Hog hunt



My girls waiting for a hog to shoot at.

Our Talk Group ID is officially 31655 !!

Thanks to Mike, AA1PR, we now have our very own Brandmeister Talk Group ID of 31655.  Program it up, use it!, and enjoy.

Cure to Ham Radio Narrow-Mindedness — Ham Radio & Off-Grid Power

Hello Operators Narrow-mindedness runs rampant in the ranks of the amateur radio community. Being honest, this annoys me to no end. So what’s the cure? There’s always a debate going on about the best antenna, the best radio, the best this, the best that, or even the best way to do something. For the most […]

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Image size is no longer an issue

I was able to edit the user submit form to allow up to a 5000px X 5000px image width and height max. The submitted image will still show as a thumbnail. clicking on it will open it full screen. Much better since my default Iphone-7 square image is 3024 x 3024. Test and report…

Hard Tack: Survival Food or Jaw Breaker

Hard Tack Survival Food or Jaw Breaker, you decide

It has many names, I feel sorry for our sailors and soldiers who lived off these…

I had tried to make this a few times in my life

I never got it perfect, nor tasty

so yesterday I decided to research it further and give it another try

most articles and videos suggested 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick pieces instead of the 1/4″ I had been trying

most articles seemed to suggest a 4:1 ratio of flour to water

salt will help to bring our some flavor

so that is where I began

in my stand mixer I added 4 cups of white flour and a cup of water

added in a couple pinches salt for good measure, it other batches I added honey and cinnamon

make sure to never grease the sheet pan or add anything to the mixture that can go rancid

air on the side of a dry dough, one that does not stick to your fingers

roll it out about 1/2″ thick


out of this, I cut it into 3″ squares with my knife, I then added holes with an end of a pen, chopsticks would work too


I then added 6 squares to an un-greased 1/4 sheet pan


bake for 1/2 hour on each side @375* (degrees), pieces should be totally hard

if they are soft please continue cooking

after cooking is done, let these cool off

seal in either ziploc bags or food sealer bags as needed

I tried a piece of one last night with hot coffee

it took maybe 10 minutes of soaking before I was able to consume it

it wasn’t bad, but I would hate to survive off these

make some up and decide for yourself, just don’t break a jaw


HRVO Video Trailer

I hope you like the updated version now we have our official TG# 31655

please use as you see fit, I can email as needed





Fall fishing with my grandson

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Brantleigh, who will be two in October, had a great time in the water today at Lake Merwin in SW Washington State. Started out rearranging my dodger blades and hiding some in other compartments and ended with a nice nap.

Summer 2018 VT Camping

This summer I got out a few times camping with the family

but sadly it was no where as many times as when my kids were all at home

I am thankful we have so many primitive sites in either state or federal forest lands here

I always sleep in one of my hammocks, the kids vary from hammocks to tents

here are only a few photos from our grand times out, family is life’s real treasure

& of course where ever we go my sons dog  (instagram) @adventures_of_brutus goes too



My 02’ Ranger

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I miss this truck….. had many mods and did real well off-road. It was just too small for the family. These pics were from a video a friend of mine took when we were out running power line roads in SW Washington.

John Day River near Rufus Oregon

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Just back from the John Day River in Oregon for some bass fishing. Good time, good food, good friends.