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    GPS used offroad

    What do you use offroad to keep track of where you are going, where you've been? I've used GAIA for the trail riding I've done and its worked pretty good. Is it perfect? No but I am running it on my iPhone (which you can also run it on any Android or iOS device with GPS) and so I don't need to have multiple charge ports (1 for a GPS unit, 1 for my phone).. just keep it charged and hundreds of possible mounts for a phone versus a certain GPS unit. NOW the negatives, obviously an iPhone is more expensive (in many cases) than a GPS unit. The function of the GPS unit is just for keeping you informed of where you are so more than likely it has more satellite antennas. I've been one of those that thought for years, why would I waste money on a GPS unit when I can do all that on my phone. Now I'm changing that tune to be more open about the idea. The community seems to all rave about vvmapping and a few others that require you have a Garmin unit if you want turn by turn instructions on the trails which could come in handy. If I decide to get a GPS unit it will be a Garmin and it has to be able to be portable (in case you break down, you could use the GPS unit to find your way to civilization and hopefully mark your spot that your down and broke so you can find your way back). vvmapping only supports the following GPS models Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Monterra & Oregon (all model numbers for these) DEZL (all model numbers for these) DRIVE (including DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe, DriveTrack) (all model numbers for these) eTrex: 20, 30, Legend C/CX/HCX, Vista C/CX/HCX, Venture HC; Touch; (must be color unit) GPSMap 60, 62, 64, 66, 76, 78, 620, 640 (all in each model series, must be color unit) GPSMap 276C, 376C, 378, 478 (these take special Garmin data cards, not the card we provide) GPSMap 276CX Nuvi & Nuvi Track (all model numbers for these) Overlander Rino 530 HCX and 6xx/7xx RV (all model numbers for these) Zumo (all model numbers for these) From my understanding the Garmin Nuvi models are not waterproof, so something to consider. I've been leaning on a Garmin Montana but not sure yet.
  2. Preheat oven to 430°F. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Season with oregano, basil, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic. Rub seasoning all over each breast. Arrange the tomatoes and red onion around the chicken in the dish. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, sugar and remaining garlic in a jug to combine. Pour over the chicken breasts, flip each breast in the sauce to evenly coat. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts), or until no longer pink in the middle. Sprinkle with cheese and broil (or grill) for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden. Garnish with parsley, and serve with rice or pasta drizzled with the pan juices.
  3. guru

    Fried Lasagna

    Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook it until golden. Add the beef, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook it for 6 minutes, and then pour the marinara sauce and add the shredded mozzarella. Cook it for another 2 minutes. Bring the water in a saucepan to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and cook the lasagna sheets according to the instructions on the package. Take them out of the water, drain them, and place them on your working surface. Slice 1 sheet in 2 thin strips. Place 1 tablespoon of beef mixture over one of the strips and evenly spread it. Roll starting from one end towards the opposite end. Continue until you’ve used all of the ingredients. Whisk the egg with milk and make some egg wash. Coat each roll with flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet over high heat. Fry the rolls until golden, around 2 minutes. Serve them with your favorite dip!
  4. We have a small bit of land in Davison, MI with a beginner offroad trail that at times requires some technique to get through some tight spots. I had my wife drive our 97 Chevy 1500 pickup through the trail to see how these new blacklion tires do. Not too bad but if the mud is thick they cake pretty bad and won't clear out. So she got stuck So obviously I had to walk up to the house and get the K5 and pull her out which obviously the most difficult part was walking from the back of the property to the front. So now that I got the K5 out I can’t just drive it back and let her sit for the rest of the winter without a little fun. Not only that but a regular tradition for the past few years is going to the Mounds Thanksgiving morning for some fun while the Turkey is on the Big Green Egg smoking. So long story short, wanted to make sure the K5 is running ok. As my wife takes the bypass, I go through the more fun course and to be honest, no way was that 97 going to to make it through even though from the video it probably doesn’t look that bad but it was pretty slick and that mud that just sticks like a slimy booger.
  5. The SBC 400 was famous for running hot and that is why they have steam holes to break up the bubbles that form at the point the cylinders are siamesed. There is nothing wrong with the design, it is just that the folks that GM sold the cars too and all subsequent consumers of this fine product tended to neglect and abuse the motor. Hence the pretzel shaped heads and cracked blocks you read about. Not the engineers fault; they work fine if you change the anti-freeeze every now and then and swap out the thermostat when it seizes closed. Try this for a budget 350 or 400 torque combo that is proven and not just theory: 882 casting chevy heads with 1.94/1.5 valves, 3-angle valve job Flat top cast pistons and moly rings of your choice but Speed Pro is good Don't cheap out on machine work, get the best Comp Cams XE256 (350) XE262 (400) cam and lifter set Double roller timing set Fel Pro gaskets Edelbrock Performer EPS intake maniold Edelbrock 600 cfm carb (1406) HEI ignition and good spiral core wires 1 5/8" headers and a good free flowing 2 1/2" dual exhaust system This combo is good for about Chevy 350: 300 HP and 400 TQ Chevy 400: 310 HP and 430 TQ
  6. Ok so it’s not 4x4 and someone wants to trade me for a 91 3/4 ton 4x4. So it’s like for like (pretty much)
  7. guru

    Communication

    You won't be able to use your Baofeng BF-F8HP for CB since the radio is designed (and only has the antenna) for VHF / UHF (not HF which is where you'll find citizen band) Regards to your attachment, you have several frequencies that are considered illegal to TX over. I would stay clear of them. Check our the attached “legal to use channels”. Remember if you get caught using an illegal channel, the FCC will fine you $10,000 per day so not sure it’s worth it. Open Use MURS and FRS.csv
  8. You might want to look for a 1973-1991 Suburban chassis and this company sells a kit https://www.e-zchassisswaps.com/8 You may want to purchase the kit first since it does have a firewall piece that you'll have to cut out on your existing cab and weld in place this new piece. Would make sense to do it with all the other body work before you prime it.
  9. Here are some tips (always growing) of items to bring with you on your adventure Carry multiple way to make a fire Fire can be used to: provide heat cook and preserve food purify water & sterilize wound dressings act as a signaling device There are several easy methods to start a fire that include: Survival lighter Matches (kept in a waterproof case) Magnesium bar with built in flint and your knife. I like Doan Magnesium Starters because of the quality or Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel First Aid Kit A water proof case or bag DOCUMENTATION Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine SOAP Notes (or Injury / illness documentation forms) Note book & pencil List of drugs in the kit & expiration date Copy of doctor’s order for prescription drugs carried in the kit PERSONAL PROTECTION 4 (at least) pair non latex Gloves (also put a set in each of the other sections) Ear plugs Purell hand sanitizer TOOLS Headlamp / Penlight Watch Scissors Tweezers 60 cc syringe Suction bulb Oral / digital thermometer Sterile scalpel blade Fine hemostat x 2 Blood pressure cuff Stethoscope Sterile needles for splinters Pocket rescue mask WOUND CLEANING KIT Tooth Brush - new 2 4x4 inch sterile gauze dressings 2 2x2 inch sterile gauze dressings 1 small bottle of tincture of benzoin WOUND DRESSING KIT 2 4x4 inch sterile gauze dressings 2 2x2 inch sterile gauze dressings First Aid Cream Neosporin 1 2x2 mole skin for blisters 6 band-Aids 1 roll 1 inch flexible tape 1 roll “vet” wrap 1 small tube Providone iodine ointment 1 small bottle liquid soap 2 inch elastic bandage ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK KIT Epinephrine 1 cc syringe x3 or Epi pen 4 tablets Benedryl LARGE WOUNDS / FRACTURES Large Triangular Bandage Xeroform gauze dressing Sam Splint 4 Diaper pins 4” & 6” Ace bandage Burn sheet (100% cotton t-Shirt fresh from dryer kept in plastic bag) Large dressing (Sanitary Napkins / diapers work well) Handful of big plastic cable ties Duct Tape MEDICATIONS – Nonprescription Tylenol aka Acetaminophen (Pain, Fever) Advil aka ibuprofen (Pain, Fever, Inflammation) Aspirin (Pain, Fever, Inflammation) Aleve aka naproxen (Pain, Fever, Inflammation) Allegra-D Imodium Benadryl Stool Softener (e.g. Colase) Syrup of Ipecac Liquid activated charcoalv Cake mate Dramamine (motion sickness) Cough & cold preparations Sun block Chap Stick MEDICATIONS – Prescription (Talk to your doctor) Antibiotic tablets Antibiotic eye ointment or drops Epipen Prednisone Abuterol Inhaler Medication for severe pain Steroid cream Diamox (if going to altitude) Tools & Replacement Parts Replacing a universal joint The tools and parts you’ll need for replacing a U-joint include: New U-joint Snap ring pliers or pliers Flat blade screw driver to push the "C" clips off - a thin blade is nice Big hammer Block of wood to work on Old socket that has the right OD (outside diameter) to fit inside the yoke holding the U-joint cap
  10. So many choices we have for communicating with everyone in the club/group/adventure. CB Radio is the most old school and cheapest and WAS the most popular radio found in anything offroad. Ham Radio is probably the rarest of radios in the offroad community. Just way more intense. FRS is the blister packs you get from Walmart, Meijer, Target.. basically in any store you see the two way Family Radios. About the same distance as CB but more portable. Typical output is .5 watts but they are allowed to produce up to 2 watts but good luck finding a 2watt FRS radio. GMRS is the new standard. Okay maybe not new but its growing so fast that many manufacturers can't keep up with the demand. Now let's get into each radio in a bit more detail below. CB Radio Ham Radio License practice quiz https://myoffroadradio.com/courses/online-ham-radio-technician-license-class/ Study Guides: http://www.w5yi.org/ More Practice Tests: https://www.qrz.com/ Here are some things to look for in a mobile ham radio for 4-wheeling: Dual band feature (2 m / 70 cm) - access any repeaters as you travel regardless if they are 2 meter or 70 centimeters. High output wattage - nice to have extra power to reach a remote repeater. There seems to be a tradeoff between power and dual band. Most single band 2 meter radios have more output power. Large memory capability - pre plan the repeaters for a long expedition and have room to store them all Easy to read display - size, contrast, back light, for driving safety and ease of use Removable control head - increases mounting options in the vehicle. The bulk of the radio and can go under a seat or in the trunk. Sealed radio - the cooling fan should not pull air (and, therefore dust) through the radio. NOAA weather alert - important to keep an eye on the weather when off road. Cross band repeater function - see above Ease of use. This is a bit relative. Today’s radios have so many functions, they can be challenging to program the first time. Another reason to get yourself a mentor (known as an Elmer). FRS Family Radio Service (FRS) is a low power, short range, radio system. FRS walkie talkies are known as “bubble pack radios” because they are sold cheaply in the hang tab shelves of stores or in the toy section. They can be found nearly everywhere on the planet now, and are some of the most ubiquitous radio communication devices in the world. FRS radios are limited to a half-watt of output power (500 milliWatts) and have permanently attached antennas, preventing the addition of an external gain antenna. So, the normal range of FRS walkie talkies in a suburban environment is about a mile or less. FRS Frequencies are FM simplex, 7 channels at 462 MHz and 7 channels at 467 MHz in the UHF band. These channels are in between the GMRS frequencies. GMRS radios may also include FRS channels. The default PL tone for FRS is 67.0 Hz. It is also known as Privacy tone #1, or PL XZ, or Sub-channel CTCSS 01. GMRS General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a local distance radio system in the same UHF band as FRS. GMRS radios can be capable of longer distance range and greater dependability than FRS. GMRS is becoming more popular as bubble pack walkie talkies (HT) include both GMRS and FRS channels. GMRS-specific frequencies are FM simplex or duplex with 8 channels at 462 MHz and 8 channels at 467 MHz in the UHF band. The maximum power level of a GMRS is limited to 50 Watts. The most common GMRS mobile, base, or repeater radios use external gain antennas. GMRS walkie talkie handheld transceivers (HT) have only 5 Watts or less, commonly with a ducky antenna. Full duplex repeaters can be used with GMRS. GMRS Repeaters have their input channel at 467 MHz, and their output at 462 MHz. The offset is exactly 5 MHz. For repeater use, the field units transmit on 467 Mhz and receive on 462 MHz. Most bubble pack GMRS radios are simplex-only, so they do not function through a repeater. They operate only on the repeater output frequency (GMRS Channels 15 through 22). The default PL tone for GMRS simplex is 67.0 Hz. It is also known as Privacy tone #1, or PL XZ, or Sub-channel CTCSS 01. In a GMRS radio, the GMRS channel number is often the same for simplex and duplex, but a secondary (programmable) feature of the channel controls whether it transmits duplex +5MHz split or simplex. The GMRS simplex and duplex (repeater) channels are included in this list and programming file. In the Channel Name, they are programmed and identified separately; the repeater channel has an R in the channel name. For example as GMR 20 is the simplex channel, and GMR20R is the repeater duplex channel. PL tones vary among different repeaters in various geographic areas. The default PL tone for GMRS repeater channels is 141.3 Hz, but it can be changed in the user’s radio programming to another PL tone frequency as required to hit specific repeaters. Check out: https://mygmrs.com/ PMR446 Personal Mobile Radio (PMR or PMR446) is a low power, short range, radio system similar to FRS. It is very common in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Walkie talkie bubble pack PMR radios are sold cheaply. PMR radios are limited to a half-watt of output power (500 milliWatts). So, the normal range of PMR walkie talkies in a suburban environment is about a mile or less. PMR frequencies are commonly FM simplex, 8 channels at 446 MHz in the UHF band. An additional 14 digital channels are available for PMR446, but are less common. In USA and many other places, the 446 MHz band is assigned to Amateur Radio Service (Ham) so, all the PMR channels can be used by hams in those areas. The default PL tone for PMR is 67.0 Hz. It is also known as Privacy tone #1, or PL XZ, or Sub-channel CTCSS 01. The PMR Prepper channel (PMR 3) (446.03125 MHz) is somewhat interoperable with the Ham UHF Prepper channel (HAM U3) (446.030 MHz). HAM Amateur Radio Service, widely known as Ham Radio, is an internationally allocated radio service for non-commercial radio communications. It has frequency bands in all areas of the spectrum. The ham radio frequencies in this list are only a few of the most common VHF and UHF channels used by ham operators for local FM simplex. Additionally the list includes the Prepper Ham VHF simplex channel (146.420 MHz), the Survivalist Ham VHF simplex channel (144.550 MHz) and the Prepper Ham UHF simplex channel (446.030 MHz) that is somewhat interoperable with the PMR Prepper channel 3 (446.03125 MHz). The default PL tone for Ham is 100.0 Hz. It is also known as Privacy tone #12, or PL 1Z, or Sub-channel CTCSS 12. Most hams also make use of repeaters in the VHF and UHF bands, but the channels for these repeaters vary according to geographic area. There is no universal repeater channel frequency or PL tone that is valid in all areas, they are all different. When programming your radio, it is advisable to include the repeater channels and PL tones in your area. See a repeater directory for more information. MARINE Marine radio service in this list includes the most common simplex VHF channels in use by boats and ships, for inter-ship and safety communications by FM voice. Marine VHF radio is used on the high seas, inland waterways, lakes, and rivers by vessels and shore stations. No PL tone is used by Marine VHF radios, it is all carrier squelch. The Marine channels have the transmit PL tone turned off, and use Receive Carrier Squelch. Most Marine VHF radios also have duplex channels for use when communicating with shore radiotelephone and port operations. The duplex channels are purposely not included in this list, in order to keep the total number of channels below 99. BUSINESS Business radio, or commercial VHF and UHF radio channels, are generally set up for specific companies in a local geographic area. There are also a few business radio channels, called Business Itinerant, that are devoted to operation anywhere. These are low power simplex channels, and only 2 of them are included in this list. The Red Dot (151.625 MHz) and the Purple Dot (151.955 MHz) channels are common Business Itinerant channels, and they are some of the most popularly used channels on VHF for commercial or rental HT walkie talkies. The default PL tone for the Business channels is 67.0 Hz. It is also known as Privacy tone #1, or PL XZ, or Sub-channel CTCSS 01. SAR For EMERGENCY ONLY, SAR is a service channel for Search and Rescue (SAR) or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) . The primary interoperability channel in USA for SAR is 155.160 MHz FM simplex. This is a very important channel to keep clear for emergency purposes, and should never be transmitted on for non-emergency communications! The purpose is to provide mobile, HT, and base communications for field operations of land or ground search and rescue teams, ambulances, and medical personnel at the scene of incidents. It is identified in the list as the channel name SAREMT. The default interoperability PL tone for SAR EMT is 127.3 Hz. It is also known as Privacy tone #19, or PL 3A, or Sub-channel CTCSS 19. Who can you trust to purchase quality? Obviously you can go to Amazon to probably find a great deal which is great for those of you that know everything but people like myself that have questions and want to make sure I'm getting the best setup for what I want to do, I recommend the following businesses https://www.buytwowayradios.com/ https://www.rightchannelradios.com/ If you want to see what my setup is on my K5 Blazer then jump over to this link
  11. guru

    TV Shows

    What are some great TV Shows focused around crushing some gears? Street Outlaws - Discovery Truck Night in America - History Channel Alaska Offroad Warriors - History Channel Expedition Overland - Youtube
  12. Yankee Springs has several state forest trails that you can leisurely drive on for several hours. No ORV needed, however some trails require you to have a state park pass to legally access. The DNR do patrol this area so do not drive like a crazy person. They can ticket you for erosion/destruction of property among other things. These trails are meant for hunting,hiking access, however they tolerate people driving them with 4x4 vehicles as long as they are doing it lawfully and staying on the trail.
  13. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9- by 13- by 2-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Chop onion, bell pepper, In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef, onions and bell peppers. Add the pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the mixture. Simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the bacon over the top of the casserole and cover the dish with aluminum foil then bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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