Reality Check

Reality Check

Reality Check with: “Micheal Kline”

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This week: “Reality Check”  8/18/17

“Solar on a Budget”

SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this show, we will be discussing ideas for building a low cost solar powered system as an option to provide lighting and some, limited AC power in a grid down scenario. I will be discussing what I used and why I chose it. We will include the benefits of buying the solar kit from Harbor Freight. What the basic kit comes with and how to buy it on the cheap with coupons.

Next we’ll discuss the reason why using a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller is better than Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and how you can improve the health of your batteries. Batteries are delicate creatures when it comes to charging and keeping them up. We’ll briefly discuss the difference between Flooded Lead Acid and Absorbed Glass Mat and some of the pros and cons of each; careful not to fall into the trap of Cold Cranking Amps..

Next we’ll dive into mood lighting and why it’s important to set the mood when preparing for the end of the world. I’ll explain 3000 Kelvin and 6000 Kelvin LED lighting and how choosing the right color temperature can affect your mood and productivity. I’ll go over a few options for running small AC appliances and why you might need them. This includes Pure Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave inverters. I’ll give a cool hack for making cheap inverters from a junk UPS. Finally I’ll review problems I have encountered so far, why moisture SUCKS, and voltage drop.

We will not be not talking about running a whole house, running standard appliances, or the new panels that have micro inverters and sell power back to the grid.

SHOW LINKS to Equipment Used:
• 30A MPPT Solar Charge Controller
• Pyramid RPB8100 8-Gauge Power Cable 100 Feet
• Pyramid RPR8100 8 Gauge Power Wire 100 feet
• 20PCS T10 Harness Connectors Wiring Sockets
• 20pcs T10 White High Power Car Led Lights Bulb
• GLW 10w 12v Daylight White Flood Light
• GLW 10w Warm White Led Flood Light
• Harbor Freight 100w Solar Panel
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        About: Reality Check

Reality Check with Micheal Kline is a meat and potatoes kind of show. Each week we will tackle tough subjects that people will likely deal with during a major event. This show is not about making sure you have a food or water source or that you bought that cute little radio. We will be talking about advanced subjects and topics that are not always covered in other mainstream preparedness shows. Some show content might not be for everyone, but these will be topics and subjects that everyone is going to experience at some point in life.

Host Bio:

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Micheal Kline and I began my prepping journey with Y2K. I have a background in commercial two-way radio communications, antennas, RF, and the like; telecommunications and the telephone infrastructure, cyber-security and the dark art of hacking; computer and network system administration, and general prepping experience. I have worked with Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, and various local and state government agencies. I have experience with Disaster Response, Damage Assessment, Communications Security (COMSEC), and Operations Security (OPSEC). I am not a subject matter expert and do not claim to have all the answers, but I did stay at an Express hotel last night.

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Archived shows for Reality Check:

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8/11/17 Communication Security practicing through obscurity!

8/4/17 OPSEC and how your crumbs can add up to Cake

Disclaimer… The content contained in these shows has been compiled from publicly available sources. If something that I cover is verboten, blame the search engines, not me. By listening to my show you agree that I am not responsible for anything you say or do as a result from any ideas that you glean from this show. I am not a professional at any of this and do not claim to be. Topics discussed are hypothetical and should be only used as fodder to generate ideas. Everyone is strongly encouraged to do their own research on topics and ideas discussed and come to your on conclusion, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited, rebates cannot be combined, and consult your doctor if symptoms persist. That being said lets ride.