antennas.
  Other items that I would bring are things to clean your hands such as soap and hand sanitizer. You may want to have a portable shower and bring some shampoo as well. I would also bring some of the water purifying tablets and plenty of matches to light a fire. You can also bring a kit to be able to start a fire just in case your matches get wet.
  Some other important items to bring are your maps of the terrain and surrounding areas. This will be very helpful if you get lost. If you are a Ham Radio Operator I would bring maybe a 2 meter hand held radio and a wire dipole antenna with the Dacron UV Protected rope. There are some Ham Radios that will cover other frequencies and are for portable use. Just make sure you have a Ham Radio License to cover the frequencies. You could also bring a Walkie Talkie CB Radio. It will not have as much power and transmitting distance is limited, but it could save a life in an emergency.
  Some other important items would some various tools. By tools I mean a tree saw that folds up. This would come in handy for cutting up wood for the fire. Another tool that you should have is a small hatchet for chopping and splitting wood. I would also suggest that you should have a good compass for direction finding. Finally I would have a good hunting knife and a good pocket knife, such as a Swiss army knife.
  Finally you have the clothing that you should wear and bring. I would definitely bring a warm sweatshirt for those chilly evenings. I would wear a nice long sleeve shirt and a hat of some sort. Bring warn jeans and hiking shorts, because the pockets come in very handy. Bring plenty of warm socks and wear hiking boots or hiking shoes. Remember to bring extra cloths depending on how long you are camping. I would also bring a fishing pole, lures and fishing line.
  If you bring your own food there are plenty of freeze dried choices that taste pretty good. Do not bring any canned food, because it may spoil in the heat. I remember the one person that had brought canned clams. Needless to say he was up all night and very sick. Always boil your water and never drink water from a pond or stream. I got sick once from that sort of thing and it was no fun. If your not hiking too far in you could bring your own bottled water.
  Well that’s all for now so enjoy the summer and have fun. Thank You for reading.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Anybody Out There Need A Good Kindle Fire

   So is anyone looking for a good Kindle for themselves. Maybe it is a nice college graduation gift or maybe a nice high school graduation gift. It would also make a wonderful birthday gift for anyone. I have looked at some over at best buy and they looked very nice. Although you may get a better price off of Ebay or Amazon. My advise is to check out all your places and then make a decision. I would also check out the warranty, because it may only be 1 year or less. I have seen some come in where I work and the cost of repair is more than what it is worth. I would check and see if the Kindle has an extended warranty from the manufacturer.
   So exactly what are Kindles used for. One nice thing is the use of them for reading novels. They can be read very well in sunlight. Although it may not be a good idea to have the Kindle in the heat of direct sunlight. The Kindle Fire is basically a mini tablet computer. The Kindle is not made for playing some intense games, but there are quite a few video games that can be played on them. It is however very good for web surfing, email and writing documents. The operating system is usually a Google Android Operating System and may be Fire OS. Another nice feature of the Kindle is the ability to play a movie. The Kindle generally uses a wireless connection to the internet. It may have a micro usb port where a few device may connect. Kindles are also very good for playing your favorite music. The Kindle is not generally very big, so they can be easily carried in a purse or backpack. Just do not sit anything on them, because you can damage the screen.
  The kindle generally has a solid state memory storage capacity from 4GB to 32GB. The Tablet Display size as a rule starts out at 7 inches and goes up to about 9.9 inches. Here is some information for the Kindle Fire HDX with a 7 inch display.
Perfect-color HDX display, plus powerful quad-core processor for fast, fluid performance and immersive entertainment
  • Exclusive 7" HDX display (1920x1200), high pixel density (323 PPI), and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the "Mayday" button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24x7, 365 days a year
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, and updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • Immersive entertainment experience—see trivia and character backgrounds with X-Ray for Movies and TV, follow along with lyrics with new X-Ray for Music, fling videos to your TV with Second Screen, and more
  • Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day
So as you can see the Kindle would be an excellent gift for anyone.
 Thank You for reading and get your Kindle Today

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Awesome CB Radio Base Stations And Mobile CB Radios

   I think we need the 11 meter band to make a come back like it was in 1977 when I was 18 years old. It can be a very interesting hobby and a good start before someone decides to get into Ham Radio. I myself have been a Ham Radio Operator with my General License  since  June 2010. I had gotten my Technician License about a year or two before that. I love to listen to the skip come in on the sideband channels. The nice idea is to have a Base Station and a mobile radio in your vehicle. That way someone can communicate with you when you have gone somewhere.
   I still have my old Cobra 135 23 channel base radio that was converted to 40 channels years ago.  I also have a couple of other cb base radios. One of them is a cobra 142 sideband base that I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago. My main CB Radio Base is a Texas Ranger TR-696F SSB. It has a lot of different features like Mic Gain, SWR Meter and Various Noise Blankers. It also has a nice frequency counter on it so I can make sure I am on the right frequency. I run it with my Silver Eagle Power Microphone. I also use a Imax 2000 CB Antenna, which I can use on 17 meters for the Ham Radio Frequencies.
 I keep a close eye on the power, modulation and swr with my pdc 600 meter. I have had that for quite a few years and it still works very well. Of course there are quite a few different meters out there that work very well. I also have some other smaller meters that will show swr and power. I generally use those for tuning up my mobile antenna in the car.
   Some of the nice base radios I have seen the Galaxy CB DX-2547 at various websites. It is a single sideband 40 channel radio that does very well in the reviews. It has some nice features like the talkback, rf control and frequency counter plus more. There are plenty of nice mobile cb radios out there as well. The cobra mobile radios come in the old style radio and your newer more modern looking radio. Other manufactures making cb radios are midland, uniden and galaxy. There are also plenty of accessories for your cb radio whether it is a base station or a mobile radio. There are also some handheld cb radios that do a pretty good job. I like the idea of having handheld cb radio close enough to you so you can keep your eyes on the road.
   So if you are looking for a good CB Radio Base or Mobile check out the places on the internet.  There are some places on the internet where you might find some cheap cb radios for sale. The major sellers and the many resellers are good places to find cb radios. If you buy used check out the seller before you buy. Check to see their percentage and reviews to make sure there are no problems.
  Thank You for reading and have fun.     

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Popular Video Games For the Computer, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS,DS, Playstation and Wii

   Mostly today games are for the xbox 360, nintendo, wii or one of the other video game playing systems. What about games for your computer. Do they still make games for windows 7 and windows 8 or 8.1. The answer to that question is there are games that will run on windows 7. There can be issues when trying to run various games on windows 7 64 bit systems. As far as windows 8 or 8.1 the chances are very slim. I had a customer that was trying to run sims 3 on windows 8 and 8.1. It would start up ok and run a few seconds then crash the system. Before you buy any game check out the system requirements and the reviews.  An example of a game that seems to run on all operating systems is Titanfall by Electronic Arts. It seems to have a pretty good review rating of 3.5 gold stars out of 4. The reviews for the most part are pretty good. It is a fast paced future type war game.
 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Anyone Looking For A Good Pocket Knife

Assisted Opening Blade
   I have collected different pocket knives ever since I was a young teenager. I got my first pocket knife from Niagara Falls when I went on an eighth grade class trip. It was just a souvenir pocket knife. I still have it this day with all my other pocket knives. Another one of my favorite pocket knives was a small one that was made to look like fake stiletto pocket knife. I had two and lost one. I could never figure out where I lost it and I felt bad for awhile. I keep the other one safely away, so I won't lose that one.
Swiss Army Pocket Knife
   Another one of my favorite knives is not a pocket knife. Actually it is a fishing knife that my Grandfather had. When he passed away I kept it, because it reminded me of all the times I watched him cut up the fish he caught. I have other pocket knives of different sizes and types. Some are very long when opened and some are just small. I carry a small pocket knife made by Winchester to work every day. I use it for cutting packages open or just for cutting what I need.
Assisted Opening Pocket Knife
  I have other large pocket knives that I use for when I used to go deer hunting. Some of them are your common every day pocket knife, while others have special purposes. For example I have my Swiss type pocket knife. This type has everything from knife blade to a small saw blade. The come with screwdriver blades, scissors and even a tooth pick. Some pocket knives are made for electrician work and others are made for simple whittling of wood.
Folding Hunting Pocket Knife
  There are a few different styles of pocket knives. Some are what they call lock blades that have a sort of button you have to push to release the blade so you can close it. I prefer this type so if I am using it the blade will not accidentally close om me. There is another type of pocket knife that has what is called an assisted blade. When some people see this type of pocket knife they think you push a button and it automatically opens. I thought that to until I recently bought one. What is has is a small button that you push to release the blade and then it has a small pin that you flip the blade open with. It has a spring and a ball bearing to allow the blade to open easier and quicker. Then it locks it in place as a lock blade knife does.
Swiss Army Champion Pocket Knife
  My advise would be to remember that a pocket knife is not a toy. It is a tool that has different purposes. It is very easy to slip, fall and cut yourself. Always have safety in mind. Thank You for reading and have a nice day. Stay safe a collect pocket knives so you can hand them down to you children. A pocket knife makes a wonderful gift for a birthday, Christmas or graduation. Sometimes you may find a pocket watch and pocket knife gift set. They can sometimes both be engraved to make a special gift. Once again thank you for reading and stay safe.
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