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About NavyJim

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  • Birthday 11/08/1948


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    former U.S.Navy. Professional video production editor, shooter, writer, producer. Own all my own gear including camera and pro edit system, Vegas Pro, Avid Liquid and FCP.
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  1. NavyJim

    NOT AR vs. AK

    We have a Ruger Mini 14 and my wife has a Marlin 30-30 in our collection. 30-30 for hunting and mini-14 for amount of ammo it cam fling downrange. The mini does not have an "assult" look and I believe it would attract less attention in bad times. Same for the 30-30.
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    2 way radio's

    Remember that any "line of sight" transmission is improved with the height of the antenna. Even the good old CB, with the right antenna, properly tuned, and located in the right elevation, using a single side band channel can transmit a very, very long way. (More so with a set of boots or power booster. Totally illegal, and can blow out your radio if you don't know what you are doing.) Plus skip transmissions, while not dependable, I have listened to and talked back and forth with folks half way around the world. (Skip is where the line of sight signal is reflected off a layer of the atmosphere and reflected back to earth. It fades in and out with the changes in the ion layers and radiation. We are just coming into the best time for skip. It cycles in a 11 year cycle based on the solar storm cycles.
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    I'm a scanner fan. The problem with a lot of larger systems is that they have converted to digital, some are encrypyed and most have gone to what is called trunk tracking. Trunking systems let a large group of 2-way radio users (or even different groups of 2-way radio users) efficiently use a large range of frequencies. Instead of selecting a specific frequency for a transmission, the user simply selects a talk group. The trunking system automatically transmits the call on the first available frequency and also sends (on a different frequency called a data channel) a code that uniquely identifies that transmission. Since the trunking system might send a call and its response on different frequencies, it is difficult to listen to trunked communications using a regular scanner. Make sure you have a scanner that will trunk track and then you will need the freqs. Unless you have software to find freqs this can be a real bear to do. I would think you would have a lot more luck with a Ham receiver.