Preparedness Notes for Sunday — November 15, 2020

Today is birthday of David Stirling. (15 November 1915  – 4 November 1990.)  He was a Scottish officer in the British Army, mountaineer, and the founder of the Special Air Service (SAS). He saw active service during the Second World War.

On this day, Charles Dickens published the final installment of A Tale of Two Cities in Dickens’ circular.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 91 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  5. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 91 ends on November 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. BOMBSHELL: The 2020 election took place under a Trump-declared “National Emergency” that set an Election Day trap for the “unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure”

    Did Non-Citizen Voters Hand The Election To Joe Biden?

    Based on current population data from the Census Bureau and voting data from previous elections, Just Facts has conducted a study to estimate the number of votes illegally cast by non-citizens in the battleground states of the 2020 election. The results show that such fraudulent activities have netted Joe Biden the following extra votes in these tightly contested states:
    • Arizona: 51,081 ± 17,689
    • Georgia: 54,950 ± 19,025
    • Michigan: 22,585 ± 7,842
    • Nevada: 22,021 ± 7,717
    • North Carolina: 46,218 ± 16,001
    • Pennsylvania: 32,706 ± 11,332
    • Wisconsin: 5,010 ± 1,774

    Sydney Powell: “Staggering” evidence of vote fraud, Dominion machines engineered by China, Venezuela, Cuba and DESIGNED to steal elections worldwide… release the Kraken!

    Joe Biden brags about having “the most extensive and inclusive VOTER FRAUD organization” in history.

  2. Raising the Diamond A144S10 Yagi Antenna
    Posted by Patriotman
    Nov 14, 2020

    It has been a long, long time since I put up a directional antenna. I only remember doing it in the daylight and having an NCO around with a compass to aim the antenna.

    I was wondering if folks install some kind of a compass rose around the base of these antenna, to aim it in the dark or in bad weather, without spending a lot of time to align it.? Also, you might have to quickly align with mobile units that are broadcasting in a very limited fashion.

    Many decades ago, my folks had a TV antenna mast with a motor and control unit to align it to various TV stations up to about a hundred miles away. That was easy, because you could rotate the antenna until you got the best signal. But, that was with two fixed locations with one constantly broadcasting.

    Is there any kind of gps calculator or formula, to give compass bearings between two points?

    1. I’ll use a high gain omni-directional antenna mounted high to receive, and a yagi at the base station to transmit. Mobiles might have to report the quadrant, or give you a phase line to approximate their general location. A three element yagi, or a moxon antenna has a fairly broad foot print, approximately 120 degrees. It is best to use a 5 element yagi that has a 90 degree pattern, but there again it may not be practical. A two element yagi would have a 180 degree foot print. Having more that one type of directional antenna in the bag gives one options. Learning how to make antennas allows one to make the antenna that fits the situation at the moment.

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