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Welcome, ANGEL from BLANCHARD!!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 @ 10:29pm

Name:
Sandra P Castellanos

Public Name:
Angel

COMMUNITY:
Blanchard BG

Cell or best tel #:
2064500979

1- HUB or 2-SPOKE?:
SPOKE: I will use mainly non-ham radios communicating with fellow SPOKE members, conveying info back to my HUB Leader.

Introduction:
Early 50s Residential Architect, want to exchange homesteading knowledge with similar thinking people. Recently moved to the area.

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Organic vegetable gardening, canning, dehydrating, sewing…..

Name at least one topic you'd like to "TEACH" to others:
Organic vegetable gardening, fruits and flowers too.

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Ham radio, baking, cheese making, candle making, soap making, permaculture, chicken husbandry, animal butchering, hunting, fishing, shooting, parachute jumping…..

Have you completed CERT Training?:
No

HAM call sign:


How did you hear about us?:
My husband

See: www.PistolProf.com ; Would you like to participate in a Fun, Affordable Handgun Class?:
Yes

Neighbors, Welcome MIKE from NAPLES!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Friday, December 25th, 2020 @ 2:33pm


Mike sounds like an asset to our group - welcome aboard!



Name:
Michael J. Foster

Public Name:
Mike Foster

COMMUNITY:
Naples NA

Cell or best tel #:
2086277394

1- HUB or 2-SPOKE?:
SPOKE: I will use mainly non-ham radios communicating with fellow SPOKE members, conveying info back to my HUB Leader.

Introduction:
Retired General Contractor. My wife and I are looking to join other like minded people. Those who share preparedness and homesteading interest. We just purchased a ham radio and looking forward to getting licensed.

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Gardening, but mostly construction related hobbies. I enjoy building and crafting useable projects.

Name at least one topic you'd like to "TEACH" to others:
carpentry and handyman skills

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Ham Radio

Have you completed CERT Training?:
No

HAM call sign:


How did you hear about us?:
Redoubt Surplus & Tactical

See: www.PistolProf.com ; Would you like to participate in a Fun, Affordable Handgun Class?:
I could use a refresher course. It's been about 23 yrs ago

Welcome, JOE (Brian) from ELK!!!!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Thursday, December 24th, 2020 @ 12:30pm

Welcome, JOE (Brian) from ELK!!!!

Name:
Brian Lilly

Public Name:
Joe Narcoleptic

COMMUNITY:
Elk EK

Cell or best tel #:
5099544389

1- HUB or 2-SPOKE?:
SPOKE: I will use mainly non-ham radios communicating with fellow SPOKE members, conveying info back to my HUB Leader.

Introduction:
I'm a software engineer by training, electrical engineer by employment, and dabble in mechanical engineering. Grew up doing construction, remodeling, and finish carpentry. I enjoy building things, fixing things, and I'm a quick learner. Always believed in being prepared for the unexpected, but the past ~12 months have had me redoubling efforts in that area, much to the dismay of my wife, less to the dismay of my children.

Admittedly, I naturally tend to keep to myself, and avoid social gatherings. This is an attempt to branch out and offer another avenue to help preserve my family and perhaps the families of others in times that I believe are headed for a sharp negative turn, past where we have already arrived.

I'm sure that I don't know what I don't know (or perhaps need to know).

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
I'm sure that I know things, but I'll be damned if I know what things I know that would be helpful to any group. I know how to set tile, how to mix concrete, build forms. I've been moderately successful at repairing vehicles when they break. I'm mechanically inclined, have computer skills, can read schematics. As far as engineering disciplines go, I'm a generalist, having skills in several areas, and dabble in most of them.

I'm sure with a more specific skills questionnaire I could answer better.

Name at least one topic you'd like to "TEACH" to others:
Persistence

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
It might be nice to learn better marksmanship. I think it'd be appropriate to say that I don't know what I would like to learn, since that's dependent on the need at the time. I would like to think that I have all the knowledge necessary for my present situation, but I'm certainly lacking in training for a situation that I've not yet encountered.

Have you completed CERT Training?:
No

HAM call sign:


How did you hear about us?:
My neighbors, Jim and Pat McGinty let me know about this group.

See: www.PistolProf.com ; Would you like to participate in a Fun, Affordable Handgun Class?:
I wouldn't be opposed to it. Would be better if I could rope my wife into it.

INW Prep - Where to from Here?

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 @ 10:29pm

After 50 years in the Preparedness world, and 15 years helping to coordinate it here in North Idaho, my question to all of you is:
What, if anything, do YOU want to do as part of this group in 2021?
Thanks!
Russ

Just Had A Good Chat with SERE SCHOOL MICHAEL!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 @ 5:35pm

Who just joined us from Fairchild!
Please send a big HI to him; He'd like to come out for a visit in Jan & get involved!

Public Name:
Michael

COMMUNITY:
Spokane SK

Cell or best tel #:
5096809922

1- HUB or 2-SPOKE?:
SPOKE: I will use mainly non-ham radios communicating with fellow SPOKE members, conveying info back to my HUB Leader.

Introduction:
I'm a AF SERE Specialist who grew up locally. I love helping people prepare for harder times, and defend themselves from thugs.
God, Liberty and Justice are high priorities that cannot be neglected.

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Defensive Shooting
Empty Hand Combatives
Survival Skills
Parkour

Name at least one topic you'd like to "TEACH" to others:
Defensive Shooting

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Hotwiring Vehicles
Creating Disguises
Parkour

Have you completed CERT Training?:
No

HAM call sign:


How did you hear about us?:
PistolProf.com

See: www.PistolProf.com ; Would you like to participate in a Fun, Affordable Handgun Class?:
yes

My earthlink email's broke -

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Monday, December 7th, 2020 @ 3:43pm

My earthlink email's broke - 

So enjoy the silence!

Just ANOTHER sign that I need to back off and TCOB!
No telling when / if I'll be back in comms . .  .
Russ

SKIP (or delay?) our Dec 12 CHRISTMAS PARTY???

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Monday, December 7th, 2020 @ 1:08pm

SKIP (or delay?) our Dec 12 CHRISTMAS PARTY???

Responses to classes, meetings, parties etc seem to be lukewarm at best, and we've never seen such a troubled time as this in our history.

So, I'm all for backing off and doing what everyone else seems to be doing - taking care of my own.

Now my back has rebelled, so I'm taking it as a sign to just know when to quit.  I'm simply outta fuel.

Anyone wanting to step up and coordinate our annual party, come forth!  Otherwise, should we let this coast for a while? Maybe till Jan 21?

Thanks!

Russ 

CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT Training Certificate! 9:30 - 5PM

  • Saturday, January 9th, 2021 (all day), Saturday, February 6th, 2021 (all day), Saturday, March 6th, 2021 (all day), Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 (all day)
    Location: Blanchard Grange, Mason Ave, Blanchard ID

    Personal Gun Carry Safety Class


    Do NOT Register Here:
    Register and Pay…

TRY OUT: Wheat Grinders, Grain Mills, Flour Machines

  • Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:30pm - 4pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, Mason Ave, Blanchard ID

    TRY OUT:  Wheat Grinders, Grain Mills, Flour Machines

    It's never too late to buy…

    • 10 people attended

CANCELLED: Dec 12th Christmas (and Gift-Stealing) Party!!

  • Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at 3pm - 7pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, Mason Ave, Blanchard ID

    CANCELLED:
    Let's See about rescheduling in January??


    Dec 12th Christmas…

    • 8 people attended

Herbal First Aid Wound Care! by Kathy Winter

  • Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 1:30pm - 4pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, Mason Ave, Blanchard ID

    Herbal First Aid Wound Care Class
    by Kathy Winter--
    Botanical identification,…

    • 17 people attended

30 Hub Leaders (existing or new) Needed for MURS3T nets -

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Sunday, November 15th, 2020 @ 10:45am

WHO wants to run local Radio Comm Nets on MURS3T? 

(Need THIRTY HUB Leaders!!!)

We are making the HUB groups smaller, as was originally designed -

Shortly, we'll be integrating the MURS3T program into inwP as its standard net and freq, which means I'll be needing a LOT more HUB leaders; one for each of these specific areas (below).  If you are already a HUB leader doing radio nets, this will mean either doing another on MURS3T or switching your freq over to it. 

Although not required, it would be ideal if you are also a ham operator as you would be checking back with me on a designated HUB Leaders Net on MURS3T and /or HAM. HAM reaches further than MURS.

Reply and type in your name & HAM call sign (if you have one) BELOW to volunteer for this project.

Kalispell KA . . . .

Colville CV,  . . . .

Deer Park DP,  . . . .

Elk EK,  . . . .

Mead MD,  . . . .

Spokane SK . . . .

Oldtown OT  . . . .

Priest River North of Rt 2 / River PN . . . .

Priest River South of Rt 2 / River PS . . . .

Sandpoint (North of Bridge) SP . . . .

Naples NA . . . .

Bonners Ferry BF . . . .

Clark Fork CF . . . .

Sagle (South of Bridge) SG . . . .

Cocolalla CC . . . .

Athol AT . . . .

Blanchard BG . . . .

Edgemere EG . . . .

Spirit Lake SL . . . .

SL Cutoff @ Clagstone HU . . . . RUSS, ki7biv

Bayview BV . . . .

Rathdrum RD . . . .

Hayden HY . . . .

Post Falls North of River PF . . . .

CDA North of River CD . . . .

CDA/ PF Cougar Gulch South of River CG . . . .

Kellogg KL . . . .

Worley WR . . . .

St Maries SM . . . .

Harrison HR . . . .

Pullman PM . . . .

Lewiston LW . . . .

Thanks!

Russ 

WHY an assigned Call Sign for inwPrep members on MURS 3T?

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, November 14th, 2020 @ 3:17pm

WHY an assigned Call Sign for inwPrep members on MURS 3T?

2 reasons - Legality and Security.

Please read this in its entirety.

As a reminder, respond to the questions ("what area" and "Hub or Spoke") below, to remain on the inwP contact list.

First, it's not legal to use your HAM call sign on any frequency / purpose than ham radio.

Secondly, your AmRRON call sign is supposed to be secure.  AmRRON keeps it secure for you on their site, yet so many are out there saying several times a week, "This is X-Ray Zebra One-Two, Copernicus from Cocolalla!".  Well, now, you've blown your own I.D. to the entire world and it can be used against you by bad guys.

inwP is slowly - and I say slowly, because it's taking me time that I don't have to set this up - working up to creating a weekly MURS 3T Check-in Net.  MURS requires NO license nor call sign, yet it is arguably the most effective non-ham frequency in rural areas of the redoubt.

I've already explained, in earlier posts, the importance of the "T" designation and WHY you should have this in your programming.  If you have the (recommended)  legacy Don Goodrich program, it should say MURS 3T on CH 078.  For some reason, some folks may have that on another channel, perhaps 77 or 79. 

The important part is, when we converse on MURS 3T, we won't be "stepped on" by dirt bike kids, satellites, home security systems nor the Navy at Bayview.  Bear in mind, anyone on "regular" MURS 3 will hear us, but can't communicate to us or block us.  This also mean that we can leave our radios on and in the charger on MURS 3T - 24/7 - and we should only hear each other.  So, if a real-life even is happening at 2AM, we'l know about it when YOU call for help.

I am personally assigning the Call signs, once I have rec'd your response to my questions of "what area" and "Hub or Spoke" and updated your individual profile.  Note that I've added an additional one today, as more of my neighbors are coming aboard:

SL Cutoff & Clagstone HU  (for "HooDoo"); if you feel more aligned with that, than with Spirit Lake, Edgemere, or Blanchard, let me know!

Even if you don't have a radio yet, I'll need those answers to keep you on the contact list.  After November, non-responders will be off the contact list.

WHY?  Simply because that, since 2004, I've been working toward developing COMMUNIcations and COMMUNIty, and here we are, in the end game.  The recent fire through Blanchard could have easily taken us all off the map.  Our comms were in the crapper.  I'm not about to let that happen again, on my watch.  So, there's NO reason not to leave MURS 3T ON, 24 / 7.  We've gone beyond years of "classes" . . now we take Comms seriously, or don't play at all.

Your assigned Call sign will let us all know the general location you're in, whether you are a hub or spoke, and have a personal identifier.  Once you see your assigned Call Sign, you'll see that there's absolutely no rocket science behind it.  Please don't figure you'll just self-assign, though; you'll still be out of the comms loop.

Some of you have already rec'd you call signs; many have not.  Please be patient.  You can always check your Personal Profile on www.inwPrep.com once you've signed in, to check.

Please "REPLY" to this email, with:

1- Choose the (below) location CLOSEST to you, & type that into the subject line

2- Type your 1st & last name into subject line, and

3- Type 1 if you are a group Hub Spokesperson, or "2" if you are not.

Your subject line should look like this:  Blanchard BG, First & Last name, 2

Hit Reply to send now - Thanks!

Kalispell KA

Colville CV,

Deer Park DP,

Elk EK,

Mead MD,

Spokane SK

Oldtown OT,

Priest River North of Rt 2 / River PN

Priest River South of Rt 2 / River PS

Sandpoint (North of Bridge) SP

Naples NA

Bonners Ferry BF

Clark Fork CF

Sagle (South of Bridge) SG

Cocolalla CC

Athol AT

Blanchard BG

Edgemere EG

Spirit Lake SL

SL Cutoff & Clagstone HU  (NEW)

Bayview BV

Rathdrum RD

Hayden HY

Post Falls North of River PF

CDA North of River CD

CDA/ PF Cougar Gulch South of River CG

Kellogg KL

Worley WR

St Maries SM

Harrison HR

Pullman PM

Lewiston LW

Thanks!

Russ

Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV / WQYA480, C.E.R.T.

No Texts; 208.660.8877; Fax 855.420.6345

^ Grid-Free Power, Any Location! www.BrightLightsSolar.com

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^ Area Prep / Comms Training: http://www.inwPrep.com

^ Emergency Comms Network: www.HooDooCh3.com

^ Mold Testing: www.MountainMoldTesting.com

2000 Subaru Forester, $650, B/O, Or trade for Hay, Farm Help . . . !

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 @ 8:33pm

Please pass it on, spread the word, incl Social Media (I don't do that stuff)
Thanks!
Russ - 208.660.8877

2000 Subaru Forester, $650, B/O, Or trade for Hay, Farm Help . . . ! - $650 (Spirit Lake)

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2000 subaru forester

condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
paint color: red
title status: clean
transmission: automatic

Two or three able-bodied people giving me an afternoon of help, and it's yours!

2000 Subaru AWD / 4WD Forester, Approx 60K miles on the rebuilt engine, 329672 on the car.
Good tires and body; just installed new shocks / struts all around!
I've had it about 8 years and have been thrilled with its 24-26 mpg performance, esp in snow.

BRING A TRAILER OR FLATBED TO TAKE IT HOME: Engine makes rattling sound.
Right now it "limps along" because someone ran it too high in a lower gear and it's beyond my knowledge base to fix it. Sorry to see it go; it still has a lot of joy in it to give to its new fix-me owner!!
EMAIL VIA CL WITH A VALID PHONE #; NO TEXTS.

WOUND CARE w/ "Doc" Dave

  • Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at 1:30pm - 4pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, Mason Ave, Blanchard ID

    WOUND CARE w/ "Doc" Dave!
    Come up with likely wound scenarios we'd encounter & play…

    • 2 people attended

My last appearance for a while - tomorrow, Sunday, 11/8 (Grange)

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, November 7th, 2020 @ 5:57pm

My last appearance for a while - tomorrow, Sunday, 11/8 (Grange)

Folks, after 16 years, it's the end of the road for me, at least for a bit.

40-60 hours a week to this group has left me too far behind the 8-ball. 

No matter what I do, ask or offer, I can never get caught up on my finances or the farmstead.

It's time to face the reality that I'm responsible to myself first, and I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Anybody want some hands-on farmstead mentoring, contact me.

If you are moved to present a class at the Blanchard Grange, notify me & I'll help facilitate it.

When my debts and work loads lighten, I'll see about maybe picking it up again. 

In the meantime, I'm still here as a resource.

I'm ready to start teaching gun classes full-time; see www.PistolProf.com and call me to book your class!

Thanks!

Russ

Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV / WQYA480, C.E.R.T.

No Texts; 208.660.8877; Fax 855.420.6345

^ Grid-Free Power, Any Location! www.BrightLightsSolar.com

^ "Silent Range" NRA Pistol Training: www.PistolProf.com

^ Area Prep / Comms Training: http://www.inwPrep.com

^ Emergency Comms Network: www.HooDooCh3.com

^ Mold Testing: www.MountainMoldTesting.com

Welcome, LIZA BLISS (inwp Call Sign: DP2LB) from Deer Park!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, November 7th, 2020 @ 5:37pm

You DP folks, call & email her "HI!"

Name:
Liza Bliss

Public Name:
Liza Bliss

COMMUNITY:
Deer Park DP

Cell or best tel #:
208-304-8940

1- HUB or 2-SPOKE?:
SPOKE: I will use mainly non-ham radios communicating with fellow SPOKE members, conveying info back to my HUB Leader.

Introduction:
My friend, Laurie Thompson, invited me.

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Student of herbology and nutrition - lifelong

Name at least one topic you'd like to "TEACH" to others:
Herbology

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Self sufficiency skills

Have you completed CERT Training?:
No

HAM call sign:


How did you hear about us?:
Laurie Thompson

See: www.PistolProf.com ; Would you like to participate in a Fun, Affordable Handgun Class?:
Yes

Sandpoint Hubs, Welcome JANAE from Rapid Lightning area!!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Sunday, November 1st, 2020 @ 6:43pm

thanks for joining us, Janae!!

Name:
Janae Raphael

Public Name:
Janae Raphael

Town / Group:
Sandpoint - Rapid Lightning area

Cell or best tel #:
7142671594

Name at least one topic you'd like to "TEACH" to others:
Janae Raphael

Have you completed CERT Training?:
No

HAM call sign:


Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Homeschooling advice

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Weapons training, preparedness and emergency medical training

Introduction:
Hi, I have a marketing business and homeschool my three kids ages 10, 8 and 3. I enjoying helping others who are interesting in learning more about how to homeschool and sharing resources. I’m working on my preparedness skills including gardening/food storage, weapons training, emergency communications and medical training.

How did you hear about us?:
From Russ

See: www.PistolProf.com ; Would you like to participate in a Fun, Affordable Handgun Class?:
Yes

Welcome, Rick, Crystal, Julie & April!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 @ 7:39pm

Thanks for joining us!
I'll suggest that each of you check the "Members" tab & sort by town; contact other members nearby, and get involved with local Mutual Assistance Groups . . get on board with Bao-Feng Radios so that you can be in comms with others in walking / bicycle distance.
Join our gatherings on Sunday afternoon; see calendar listings at website!

Thanks!

Russ

Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV / WQYA480, C.E.R.T.

No Texts; 208.660.8877; Fax 855.420.6345

^ Grid-Free Power, Any Location! www.BrightLightsSolar.com

^ "Silent Range" NRA Pistol Training: www.PistolProf.com

^ Area Prep / Comms Training: http://www.inwPrep.com

^ Emergency Comms Network: www.HooDooCh3.com

^ Mold Testing: www.MountainMoldTesting.com

Avoid arrest in 2021 for refusing vaccination - TUES 6:30 - DR A. TRUE OTT, NATUROPATH, PH.D -

  • Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 6:30pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, Mason Ave, Blanchard ID

    TUES 6:30 - DR A. TRUE OTT, NATUROPATH, PH.D - founder and CEO of Mother Earth Minerals, Inc.,…

    • 28 people attended

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