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About Mamba

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    Nashville, TN
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    faith, family, target shooting, reloading, motorcycles, online gaming (FPS), reading, SciFi
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    Beretta Storm PX4 SC
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    Glock 30SF

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  1. Dunno if you'll find any repeaters in that area but this vid really helped me out in programming my BF-F8+, including loading in area repeaters via CHIRP.
  2. As has been said, it depends on your hardware & your "software" as to what works for you. I'm a southpaw, which has it's own challenges; most times I carry AIWB-ish since that suits my (recently slimmer) body-type and needs. Around the house I often settle for a 9mm in a front pocket holster. I advise that whatever you choose, do practice your draw & presentation (unloaded of course) from various positions (driving, prone, seated, etc). I've seen too many times where precious seconds were lost due to fumbling, holster or cover-clearing failures, and so on that were mainly due to a la
  3. On the brighter side, I'm sure that sales at the alternative "dry fire practice gadgets" companies is healthily in the black. That's also probably a safer intro to gun-handling and shooting mechanics for the new shooters, providing that they enlist experienced tutelage.
  4. When selling here, I've experienced more "looks like they just created an account for the Classifieds" contacts than in the past. Sign o' the times I guess. While I can't blame them, neither do I want to deal with a complete unknown. So I'm much more picky on communications permissions. As for FTF dealings, I always make sure that we exchange phone numbers before the public meetup and I confirm that meetup via text before I get on the road. So far so good.
  5. No worries. Sure wish I'd known about them back when, however they likely didn't exist that long ago. Good luck with your search.
  6. I ran across a YT video on Nomad Internet. Glowing review tho' the homesteaders giving the review had only used it for a couple months at the time. Worked great for them after they added external antennas on the roof. Looks like Nomad also caters to RV gypsies. I would ask them about carrier caps, as some (like Verizon) are known to throttle their 4g after 15gb or so.
  7. Yep, they decided that DSL was out-mode'd tech that they didn't want to deal with any longer so they effectively pulled the plug in situations like mine. Didn't matter to them that I couldn't be a broadband customer due to no existing or planned rural infrastructure, and even for wireless I had to track down my own one-off solution. Carpe diem Elon....
  8. Yah, and sometimes there's other issues. One reason that we went ahead with the rural home purchase near Portland, TN back in '16 was that the owner worked-from-home via DSL. Not thrilled with DSL but figured it would be the best we could do and was workable. Well, when that owner closed her account, turns out she only had phone & DSL service at all because she was grandfathered in when AT&T had bought out the local provider. So when we moved in, that was all shut-down. Had to scramble for a solution. At least these days looks like there are more options in that area, and hopefully rur
  9. "JTM Broadband is a family owned business that was started by two brothers who wanted to create a more reliable Internet network in their rural community." Great to see local SMB solutions step up to fill the gaps. Finding options like this is often only accomplished via word-of-mouth or luck. The latter was our case with the hot-spot solution.
  10. For SL news I keep an eye on Lon's YT channel, he has real-world experience with it. Yah, Hughes and the other sat venders have horrible reviews, enough to save me from traveling that road back when we lived "in the frick'n forest" as my wife called it. The AT&T hotspot service ran $150/mo via an eBay vendor, data cap was 50GB as I recall. We had decent bandwidth & latency....could stream a movie but rarely did due to the cap, saved that for Zoom. I did game online regularly which uses minimal data but needs sub-100ms latency. Weather did impact signal-strength.
  11. Having "survived" living in rural N Middle TN and work-from-home on an expensive AT&T wireless hot-spot for a couple years all I can say is...good luck. Luckily this was pre-2020 so vid-meetings were only a couple times per week. Even then, we spent many hours at the nearest public library to sponge off their free faster bandwidth to save on our meager allotment. Loved the country life, but eventually had to move to Nashville for family reasons and can't say that I miss the hot-spot. lol As Mark said, ya might keep an eye on Starlink...not in TN yet; they have up-coming competition so p
  12. Thanks....not been there before but they aren't too far drive-wise. I only need bullets (for awhile). Wonder if they have a weekly shipment "day"? I'll give them a call sometime this week.
  13. Mainly miss. Haven't reloaded in a few years, prime sources back then were Montana Gold and Berry's....neither has stock.


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