Letter: Getting Practical and Tactical With Baofeng Hand-Helds, by Wrangler

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers: Imagine for a moment that you are a licensed ham, operating in a tactical situation, observing your target. It is pitch black outside, and suddenly a team member calls you on the radio. Your radio goes “beep” and the screen lights up so brightly that you can be seen for half a mile. That is not a good situation! One very popular hand-held radio available in the U.S. is the Chinese-made Baofeng UV-5R handheld dual-band transceiver. They cover two bands: 136-174MHz and 400-519.995 MHz. These hand-helds are mass-produced, so they are often bargain priced at less than …

Recipe of the Week: Minestrone Soup, by C.S.

This is my favorite Minestrone soup. Ingredients: ¼ cup cooking oil (I use peanut oil or olive oil) 1 clove garlic, minced or (1/8 tsp. powder) 1-1/3 cup onion coarsely chopped 1-½ cup celery with leaves, coarsely chopped ½ can (6 oz.) tomato paste 1 Tbs. parsley 1 cup carrots, sliced fresh or frozen 4-¾ cup cabbage, shredded 4 cans diced tomatoes (28oz. cans) 1 can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed (black beans also work well) 1 ½ cup frozen peas 1 ½ cup green beans 1 tsp. sugar Dash of hot sauce (optional) 11 cups of water 2 cups …

Economics and Investing:

Reader Emily G. suggested this interesting New York Times article: Trading Meat for Tires as Bartering Economy Grows in Greece Items from The Economics Team: ConAgra Foods Lays Off 1,500 (Salt Lake Tribune) Chesapeake Energy Lays Off 740 (KFOR News Channel 4) Whole Foods Lays Off 1500 (CNBC) 20 Largest U.S. Layoffs in 2015 (ZeroHedge)

Odds ‘n Sods:

Killed for their faith: Tennessee lieutenant governor calls on all Christians to carry handguns as it’s revealed Oregon gunman slaughtered those who admitted religion o o o Obama Admin & UN Announce Global Police Force to Fight “Extremism” in US Cities o o o Germany Ethnically Cleanses its Own People to Make Way for Muslims o o o Reader Peter R. recommend this review of compact shortwave radios: Mega Review: the Tecsun PL-880, PL-660, Sangean ATS-909X, and Sony ICF-SW7600GR go head-to-head