April 7, 2015

A Shopping List From Someplace

  • DTMF decoder (the standalone type – not soundcard software)

  • Lineman's test-set (butt-set)

  • Night vision gear (NVDs)

  • Police scanner usable for your area(s) of operations

  • Wide-band communications receiver (Icom, Yaesu, AOR etc.)

  • Geiger Counter

  • Camping gear

  • A cast iron dutch oven and frying pan

  • Comfortable, low-observable outdoor-type clothing

  • Pair of sturdy hiking boots, or maybe two pairs

  • Comfortable socks

  • Visqueen plastic sheeting

  • Duct tape, 550 cord, cable ties, wire, electrical tape

  • Bicycle

  • Reference library of useful books

  • A couple good knives and a multi-tool (Leatherman tools are best.)

  • The means to sharpen your knives: sharpening stones, diamond rods, etc.

  • Locksmith tools (and the necessary skills to use them)

  • A .22 rifle and maybe a pistol (and a few bricks of ammo). A Marlin Model 60 or Ruger 10/22 is probably your best rifle choice.

  • Pocket notebooks (Get them at the dollar store.)

  • Scientific calculators (not the graphing type), especially solar powered ones

  • Solar panels

  • Hand tools (and a tool box to put them in)

  • A small anvil (or substitute)

  • Dremel tool (and a good assortment of bits)

  • Parts to build small generators

  • AC inverters and deep cycle batteries

  • A good pair of binoculars

  • Topo maps of your area (paper ones)

  • CB radio (preferably SSB)

  • A pallet of late-model laptop and small form-factor desktop computers (usually salvaged from dumpsters or bought from Goodwill)

  • Linux (and other open-source) OS disks

  • Assorted electronic parts and scrounged electronic devices that you can scrounge components from (usually salvaged from dumpsters or bought from Goodwill)

  • A well-stocked medical kit


  1. Reblogged this on echodeltasierra and commented:
    For your consideration.

  2. A hair to split re. the Geiger counter: According to the CD (Civil Defense) vendor guy I met at a recent gun show, you really want a radiological survey meter to measure the radioactivity after a nuclear bomb, not a Geiger counter. Geiger counters are like 1,000 x more sensitive and are more suited to rock hounding.

    A nuclear bomb nearby would overwhelm and break a Geiger counter (and I don't mean ground zero which is obviously going to break everything, I mean where you might still survive in a shelter). So get the radiological survey meter, or maybe you want a dosimeter, that alerts you if you've had too much radiation for your own good.

  3. You make the assumption that a Geiger Counter was placed on the list because of a thermonuclear detonation possibility.
    Radiological survey meters are not sensitive enough for background radiation measurements or other low-level stuff.
    If you want to measure fallout from an H-Bomb, you can build a Kearny Meter easily and cheaply enough.
    Now why did the post specifically say "Geiger counter?"
    Rockhounding? Getting warm...