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  1. An antenna is to a citizens band radio what a transmission is to an engine: It transfers power from its source to some useful destination. Unfortunately, many truckers are using antennas that function as if they were missing the top three gears. Several problems afflict antenna performance. Truck cabs and sleepers are increasingly made from composite materials, which provide no ground plane, an essential element for most CB operations. Manufacturers are outfitting their trucks with multi-purpose antennas designed to receive a wide range of airwaves. And a growing number of truckers no longer understand the fundamentals of CB equipment or perform the necessary maintenance. CB customers were well-versed in the 1970s, says Rick Vincent, owner of Firestik Antenna Co. in Phoenix. “They’d be asking us about propagation philosophies, angles of radiation, impedance and inductance,” he says. “Now, a lot of people don’t know even the basics of antennas or the required tuning. I call this the Microsoft syndrome: Everyone has become too accustomed to point-and-click technology.” Changes in CB distribution have also contributed to this decline in customer knowledge, says Bob Gladden, vice president of sales at Omnitronics in Cleveland. The CB shops of yesteryear “are somewhat of a dying breed,” he says. They’ve been replaced by large electronics stores, truck stops and Internet merchants, all of which can offer competitive pricing, but fall short when it comes to discussing the subtle nuances of gain, co-phase and voltage standing wave ratios. Of course, these terms interested truckers more 30 years ago, when CBs were the only communication devices they had. Today, the humble, 4-watt two-ways must share time and cab space with cell phones, satellite messaging units, Internet-connected laptops and digital pagers. Still, the CB provides drivers with unlimited, free airtime and information available nowhere else on the electromagnetic spectrum. Given the device’s utility – and meager legal power limit – its optimum performance is essential to anyone wanting to “ratchet-jaw” with others more than 50 feet away. There are several procedures for ensuring maximum output. TUNE THE RADIO. A CB radio is only as good as the coax and antenna connected to it. However, the unit itself should be tuned occasionally by a reliable technician. This procedure, known as a peak and tweak, is particularly important for new radios, which are intentionally detuned at the factory. “Most manufacturers set their radios just below 4 watts,” says Firestik’s Vincent. “All of these products are made overseas. If the FCC checked an incoming shipment and found a couple of units putting out more than the allowable power, the agency would seize the entire shipment and require the manufacturer to recalibrate every unit.” Peak-and-tweak services vary by shop, says Peter Toher, a technician at Walcott CB Sales in Walcott, Iowa. “I’ve seen some guys go in and just clip the modulation limiter and call it good,” he says. “Others take their time and go through the receive, gain and squelch; then they’ll do a frequency count and adjust modulation and power.” Toher says that most radios are capable of delivering much more than the standard-issue wattage, even without a linear amplifier. The key to maximizing output is finding a trustworthy shop staffed with skilled technicians. The same shop can also offer helpful advice on choosing and installing the best-performing coax and antennas. These recommendations, though, might differ from those of other shops. For example, some say that dual antennas work better than a single or that fiberglass is better than steel. Others say just the opposite. Some tout the benefits of top-loaded antennas, while others make similar cases for center- and base-loaded models. Many claim that coax must always be 18 feet long (or 36 feet for dual), but a few say that coax length is unimportant. At least three remedies exist for handling excess coax: A. Wind it in random-sized loops, secured with wire ties. B. Just stuff it into the headliner without ties. C. Route it through the cab along an indirect path that takes up the extra length. USE CB-SPECIFIC ANTENNAS. Luckily for bewildered consumers, there is nearly universal consensus on other CB topics, such as the need for a good ground plane and regular CB maintenance, the importance of a low VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) reading, and the pitfalls of factory-installed antennas and coax. “What a nightmare,” says Vincent at Firestik. “Not only are truck makers using cheap coax, but they’re combining the antenna and coax function to serve all of a cab’s radios. This was done more for the convenience of manufacturing than radio performance. The CB always suffers.” Mark Pili at Karl’s CB Shop in Las Vegas, agrees. “When you use the same antenna to collect multiple frequencies, there’s always a chance of bleed-over,” he says. “At least one of the radios won’t perform as well as it should.” This problem can easily be remedied by switching to an antenna designed solely for CB signals. In doing so, however, you should mount it at least 30 inches – and preferably more – from the truck’s other antennas to reduce possible interference. ESTABLISH A GROUND PLANE. Ramon Sandoval, a product manager at Cobra Electronics, says multi-purpose antennas are just one of several problems involving factory-installed equipment. He contends that the placement of antenna mounts and lack of a ground plane are equally troublesome. Truck makers “don’t really care about this stuff,” he says. “The installation of antenna brackets is the least of their concerns. In the past, some manufacturers didn’t even know that antennas needed to be grounded.” All loaded antennas – that is, those with copper winding inside – must have a ground plane to work properly. A ground plane allows radio signals, which are electrical in nature, to flow between an antenna and receiver. This type of ground is achieved when an antenna bracket is mounted on a metal mirror brace, which is attached to a metal door or frame. If the mirror brace is made of a non-conducting material, the ground plane must be built, using a short length of braided metal strap to connect the antenna bracket to a nearby hinge or some other substantial metal part. A lot of truckers have mistakenly run a single long wire from their antenna to a negative battery post. This doesn’t work, though, because batteries operate on a DC, not RF, ground. A poor ground plane is visibly evident in a VSWR check, registering a 3:1 ratio (or more) across all channels. To verify this type of trouble, technicians will sometimes grab an antenna to create a ground plane with their bodies. The action will decrease the ratio if the original ground had been faulty. CHECK THE VSWR. Periodic VSWR checks are important because they indicate how much outgoing power is being returned to the radio. A ratio between 1.3:1 and 1.5:1 is considered ideal. The suggested limit is 2:1. Beyond that, too much power is being fed back into the radio’s output transistors, called finals, causing them to heat up and, eventually, burn out. Measuring VSWR (called viswar) requires only a meter and short piece of coax with a PL-259 connector at each end. The antenna’s coax should be connected to the meter, and the jumper coax between the meter and radio. Meters vary by model, and each comes with its own set of operating instructions. VSWR is typically measured on three channels: 1, 19 and 40. If the ratio is greater on 40 than on 1, the antenna is too long. If the opposite is true, the antenna is too short. Many antennas on the market today can be lengthened or shortened by adjusting a small metal tip at the top. Without this feature, antennas must be uncapped to expose a small wire coil. The wire is then trimmed or stretched – a mere 1/8 inch at a time – as needed. ELIMINATE RESISTANCE. Good VSWR meters are expensive, costing $80 to $150, but they offer more features and, generally, more accuracy. Regardless of their precision, meters should not remain connected during normal CB operation. “Any test equipment or in-line filter creates resistance,” says Pili at Karl’s CB Shop. “Ideally, you should have just 50 ohms of resistance at the radio – 50 at the coax and 50 at the antenna.” Tools and doodads aren’t the only causes of in-line resistance. Quick-connect coax plugs (used by some truck makers) also contribute to the problem, says Lamont Davidson, owner of Walcott CB Sales. “Extra breaks in the coax are not good,” he says. “Coax is like a hydraulic line under pressure: any openings or weak areas will produce leaks, leading to performance loss.” Corrosion is probably the biggest cause of in-line resistance. Davidson says coax will wick moisture and rot from the inside out. He suggests using a sealant on connections to help prevent the problem. He also says that coax and antennas will work better and longer if they’re periodically disassembled, inspected and cleaned.
  2. If the United States government collapses, Michael Craft and his Unorganized Militia of Champaign County are ready. “One day, if we have a complete collapse ... if one day we are no longer a constitutional form of government, we’re going to need people who are willing to defend the neighbors in the community and your family,” Craft said. The Southern Poverty Law Center last month placed Craft’s militia and 12 other Ohio groups on the same list of militias as the Michigan-based Hutaree, nine members of which were arrested last weekend on charges they plotted to kill police, then set off bombs at the funeral, as part of an uprising against the government. Craft said his militia, founded in 2000, is “defensive, not offensive,” and doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with the Hutaree, an apocalyptic Christian group with Ohio members whose Web site includes the slogan, “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” “Now it’s going to be an upward battle to convince people that we’re not that way,” he said. “We support law enforcement, we’re not out to overthrow anybody.” Extremist “patriot groups” and armed militias have grown exponentially since the November 2008 election of President Obama, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many of them have extreme anti-government doctrines, engage in unfounded conspiracy theories and believe a “new world order” of totalitarian world government is looming. “Over the last several years, we have seen this explosive growth of organizations on the radical right,” said center spokesman Booth Gunter. Militia groups have grown from 42 in 2008 to 127 in 2009, the center reported last month. Law enforcement officials in Dayton, Lebanon and Springfield said no local militias are under investigation. Along with Craft’s militia, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed the statewide Ohio Militia, the Southwestern Ohio Defense Force of Lebanon and the Constitutional Militia of Clark County as patriot groups. A message on the Constitutional Militia of Clark County’s Web site states that the pages have been intentionally left blank, but anyone wishing to contact them should send an e-mail. However, a message sent to the e-mail address by a reporter bounced back. Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said he isn’t aware of any active militias in the area. “That’s not to say that they’re not here, because many of them are running covert operations and don’t want to be found,” he said. The Hutaree militia put a link to the Web site of the Ohio Militia on its own site. The link leads to a domain name that’s not in service. Kenneth Goldsmith of Zanesville, who heads the Ohio Defense Force which includes a Lebanon “battalion,” said the Ohio Militia is probably the remnants of an extremist group that has been operating in the state for years. A man identifying himself as the Ohio Militia’s leader last April issued a YouTube video, since removed from the site, calling for an armed million-man march on Washington. Goldsmith said the Ohio Defense Force has no connections with militant militias. He said his group, which has about 200 members statewide, chose the name “defense force” to avoid the stigma associated with the militant groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center said militias began springing up in the early 1990s as a reaction to the election of President Bill Clinton and the deadly standoffs between federal agents and the Randy Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992, and the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, in 1993. Michigan became a militant hotbed, but the Midwest generally, including Ohio and Indiana, has been home to many militias, Gunter said. “After Oklahoma City, that whole movement started dying off,” he said, referring to the April 19, 1995, federal building bombing masterminded by anti-government zealot Timothy McVeigh, who was executed in 2001. Militia membership has surged since Obama’s election, Gunter said. “Obama is president. The economic problems have played a big role. Also (contributing), we think, are the changing demographics of the country. There’s a feeling white people are losing control.” These days, he said, militias and patriot groups can organize more easily with technological developments like the Internet. “We have a lot of mainstream figures in the media and politics who are willing to promote their conspiracy theories,” Gunter said. “People think, ‘Maybe I should be concerned that Obamacare is going to kill my grandma.’” Craft said his militia has seen some increase in membership since Obama’s election. Of the growth of such groups nationally, he said, “maybe it could be the political climate. Generally, people who are in a militia tend to be Libertarian or conservative. When you have a federal administration that is Democrat or liberal, they’re going to be a little more nervous.” Gunter said it’s militia groups that make him nervous. He said officials of the Southern Poverty Law Center support everyone’s right to free speech, but “you worry about people coming unhinged and taking some kind of action like the Hutarees.”
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  4. fixer submitted a new link: Illinois Sons of Liberty Illinois first state militia since 1992. Founded in 2006 we are active in all counties, helping with disaster relief, community training and a wide variety of community oriented projects. Our motto is "Friends, Family, Community" and we mean it, everything we do is aimed at one of those 3 things. Further we stand with law enforcement and our local governments, we have an open door policy for any law enforcement agency to come to our meetings or events and check them out. We want to work as a team with law enforcement and other community organizations (city government, fire departments, hospitals etc) to help the general population in the event of a disaster.
  5. aka fixer or fix3r, I have about a million accounts and posts on various forums by the name of DieselMinded , i built 4 of the largest Diesel Forums online. The forum became a lifestyle , all family vacations revolved around it , it came down to doing it full time and quiting my job or selling it to ... save myself , my world revolved around it , was on national TV and every major Diesel magazine and had sponsored events all across the USA. even had a teeshirt business tied to it bringing in about $30,000 a year by its self . it was big time over 300 designs and had a mobile truck to sell out of . The day i sold , my life changed forever , all the ducks i've worshiped over the last 5 years were not mine , all the staff turned their backs even tho i gave them part of the $$ it didn't matter they hated me for selling the site... My life became dept free but i was majorly depressed and had no direction on any given day ... a big empty hole.... Part of the sell was that i could not build another community for 5 years , i went AWOL never even went online for 4 years , then joined Facebook and started creating gun buy and sell groups .... a year later facebook deleted all my groups ... being the 5 years was up i started My Militia , I wanted my own part of the internet again, something to tend to ... something to improve , i wanted to build a community again, this became my theme song , as every bit of effort i put into the building of the site , i could see what i was working towards. MM is more than just another website , i want us all to be a community , black sheeps, assholes experts everything, together we are unstoppable. and so i've been known as fixer ever since bet you didn't know that , now tell us about your name
  6. i often wonder where you have gone 😥

  7. Listen Up, Facebook has already deleted all gun buy and sell groups and now patriot groups are dropping one by one. Many people on facebook are running to MEWE because they think that is a safe alternative and THEY ARE WRONG!!! When Facebook deleted our gun groups we started new ones in each state on mewe on DEC 3rd 2016 we were building the groups up for sometime when all of a sudden we went to MEWE and our account was banned and all our groups were deleted. Here is our promo for the groups that are now gone.. https://www.mymilitia.com/forums/topic/39440-my-militia-mewe-presence/ On June 21st 2017 they deleted our groups and banned us with no warnings , no comments... nothing! MEWE IS NOT A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO FACEBOOK On another channel... Google+ ... Google's Social Network is done for ... Google has announced that all content will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. and Google+ will be no more. All of this, All of it! is just more reason why you should be conversing on My Militia. We are the only site that We control the Rules. We have no Sponsors and we are totally independent. Don't run from one social network to another over and over, come to https://www.mymilitia.com and do it right , there is nothing them other sites can do that we can't do better if we work together!
  8. The hot topic among the staff this month has been our obligations to the users in regard to mental health. In the past we have been quick to identify possible situations where people may need help and it has been status quo to give them a few chances to right their ships and if they are still a problem and being a distraction to the plight they are removed from the fray. We have felt we are always acting in the best interest of the user base, but we never made much of an attempt to try to help these people as individuals and to be honest we just don't feel right about it almost like we let them down. So if you suffer from any types of mental health such as (but not limited to); Anxiety, Bipolar, Mental/Physical Abuse, Dementia, Depression. We are here to help in any way we can. The following are 24/7 Free Crisis Hotline Numbers if you know of other methods to obtain help please post below. Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responderswith the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Poison Control Centers - 1-800-222-1222 Poison centers are staffed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses and poison information providers who are toxicology specialists. Drug Abuse Hotline - 1-877-586-4197 Drug addiction is a serious illness that affects people from all walks of life. Fortunately, help is available. Drug abuse hotlines are an excellent resource for many with questions about addiction and potential treatment. More than 2.3 million individuals sought treatment for drug or alcohol addiction at a speciality treatment facility in 2016.1 Those living with addiction can recover and remain sober. Alcohol Hotline - 1-844-244-3171 Alcohol hotlines and addiction helplines exist specifically to provide free help for alcohol addiction. While different organizations have different overall goals, the primary goal for each is to offer the help the caller is seeking. The focus of our 24-hour alcohol hotline is to better understand the specific situation you are faced with. We offer treatment programs such as detoxification and rehabilitation, but to suggest any course of action, the first step is understanding. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) The staff at NAMI are well-trained to answer questions on a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety. Available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, this organization provides free information and referrals to treatment programs, support groups, and educational programs. NAMI also offers help for family members, information about jobs programs, and connections to legal representation in your area. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) If severe anxiety is causing you to experience suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to call this free, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline. Counselors can help you ease your anxiety and get to the clear headspace you need to seek help. There are separate hotline numbers for Spanish speakers: 1-888-628-9454; the hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889; and veterans: 1-800-273-8255. You can also chat with a crisis volunteer live on their website. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) If you’re not in danger of harming yourself or others, but are ready to seek medical care for your anxiety, SAMHSA’s treatment locator service can help you find a mental health facility near your that specializes in anxiety. The service is available in both English and Spanish 24 hours a day and can also point you to support groups, substance abuse treatment programs, and community-based organizations. Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000 Anxiety in teenagers is becoming more common as they face the mounting pressures of schoolwork, college preparation, first jobs, social activities, and becoming an adult, on top of any issues they may face with their families at home. Both children and parents can call this hotline 24/7 for free crisis intervention services, plus information and referrals to valuable mental health resources. Email, text, and online chat-based services are also available. Teen Line: 1-310-855-HOPE (4673) or 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336) Another valuable resource for young adults facing anxiety, Teen Line offers teen-to-teen counseling services available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. PST. Callers can talk to one of their peers about what they’re going through and learn strategies that have helped other young people just like them. The service is also available by texting “TEEN” to 839863, as well as via email and message boards.
  10. fixer submitted a new link: Carolina Rangers Special Operations Group the Carolina Rangers are a unit of loyal patriots operating under the direct authority of the United States constitution. We believe strongly in the second amendment and are against terrorism in and on every level either foreign or domestic. We stand together in defense of our God our Country and our State. We train together as a band of brothers in the Arts of war and peace. We stand together as one voice defending and protecting our brothers. we will remain faithful and diligent to up hold the American way of life as our fore fathers before us. We will stand the watch and if need be give the ultimate price of our lives for the defense of this country and one another. We operate on the simple principle of one for all and all for one.
  11. fixer submitted a new link: Eastern North Carolina Militia Eastern North Carolina Militia Serving Onslow, Pender, Columbus, New Hanover, and Brunswick Counties

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