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PANTS thjat work with BAO-FENG ham radios

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Friday, June 9th, 2017 @ 8:08pm

Getting ready tonight for Bonner County CERT Training in the morning, and I noticed that the Wrangler cargo pants I typically wear have a small, left-thigh pocket along with the regular cargo pocket, that handily holds the BF radio.  As extra security, if you leave the clip on, you can secure it to the pants.
The extra long Nagoya antenna will stick out no matter what you do, but the standard one does not seem to get in the way.
A variety of these style pants are available at WM for less than $20, including dark camo and also ripstop.

No Meetings this week -

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 @ 11:17pm

So here's a few words of wisdom - 
♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year, not to cause any trouble but shouldn't that be an even number?
♦ Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
♦ When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
♦ A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.
♦ Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
♦ America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.
♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.
♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.
♦ I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
♦ Money talks ..but all mine ever says is good-bye.
♦ You're not fat, you're just... easier to see.
♦ If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.
♦ I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?”
♦ I can’t understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named, “Sag Harbor.”
♦ My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

♦The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.
♦ I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.
♦ Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!
♦ The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.

Article: "Personal Space At The Bug Out Location"

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 @ 6:54am

Personal Space At The Bug Out Location

Having personal space allows people to relax.

Posted 23 hours ago in Survival by Kevin Felts with Be the first to comment!  

While planning your bug out location, have you considered personal space?  We all need a place to sleep, eat and relax.  Neglecting those necessities could increase tension.  As tension goes up, morale goes down.

Let’s do a play through – so, you finally bought property in a rural area, or maybe talked a buddy into letting you park an RV on his land.  Now that you have a place to use as a bug out location, what is the next step?

The first step should be the basics: water, power and septic.  Then comes time to make the place livable.  This means stocking it with the comforts of home – pots, pans, cookware, beds, couch, chairs… etc.


We could get off cheap with cots, but why?  If this is for a long term (more than a couple of weeks) situation, wouldn’t you want a good night’s sleep?

If you want to make someone irritable, make sure they do not get enough sleep.

This is what I am considering for the cabin on the back of the property, :

  • Queen sized bed.
  • Twin bunk bed.
  • Cot X 2.  Cots can be stored under the beds.
  • Blankets.
  • Sheets.
  • Pillows and pillow cases.
  • Throw blankets and pillows.

Whether it is sleeping on the bed or on the couch, have everything needed.  Maybe even a few sleeping bags.  Personally, I would rather people not sleep on the floor.


Since this is going to be a bug out location, small game and freeze dried food would be prepared inside and large game animals would be cooked outside.

  • Assorted pots.
  • Skillets.
  • Forks, spoons and knives.
  • Bowls.
  • Plates.

Everything needed to cook squirrel or rabbit with a side of freeze dried vegetables.

Couch, Table and Chairs

Couch and chairs give people a place to lounge, read, talk… etc.

As for tables, I would like to see an inside table, and then a picnic table outside.  Give the people options as to where they will be eating at.  At the cabin, I would like a screened in porch with a table.  Give people a place to eat without getting eaten up by bugs.

Foldable chairs allow people to move around the yard or sit at the fire ring.

Personal Space

What do all of those examples cover?  Personal space.

Everyone knows where they will be sleeping, eating and be able to relax.  This provides a sense of comfort.

Everyone having their own personal space provides a sense of comfort.

Nigerian Dwarf Goats?

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, June 1st, 2017 @ 11:32pm

Would like to know who has some, or is interested in possibly having them.  Either as purebreed, or possibly Xing with Nubians, etc.
Please hit reply!
Thanks -

New HAM Repeater in Priest Lake

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, June 1st, 2017 @ 7:36pm

From Mike Nielsen:

Wanted to update you on a new Amateur Radio VHF Repeater we just finished installing here at our place at Priest Lake today.  We are located on a mountain top (2,900'), due north of Coolin, ID; on the S/E side of Priest Lake.  The antenna is mounted near the top of our 100' tower.  It has commercial power and a generator backup 24/7/365, so it should be operational most of the time.  Repeater output is 25 Watts.

The frequency pair was assigned to the Priest Lake Repeater by the area frequency coordinator.  The repeater is now operational and open for use by licensed operators.  

Priest Lake Amateur Radio Repeater:

Repeater output:                                  145.410   MHz

Repeater input:                                    144.810   MHz

Repeater input CTCSS tone required:     77.0     Hz

Troy Lausen is the owner/controller of this repeater.   



Mike A. Nielsen

(208) 946-7664

1-Last Meeting for Sandpoint? 2-Spirit Lake & Athol Join for the Summer; 3-Post Falls starts at 7PM

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Saturday, May 27th, 2017 @ 1:11pm

Remember, our focus to to promote local neighborhood relationships.  Minimizing the number and locations of monthly meetings will facilitate the development of those relationships!

Warm weather brings many choices and opportunities to north Idaho, including 14 hours of daylight.  It's when we work in gardens, go out on the water, hike the region, etc.
As a result, events that had a high priority in cooler weather take a back seat; fully understandable!
Last month, I believe we had 3 attendees in Sandpoint, and none were from the SPT area; all had travelled 45 minutes or more - from the south - to participate.
Having coordinated meetings for about 10 years in the area, I recognize the trend, especially in warm weather.  So, the SPT group will be absorbed by the Athol group until further notice.    SPT also has the option of going to the Oldtown / Newport Meetings, 1st & 3rd Saturdays.

On another note, it was decided last night to combine the SL - ATH groups through September.  Attendance for both groups is still high (SL has the most members, ATH draws from the largest area), but renting 2 locations gets costly.  We'll save $30 by just meeting in Athol.  Athol is at the crossroads of 95 & 54, easily accessible to all in the Hayden-SPT corridor as well as the Bayview-Spirit Lake corridor.

Folks in the south will still have the American Legion in Post Falls, but we're changing the start time to 7PM, at least for the summer.  Don't count on the Tacos being available; better have dinner first!

Effective immediately, our meetings are in
- Post Falls
- Athol
- Newport


SHORT NOTICE: Spirit Lake Needs (FUN!) Help Thurs PM!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 @ 1:30pm

So, I sent out an email to the 40 members of the SL group, and only rec'd 3 responses.  The question is, should we continue to spend $30 to rent the SL Senior Center, or find another place?
The BLANCHARD TAVERN is a possibility; if you can't make it by 6PM, we'll still be evaluating for a couple hours or so . .  ..  They have (supposedly good) food, and soft drinks, too.  Remember, our original kickoff was at the Blackwell Tavern in SL.
Who wants to come out & RECON this location?  See original email, below:

MISSION: Determine Suitability regarding SPIRIT LAKE Meetings.  There is an outdoor area that may be good for us with warm weather.  Noise, food, seating and alcohol levels MUST be critically evaluated.  
DEBRIEF: Survivors of RECON group will report findings the following evening at the regular SL meeting.
AFTER ACTION REPORT will decide whether to continue $30 fees at the SL Sr. Ctr. or to consume said fees (at least in warm months) at the Saloon.
VOLUNTEERS: Reply to this email to step forward.

Magee's BT Grill

5.01 Google review

Sandwich Shop

Address: 26204 ID-41, Blanchard, ID 83804

Phone: (208) 437-4018

Certified Organic peas/wheat (Worley)

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Monday, May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:39am

I've purchased from Ted Lacey (208.231.5860_and am happy with his organic grains.  Finding reasonably priced, local organics is not that easy these days, and here you can buy it directly from the farmer, WAY cheaper.  Tell him Russ (from inwPrep) sent you!  If you are serious about preps, this is something to act upon NOW. -

Certified Organic peas/wheat (Worley)


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Certified Organic green pea's and Dark Northern spring wheat for animal feed.
Pea's .32 cent per pound
Wheat .265 cents per pound

CRAZY! AR Package for $400! (click link)

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Monday, May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:11am

Witness Unbridled Passion at Saturday Night’ Meeting!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, May 18th, 2017 @ 11:08pm

Witness Unbridled Passion at Saturday Night’ Meeting -

 As Pat McGinty reveals her darkest composting secrets!  Husband Jim, armed with humor as dry as last August, wields a worn garden trowel with rapier-like dexterity as he defends honor and hammock.  Indeed, ladies and gents, you will be astounded and amazed by the black pearls of organic decay (held captive until recently in tiny caprine defecatory pellets for untold generations) imparted by these two, the Original Carbon and Nitrogen Duo of Higher Ground Farm as they reveal the Easy and Effective Secrets of Composting at the 6:30 Newport Meeting!  Full details at , in conjunction with Pend Orielle Oath Keepers.  Sign on, if you haven’t yet, and we’ll see you there!

BTW, one of our members would like a goat as companion to one she is about to receive.  Pedigrees are not all that important; a dairy breed brusheater would be nice.  Please give me any leads, & I'll pass them on!
Thanks -

23 of the most commonly-used plants in the arsenal of Native American medicine.

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 @ 2:20pm

(Natural News) Native Americans used a variety of herbal medicines for treating a plethora of illnesses. An article published in listed 23 of the most commonly-used plants in the arsenal of Native American medicine.

  1. Blackberry – These antioxidant-rich berries were commonly used by the Cherokee people to treat an upset stomach. Blackberry tea is used to relieve swollen tissue and joints, and treat diarrhea. Blackberry root mixed with honey or maple syrup is a potent, all-natural cough syrup.
  2. Mint – The Cherokee brewed mint tea to relieve digestion problems.
  3. Yarrow – Ancient Greeks used yarrow to stem excess bleeding. The pioneers and Aborigines also used the plant as a poultice applied directly on open wounds to promote blood clotting.
  4. Rosemary – This plant is considered sacred among Native American tribes. They used the plant as an analgesic to ease sore joints, muscle pain and spasms. Rosemary is also used to improve memory and boost the circulatory, immune, and nervous system.
  5. Sumac – While the plant has many uses, Native American healers primarily used it for treating eye problems. It is also used as a gargle for sore throat.
  6. Black gum bark – The Cherokee people used to brew mild tea from twigs and black gum bark to ease chest pain.
  7. Cattail – Known as the “supermarket of the swamp,” cattails are an excellent food source among the Native Americans. The plant’s easily digestible parts make it an ideal recovery food.
  8. Red clover – Native American healers used red clover to treat inflammation and respiratory conditions.
  9. Wild rose – Wild rose is used for the treatment of the common cold. The Native Americans also used this plant as a mild diuretic, while a petal infusion is used to cure sore throat.
  10. Greenbriar – This plant is also known as “pull out a sticker.” Brewed greenbriar root is an excellent blood purifier for relieving joint pain.
  11. Buck Brush – Also known as “hummingbird blossom,” Native Americans used this plant to treat a plethora of diseases such as mouth and throat conditions, inflammation, cysts and fibriod tumors.
  12. Wild ginger – This plant is commonly used to treat earache and ear infection.
  13. Saw palmetto – Native American healers used this plant to relieve abdominal pain, and to promote appetite and digestion.
  14. Sage – Just like rosemary, sage is considered a sacred plant among Native Americans. They used this plant to treat abdominal cramps, spasms, colds, and flu.
  15. Prickly pear cactus – Poultice made from mature cactus pads relieves wounds, burns and boils.
  16. Slippery elm – Brewed tree bark health soothes toothache and treats skin conditions, respiratory infections, and sore throats.
  17. Lavender – Native Americans used lavender to address insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
  18. Mullein – Concoctions made from mullein roots relieve swelling joints, hands, and feet.
  19. Honeysuckle – This plant is used to treat asthma, arthritis, mumps, and hepatitis.
  20. Uva Ursi – Native Americans used this plant to treat bladder and urinary tract infection.
  21. Licorice root – Native American healers used this plant to ease stomach problems, food poisoning, and bronchitis.
  22. Devil’s claw – Tea made from devil’s claw may reduce the effects of diabetes. The plant is also used to treat skin conditions, arthritis, and digestion issues.
  23. Ashwagandha – The plant is used to treat a variety of ailments including bone weakness, muscle weakness, and tension as well as loose teeth, memory loss, and rheumatism.

Native American medicine has long been touted for its effective use of plants in healing a variety of diseases. Native American medicine is believed to be as old as 40,000 years and is practically a combination of health practices of more than 500 distinct nations residing in the Americas prior to European exploration at the end of the 15th century. The practice is widely recognized for its philosophy: That man is a part of nature and that health is about achieving balance.

Sources include:

Discontinuing the CDA / Post Falls Meetings? Sandpoint?

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 @ 9:44pm

Members have apparently voted, by their absence, to discontinue the monthly meetings for these 2 areas.  CDA had petered out a month ago or more, and it was combined with Post Falls (tonight's meeting at the American Legion).
Joining me tonight at 6PM were only 2 people; one from Washington state, and one from Spirit Lake.  I fully understand, when warmer weather hits, that folks have all kinds of things to do with longer daylight hours.  I know that I certainly am busier also, running businesses, a farm, and this organization.  A 90 minute round trip from the Blanchard area is time that can be spent on other projects.
A similar situation has been developing in Sandpoint.

Interestingly, Spirit Lake, Athol and Newport - the rural areas - continue to grow in attendance.  Also, Spirit Lake appears to be taking the lead in "developing community" by interaction among fellow members and events at residents' homes.
So, the following questions arise:
1 - How many CDA / PF / SPT folks want to continue meetings?  If I get at least 6 "yes" location replies, we'll do so.  Otherwise - for the warmer weather, at least - you'll be absorbed into the other locations.
2 - How many Spirit Lake folks would like to go back to meeting at Blackwell's (our FIRST location) or someplace similar (even the park)?  It will save me $30 rental for the Sr. Ctr. & we can continue creating "personal" meetups.
Send me an email with your thoughts, please -


  • Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 1pm - 3pm
    Location: Spirit Lake Area

    Forager's Fork is a…

Tonight: EMP Info / Meeting; Sat. PM: Effective Composting!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 @ 9:20am

Details on calendar at Home Page of See you there!

Does anyone want to be my neighbor?

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Monday, May 15th, 2017 @ 9:11am

Fair warning: You'd be surrounded by Constitutionalists!

Excellent survival food -

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Saturday, May 13th, 2017 @ 11:00pm

Once you grow them, they keep coming back -

Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes - $3 (Post Falls)

I believe she sells them for $3 per pot of 25-30.  Good deal.
We grow them and eat them,  Good critter fodder, also . . .

Celebrate! Our Local Oath Keepers have merged with our site!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Friday, May 12th, 2017 @ 10:23pm


(We are no longer a part of the Seditionist Meetup Organization)
Hi Russ - PistolProf,

This email confirms that you have closed Prepared Oathkeepers and Farmsteaders of the INW. All members, past Meetups, photos and discussions have been removed, and your Meetup group will no longer appear in search results.

If this is an error or if you did not close your Group, please contact to reopen your Meetup Group.

Thanks for your time and energy organizing a Meetup Group. We hope you continue to enjoy Meetup!
The Team at Meetup

Merchandise from Prosser Expo

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Friday, May 12th, 2017 @ 9:57pm

At the meeting May 13th 10 am at the Hayden Library there will be some of the

left over merchandise from the AmRRON booth at Prosser.  We wanted to
give the local AmRRON group an opportunity to save on shipping costs
prior to shipping items back to the online store in Montana.

Can you please forward this email so people have a heads up.

AmRRON Coffee Mugs $12
AmRRON Patches $8
American Redoubt "JOIN OR DIE SHIRTS" $20

May 13th 10 am at the Hayden Library! Polly-01


  • Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Don Goodrich writes:
    "Yep, ready for the HAM overview session & show and tell.  I will…

    • 11 people attended

"Natural Mosquito and Tick Repellants", 6:15PM: NEWPORT, WA

  • Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Great info, considering how wet it's been!
    Presented by Diana Featherkile, in conjunction…

    • 14 people attended

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