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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Morse Code and More

So for those who where at the club meeting in January and for those that where not able to attend here are a few things that you need to remember:

1. Think about the senses that we use for long range identification (Sight, Sound, and Smell).
2. When making symbols they need to be made with straight lines and BIG, and certain letters mean certain things.
V - Require Assistance
X - Require Medical Assistance
N - No or Negative
Y - Yes or Affirmative
and an ARROW indicates your direction of travel
3. Use things that contrast the background and surroundings.
4. Use something other then your voice to make noise. (Whistles, Rocks, Sticks, or Drumming)
5. Smoke not only provides a visual signal it also puts out a distinctive smell. (Black smoke from a tire against white clouds).
6. Remember groups of three of anything in a triangle is the international distress signal (fires or piles of rocks).
7. Reflective mirrors can be seen as far away as 75 miles.
8. Stay close to your vehicle, it is an easier object to see from the air.
9. Build your shelter close to a well used trail.
10. Be proactive in making yourself seen.

LEARN MORSE CODE in one minute !This is a code listening tool. Print it on your printer.
Place your pencil where it says START and listen to morse code.
Move down and to the right every time you hear a DIT (a dot).
Move down and to the left every time you hear a DAH (a dash).
Here's an example: You hear DAH DIT DIT which is a dash then dot then dot.
You start at START and hear a DAH then move down and left to the T and then you hear a DIT so you move down and RIGHT to the N and then you hear another DIT so you move DOWN and RIGHT again and land on the D
You then write down the letter D on your code copy paper and jump back to START waiting for your next letter.
The key to learning the code is hearing it and comprehending it while you hear it.
The only way to get there is to practice 10 minutes a day.
Listen to code tapes or computer practice code while tracing out this chart and you will find yourself writing down the letters in no time at all without the aid of the chart.
The chart brings repetition together with recognition, which you don't get from any other type of code practice aid.

Friday, January 10, 2014

New video on Paiute Traps

Check out our latest video on how to make and set a Paiute trap.  Give us feedback on what you think about the video.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Club Meeting

January 24, 2014
Our first club meeting of the year.  We will be meeting at the Pioneer Village in Provo on 600 N and 500 W in the old school house from 1800-2100.  There will be hot chocolate, (eat before you come this time) and we will be talking about ways to communicate in a survival situation (Signals, Morse Code, Trail Markers, Ground to Air Signals, and Ham Radios).  We will hand out information on how to get your Ham License and the best ways to study for the test.

If you are looking for a GREAT little Ham Radio then check this out!  http://www.wildjakes.com/wj/Store.aspx

Go to the Communications link and look at the Baofeng BF-F8+ Radio

New video on Figure 4 Dead-Fall Trap

This is our latest video on how to make a figure 4 dead-fall trap.  Watch it and leave us a comment on what you think of it or any questions that you might have.