I want to apologize for missing this post: https://voat.co/v/GoatsGulch/3176086
If I ever miss something that pertinent for a while, feel free to PM me or tag me. Really exciting news about the possibility of a Goat's Gulch Oregon! I don't think I've actually ever been to Oregon, so now I have even more reason to head over there.
Let me think what's happened in the past while...
I've moved out of San Antonio. My driver's license lists my Van Horn address. I posted earlier about calling in Border Patrol to catch some illegals out there.
But, I'm not in Van Horn. It's just too rough out there to handle it alone without necessity. And my income streams have ran dry so I'm working to change that. Easier for me to do it from civilization, so I'm up visiting my parents in Colorado, most likely for the summer. Beautiful up here, but man, the weather is bipolar.
I got an amateur radio license recently. It is a thing of beauty. Highly, highly recommend it. I'll say that there's two categories of amateur radio: local and long range. Long range being HF. I have a friend who's talked to Argentina from his truck in Texas on HF. Local is more like 2 meter / 70 cm. The cool thing is that most places have repeaters setup and you can talk all over the city (or further). I don't have an HF radio so I'm missing half of the experience, but what I can tell you is that it puts you right in touch with the brightest, most interesting people around you. Just as it's important to know your neighbors, getting a handheld radio can put you in touch with your still nearby neighbors and probably the ones who would be surving better than anyone else. Not to mention, the skills and equipment can be used to keep in touch long after cell towers are down (if that ever happens).
My little Baofeng has brought me an awful lot of joy talking to new people and hearing stories on the air. Some people go to the bar to meet people, but I'd say radio is better (unless you're trying to walk off with a date who's female). These are so much more capable and interesting than walkie talkies. The community aspect is superb.
Now I am biased, the front range in Colorado seems to have some of the best radio coverage anywhere. I've talked to Cheyenne, 40 miles away from my handheld. The costs are really low, I bought a book, read it in a day, and took the test for $10. Of all of the prepper/survivalist/whatever things I've seen mentioned, amateur radio is by far the most underrated thing I've seen. Even if you like to hike in the mountains, you may have better radio coverage than cell. That proved true hiking Grey Rock on Mother's Day. Had line of sight with repeaters when no one had cell service.
I cannot recommend it highly enough. I'm KI5EEV, by the way. Now the FCC does make callsign owner name/address information public. You can put a PO Box if you want. The tiny bit of licensing around this is really not excessive and the questions are sometimes dumb, but mostly on point. You also don't have to learn morse anymore.
So that's my main thought on bringing the Gulch to your everyday lives. I hope my Dad will get licensed and also to get some HF gear so I can see how reliably I can reach Texas and such. I am making a guess that over most of the country you can have reliable radio communications if you work the radio at specific times and listen on certain bands. You might need 10m during the day and 20m at night (I really don't know), but there's lots of possibilities. And if you live up on a mountain, your coverage can be incredible on 2m/70cm.
So I'm still working on improving my work situation. Hoping to have reliable income again. I do have some savings, but not enough that I can start plopping money down on new land and Gulch-y endeavors. I did buy a monocular so I can see the illegals better next time. Getting my backpack reasonably kitted out with eye protection, ear protection, and radio.
Would like to see Idaho this summer. I will definitely be seeing Utah with my Dad. We'll ride the Utah BDR.
If you'd like to see more of West Texas, I have a couple videos on motorcycle. The Northbound one is a bit better as I turned on image stabilization.
(Also on Bitchute)
Thanks for reading.