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In part one of this article, we covered the gear and techniques necessary for a proper installation of CB radio in a vehicle…so now that the system is set up, lets learn how to optimize its transmission capability. In part two, we will discuss a few common problems that can create unwanted noise. This isn’t comprehensive but it will cover most problems that will arise and address how to fix them.

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The first thing we need to address is SWR. SWR is short for Standing Wave Ratio… essentially, it measures how well your equipment will transmit and receive on the specific frequency you intend to use. If you have everything grounded properly, your equipment is impedance matched, and you have a decent antenna mounted in the correct location, the SWR should be ok. An SWR reading of 1:1 is optimal but a reading of 1.5:1 is excellent, a reading of 2:1 is considered good (actually great for most [click to continue…]

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Properly installing a CB radio Part 1

by Cameron Green of GAPP May 18, 2015 Bug Out Vehicle
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Citizen band radio is free and requires no FCC license to operate so it is a good choice for local communication. If cell phones fail to work for whatever reason, it may be the best method for remote communication since its range is better than FRS and GMRS. When I installed my first CB in […]

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Travel EDC, Podcast Number 3

by suburban May 11, 2015 EDC
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This week Cam and I talk about Travel EDC.  It’s a concept that is close to me because I do a lot of traveling for work.  For instance, while I’m not a fan of traveling for work, I’m traveling for three weeks out of four in the month of April.  It makes for long days […]

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Square Foot Farming Part 3

by Cameron Green of GAPP May 11, 2015 Food
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This is the third part of a three part article sharing with you my experiences with square foot farming… well its not really farming but it involves both gardening and animal husbandry so it may as well be. In part one, I explained some of my experiences with gardening in small spaces… in part two, […]

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Square Foot Farming Part 2

by Cameron Green of GAPP May 4, 2015 Food
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This is the second part of a three part article sharing with you my experiences with square foot farming… its something most suburban dwellers can do and its an essential prepper skill. In part one, I explained some of my experiences with gardening in small spaces… in this part, I will share with you some […]

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Square Foot Farming Part 1

by Cameron Green of GAPP April 27, 2015 DIY
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This is the first of three articles geared toward helping a suburban or even an urban dweller become more food self sufficient. It doesn’t take a lot of space to grow food but it does take a different type of thinking than the traditional garden. I’ll break down my experiences into skills every square foot gardener […]

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Bear Encounters

by Cameron Green of GAPP April 24, 2015 Personal Security
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After the long winter we have had here in the northeast, springtime is a very welcome change of season. Spring is a time of new beginnings and this year is no different… but with the new beginnings comes wildlife interactions that suburbanites may not have had last year. Headlines and nixle alert like this one […]

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Dogs as prepper companions

by Cameron Green of GAPP April 20, 2015 Bug In
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In our modern world, preppers need to be concerned with guns, ammunition, food, gasoline, medical supplies… the list goes on and its daunting.  But don’t forget about the family pets. An often overlooked and very helpful resource to your preps is a dog.  In our everyday lives, a dog is a loyal companion, an early […]

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Worrying about the “New” Tick Borne Disease? Read Up On The Hype Here.

by Cameron Green of GAPP April 18, 2015 Bushcraft
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You may have heard in the news recently about the tick borne virus, Powasson, being spread in the north east and the great lakes region. Warnings released from several health officials have prompted news outlets to pick up the story… but the headlines, and even the articles, are very misleading. A prime example is this […]

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The Gray Man Concept, Podcast Episode 2

by suburban April 16, 2015 Gear
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Welcome to episode two of the Suburban Survival Blog Podcast.  Today we chat about the Gray Man concept, and why it’s important to the preparedness mindset. Also please welcome Titan Concealment as our newest sponsor.  Titan Concealment is a holster and sheath maker located in New Jersey where they make excellent quality holsters and sheaths […]

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