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  1. Anybody able to comment on the snow pack in eastern TN right now?

    I've got a short notice vacation starting on the 1st and lasting until the 14th. I'm relocating to Bristol, TN in June, so I'm interested in exploring the trails down there, but I know they just got...
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    JaxHiker, no, I've found that Special Event calls...

    JaxHiker, no, I've found that Special Event calls cause a little confusion on really crowded bands. Folks, especially DX, assume they're missing a letter on the callsign. We'll be operating under my...
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    Erie County, PA Ham Radio Hang. 22-23 June.

    I'm organizing a station for Field Day (A huge ham radio contest/social event) on 22 and 23 June. We'll be operating from a hill top in SE Erie County, PA, on a 1,000 acre timber tract we have full...
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    This is a little far north, but I'll be hanging...

    This is a little far north, but I'll be hanging near Spartansburg, PA on 22 and 23 June for ham radio Field Day. That's about 30 minutes southeast of Erie, and about 90 minutes, maybe 2 hours north...
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    Rats! I just got your PM TwoTents. Sorry I...

    Rats!

    I just got your PM TwoTents. Sorry I didn't get back to you quicker.
  6. That's a heck of a lead Rooster and DJames!,...

    That's a heck of a lead Rooster and DJames!, thanks!
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    WTB: Summer Hex tarp with ~11' ridgeline

    I need a pair of tarps for my hammock, and my hiking partner. We're both in bridge hammocks, both with about a 10' total length between the ends of the suspension triangles. We're trying to keep the...
  8. Hex tarp that won't break the bank...or my back.

    I am completely outfitted for hanging finally...except I only have my winter tarp, which is huge, and crazy heavy. I bought the fabric for a cat cut tarp, but I simply don't have the time to do the...
  9. Hmmm that is very interesting. I don't think a...

    Hmmm that is very interesting. I don't think a gathered end is a solution for me, but for my friend, who's new to hammocking, it might be. I'll have to give this a try with his GTUL, since I just cut...
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    No, Comcast's DNS servers are just the joke of...

    No, Comcast's DNS servers are just the joke of the ISP world.

    Change your default DNS server on your PC (in the advanced settings on your wifi or ethernet card under TCP/IP V4) to 8.8.8.8 or...
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    Got my amsteel yesterday Dutch. Very quick, and...

    Got my amsteel yesterday Dutch. Very quick, and great service. Thanks again! I'll definitely be back.
  12. A little off topic but where'd you get the...

    A little off topic but where'd you get the handles? I'm looking to do a set of poles myself.
  13. Thread: Mystery Fabric?

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    I totally missed blkx01's reply in this thread,...

    I totally missed blkx01's reply in this thread, just saw it today!

    Blkx01, any thoughts on what it's original use would have been? This stuff is fantastic to work with in down projects, and I've...
  14. Thread: Northeast Ohio

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    Welcome Neighbor! I'm just on the other side...

    Welcome Neighbor!

    I'm just on the other side of Youngstown from you. If I can help in any way, by all means, drop me a line!
  15. Better whipping/suspension methods for the GT UL?

    I bought a GT UL a couple weeks ago and took it for a test drive, and I was really disappointed with the lay. It had a severe ridge in the center, and was doing a pretty good burrito impression.

    I...
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    Craaaap! Man I'm having a heck of a time scoring...

    Craaaap! Man I'm having a heck of a time scoring an alcy stove.

    Maybe I should just start building and selling the things! Seems to be a demand.
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    The three best ways I've found to spot dead...

    The three best ways I've found to spot dead branches are all a little dodgy sometimes, but it's better than nothing.

    First, look at the trunk itself. On larger hardwoods, you can often spot...
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    Oper8or, using an already-downed tree for shelter...

    Oper8or, using an already-downed tree for shelter would be situation dependent. For me, it would depend on just how screwed I thought I was, and how solid I thought the tree was. If it was...
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    A lesson in safety: IMPORTANT!

    Let me start off by saying I'm a storm chaser with about 20 years experience. My observations below are based not only on long term experience, but on current conditions I'm seeing in my area, and...
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    Off to a great start!

    My first time doing business with Dutch, and I was pleased to find a cottage vendor/manufacturer only half a state away. I'll gladly pay the sales tax to support 'the little guy'.

    I gotta say, I'm...
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    The paracord is free, as I have a 500' spool of...

    The paracord is free, as I have a 500' spool of it. I'll need closer to 50' of amsteel for this, and can't get it locally, so $0.25/ft is $13 plus $6 shipping so call it $20.

    Just investigating...
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    Does Paracord (550 cord) stretch?

    I've got 100' of paracord here, and I was considering using it for an inexpensive hammock suspension until I get some funds for my amsteel purchase in a couple weeks.

    I've worked with this stuff...
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    Ok, I've been doing some reading, and here's what...

    Ok, I've been doing some reading, and here's what I've found.

    I'm tinkering with a toggle in a Lark's Head knot right now, and the toggle is anchoring a barrel knot that can slide up and down the...
  24. Acer, thanks for the link. It looks like they've...

    Acer, thanks for the link. It looks like they've got a block that will work perfectly and is pretty inexpensive compared to my locally available options.

    I considered cork, and may still try it,...
  25. Source for high density foam, and shaping ideas?

    I'm in need of a block of high density foam. The sort I'm talking about would be found on the handles of some trekking poles, some foam sleeping pads, the foam block style car-top kayak carriers,...
  26. Thread: Mystery Fabric?

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    The burn test definitely suggests Polyester of...

    The burn test definitely suggests Polyester of some description. The actual purpose/name for the fabric is what I'm most interested in at this point. The single sided design makes me think maybe some...
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    I'm very interested, but I'm going to have to...

    I'm very interested, but I'm going to have to check with the Bank Of Wife first. If you get another offer, don't hold it on my account. I'll be in touch later tonight hopefully.
  28. Thread: Mystery Fabric?

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    Here are a couple of photos, one each of the...

    Here are a couple of photos, one each of the front and back of the fabric.

    The Back:
    http://i.imgur.com/935l1.jpg

    That surface is distinctly rough and almost tacky. It likes to grab fuzz or...
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    I might be interested, but I know very little...

    I might be interested, but I know very little about the Golite packs. How is the padding on the hip belt and shoulder straps? I'm a pretty bony little guy, so decent padding is a must-have for me.
    ...
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    Fish_man, Dunham's, Gander Mountain, Cabela's,...

    Fish_man, Dunham's, Gander Mountain, Cabela's, and ****'s Sporting Goods all cut arrows to length if you buy them in the store. Whether the trimmings end up somewhere that's accessible after they're...
  31. Thread: Mystery Fabric?

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    Mystery Fabric?

    About 6 months ago, I picked up an unmarked mystery fabric at the local Walmart, and it turned out to be a really great fabric for down DIY projects. It's relatively light, very very tightly woven...
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    Toggle Length And Material

    I've heard some folks mention using carbon arrow shafts for toggles, and it so happens I work in a sporting goods store that cuts arrows to length.

    I snagged a couple dozen pieces in the 3-5"...
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    Howdy from the Big Beaver! County, that is. As...

    Howdy from the Big Beaver! County, that is. As in PA.
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    wwk10, I made a UQ that should be pretty good...

    wwk10, I made a UQ that should be pretty good down to 40F out of less than one pillow. I was in the 10-12oz range.

    What kind of hammock do you have? On a bridge, 45" wide is *really* wide. Mine is...
  35. Thread: New to it all

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    The ANF is about half way between you and me. I'm...

    The ANF is about half way between you and me. I'm planning an outing on the NCT later this month or early August depending on weather. If you want to come along, I'd be happy to impart what little I...
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    Tyler73, so far, I have had no luck with arrows....

    Tyler73, so far, I have had no luck with arrows. They're very strong in regards to compressive force, but if you bounce or knock them out of perfect balance and make the load lateral, they shear...
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    Clear Vinyl 'Fabric' For A Tarp?

    Has anybody used the clear vinyl 'fabric' that's available at some craft stores for a tarp? A lot of it is pretty heavy stuff, but it can be found in surprisingly light weights if you dig around. I...
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    Source For Cheap Carbon Fiber Spreader Bars

    I just spotted something interesting tonight. I work at a ****'s Sporting Goods, and I saw some blank golf club shafts for sale for $10 each. These are carbon fiber driver shafts, and are plenty...
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    Thanks for the suggestion Shug! The quilts look...

    Thanks for the suggestion Shug! The quilts look great, but as a couple of other guys pointed out, I don't quite grasp how in the world you sew those baffles to the second part of the shell. Seems...
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    Loft and baffle design for a ~40F TQ?

    I've got the material and the down for a new UQ to replace my rather heavy 45F (try 50F) mummy bag. I'm still debating on the design though.

    My UQ has about 2.5" of loft on average, and uses...
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    Fabric Stretch In A Bridge Hammock

    I see a lot of folks are talking about using polyester or other fabrics that don't stretch in their gathered end hammock. I'm looking to do it in with a bridge hammock though. The bridge hammocks are...
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    Medicineman03, keep your eye on the market forum....

    Medicineman03, keep your eye on the market forum. I have a couple extra pillows that I might be looking to trade for a summer tarp, or I might just toss them on the PIF. I'm going to KMart right now....
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    DIY Supplier Sticky?

    Maybe there's one and I'm just overlooking it, but it seems like a sticky thread with a list of online sources for materials would be a nice addition to this forum.

    The top post could have a list...
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    My experience with Primaloft is somewhat limited,...

    My experience with Primaloft is somewhat limited, I only own a couple of items, but while it is quite warm and light, it doesn't compress to nearly the same degree down does.

    My 32"x56"x~2.5"...
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    There are a few feathers, but the 75/25 number...

    There are a few feathers, but the 75/25 number they give on the tag seems really high. I just stuffed a new 3 season UQ this morning. I think 450-500FP is pretty reasonable. It took less than 11oz to...
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    Howdy neighbor! I'm over toward the Ohio line,...

    Howdy neighbor! I'm over toward the Ohio line, opposite side of the 'Burgh from you. Looks like a **** fine weekend for some hanging, so I'm headed to Brady Run park in Chippewa for Ham Radio Field...
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    Tablecloths? Whatdimiss?

    Tablecloths? Whatdimiss?
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    Aardvark, there's a thread about it on the main...

    Aardvark, there's a thread about it on the main DIY board. Kmart!
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    Inexpensive Downproof fabrics for a TQ?

    I hadn't really planned on building a top quilt this year, but I just stumbled in a metric buttload (that's a technical term) of down really cheap, so...why not?

    I got really lucky with the fabric...
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    Heck of a deal on down at KMart

    The KMart here in Chippewa, PA has TGF (TheGreatFind) "Super Down Bed Pillows" on clearance for $10. They have 16oz of duck down in each, and it seems to be pretty decent quality. I just cut one open...
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