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600+ Page Medical Manual! - Thanks, Rick G.

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, April 6th, 2019 @ 8:32pm

600+ Page Medical Manual!

Hi Russ,

Here is the direct link to the PDF file of the Medical Manual called “Survival & Austere Medicine” This link should work on any computer or smartphone browser. This is the best grid down Medical Reference I have ever come across. It is 614 pages and covers everything from herbs to use as medicine when your RX run out to basic surgery. Please share this with the community.




Trouble accessing site?

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, April 6th, 2019 @ 6:00pm

Trouble accessing site?

I've been unable to open "" today.  That is a name I bought & points to the Groupspaces-hosted site.  I finally got in by just signing in through GroupSpaces itself; .
If you've experienced difficulty, try that way!
ROOSter Russ

OF INTEREST: Free Fridge; Meetings (Saturday Ham, Monday Grange); Essay

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Friday, April 5th, 2019 @ 11:41am

Free Fridge;
Meetings (Saturday Ham, Monday Grange);

Saturday, 4/6, 10AM Hayden Library, Gov't Way - AmRRON Ham (Amateur) Radio club, open to all.  Knowledgeable folks who, thankfully, are patient and understanding with novices (ask me how I know!).  Scheduled: Digital Comms, plus whatever questions we may have.

Monday, 4/8, 5:30PM, Blanchard Grange Hall, South end of Mason Ave - Monthly Grange Meeting where they accept new members.  By having a good # of our members join, we'll have access to a wonderful facility (with large kitchen) for classes, training, workshops, etc.  Even if you don't intend to join, THIS is the meeting where we get to tell all the good things we continue to do for our community, and why we'd be an asset to a largely vacant structure.  Please come help plead our case!

Member Paul Coambs
echoes the statememt, "Two is One, and One is None" in his blog post; worth reading!

“The Power of One is the Power of Noneâ€


“The Power of One is the Power of Noneâ€

“The Power of One is the Power of None†(I borrowed the phrase for my title; the author is unknown) There ...

Finally, Member MAX has a used operational fridge for sale; contact him at:

Tonight's Presentation (PDF File) - Radio Waves and You!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 @ 8:53pm

By Eric Weaver - A great job- Thanks!
Radio Waves and You- Eric Weaver.pdf

Debra - TWO FREE GOATS to be picked up as soon as possible.

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Monday, April 1st, 2019 @ 5:39pm

Debra is our Certified Permaculturalist, lives in PR - Blanchard area . . . .
Good Morning Russ, it's Debra. I have two male Nigerian Dwarf goats. One is intact the other is not. I would like to give them to someone who may want to use the one for breeding, or just process both. I would like them to be picked up as soon as possible.  Interested parties can call me. 208-920-3633. Thanks, please forward to our group.

Making roof shingles with hand tools

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, March 30th, 2019 @ 8:28am

Arthur posted an interesting video.  The link is visible on the right side of home page, once you'e signed in . . .

Info for SATURDAY EVENING's Workshop

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, March 30th, 2019 @ 8:24am

All Things R.A.T.S. Tourniquet

Posted 24 hours ago in Gear by AllOutdoor Staff with Be the first to comment!

R.A.T.S.: Rapid Application Tourniquet System. This is one of the most awesome tourniquets on the market and tested in combat. It is invented and patented by a member of special forces, a doctor with multiple traumatic experiences under his belt. The R.A.T.S. Tourniquet uses a vulcanized solid rubber core with a nylon sheath, combined with a locking mechanism for swift application.

The R.A.T.S is:

  • Easy to learn and use
  • Simple design and allows use with one hand
  • Small and has a minimum space that will enable you to store them almost anywhere
  • The US Army Surgical Research Institute has proven its effectiveness in blocking blood flow to the upper and lower limbs.

Tourniquets were used in ancient Greece to prevent blood loss caused by traumatic injury. They always consisted of the tightened band to avoid the blood flow. A tourniquet can be composed of several common elements. However, when someone bleeds from a traumatic injury, building a rudimentary turnstile can be precarious and ineffective. If you are in a high-risk scenario, you should have the equipment tested with a professional turnstile and checked for effectiveness and safety.

Weighing just 2.8 ounces, the compact and lightweight R.A.T.S tourniquets can be packed up with a range of easily accessible methods, including elastic sleeves, bags, and even a R.A.T.S. sling. It can also be attached to the exterior of an EDC package and bounded with a simple rifle sling.

Tourniquets are an essential part of the first aid kit and first responder kits. Although they are rarely used, they can be a real remedy – all with minor consequences if they are appropriately used and where appropriate.  The most important thing when choosing a tourniquet is to pick the one that meets your needs and pass the proper security test.

R.A.T.S tourniquets are made from quality materials without complicated loops or belts. They offer a definite advantage in terms of flexibility, circulation of housing and swelling. Its unique and simplistic design makes application quick and comfortable when the number of seconds is taken into account, even in animals and young children. Its compact shape makes it ideal as a EDC option, first aid kit, and survival kit.

There are many tourniquets on the market, each with different characteristics and benefits. At just under $20, R.A.T.S tournaments are so accessible that you can choose to bring two.


For SUNDAY AFTERNOON's Discussion -

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, March 30th, 2019 @ 8:20am

(Of course, POTATOES were not available in Medieval Europe - R)

Two Types of Seeds to Stockpile for SHTF

If you were to stockpile just two types of seeds, what would they be?

Posted 3 days ago in Survival, Urban Farming by Kevin Felts

For the sake of discussion let’s say someone was going to stockpile only four or five types of seeds, what would they be?

First question someone may ask is about nutrition; what crops would provide the most nutrition per acre? Another question may be about spring or fall crops? Maybe one of the first questions we may want to ask ourselves is about preservation. What are some of the easiest crops to preserve, and are time tested?

To answer that question we turn to the past. Some of my long time readers know we going to reach for a history book for this article. The book in question is “The Middle Ages Everyday Life in Medieval Europe by Jeffery Singman, page 57.

To paraphrase parts of page 57, “Grains and legumes were available year round.” Why were grains, peas and beans available year round? Because they were easy to dry and store. The biggest dangers to both were moisture and rodents.

Grains were kept whole for storage, then used as soon as they were ground.

What does all of this mean? According to Medieval history, some of the best crops to stockpile seeds for are:

  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Oats

In the grand scheme of things, oats are a fairly new crop to humanity. Other crops such as wheat, corn, peas and beans have been cultivated for thousands of years. It is estimated Native Americans were cultivating corn 10,000 years ago, but the crop was only recently brought to Europe. I say “recently” as in the past few hundred years.

Why should we focus on grains and legumes? The main reason is because they are somewhat easy to store after the crop has been harvested. Chances are a lot of us had a granny who would dry beans, then boil then when ready to cook?

Corn is an all around usage crop, as in it can be used for human and livestock feed. A good number of southern recipes call for corn, such as cornbread.

Wheat has been cultivated for thousands of years. One reason why Rome was so interested in Egypt is because of the fertile Nile valley and how much wheat Egyptians were able to produce. Availability of Egyptian wheat helped the Roman empire to thrive and expand.

In short, people were growing and preserving grains and legumes centuries before the canning process was invented. There is a lot for preppers to learn from those time honored practices.


E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 @ 11:34pm

As opposed to the Spirit Lake Bear!  Say, come join us Sat PM / Sun Aft! (See calendar at site)

Nick swierczek

Public Name:

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Welding/fabrication/mechanic/hunting/fishing/woodsman/horseman/aquaponics/wood gasification

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Radio/local gardening/food preservation/commuity

My name's Nick I grew up on a dairy farm in South western Pennsylvania and when life stagnated in my mid 20s I took a job on a geust ranch in Colorado as a Wrangler after a few years there my girlfriend and I decided to move closer to her family so now I'm here my life experiences have made me a fairly well rounded person I'm comfortable around stock can operate most equipment im currently swapping a Mercedes diesel into my Toyota pick up I work in Spokane as a welder/fabricator I'm here to find like minded individuals who aren't willing to just lay down and die

How did you hear about us?:
The Blanchard community group

Thank you for your contributions!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Sunday, March 24th, 2019 @ 11:28pm

They all help when things like this site renewal fee comes up, as it has for about 12 years -
Thanks to all who have been pitching in, for this and other expenses.
I'm dedicated to KEEPING this - your - group the most active source of preparedness, sustainability and defense information in the Greater American Redoubt.
Wonderful plans are in the wings as we expand our (primarily FREE) networking and training even deeper into our CommUnity.
Every one of you are a Blessing to this Mission, and I salute you all!
Rooster Russ

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Time to put our apple worm traps on our trees!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Sunday, March 24th, 2019 @ 6:32pm

Time to put our apple worm traps on our trees.  Ken and I successfully used this recipe when we had a small orchard.

2 liter pop bottle (I don’t buy pop but I think the larger one is two liter)
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 apple peel
Fill 2/3 full of water
Hang in trees before the buds open

Keep refilling throughout the summer to catch flies, wasps, nasty creatures.  Will not draw honey bees.

SO - What other traps should be set soon, and using what for bait?



E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Friday, March 22nd, 2019 @ 6:36pm

4/8 - Join the Grange, let's have a "Home"!?

  • Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 5:30pm - 7pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, 36 Mason Rd Blanchard, Idaho 83804 (Adj to Comm Ctr)

    All the good stuff we're doing for each other- imagine inviting the whole CommUnity working and…

    • 9 people attended

Check Them Out: GRANGE Potluck Mon 3/25

  • Monday, March 25th, 2019 at 5:30pm - 7pm
    Location: Blanchard Grange, 36 Mason Rd Blanchard, Idaho 83804 (Adj to Comm Ctr)

    Bring some food & drink to share to…

    • 7 people attended

GARDENING (Rain Location: Brickle Creek Coffee) WORKSHOP Sun Aft 3/31 in SL!

  • Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Little Park x from hardware store on Maine St, Spirit Lake


    • 7 people attended

If it sounds too good to be true . . .

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 @ 11:34am

Ranger Writes:

I checked on the radios I (we) bought the $10.00 sale. Heard that was a bogus sale. Turns out they  their items have pulled from the eBay sale. I then checked on their name  and they don't exist anymore either. I tried to run the info on eBay to file a claim and have no idea how to file for a refund.

Anyone in the group ,you know of that may help us.


Welcome, KARLA ("K. Fleming") from ATHOL!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Monday, March 18th, 2019 @ 7:31am

Welcome, KARLA ("K. Fleming") from ATHOL!
Thanks for Joining us!  See you This Tuesday &/or Thursday?  See Calendar!
 - ROOSter Russ

Public Name:
K. Fleming

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Personal trainer/physical fitness

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Self-sufficiency, first aid, preparedness, skills that will help my family and I manuever through whatever scenario that we encounter.

We are moving from western WA and opening our 3rd gun store in CDA. I would like to connect with people in our new community that have the interest in learning/teaching skills that can allow us to help one another and our families

How did you hear about us?:

Welcome, ROGER ("HillBilly") from OLDTOWN!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Monday, March 18th, 2019 @ 7:25am

Welcome, ROGER ("HillBilly") from OLDTOWN!

Glad to have you aboard!  See you This Tuesday &/or Thursday?  See Calendar!
 - ROOSter Russ

Public Name:

Town / Group:

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
I am a beginning farmer both vegetable and chicken. We just purchased our small farm last June. We will have an abundance of vegetables and some fruits that we would be willing to share.

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
Mostly agriculure

I am a cnc machinist having previously worked in the firearm industry for a few years but have moved on to a better company. I am a farmer that is just starting out although I grew up on a farm. I am pro god and pro gun.

How did you hear about us?:
Someone mentioned this website on facebook so I thought I would check it out.

(Please Print attch) Join Us For Our New (private!) Meeting/Training Place!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Saturday, March 16th, 2019 @ 10:36pm

Please print out, sign & bring this app
with you on that date.

A year-round place for up to 200 people - the Blanchard Grange!  Complete with full kitchen (Canning Classes, anyone?), stage and BIG yard (Dutch Oven Cookouts!) in a rural setting (Map & Orienteering classes!).

All we need is enough of us to join the Grange
- only $33, or family for $50.  I don't ask for much, but I'm REALLY asking for your help on this.  We can help ourselves, our community and all North Idaho area. 

I'd like to have limitless Gardening, Livestock, Radio, Firearms, First Aid, Food Preservation, Solar, Dowsing, Water Purification, Beekeeping and other workshops.  I'd like to see us have a weekly Farm & Flea Market (remember the good old days in Sagle?).  I'd like to mount an antenna there to have a Community Base Station for Constitutionalists in an emergency.  A Nurse member said, How about an emergency field hospital?

New members are reviewed and voted in at their monthly meeting, in this case, 5:30 pm Monday, April 8th.
Please print out, sign & bring this app with you on that date.
OR, bring it with you to our Blanchard Inn Meeting next Thursday PM.
OR, bring it to the Grange PotLuck Dinner, Mon March 25, 5:30 PM.
IF none of those work for you, Please call Jenett, 208.597.6032. 
She's our Grange Liason and also the lady that puts out all that great food on Thursdays!

I've waited 12 years to find a "home" for us to work from.  Please, sign on & allow this to happen - Now!

Thanks & Blessings-

Welcome (ham), RANDY from GARWOOD!

E-mail sent by BG1RS 22PLINKER, Thursday, March 14th, 2019 @ 11:17pm

Welcome (ham), RANDY from GARWOOD!

Public Name:

Town / Group:
Hayden, (Garwood)

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Ham radio operator, Digital Communications

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
More about preparedness for my home, water treatment, energy production; solar, wind, wood, and other methods.
Medical training, bee keeping, preserving food; canning, smoking, fermenting
Gardening, different methods

Ham radio operator for approx. 35 years, retired from commercial photography. Built my home after moving here 20 years ago.
I currently teach the AmRRON class the first Saturday of the month at the Hayden library. I enjoy being around conservative individuals, with prepping skills, that think like me.

How did you hear about us?:
On the radio, and other ham members.

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