Thursday, April 8, 2021

Need to Know Net 007: How to improve our membership numbers

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Net Control: Jo-Ann Stephens
Topic: How to improve our membership numbers

Farmer's Market
Website-names & photos
Member of the week
Home school
Balloon launches/chase

Need to Know Net 008: Starting Your Family Tree?

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Net Control: Jennifer Lewis K1BOO & Jo-Ann Stephens KD9ENF
Topic: Starting Your Family Tree?

FREE FORMS (downloads)
Ancestor Pedigree Chart
Family Group Sheet
Research Extract
Source Summary

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Recommended Reading

As books come up that presenters or listeners think might be helpful to others can be added here. This post will be updated as items come it!

Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens-Kathy Harrison

Need to Know Net 006: Car/Travel Safety

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Net Control: Eddie Hannah KD9HGR
Topic: Car/Travel Safety

Tires-condition, pressure
Wiper blades
Battery terminals
Wiper fluid
Jumper cables
Tool box

Owners manual
Jack-where to place it?
Spare tire-know how to change it?
Collapsible shovel
Kitty litter for traction
Road flares/flare gun
Fire extinguisher
Duct tape
Crank radio 
Crank flashlight
Charging cord for phone
Ice scraper
Air pressure gauge

Heavy duty trash bags
Adapter for gas can on late model cars
Keep tank at least half full

Water-drinking, hand washing

Hot packs
Gloves-work, warm

Share your planned route
Check in time or points
Watch weather closely
Stay in your car if stranded

If you are evacuating, leave early. Don't get caught in traffic with all of the other procrastinators!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Need to Know Net 005: Getting Your Emergency Plan Together For Tornado Season

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Net Control: Jen K1BOO
Topic: Getting Your Emergency Plan Together

Like any emergency preparedness, if you never need it, you put way too much into it. And if you do need it, you should have put in more. It has already been a very active storm season this year with 

Know the difference between a watch and a warning
-watch is issued in advance when potential conditions are predicted-just a heads up
-warning is issued when either a tornado has been seen either by a person or on radar
Upcoming StormSpotter training at 6:30pm April 7 and 14 for those wanting to take it. It is all online this year and is about 2 hours long. If you can't fit either date into your schedule, there are links to educational resources there as well.

If you ever see Jim Cantore is a rain coat or parka, you need to run!

Sources of information-ham radio, weather radio, am/fm, television (battery, crank, solar)
Batteries, batteries, batteries
Shelter locations in home-basement, inside room with no or small windows like a bathroom or closet, might remove shower doors to another room

Plan a coordinated location in the area or phone contact outside of the area
Mark safe
-Red Cross Emergency app  

Emergency freqs and information
-eAUXFOG app

Photo ID page with pics, info

Laminate your lists even it is it just with packing tape or clear contact paper
Family/friends contact numbers. If you lose or damage your phone, you will need them
Medications-keep a list of your current medication names and dosages
Physician contact information
Glasses-extra pair and prescription
Insurance contact information and policy numbers (health, auto and home)
Banking information
Flash drive-password protected

Pet taxi, food, water bowl, bottled water, list of meds, vet information

Corded phone
Cell phone-less signal needed to text than call
Phone charger/power pack
AT&T FirstNet and Verizon Frontline issues-preemption

Cash-small bills

Debit card
Credit card
Pre-paid phone card

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Need to Know Net 004 Cooking Without Power

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Net Control: Michelle WD9JOY
Topic: Cooking Without Power

Here are some of the ideas I have seen:

Inside ideas vs Outside ideas


1.  Fireplace
    a.  Aluminum foil packets  (use meat thermometer to make sure meat is 165 degrees. (hot
         dogs on skewers, wrap potatoes/veggies in foil and leave in fireplace to cook or on top
         of wood stove)
    b.  Skewers (rotate above the flames).
    c.  Fireplace grate: set it up above the fire and use cast iron skillets to fry up anything.  Use
         a good  dutchoven to cook soups, stews, chili.

2.  Canned heat: used by caterers.  Use a gel-like fuel that won't spill, easy to start, and will burn
     for a couple of hours.  (have matches for lighter starter)   Sterno is an example.

3.  Butane stove (burns cleaner than a camp stove with propane, but be careful)

4.  Your car:  wrap some food in aluminum foil, open the garage door for ventilation, place it
     on the  engine (away from moving parts) and close the hood.

Check the temp. of the food.  This may be used if you are out of other options.

5.  Gas stove cook tops may work even without power, but the oven probably won't

6.  Military MRE's-Prepackaged food that lasts 20 years and just needs boiling water added to it.


1.  Grill (propane or charcoal)

2.  Camp stove (propane)

3.  Campfire or Firepit (can use a grill over it or cook things in several layers of foil.

4.  Dutch Oven over the firepit or campfire:  (Use a campfire tripod to hang over the fire.)

5.  Sterno stove:  they are portable, weigh less than a pound.

6.  Kerosene heater: if the top is flat, you can set a pot of hot water on it, boil beans, pasta,
     soups, etc.

7.  Vagabond stove/tin can stove LINK 

8.  Alcohol stove 

9.  Self heating meals LINK

10. Tea light stove LINK

11. Earth oven

12. Rocket stoves LINK

13. Solar power to light fire-magnifying glass, glasses, bottle

14. Casa caja for hog roasting LINK

Grills should be used outdoors and at a safe distance from your home or shelter.  Same with camp stoves.

When you use a fireplace, make sure the flue is open and completely unobstructed.  Don't use treated wood.

Never use gasoline to start a fire.

Make sure camp fires are controlled with metal or rocks surrounding them.

Never leave a fire, or a candle,  without an adult around to keep an eye on it.

Can use dehydrated foods.

Can cook casseroles on a grill or fire.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Need to Know Net 003 Emergency Shelter

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Net Control: Jo-Ann KD9ENF
Topic: Emergency Shelter

Type of structure for different types of emergencies: fire, tornado, earthquake


Outbuildings on site: she shed, garage, barn

Basement, crawlspace

Tarps, tarps, tarps

Metallic tarps


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Need to Know Net 002 Lighting for Emergencies

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Net Control: Jennifer, K1BOO
Topic: Lighting for Emergencies

Join us on the K9ZEV 2m repeater 147.345 this Thursday at 8pm!!

In the event of a repeater failure, we will move to 443.175 UHF repeater.

Be sure to stop by K9ZEV.ORG or our club Facebook page Miami County Amateur Radio Club - Peru, IN!!


Crank lantern/flashlight
    Crank flashlight, AM/FM/NOAA radio, USB charger, SOS alarm

Rechargeable LED lightbulbs 4/$20 Amazon
    Rechargeable LED Lightbulbs

Crisco candles-you can use oil lamp or candle wicking, cotton cord, or a commercial candle (taper for large, birthday for mini). For more light (but less time) you can use multiple wicks. I used leftover Crisco (the old stuff getting rank in the back of the cabinet) in a 1/2 pint jar with a birthday candle. It didn't put out much light, but would be good and cheap ambient lighting. 
    Crisco candles

Tea lights in #10 can-#10 can on its side, slightly flattened so it would not roll. Ambient lighting

Glowstick lantern-ambient lighting. I would not reuse the jar so I might not use a canning jar.
    Glowstick lantern

Milk jug and flashlight or headlamp- The water didn't seem to have much impact but did offset the weight of the larger flashlight I used. I found that removing the cap and shining the light down into the jug was a little bit more effective.
    Milk jug lantern with headlamp
    Milk jug lantern with flashlight

Open curtains. That seems like a no-brainer, but would be easily overlooked, especially if you usually keep them closed.

Hard-wired emergency lighting

Flashlights and headlamps

Hurricane oil lanterns/Lamps with paraffin based oil

LP lanterns

Rechargeable flashlights


Solar lights-I never thought to grab them out of the yard!

Push lights

Bowl/jar of oil with wire coil to hold wick

Candle and reflectors placed in the oven keep the little ones safe while giving them a work surface to play or color.

Rolled strip lighting-DC, found on electronics supply sites

Don't forget:

Mirror, pie pan, foil reflect and multiply light

Matches, Bic lighters, grill lighters

Charged HT radio

Charged power bank and cords for flashlight or phone

Small inverter for car $30/Amazon to charge laptop

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Need to Know Net 001 Preparing for Spring

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Net Control: Jo-Ann, KD9ENF
Topic: Preparing for Spring

Using cinder blocks to make a raised bed. This one has ground cherries in front and hot peppers in back.

Keyhole raised bed with vertical fencing for trellising. Worked great for tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers, marigolds, bush beans and sunflowers.

Need to Know Net 007: How to improve our membership numbers

Thursday, April 8, 2021 Net Control: Jo-Ann Stephens Topic: How to improve our membership numbers Farmer's Market Website-names & p...