You are at a garage sale, and come across this piece of equipment:
Here is another item, a tool with the Army Signal Corps logo on its sheath:
It's a Woodman's Pal, and this particular model retails new for $115 on Amazon. Other models sold without the extra nostalgia stuff start at about $70. This one is a US-made reproduction made by the same company that did the originals. They were originally issued in World War II to the Signal Corps as a brush-clearing tool, and later as a pilot's survival tool. The GI-issue originals will be marked with their item designator, either "LC-14-B", or "Survival Tool Type IV", and are considered collectible. One of the originals from World War II recently sold for $457. Notice that price difference: $457 versus $70. If you found an original at a reasonable price, you could probably flip it to a collector, buy two or three new ones, and have some money left over. The build quality hasn't changed appreciably since then, so there's no need to eschew newer ones.
Chances are, especially if you are a communications newbie, you don't even know what you don't know when it comes to stuff like that. How would you learn how to answer those questions on your own? How can you figure out what you don't know?
That's where Signal-3 comes in, and you can find out the answers in an upcoming issue. Signal-3 is an electronic technical newsletter focusing on resilient "down-grid" communications and other technological aspects of self-reliance and preparedness. It is delivered via an email link in PDF format.
How to Order:Subscriptions are $50/12 issues, payable via the following means:
Paypal - Click here to subscribe.
Cash or Payee Blank US Postal Money Order only sent to:
TAC Enterprises LLC
PO Box 1351
Riverton, WY 82501
Cash subscriptions get a $10 discount.
Don't let ignorance be your downfall.