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Drones and Wildfires - Benefits and Risks

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:25

As the California wildfires grow with devastating impacts on human life, property, and business, the potential unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) benefits and risks for firefighting (re)emerge. UAS stakeholders, including firefighters, are realizing the potential life-saving and fire response applications of UAS. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local emergency services remain on high alert for UAS that pose a risk to emergency responses.

Categories: Legislation

2m Hamming Off-Road

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:27

You recently got your ham ticket and are eager to experience ham radio while four wheeling.

Installing a mobile 2 meter/440 radio

You’re ready to make the leap to a mobile radio. Great! Even though this is your first rig, installing isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Of course, if you’re not comfortable buying the parts or doing the work, find a handy helper. Ask your Elmer or contact a local ham radio club.

This is not a step-by-step review. I just want to provide you on overview of the process and encourage you to do it yourself. Radio use and access is very personal. I want you to be happy and comfortable with your radio installation.

Categories: Legislation

Convenience of a 4-Door Model in a 2-Door Vehicle

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:50
Every once in a while a new product comes along that is a real game-changer for the 4WD community. It may not be flashy, but the product fills a void. Such is the case with the hinged side windows in the new hardtop for my Jeep Wrangler. What’s just as amazing is the story behind this tremendous find.

I was working on the Jeep one afternoon when this couple walks by. I know them vaguely, haven spoken a few times over the years. Jerry Mancini and his wife live about a block from me.  Jerry owns Rally Tops, www.rallytops.com, located in nearby Gardena, Calif. They make hardtops for a variety of off-road vehicles, as well as tonneaus and bed covers for pickups.

Categories: Legislation

Try a Star Tour for a change of scenery

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:57

A recent astronomical event caused major excitement throughout the North American continent as a rare total eclipse of the moon was visible.  Those lucky enough to be within the direct of the path were treated to an unforgettable sight. For those not in the direct path, the next best thing was a trip to a local observatory to gaze upon the heavens in wonder.

Okay, being in a southern California location was not the optimal point to view the eclipse. However, there is a well-known bed and breakfast in Julian that caters to amateur astronomers and provides a means to view heavenly bodies. And, it was time for me to re-acquaint myself with the spectacular stars.

Categories: Legislation

Yamaha Announces All-New Wolverine X4

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:42
Most Capable, Comfortable and Confidence-Inspiring Four-Seat Recreational Side-by-Side

KENNESAW, Ga. – September 6, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA , introduces the all-new four-passenger Wolverine X4™ Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle, providing superior Capability, Comfort and Confidence to deliver performance that is truly Proven Off-Road.

The all-new Wolverine X4 delivers superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, combined with legendary Real World Tough Yamaha durability and reliability.  Smooth, quiet power comes from an all-new 847-cc twin cylinder engine while a compact, nimble chassis cradles the most versatile cab in its class with industry-exclusive stow-away full-size rear seats for expanded cargo capacity on demand.

Categories: Legislation

Easy rear light

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:10

On a plane bound for somewhere as August draws to a close…. That “somewhere” is Sacramento for the quarterly Board of Directors meeting of the California Four Wheel Drive Association.  My hiatus from air travel is over.  While I enjoy road trips and scenic sights, time is becoming a pressing factor.

With summer drawing to a close and surgery to fix a ruptured disk in my neck and fuse vertebrae healing nicely, time to turn attention to projects left dormant.

I did complete wiring of a rear light on my Jeep; just an added cosmetic touch.  I love Cabela’s backroom deals.  The latest find was an open box backup light for an ATV.  Just the size to bolt onto my Garvin Industries Wilderness Rack.  The price was right and all parts were in the ripped box.

Categories: Legislation

Axle Shaft for Nissan Xterra and Frontier Models Available

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:26
Rugged Rocks Produces Titan Swap Axle Shaft for Nissan Xterra and Frontier Models

Fontana, Calif. – Rugged Rocks has developed an axle shaft for Nissan Xterra and Nissan Frontier model years 2005 to 2017 with Titan Swap suspension and a stock R180 front differential.

Categories: Legislation

QUIT LETTING OUR FEDERAL RESOURCES BURN!

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:55

"HOPE" IS NOT A METHOD FOR FIGHTING WILD FIRES!

Let's tell our federal land managers and politicians to stop "letting it burn!"

Wildfires continue to destroy our heritage and natural resources in the West, while in many cases aggressive fire suppression has been lacking on federal lands. We recently heard the term "minimal impact fire suppression" -- meaning really that they intend to stand back mostly and watch it burn.

Categories: Legislation

Mr. Gasket Releases Assortment of Handy Tools and Shop Supplies

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:10

Holley/MSD is pleased to announce the release of a handy assortment of shop tools and supplies, including an Air Filter Cleaner and Oil Kit, a Non-Marring Gasket Scraper, and Ratchet Tie Downs and Axle Straps.

RATCHET TIE DOWNS AXLE STRAPS

Mr. Gasket Straps, Tie-Down Straps, and Tie-Down Kits are a secure and convenient way to attach any vehicle to a trailer and are ideal for race cars, show cars, UTVs, and pit carts alike. The ratchet straps include zinc-plated steel ratchet assemblies with extra-strong black webbing and spring-loaded retaining hook clasps. The axle straps also feature heavy-duty zinc plated steel hardware and extra-strong black webbing with a red protective cover to prevent damage to the webbing. The tie-down kits include a pair of ratchet straps and a pair axle straps.

Categories: Legislation

Hot Shot’s Secret Introduces Two-Step Fuel Additive Treatment Plan

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:07

Developed to Improve Fuel Mileage and Engine Performance for All Diesel Vehicles

Mt. Gilead, OH, (August 9, 2017)…Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of  Hot Shot’s Secret fuel and oil additives, announces a new two-step fuel additive treatment plan developed to work with all diesel engines, light, medium and heavy-duty, for both import and domestic vehicles.

Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Extreme, is formulated as a top-tier lubricity additive, moisture dispersant and fuel stabilizer that restores power and performance to all diesel engines; especially engines with long-term or extreme use. Diesel Extreme is used first in the two-step treatment plan as prescribed with a treatment ratio of four ounces to every 10 gallons every six months, or 6,000 miles. Diesel Extreme cleans the fuel tank, fuel lines and injectors.

Categories: Legislation

MYCHANIC LED Blade MultiLight

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:30

Have you ever grabbed your trusty flashlight needing just a little more light in the dark shadows of the engine bay?  And, then realized the dim glow from the build means the batteries are failing.  There you stand, needing more light and no fresh batteries.

Well, for that reason, I am always on the lookout for lights; especially lights that are LED and rechargeable. 

The folks at MYCHANIC are offering an intriguing LED light, the Blade MultiLight.  At 250 Lumens, this compact rechargeable LED light does provide plenty of light to brighten the dark recesses of the engine bay.

Categories: Legislation

Officials Remind Public of Flash Flood Hazards, Information Resources

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:43

Payson, Ariz., July 21, 2017 — The recent tragic flash flood event north of Payson serves as a reminder that flash floods can occur in any drainage, creek and river throughout the state during heavy rains and monsoon storms.

Floods are among nature’s most common and destructive natural hazards. The public should be aware that even when storms do not appear to be in the immediate area, rain from a storm miles upstream can drain quickly and create flash floods miles downstream.

According to the National Weather Service’s U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics, flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. These flash floods are extremely dangerous and swift, carrying debris, trees, rocks, large boulders, and mud that can sweep away anything or anyone in its path along stream, creek and river channels.

Categories: Legislation

Charities Earn Money By Using Trucks To Make a Difference

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:38
AmericanTrucks “Positive Payload” Program Supports Charities Who Rely on Volunteer’s Trucks

MALVERN, Pa. (July 11, 2017) – AmericanTrucks is excited to officially announce the launch of the Positive Payload program. Reinvesting in the community through supporting non-profit charities, the Positive Payload program assists charities that rely on pickup trucks to get the job done, with a $2,000 donation. AmericanTrucks is looking to help any non-profit charity organization that uses F-150s, Silverados, Sierras, or Rams in any capacity to better their community.

Categories: Legislation