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JustaBill

A sunny day and a new compass, who could resist the siren's call to try it out. 80+ degree temperatures and a sleepless night, I should have known things wouldn't go well but still, a new compass, right?

I don't actually feel too bad about this since as much as 5 degrees of "lateral drift" is considered normal when following a bearing on foot. Generally I don't fare so badly but I think one of the lessons learned is to "aim off" to one side of some of my objectives.

Some generic thoughts about the classic old compass and comparisons with others. Many people like them, others not so much. This is my favorite style of compass. It is generally accurate (enough), rugged and reliable and if it has weaknesses (as all devices do) they are generally not so bad and may be made up for by its strengths and what fun to use.

Went for a hike in 90 degree weather looking for some refuge away from the firecrackers and rockets and a little bit of cool. Nothing like the shady woods on a hot day.

465 miles on these Wellco A.F. boots and still going strong. This will likely be my last update. I'm not as meticulous at logging my hikes as I once was. I'll try to keep an approximation of the mileage going and let you know when they finally wear out.

I was bored so I threw this together about protecting your privacy while out and about. My basic philosophy is, if they can't see you, they won't bother you. Who is they? Anyone you don't want around when you are doing your thing.

I was going to practice setting up my hammock, instead I did a quick demonstration of the Sawyer mini water filter.

A quick video asking for suggestions and ideas on how one might modify a camp cup cover. I saw some pictures online of one such mod, but the details weren't clear.

By the way, the gray stuff on the rim of the cup is some epoxy intended to prevent burning the lips on the hot metal. It works more or less.

A much longer than necessary video about using your 'gear' in real world conditions so you'll be ready when you really need it. Most of us practice using the stuff at home but as my burnt fingers and spilled drinks demonstrate, there is no substitute for getting out in the woods and using it away from the comforts of home.

Features a Svea 123r stove, some Mountain House foods and various other bits of kit and whatnot. I had wanted to practice with some of my other gear but this was getting lengthy and time was short. Just another reason to go out again and do the rest of it next time.

Who knows what depths of political correctness facebook or youtube may sink too. Who knows what will offend them next. Maybe the Shadow knows, for the rest of us there are alternatives.

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Bittersweet by SYBS is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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Some tips for the CelNav hobbyist to save some money and still be able to enjoy the hobby.

Sailors Lament by Audionautix is licensed

Comparing emergency ration bars of different makers, one from Russia!

There is an bit of an aftertaste with the Russian Marine Pro bars, not unpleasant though. I've been trying to figure out what it reminds me of and I realized today that is similar to the creamy feel and taste you get from yogurt covered raisins and nuts.

Bittersweet by SYBS and Seagull by Everet Almond are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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Doing a conditioning hike and talking about a few things. I also heat up a mountain house meal on a Svea 123r, though much of that footage didn't come out.

I think in the future I'll reserve my commentary for when I am NOT walking or hiking. Aside from being a bit out of breathe, I'm distracted by having to watch the trail as I go and keep an eye out for other people and horses in the area which takes away from my focus.

One of the benefits of surplus gear is that someone else has already spent the money and time to work out the details of function, form and usability. We just have to decide if it does what we want.

Forest of Fear by Aakash Gandhi is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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Hygiene on the trail or in camp is important, so is saving weight and space in a pack. These little towels may be the answer.

As an afterthought, I decided to test the plastic tube to see if it is waterproof; it is not. You'll have to put it inside a ziploc bag or other waterproof bag if you expect rain or might get wet.

Eyes of Glory by Aakash Gandhi is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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My new MOLLE upgrades (pack straps and waist belt) arrived yesterday while I was on a hike. Today the weather is threatening and I can't use them, so might as well do a dye job and make a video about it.

English country Garden by Aaron Kenny is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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I made this video some months ago to see how Youtube would react. I'd heard some disturbing reports of them clamping down on gun channels for no reason and I wanted to see firsthand if it was true. Sure enough, within a few hours of uploading I received a nastygram from them. After due consideration, I decided to demonetize my channel. A full year of monetization had only "earned" me $13 anyhow and the tube pays in $100 increments so I could expect to earn them money and remain unpaid myself for the best part of a decade at that pace. Shortly after demonetizing I was informed that my channel 'no longer qualified for monetization', vindictive sons of bitches I tell you!

Here then is that video. Frankly, it's not a good video or particularly informative and I don't have gun videos as a general rule on my channel. But, if youtube is going to disenfranchise law abiding people preventing them from expressing themselves I would rather not be part of that. If I want a gun video on my channel then I damn well am going to have a gun video on my channel, youtube be damned.

Another fun though unscientific look at the performance of the Davis Mk 3 and Mk 15 sextants and a Link A-12 thrown in for good measure.

I think I'll continue doing these kinds of comparison videos so look for more in the future as the weather improves. Hopefully my sighting technique will as well. It's beginning to look like I need to add about 6' to the MK 15 for IC. I just bought the book How To Use Plastic Sextants and I hope that will help me to take better sights and track down that elusive error. A few more try outs are in order but this number has been fairly consistent so far.

I caution that I am a CelNav enthusiast and in no way an expert or professional at it. I just really enjoy doing this as a hobby and like to share it with viewers like you.

Lazy Day by Audionautix and Room for Two are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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Just a quick test comparing these two sextants. As so often happens, I wasn't able to do the entire test before clouds moved in cutting the intended number of sights taken in half.

As the results were surprisingly accurate, I decided to go ahead and put the video together anyhow with the understanding that this will just be the first comparison between these two sextants.

As usual I caution that I am a CelNav enthusiast and in no way an expert or professional at it. I just really enjoy doing this as a hobby and like to share it with viewers like you.

A video made during the refurbishment of an old Coleman 1950 about some different ways to prime the stove and some possible failure points and idiosyncrasies to be aware of. At the end we venture inside the fuel tank for a look around.

It's a good idea to depressurize the stove after it has cooled off. The next time you use it you will then have to pump it up and effectively you will be testing the NRV mechanism and the pump gasket and pressure testing the entire stove for leaks. When you open and close the valve to fill the preheat cup you are also testing the shut off mechanism. That's about as much as you can do to ensure your stove is safe to use before actually lighting it

The Receiver by Letterbox, Lightning bugs by Audionautix, North by Silent partner and Dirt Road Traveler by Audionautix are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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In this video I bring in a time signal broadcast on a SW frequency. These signals are of use in celestial navigation which is the point of this video. This is an expedient way to bring in weak radio signals using a random length of wire and can can work for shortwave and FM signals in the field. Obviously, I am no expert, just a CelNav hobbyist; this isn't any kind of in depth scientific exploration of the subject. If you are a radio or HAM hobbyist I hope you'll understand what I'm getting at.

Bansure Raga by Doug maxwell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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First impressions of a ( presumably ) Polish Military canteen with the thought of using it for winter activities, hiking / camping etc. The strengths of this design make it a good candidate for cold weather use as long as you recognize some of its drawbacks.

Jalandhar By Kevin MacLeod and Bansure Raga by Doug Maxwell are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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Heating up water for coffee in the snow, 20°f temps. Trying to make it as 'real world' as I could. It took twice as long as it does in warm conditions and the camera battery died right at the end. Otherwise, it was a perfect test. I suspect I overfilled the tank with fuel which along with the cold can hamper the build up of correct pressure in the stove.

Intense Suspense by Audionautix and Surfing Llama by Bird Creek are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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Some footage of the solar eclipse sighted through an A12 Link Bubble sextant. I took time and measurements throughout and will use the information for sight reductions later.

People have always asked me why I get into some of my unusual hobbies. I figure if they have to ask, they wouldn't understand anyhow. But there are some people that have never heard of the ancient art and skill of CelNav which is simply a method of locating yourself on Earth by measuring the locations of celestial bodies. The craft has been practiced by sailors and explorers the world round for centuries and is worthy of adventure today. This video and the others about the subject are for you.

CelNav doesn't have to be a frustrating exercise in spherical trigonometry, flogging away uncertainly trying to understand pedantic murky definitions. If you find an aspect of CelNav that spurs your sense of adventure and imagination, you'll find you can learn it and do it with plain language explanations. Deeper understanding may come in time or you can just have fun with it.

A brief explanation of my decision to demonetize my youtube channel

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Just a place where I share my videos, hobbies, pastimes and interests...and get my head cut off in profile pictures. I assume once the site gets running they'll come up with a way to adjust that when you are uploading a picture.

Everything I know I learned from other people. This is my attempt to pass some of it on. Yes, I have unusual hobbies, maybe you do too. So join me in exploring them. Also, I don't make any money off of these videos, I just do it for the enjoyment.