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From the Department of Birds Are Smarter Than We Think:

Science Alert, 1/10/18: These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

...A new study incorporating traditional Indigenous Australian ecological knowledge describes the largely unknown behaviour of so-called 'firehawk raptors' – birds that intentionally spread fire by wielding burning sticks in their talons and beaks.

These flying firestarters are spread across at least three known species – the Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) – but while their hell-raising may be observed in Indigenous knowledge, that's not so elsewhere.

"Though Aboriginal rangers and others who deal with bushfires take into account the risks posed by raptors that cause controlled burns to jump across firebreaks, official skepticism about the reality of avian fire-spreading hampers effective planning for landscape management and restoration," the international team explains in their paper. ...

According to the team, firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched.

"The imputed intent of raptors is to spread fire to unburned locations – for example, the far side of a watercourse, road, or artificial break created by firefighters – to flush out prey via flames or smoke," the researchers write. ...
The HAM Radio Board / Re: Anytone Rig
« Last post by armymars on Yesterday at 12:22:34 PM »
As a Tec you can run some hf freq. with CW. 7.122 and fldigi is a good place to start. Ever since the IC 7300 came out there has been a drop in prices on used hf rigs.
Processing Food For Storage / Re: salt preserved/moroccan lemons
« Last post by Redman on Yesterday at 05:59:54 AM »
I love preserved lemons though I buy them, I never tried to make them even though I have one or more recipes in Middle Eastern cookbooks. I buy the National brand. It has a lot of other spices in it and has an astringent taste.
The HAM Radio Board / Re: Anytone Rig
« Last post by leadeye on Yesterday at 12:05:03 AM »
I was thinking these would be budget rigs, I only have a Tech. License but would like to go beyond the 144/440 realm which is why I am considering 10 meters.. I know the 10 meter band isn't optimal with low sun activity but it has to open up some time. It would get me out further and help me understand longer distances. I will take a look at the Yaesu though for 144/440. I have only been working with a Baofeng H.T. and shortwave radio with sideband. I'm looking forward to some new toys so any advise is always appreciated.
Emergency Preparations / Emergency preparedness brochure, courtesy of Sweden
« Last post by Mr. Bill on May 23, 2019, 01:10:21 PM »
Sweden's Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (Civil Contingencies Agency) issued a brochure in May 2018 with suggestions for how to prepare for, and react during, a major emergency.  Some of the info is Sweden-specific, but much is just good prepping advice (although rather basic).

Here's their English-language version (8 MB PDF):

Processing Food For Storage / Re: salt preserved/moroccan lemons
« Last post by Carver on May 23, 2019, 11:39:25 AM »
This salting process is a curing process and not a fermentation process if the salt weight is at 25% of the food weight. This works very well with vegetables. Although it seems like it would be too salty to eat it is not. The vegetables will sweat out their fluid and intake the salt brine, which cures it, like a ham, but the curing process makes the vegetables crunchy, tangy and vividly colored. I make a batch every week to last one week. As soon as one is done I make another. I also have a quart of chopped onions in the cure. If sun dried they turn out into a crispy salad condiment.
The HAM Radio Board / Re: Anytone Rig
« Last post by Smurf Hunter on May 23, 2019, 11:09:27 AM »
Looks like the 5555 is a 10 meter rig, not a dual band 144/440.

10 meters is very niche.  When it opens up, it's a weird but fun band on SSB. Repeaters and users thereof are usually pretty rare, but your area could be different.

The AT-778UV is the usual dual-bander, though for just a little more money you can get a name brand used.  I bought an older, but good condition Yaesu FT-8800 (dual receive) for $120 at a swap meet this spring.  Or if you don't need dual band, for the same budget you can get the workhorse:

ham radio gear aren't really appliances, but more like raw tools.  Like with power tools, there are certainly quality aspects to keep in mind, but the top end DeWalt drill or saw won't magically complete your wood working project :D
I would not advocate for some kind of health policy to be enforced on Californians but it is a scary situation. I don't know what to say to people who would deny that there is a public safety risk. I have family in Thousand Oaks and they talk of downtown like it's a leper community.

At some point you drown in piles of garbage and feces and it becomes irreparable. I'm not sure we have an English word that conveys the woeful stupidity and general incompetence of the politicians who will imagine they can control such a disaster.
Homesteading and Self Reliant Living / Re: chainsaw chain: how do you store it
« Last post by nocturnal on May 23, 2019, 04:22:28 AM »
At home, the sharp ones hang with their corresponding bars on the wall.  The dull ones usually get sharpened immediately, but sometimes they just end up hanging on the vise waiting.
When I'm out cutting they go in the saw box.  Sometimes they are placed in those little cardboard boxes that loops come in, but more often they're wrapped in a rag and tossed in the box.
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