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What is a shortwave radio?

 

If you want to listen to music and news coming from every corner of the world then you must get a shortwave radio. This device is used to receive different radio transmissions on certain frequencies that broadcast across long distances. Although shortwave radios are primarily,  tools that come in handy for emergency situations, they allow you to listen to all sorts of music and current events. Moreover, they are user-friendly and they don’t require much talent in order to be operated.

Besides the unit itself, you can add several types of accessories such as antennas, external speakers or headphone to make your experience more pleasant. Once you start spending more time with a radio like this you’ll learn how to tune it properly and adjust it in order to get a perfect reception.

 

 

According to factors like cost, features, complexity, and even size, shortwave radios come in different types. In order to buy the best shortwave radio, you need to acknowledge the purpose you intend to use the tool for and what are your needs in terms of radio communication.

One model is the tabletop shortwave radio that is more suitable for houses because they are outfitted with interesting accessories that can increase the range and the power of the unit. However, there are tabletop radios that might require an additional source of power. This type works on 12-volt DC at 1 amp power but can supplement it in order to run even on a standard wall outlet.

 

Another model is the portable shortwave which is a great option if you’re looking for mobility. Since these units are more affordable than the tabletop radios, they are ideal for beginners that like simple items. Plus, these radios don’t run out of power fast because they run with batteries as well as wall power.

If you want a complex tool that does an excellent job especially in emergency situations, you must take a look at specialty radios. These come with features such as programmable timers, Fm stereo even when using the headphones, signal strength meters, as well as the ability to toggle between numerous radio stations.

 

 

The major advantage of owning a shortwave radio is that you get to choose from a wide array of accessories. Some units have an internal antenna that is not powerful enough and doesn’t allow you full access to certain frequencies. Therefore, you can opt for an outdoor antenna kit that offers lead-in-wire, insulators, and a long antenna wire. This antenna kit is vital because it catches the signal transmitted by weaker stations.

You might be interested in purchasing a set of monaural headsets that enable you to focus on a specific transmission without hearing distractions coming from outside interference. This feature is important when the signal is weak.

 

 

Every angler needs a landing net. Here’s why.

 

There is quite some debate going on about whether, as an angler, you should use a landing net or not. What I can tell you, hand on heart, is that a landing net is one of the best accessories you can take along with you when you go fishing.

It will help you land your fish with more consistency, and it will make you achieve results better. Have you ever experienced losing fish because you had no net with you to land it? It happened to me more than a few times, and it caused me much grief and frustration.

 

 

I found it especially useful to have a landing net when I participate in tournaments. You know as well as me that each fish counts and if the regulations allow it, you should take advantage of everything that gets you that competitive edge you are after. If you like winning, and catching fish, as I do, you will find a landing net, an indispensable asset.

There are several good reasons why you should focus on getting a landing net. For instance, you will be able to get the fish inside your boat much faster. The fish that is still in the water can quickly throw the hook, and you won’t be able to catch it. With a landing net, you will experience no such troubles.

Also, if you happen to fish just for sports and you want to release the fish after you caught it, it is better to use a landing net. The fish will not struggle and will not risk injuring itself, and you will be able to let it into the water easily. Something to bear in mind is that many fishing nets today are designed to prevent damage to the fish’ bodies, and there are even models created for catch and release.


 

Choose a landing net that is sturdy enough to allow you to catch more energetic fish. One aspect to keep in mind is what warranty is offered by the manufacturer. You will know the company making the landing net is in this business to help anglers if they provide good conditions for buyers.

It is important to have a net that is lightweight and durable. You may have to struggle with the fish for a bit, and that means that a net that is too heavy on your hands will just cause more trouble than helping you.

One-handed landing nets are very convenient because they leave one of your hands free to help to land the fish properly. This is also a sign of a good quality landing net. Also, keep in mind whether you have enough space inside your boat for storing the net, before going fishing.

 

What you need to know about fishing rod and reel combos

 

Most beginning anglers ask themselves whether or not it’s a good idea to invest in a rod and reel combination or choose to purchase these two components of their equipment separately. From my experience, I can say that none of these two ways of going about things is better than the other.

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend that can give you several pieces of advice in this sense, don’t hesitate to ask your fellow angler. The first thing you need to look at is the technique that you employ commonly. For example, some people prefer fly fishing because it requires a rather basic tackle and won’t be forcing you to spend a lot of money on a bunch of gear.

Baitcasting outfits tend to cost a pretty penny, but since they are mostly intended for experienced anglers, I would suggest staying away from them if you’re only starting out. Trolling outfits are characterized by a reel that’s mounted above the rod while spincasting setups call for reels that are easy to use so that no backlashes or snarling occurs.

Recently, some manufacturing brands have started to market their fishing poles and reels depending on the species that you can catch with them. There are series destined for crappie, others intended for bass, and some seriously heavy ones designed especially for tuna or marlin, for instance.

An all-around setup is hard to find because you will have to take some time to go through as many consumer reports as you possibly can. Plus, you have to consider the size of the rod and the material that it has been made out of. The same rule applies in the case of reels, as nothing beats a dependable material. With certain units, you may have to look at the gear ratio and the number of ball bearings, whereas with fly reels, you might not have to bother with such details.

I would say that it often comes down to your personal preferences, the waters you intend to fish in, as well as your expertise and the species you are trying to catch. If you have the budget, be sure to invest in some good-quality fishing clothing, as well as a nice pair of polarized glasses as they can save you from a lot of trouble and will help you see the fish in the water instead of squinting because of the glare.

Another advice I can give you is to avoid getting super cheap combos. It’s often that pricier options are worth their weight in gold as you’ll be able to utilize them for many seasons to come.

 

 

Things you need to know about invasive fish species

 

 

Back when I was a rookie in the art of angling, I heard some of my friends talk about invasive species. At the time, I had little to no idea what these meant and exactly what fish were catastrophic for the environment. In my narrowness, I couldn’t actually believe that introducing a new species in a habitat was a bad idea because resources were plentiful.

Unfortunately, the world has much changed over the last years, and that’s mostly because of the ever-growing needs of humans. Most of the fish you’re likely to buy from a store are farmed, which means that they inhabit an artificial habitat and are fed the food without having to ‘hunt’ for it as they would in the wild. As an angler, I find store-bought fish to be an appalling idea, but I have to be honest and say that not all people are either interested in the sport or have any place to go fish.

There’s a global database of invasive species you may want to check out if you’re interested in the topic. Most of the ones included in the list are insects and plants, but I’ve noticed some additions such as the Salmon trutta. If you are having trouble sifting through the data showcased on that particular site, I would recommend reading an article published on MNN.com. It deals with ten of the most damaging invasive species in the world.

The walking catfish is just one of such examples as it has managed to cause a damage of more than one million dollars. It mostly resides in ponds across Florida, but there might be high chances of it moving to different states in the future given that it is, above all, a resourceful fish that can feed on pretty much anything. On the one hand, it consumes the food that native species thrive on, and on the other, it even eats small fish and mollusks.

 

The Mosquitofish

A rather cute troublemaker is the mosquitofish. As its name suggests, this fish preys on mosquito larvae, and that’s why it’s so popular and acclaimed in Russia. It even has a monument dedicated to it in this country, if you can believe that. The problem is that mosquitofish don’t just eat the larvae mentioned above. They feed on anything from insects to zooplankton, so they might destroy the food sources for other species that have inhabited the ecosystem for hundreds and hundreds of years.

The largemouth bass, one of my personal friends, is another species you might know to be invasive. The legislation pertaining to targeting this fish is somewhat flexible because it is the main culprit for the decline of native frogs in the state of California.