# SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippet

This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. We may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters.

First, and foremost is an incredible global radio listening map, sent to us by H.L.: Radio Garden. H.L describes it: “The green dots on this Google Earth map represent radio stations all over the world. Click on any one of the dots and you will immediately hear that station with very good reception.”

JWR’s Comment: I also found this fascinating. It is obvious that NPR stations are over-represented versus Christian and small independent stations, but it is still an amazing tool. Take the time to “tour” The American Redoubt via Radio Garden.  Not only will it give you an appreciation of how vast and lightly-populated the region is, but also how delightfully old-fashioned and conservative the populace is. I randomly clicked on a station in Billings, Montana, and soon heard an ad for a hardware store extolling: “We have a good selection of ARs and stripped AR lowers.” You’ve gotta love the Redoubt!

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Our own Pat Cascio spotted this: New Gun Control Bill Expected To Pass Requires Background Checks to Purchase Ammo.

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Duane sent this note:

“Tunnel Rabbit’s informative article on solar power is helpful for someone just starting and trying to keep some lights on with minimal cash outlay.  I’ve lived off grid for 23 years and have over 4KW of panels, many on a tracker, and a large Iron Edison battery bank.  Also have 1095 watts of solar on my RV using linear actuators to raise the panels.  {Available from W.W. Grainger}  I’m writing to explain something most solar installers don’t consider.  There is a difference between AC and DC voltage.  AC starts at zero and follows a sine wave to maximum and then returns to zero and follows a sine wave to maximum in the opposite direction and returns to zero.  You can measure the area under the curve and play with the numbers, but the bottom line means you need larger wire for DC which stays at one voltage and amperage.  The wire size ratings from Underwriters Lab are for fire prevention on AC circuits, not efficiency.  They say #14 will carry 15 amps,  #12  20 amps,  #10  30 amps,  #6  60 amps.  For a continuous load, such as lights, decrease #12 from 20 amps to 16 amps.  For efficient DC, such as from solar panels to the controller, triple the wire size.  Instead of #12 for 20 amps, use #6.

A favorite trick of solar panel installers on RVs is to use small wire on the DC circuits so they can sell more panels to get enough power.  A small voltage drop from the panel to the solar controller will make a large drop in the output because batteries need a voltage above their rated voltage to charge them. Like many things in life, it comes down to money.  If you are starting with a small system and think you will add more panels later, install larger wire now.  If you are using a large enough system to wire the solar panels in series for 24 volts or 48 volts, you will save on wire because raising the voltage decreases the amperage.  Consider this when buying a solar controller.  Most people are impressed with free energy from solar and like no electric bill every month.  If the solar controller, wire, and inverter are sized properly it is easy to add a couple solar panels and more batteries later.  Prior planning prevents poor performance.”

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Reader D.S.V. wrote to mention this news: Supreme Court Takes Up Major NRA-Backed Gun Rights Case

Tim J. flagged this: The Fire-Gutted USS Bonhomme Richard Is Officially Out of the Navy

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SaraSue sent this in response to A Moving Story by Uncle Reid:

“Glad to see this content.  What an amazing story!!  Thank you.

I am in process of donating thousands of dollars of food storage to the local food bank due to my move.  Very high quality (mostly organic), and incredibly heavy.
It pains me on the one hand, but for me, I hear God telling me it will bless many local families for quite some time, who do not have enough to eat.
I know the Lord blessed me with it, so it belongs to Him.  And He will supply all my needs in the future.  Still freaked out about it, but I have learned to be obedient when I hear His voice and not give in to my emotions!
Starting over when I get to the other end of the journey will be a process.  As I sort through my belongings, I have a very short list of what I’m bringing with me and it has to fit in the back of my car.  I am selling my home “turn key” and making the journey in my Amazing Gas Mileage vehicle in order to reduce costs – will probably get new tires first and a once over by the Mechanic.  I wanted to buy an RV and make the journey an Adventure!!  But, it seems everyone else has the same idea for the Great Migration across the country, so only the very new and very pricey, or the very old and not so great, RV’s are available.
The only big expense, besides hotels along the way, is going to be flying my German Shepherds to my new destination, once it is reached, and I’m settled in.  They are currently being cared for at an Idaho ranch where they are happier than pigs in… well, you know.  I am paying half the normal price for boarding since it’s a several-month plan.  The owner offered to get them on the plane securely when the time comes.  They are, after all, my cherished Fur Babies I will not leave behind, and I could not get the house turn-key ready with their beloved presence here.
I have endured tremendous loss in my life, and one thing I learned, a lesson I cherish, is that I can “let go and let God” now.  I could not previously.  In fact, I didn’t understand how one could let go.  Loss takes things from you, without your agreement, and it’s painful.  But, after a few of those scenarios, you can readily let go without having something ripped from you.  I don’t know how else to explain it.  But, there’s not the level of fear or pain when you willingly let go, and believe God has you in His hands.  I am blessed beyond belief to have learned this valuable lesson.  Not to say, I’m 100% there — maybe in Heaven when I am changed.”

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Peter sent us this: How to Disappear: Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

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Several readers sent us the link to this documentary: Who Is Bill Gates? (Full Documentary, 2020)

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Reader Randy in South Carolina notes:

Sir: As you note in your Tangibles comments of 4/26, ‘oddball and semi-obsolete cartridges’ can often still be found at local retailers.  For example, here in coastal South Carolina, .44-40 is readily available while similar rounds like .357 and .45 Colt are not.  This is another strong argument for purchasing pre-1899 firearms such as those offered by your own Elk Creek Company.  Pairing the .44-40 1873 Winchester with either of the two revolvers in that caliber would cover most situations.

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Another news item sent by H.L.: West Virginia to pay people \$12,000 to move to state, offers other perks

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Gray Wolf Killed Near Fremont, Nebraska. (Thanks to Jon L. for the link.)