HRVO Active Members List

Talk Group List of those who are active or once were:

AF6NM   Art               CA                                                             KI6TLC   James    CA

W7BR    Brent           WA                                                              K6UDA     Bob      CA

KC9ZRA  Bob               IL                                                              KN6DAM William CA

KN4YHM Troy           FL                                                               KK6KND  Dustin   CA

K2ACD  MATT              NY                                                             2E0LXC     Greg    UK

N1ARN  ARN                VT                                                              K1GMM   Steve    VT

N7ADV  GEORGE         UT                                                               N7UJU   Chris      AZ

W3HDB  DAN               DE                                                            KD7DAW   Tom      FL

W0MUD  TRAVIS        OR                                                                K4KKP   James      FL

KJ4ODY  ROGER          NC                                                               KQ6K Edward       CA

AF7FS  DON                 NV                                                               KE5JXC  Arnold     LA

K6BSR BRANDON       CA                                                              WD9GNG  Kenn       IL

NA7Q MICHAEL          WA                                                              KA7EMT  David      AZ

WB2MLY RAY               NY                                                                K7JEO     Jim           UT

KE4BFG  ROGER          TN                                      (ex KN4CUH)   N9FC    Steven       AL

KG5NBA  GARY            TX                                                                AC5UB   Curtis        KS

KB7RQQ  TODD           WA                                                               AE0EP    Ryan         KS

AA1PR   MIKE              VT                                                                K5NWZ   Shawn     TX

if we missed anyone by accident please let Todd, Gary, Dan or Mike  please know so you may be added


Any interested in n email reflector for the group? PNW-DMR is using and it’s pretty nice and can handle pictures. If there’s no interest I’ll simply delete it. enter your email address and you’ll get a link to join.

Got us a TG on TGIF Network!

I got this email from Dan w3hdb a while back
it wasnt until last night talking with matt k2acd I realized what it meant
guess Ive been asleep

TG 31655 on

The audio is amazing

OpenSpot and Openspot2 are really easy to configure to the TGIF Network.

1. Open your OpenSpot Dashboard.
2. Goto the Connectors Tab at the top.

Scroll down to: DMR/Homebrew/MMDVM

1. Change the Protocol to MMDVM instead of Homebrew (if it was checked)
2. Add the server address: ‘’
3. Add the Port: 62031
Click the Save button and your OpenSpot should connect to the TGIF Network.


Harvesting Seeds Naturally

Harvesting Seeds Naturally

Ham Radio Venture Overland aka Venture Overland TG 31655

Ham Radio Venture Overland aka Venture Overland TG 31655

Please share this to help spread the word

Adventure Medical Kits for Overlanding

With all the discussions lately around medical kits etc

I thought I would post the one I have in my survival bag

& here’s  my vehicle kit too if anyone is interested

what do you have, use etc?


How about some stickers?

Got bored at work…….

Reworked it a bit for better color separation in screen printing.  Size will be 2.5 X 5″ on white vinyl.


Bear Creek Minestrone Soup Mix Its a Must Have

Bear Creek Minestrone Soup Mix Its a Must Have

Ive added it to my survival pantry and my survival bag over the last few years

So hard to believe it came from a bag


Giving up on Firewood… Maybe :)

Since buying a pellet fire pit and seeing how well it works, it got me thinking about the ease of wood pellets, at least for me.  I heat alternatively with a pellet stove in my house so I typically have a pallet sized stack on hand.  The bags weight 40 lbs each.  A bag provides a day and a half worth of heat.  I buy a ton and a half each summer. A ton of pellets is 50 bags stacked on a pallet and runs me about $220 or $4.40 per bag.  Living in the Northwest, there is no shortage of firewood, but I just don’t have easy access to it.  To get wood, I put feelers out with friends and coworkers and sometimes find somebody with a dead or fallen tree, or search it out on craigslist. We can purchase a permit to cut for a small fee that allows us to take 3-cords but often you are limited to areas many miles or hours away and it just doesn’t make sense to me. Then there’s the cutting, chopping, hauling and storing it in this wet climate. Sounding lazy? Well yes! I am a bit these days I guess.

The second part of my issue is that my wife and grandson both have asthma and just can’t handle the smoke of damp wood fire.   I currently have a propane fire ring.  It looks nice and with the addition of some lava rocks, it does put off some heat.  Problem is that it will burn a 20#er of propane pretty quick and it’s quite a drive from our lake place to get them filled.  Secondly, I tried Presto type logs.  They have a weird smell, are a bit expensive, and don’t put off a lot of heat. So when I found a pellet burning fire pit, I was curious and ordered it right away.  I purchased a Flame Genie Inferno 19 off of Amazon.


I love this thing!  It puts off a bunch of heat.  You need to add pellets pretty frequently.  A small feed scoop works great for this.  Dimensions are 12 X 19.  This model runs about $100 and they have an optional carry bag for $15 that makes it more portable.

So now what? can I live without a wood fire? 

Well… not yet. A friend of mine brought a Discada to camp one weekend and we cooked EVERYTHING in that.  We pulled coals from the fire and used concrete blocks that we found laying around to “fashion” up this “stand”.  Adolfo has become our camp cook.  He loves to cook and we love to eat so it’s a match made in heaven.  We had fun razzing him about his “Mexican Wok” but I was impressed by the versatility, easy cleanup, fire for fuel, and of course, his food.


This was a whole pork shoulder that he boiled down and turned into some pretty tasty burritos.

So…. back to burning wood…. 

Until I saw this YouTube post from BlueDogGarage:

Look!!  A Discada!!  And there are other videos of guys burning pellets in them.  I gotta build one.  Stay tuned.  I had an idea to add a hitch somehow so I could haul it on my front or rear receiver of the truck.  Make it a bit more overlandable and not have it tearing up the bed of the truck or inside of the popup camper.

What do you think?