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How we need to prepare


Learning from others mistakes.

As yet another socialist experiment fails with the collapse of Venezuela where a dozen eggs are selling for $150 and inflation is expected to hit 1200% we must watch and learn from what is going on there so we can adapt here.

Watching others as they deal with issues that may come our way even if we don’t end up as bad is always worthwhile.

So, inflation is through the roof, People are giving up what were good jobs and turning to crime which has increased dramatically with the black market selling vital items, including foodstuffs at 3 times the market rate. Only they actually have things to sell unlike the standard stores which have empty shelves all the time. Which means that eggs are $50 a dozen in the stores, but they don’t have any, however you can get them for $150 on the black market and people get a cut of that to live.

As 75% of the people in that country are classed as in poverty they simply can’t afford the black market prices without turning to crime and therefore the ones who stick to the laws of the land are starving, eating their pets and slaughtering zoo animals. The murder rate has skyrocketed and Venezuela is now one of the murder capitals of the world.

The governments cure is to order businesses to sell things at a cost they calculate, which means at a loss. Which isn’t really a sustainable model as business become bankrupt.

Plus the government spent and spent when the money was coming in, just like Gordo did here, so when things changed there was no money under the sofa.

All and all the typical ending of a socialist country. So no surprises there.

What we need to do though is look at what that does to the average punter.

Many are starving, it is impossible for them to get food and they are adapting to steal, barter and go outside social norms to survive. This has been going on for weeks so our plans for simply putting out heads down for a few weeks look unlikely. It is unlikely that we will go unnoticed for long enough to survive. Someone will notice that we are not starving, our kids may say or do something to their friends and we will then become the subject of unwanted visitors. Even basics like soap, toilet rolls, clothes will give us away and any animals that are not able to be hidden completely will be the subject of interest. Chickens, ducks and other small animals are not quiet animals and will be hunted down. If you have any of these animals you need to hide or relocate them the instant that you recognise what is going on.

Plus with people breaking into houses you need to ensure that anything you have is stored out of the way. Somewhere where you can get to it but it will be safe. Alternatively you need to have a permanent guard on your items and be prepared to fight for them.

I’m looking at just disappearing for a few months if anything happens but this shows that people are surviving those few months and you can’t hide forever. You either need to disappear completely and hope nobody finds you or you need to be ruthless with anyone attempting to take your stuff. Not many of us can be that ruthless. It is something to think about.

Consider your own situation.

  • Can you survive six months of little food?
  • Will your neighbours be looking at stealing from you?
  • Have you enough for your family to survive six months?
  • Can you defend your stores for months?
  • Can you hide your livestock for months?
  • Can your family keep OPSEC?

Most of us are planning to bug in. In this situation could we do that?

I don’t think most of us have considered this scenario carefully enough. We have assumed quick die off and empty streets within a few months. These people are still surviving after nearly six months with no sign of it finishing. Can you survive that?

Personally, I’m looking at my contingency plans again and changing my thoughts on how quickly our streets will be cleared. I can tell you now that it will require changes to my plans and require more hidden stores plus a complete rethink on my livestock management which will be the biggest issue for me. It also reinforces the statement that you do not want to be city based and if you are you need an exceptional Bug In plan or a valid Bug Out plan.

Time to update your contingency plans I think especially as several western countries have told their people to stock up and prepare for emergencies, not the UK of course, our government is too busy working on the sugar tax to add another stealth tax to the very long list and working out how to delay Brexit. Critical things for our wonderful leaders.

Land Update

A lot being going on over the last few weeks. Some good, some bad.

Managed to move the IBCs up, all cleaned and now being filled, slowly but over the winter they will get sorted out. Soon dotted around where needed will be 4K lt of grey water for animals or plants,

Chopped some trees down and made a pile of wood that I can’t use at the moment. It’ll take time to season so perhaps when it is ready I’ll be in a position to use it.

I’ve also sorted out the rubbish heap I found at the back. An old metal barn or something. All the panels are now in a neat pile and the posts in neat rows by the entrance. Pity there are no metal merchants floating about at the moment but when the market picks up I’ll transfer them and get them disposed of. They are out of the way.

Been looking at the pond, now named Crocodile Lake by one of the kids that sadly lacks crocodiles is still looking green and full of logs. I’ve had a look at a neighbouring pond that was worked on earlier this year. He brought in an excavator, dredged the pond, removed all the dead wood, installed plants and fish and it looked good. Now it is back in the same state as mine, obviously with less deadwood and some fish, he thinks. All that work and money wasted. I’m going to plan out what I need to do and start on my ponds next year. Got some books to read to get started.

Something that has not gone so well. My Five Rhode Island Reds have vanished. Anything could have happened really. Fox, Dog, poacher or they just wandered off. None of them make any sense though. Last time a fox got one there was blood all over the place, five have gone and no sign of blood or violence. If it was a pacher why would they leave the four big Buff Orpingtons and take five much small Rhode Island Reds. I’ve never had any birds wander away from their homes either. I’ll probably never know unless I come across carcasses in the woods but I’m going to go with a poacher.

Built a nice shed for some bits. Moving them into there for the winter.

Looking at building a lean too to put some hay and feed in. I’ll put it right where the old metal one was and it will be nicely positioned. Should be easy enough to build so need to get started before it gets into Winter.

Not much else to say. Been busy at work as well.

NW Meet Aug 2016 Report

Well a bit behind the curve here but here finally is the NW Meet Report.

We met up at our usual location, Fred’s pad, and there was plenty of tea, biscuits and cake as Fred spoilt us. Probably because he actually had a few visitors at his place and proved to the neighbours that Ole. Curmudgeon actually knew real live people that were not stuck on the internet.

Timelord gave his reloading shotgun cartridges chat and it ended up evolving into a medieval staff discussion where he again demonstrated his knowledge of old style weaponry and tactics. TL is always educational in these discussions and he is always well worth listening to.

Scythe then gave his talk and showed us how to convert an ordinary digital camera to night vision. Basically the premise is every digital camera is NV capable and a filter is inserted to stop the camera whitening out with UV radiation. Take an old camera, remove this filter and you have a NV capability for £20. Took him 10 minutes to do while showing us each step. We spent more time talking about it than it took him to do it.

We then, as we always do, moved on to more general subject in a free for all. One topic was the forum, as you know I was looking at what to do with it. People here were pretty much in alignment with the views I had already received so nothing new came out and we discussed what I was proposing to do. They seemed happy with it.

A few other minor topics were discussed and all in all it was another interesting day. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we discussed having another one towards the end of the year when more of our regulars could attend.

PREPCOM: A comprehensive radio coms Standard for UK preppers

The objective of the PREPCOM radio coms standard is to maximise the effectiveness of UK based survivor radio stations following a major disaster in which conventional telecommunications have ceased.

For easy mnemonics the standard is the RULE OF 3S

3 is the important number.  Remember it!

The 3 parts to the Standard are:

  • 1/3:WHEN     (Time coordination so we all know WHEN to call and listen)
  • 2/3:WHERE (Frequency coordination so we all know WHERE to call and Listen)
  • 3/3:HOW           (Radio set-up so that everyone’s transmissions are compatible)

What’s this document for?
It is intended that this document be printed and stored in a water and light-proof pouch which is to be kept with stored radio equipment intended for disaster communications.


Everybody looking to communicate needs to coordinate the time at which to do so.
By coordinating times and limiting operational time window precious electrical power will be conserved

Rule of 3s again:
Start communication sessions On the hour
Every 3 hours (starting 00.00h)
For 3 minutes calling and listening, if nothing heard, close the station and try again at next scheduled time.

Note, if a contact is made it is good practice to move communications to another channel / frequency so that the emergency calling channel is freed for other users

There is no requirement to end it after the magic 3 minutes,  it can continue as long as required, but bear in mind power consumption.


Where relates to Frequency coordination so that everyone is also communicating on compatible frequencies,  failure to coordinate frequency is like not knowing the direction in which to flash a torch to signal to someone at night.  We need to know exactly where to send and where to look.

Rule 2 is broken into two parts 2a for simple License-free transceivers ( CB and PMR446 walkie-talkies),  whereas 2b Ham is a full version incorporating both license-free and Ham frequencies.

PART 2a =WHERE License free
So for license free,  the RULE of 3 continues.  Set your radio to one of the following:

• FM only CBs                                       =  Channel  03 English band
• SSB capable CBs                                =  Channel  33 USB EU CEPT Band  
• PMR446 (kiddies type walkie-talkies)   =  Channel 03 (CTCSS/ DCS code turned OFF)

PART 2b/3=WHERE Full version

UK Emergency Frequencies:
3.663 MHz LSB Weekly RAYNET news Every Sunday 0830 local time
3.760MHz LSB Emergency RAYNET Centre of activity

7.023MHz CW NVIS low-power Morse Code Centre of activity
7.110MHz LSB Emergency RAYNET Centre of activity

14.300MHz USB Emergency RAYNET Centre of activity

21.360MHz USB Emergency RAYNET Centre of activity

27.62125MHz FM CB UK 27 Ch 03 Emergency Channel*
27.555MHz     USB   CB FREEBAND ( Illegal frequency) but well populated.
27.335MHz USB CB EU CEPT Ch 33 Emergency Channel*

51.210MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
51.950MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
To 51.990MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity

144.260MHz USB RAYNETEmergency Centre of activity
144.625MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
144.675MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
144.775MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
145,200MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
145.225MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity

433,700MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
433,725MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
433,750MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity
433,775MHz FM NB RAYNET Emergency Centre of activity

446.03125MHz FM NB RAYNET PMR446 Ch3 emergency channel***
* License free: Rule of 3s = CB Ch 03 FM  every 3 hours, on the hour for 3 minutes  (staring 00.00h)
** License free: Rule of 3s = CB Ch 33 USB  every 3 hours, on the hour for 3 minutes  (staring 00.00h)
*** License free: Rule of 3s = PMR446 Ch3 (CTCSS/DTS OFF)  every 3 hours, on the hour for 3 minutes  (staring 00.00h)

PART 3/3=HOW to set up the radio and transmitting antenna

3.1 Identifying and setting the operating MODE of your radio

In all descriptions there are annotations FM/USB/LSB/FM NB. These are the different TYPES/ FORMATS/MODES of signal that radios can transmit.

It is essential that sending and receiving stations are using identical transmission TYPES otherwise they will not be able to hear one another even if transmitting and receiving on the same frequency at the same time.

Look at your radio: If it has a MODE knob it will allow you to select the modes required. If it does not have a mode knob and it’s a CB it will almost certainly be FM only. This should be confirmable by looking for a label or stamp of conformity on which the letters FM will be shown.

PMR446 equipment is only manufactured in FM variety so no choices to make.

3.2 POLARITY of your antenna.

For CB the antennas must be vertical

For PMR44s antennas must be vertical

For Ham frequencies below 28MHz antennas must be HORIZONTAL

For Ham frequencies in FM mode above 28MHz antennas must be VERTICAL
For Ham Frequencies in LSB/USB mode above 28 MHz antennas must be HORIZONTAL

Note: This document is available for download from the comms area of the files site.