Beelining is a skill used to locate wild bee colonies

Honeybee on wildflower - Beelining

Beelining was a serious occupation in Appalachia back in the day, where it was a used to obtain honey, and sometimes to capture wild colonies for domestication.

Today people still practice this skill, and I think it would be a useful skill for preppers to have as well.

The word “beeline” comes from the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line, and the definition of the word means: to go quickly in a straight direct course.

To find colonies, one has to capture and mark foraging worker bees in a box, then release them from various points to establish (by elementary trigonometry) the direction and distance of the colony’s home.

If you would like to learn more about beelining, I suggest listing to the free audiobook “Bee Hunting” by John Ready Lockard (1858 – 1925).

Below is a video, by Charles Wascott you can watch as well.

As always, this is just my opinion.

Timothy Scott

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Powdered milk, great for long-term storage

Boy drinking milk

Powdered milk is a dairy product that has been evaporating to dryness and includes such items as dry whole milk, nonfat (skimmed) dry milk, dry buttermilk, dry whey products, and dry dairy blends.

The resulting concentrated milk is then sprayed into a heated chamber where the water almost instantly evaporates, leaving fine particles of powdered milk solids.

It becomes nonperishable in powder form and makes an excellent long-term storage item. No refrigeration needed.

Milk powders contain all twenty-one standard amino acids and are high in soluble vitamins and minerals.

Below you will find a conversion chart for using non-instant powdered milk in recipes calling for milk.

1 cup of milk equals 1 cup of water + 3 tablespoons powdered milk
3/4 cup of milk equals 3/4 cup of water + 2 1/4 tablespoons powdered milk
2/3 cup of milk equals 2/3 cup of water + 2 tablespoons powdered milk
1/2 cup of milk equals 1/2 cup of water + 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered milk
1/3 cup of milk equals 1/3 cup of water + 1 tablespoon powdered milk
1/4 cup of milk equals 1/4 cup of water + 3/4 tablespoon powdered milk

With powdered milk, you can make yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, buttermilk and more.

So what is the difference between instant and powdered milk?

The main difference is in the way powdered milk is made?

Instant milk is as its name suggests – instant. You add water to the milk, and it “instantly” creates a milk product.

Powdered milk, on the other hand, needs more time to reconstitute; thus giving it a much better taste. It also keeps much more of the desirable vitamins and minerals.

Instant milk will have rougher crystals, which can create a gritty texture if not dissolved properly.

As always, this is just my opinion.

Timothy Scott

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Two-way radios, some need a license, some don’t

Two-Way Radios

In the United States, the FCC regulates the frequencies and licensing of two-way radios. FCC rules and regulations can be found under Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Services are divided into the following categories

Services highlighted in yellow require no license to operate.

Family Radio Service (FRS) – No license needed – The Family Radio Service is an improved walkie talkie radio system for personal/business communications. The FRS is authorized 22 channels in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz range, all of which are shared with GMRS.
The typical handheld range is between 1/2 to 1 mile.
FRS radios fall under Part 95 of the FCC rules.

Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) – No license needed – The Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) uses channels in the 151 – 154 MHz spectrum range. No MURS transmitter shall, under any condition of modulation, transmit more than 2 watts transmitter power output.
The typical handheld range is between 1/2 to 3 miles. Manufactures may advertise 30 miles but that’s in ideal conditions such as a mountaintop to a valley below.
MURS radios fall under Part 95 of the FCC rules.

Citizens Band Radio (CB) – No license needed – The Citizen Band Radio Service is used for personal/business communications and is authorized 40 channels between 26.965 MHz and 27.405 MHz.
The typical range is between 1 to 15 miles depending on setup.
CB radios fall under Part 95 of the FCC rules.

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) – The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a licensed radio service that uses channels around 462 MHz and 467 MHz. The most common use of GMRS channels is for short-distance, two-way voice communications using hand-held radios, mobile radios, and repeater systems. In 2017, the FCC expanded GMRS to also allow short data messaging applications including text messaging and GPS location information.
The typical handheld range is between 5 to 25 miles.
GMRS radios fall under Part 95 of the FCC rules.

Amateur Radio Service (Ham Radio) – The Amateur Radio Service is intended to bring people, electronics and communication together. HAM operators can talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It is fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during disasters. Amateur radio operates on UHF, VHF and some HF frequencies using International Morse Code, voice communication, data, pictures, and video. There are three levels of licensing that determine which bands and frequencies an amateur operator is allowed to access.
Amateur radio falls under Part 97 of the FCC rules.

Read my postQuickest Way To Get Your Ham License

Business Radio Service (BRS – LMR – PLMR) – The Business Radio Service is a series of frequencies on the VHF and UHF two-way radio bands reserved for use by businesses, and in some cases, individuals.
BRS radios fall under Part 90 of the FCC rules.

Aviation Radio Service (ARS) – No license needed for individuals – The Aviation Band Radio Service is used in aircraft for navigation and two-way communication. Aviation radios used domestically within US airspace are generally licensed by rule, which means that you do not need to purchase a license from the FCC to operate one in the US.
ARS radios fall under Part 87 of the FCC rules.

Marine Mobile Sevice (MMS) – No license needed for harbor and waterway.  The Marine Band Radio Service is used in maritime vessels. The FCC regulates marine communications in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, which monitors marine distress frequencies continuously to protect life and property. All users of marine radio, whether voluntary or compulsory, are responsible for observing both FCC and Coast Guard requirements.
Marine radios fall under Part 80 of the FCC rules.

I hope this list helps clear up any confusion between the different types of two-way radios.

As always, this is just my opinion.

Timothy Scott

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