Radio frequency program for computer

I am trying to modify an old am fm radio, so that it can pick up transmissions from a walkie talkie. I know the frequency at which the walkie talkie operates, but I can not tell the frequency of the radio when I am adjusting it. Is there any computer program, or something that can tell me what frequency I have?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago


Ingenuity in the outdoors

I firmly believe that ingenuity is much more important than money when it comes time to pack for your backpacking trip. For example, you can spend $30 on that sweet new .5 gram titanium pot holder from MSR, or you can do as I do and bring a bandana and use it wet to grab your pots and lids. Sure, i love going to the store and looking at all the sweet new gadgets that people have come up with, but left to my own devices i can get by with what things i bring along. Does anyone else have any new and clever ways of using things to save money and a few pounds? I'm sure on a site like this one there are lots of great ideas out there. Please share your favorite.

Posted by HAL 9000 10 years ago


Swings

Can anyone tell me why all of a sudden there are so many Instructables on swings? Just wondering. It's WAY too cold to even want to spend much time out of doors where I live...in northern Illinois, -5° this morning.

Posted by Quanah 3 years ago


Outdoors

Any outdoors supplies that can be made for under $10.00 are welcome

Posted by shooter129 10 years ago


secret boxes for the outdoors

I am looking for designs for "secret boxes" that could stand up to being permanently outdoors, most likely mounted on some surface. As we speak, I'm running some searches here on Instructibles, but thought I should also go straight to the creators. Also... please let me know if this might be better posted in another forum. Thanks!!!!!

Posted by Purple Chez 3 years ago


Introducing your Kids to Fishing

Introducing your kids at a young age to fishing, hunting and the great outdoors. Here is a short clip of a family trip we took with, then our 1 year old son.     

Posted by ridgeline16 2 years ago


survival

This is the forum to ultimately talk about surviving,survival, and how to survive.

Posted by VtexanV 8 years ago


Best garmin hiking gps???

I want to know the best garmin gps for hiking and the best place to get it. I want easy navigation, accuracy, cheapness, ability to upload free maps, and color. I was thinking garmin etrex 20. I'd also like the cheapest place to buy it, used or new. thanx, theboygenius

Posted by theboygenius 5 years ago


Really good idea

Hi, could someone make an app that, maybe uses a similar technology, to be able to identify plants, animals, and fungi? You could make it into a database where the users of the app put in the information, much like Wikipedia, so its ever evolving. I'd really like to be able, in my wood travels, to take my non existing iphone, and scan an organism with it and know all about it. I feel that that would be awesome.

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago


secret boxes for the outdoors - revisted

Hello, Instructibles gang…. I posted several questions related to “secret boxes” over the weekend. I got some feedback suggesting that the inquiries should have been combined, and that they didn’t include enough information to lead to worthwhile answers. The topics came to mind sort of haphazardly, so I do apologize for the scattershot nature of the original posts.  As to the latter issue, “secrecy” was never the intention… rather, it was that this is all still in the “doodle” stage of planning, and I didn’t have a lot of details to give in the first place. Nonetheless, I’ll try to get a little more concrete - and combine the three questions in the process. I’m a letterboxer. Letterboxing stuff comes up now and then on Instructibles, but for those who are unfamiliar, it’s similar to geocaching (which seems to be more well-known), but with an added, artistic component. Whenever I see “secret boxes” in my regular Instructibles emails I think about whether the designs could be adapted for letterboxing purposes – either “on the trail” or at limited-time events and get-togethers. Naturally, I’ve been looking through my bookmarks and doing Instructibles searches, google searches, etc., but I’d appreciate if anybody might be willing to point me toward some of their favorite designs. I’m increasingly interested in creating boxes that are “hidden in plain sight” – not concealed, but rather “hidden” by virtue of the fact that they look like something else – such as a birdhouse or mailbox – and might in fact actually BE that something else, in addition to being a hiding place. I would welcome any suggestions that the community thinks might fit the bill. Here are some of the preliminary ideas I’ve been thinking about: 1)      Folks hunting the box are told to take a 9v battery, with the snap-on wire leads, with them. When they get to the box they have to put the leads into two holes, where they and the battery complete a circuit. The current trips some sort of latch, allowing a door to be opened. Of course, the door would have to re-latch when closed again. 2)      Something similar to #1 but a little more electronic. Hunters might be given a schematic of a simple Thing that they have to build and take with them. This would, essentially, be a key. I’ve already received an interesting suggestion involving RFID chips. I also got to thinking that a USB connection could be very discreet and easily hidden, and THAT got me thinking that the “key” could perhaps be something on a smartphone… data rather than hardware. I’ve got basically no background in electronics, but I’m fairly good at following directions…. 3)      Pretty much any other contraption where some sort of hidden compartment would be created, which can be accessed through some sort of process that likely wouldn’t happen randomly or accidentally. (I know… could I be any more vague?) The boxes would likely be mounted to something solid - a tree, wall, post, etc. - but I imagine it could be that you take it down, do what you’ve gotta do, and then put it back. And they would most likely be exposed to the elements and would have to stand up to being out of doors. The size of the compartment is entirely flexible…no minimum or maximum dimensions.  And, as stated, I’m a beginner when it comes to electronics – but I am more than willing to learn! I know what I’m trying to describe, but please let me know if I’m not doing well in communicating it to others. Like I said, I’m not trying to be secretive. It’s just that it’s still a very open-ended scheme – not many specifics – and I’m interested in hearing how different folks might approach it. Please shout if you have any thoughts or want more info.

Posted by Purple Chez 3 years ago


Outdoor Decoration

I'm looking into building a fairly large sized outdoor Christmas decoration, possibly mechanized, and I'm wondering what materials may be good to use. I live in an area where snow is likely and rain is a definite possibility. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Posted by HOMEsplice 8 years ago


Outdoors Stuff

I would like to see some outdoors stuff that you guys have created. I have created a few things but am still fairly new and would like some ideas and just cool stuff to see. Thanks. 

Posted by Street-Wise Irish 3 years ago


Mountain & Outdoor Photography

Photography is a passion of ours! We enjoy sharing our moments we capture in the field with people who enjoy photography.   Below are a few links of our work, as well as the settings used to capture this photo. We hope you enjoy, share and comment.   500px https://500px.com/ridgelinehuntingproductions Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/RidgelinePhotos/

Posted by ridgeline16 2 years ago


stratagey game

I made an instructable and this is about it..... pich in.....

Posted by aseaheru 9 years ago


Portable Camping Stove

I'm in the market for a portable camping stove and I came across this 2 burner WITH a STOVE! This thing looks awesome, assuming you have the space to tote it around with. I have declared 2010 the year of camping for our family. I'm in the process of gathering camping lists and preparing for my buying spree. Any suggestions welcome!

Posted by lebowski 8 years ago


Solar Panel Construction

Hello Everyone, this is my first forum post!I had a question and couldn't think of a better place to turn to than this.Basically, I am constructing, or planning to rather, an outdoor picnic table. I want to add some gadgetry to it and make it more multifunctional. Sorry to be vague, but a lot of it is still being worked out and since I'm going to post the project on here anyway, I'd like to wait to present the entire project as a whole.My question involves the use of solar panels as a table top surface. I have a basic understanding of how to create a solar panel powered system (http://www.rain.org/~philfear/how2solar.html or https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Power-System/). But my question is this: does covering the solar panel with a piece of acrylic hinder its power collecting abilities? I'm thinking of covering the entire table top surface of my table with solar panels. Aside from the obvious downfalls of people using the table and blocking sun, I thought there would be enough time when its not in use to collect power. But obviously I can't have people eating right on the panels and damaging them. Any guidance would be GREAT! I just want to know if I should even entertain this design idea or separate the panels from the table altogether. Thanks!

Posted by jchorng 10 years ago


Gift Making

My skills include: Sculpting with multiple mediums, Including wood, metal and clays, basic electronic circuitry, and of course LASERS! I would love to make something for someone that is new to them or something that that individual want to discover more about. I'd be willing to make any size gift package for someone. I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else. The prior statement would be TRUE! What I like: Anything that was caused or created with an imagination. What I don't like: Step by step copy cats that do not add their own personal touch to something. I absolutely can't have: Anything that a passion was not put into. Type of thing I'd love to receive: Well I have to say that a basic Arduino set up is something that still evades my knowledge base. I would be willing to ship to an address outside of my country. In fact I would find it to be awesome! And as a last note I was born on May 28th 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio. Therefore I am currently but only 24 years of age.

Posted by JuxtaposedIToldYouSo 8 years ago


Do you like outdoor games?

Nowadays lots of people are limited to stay in house and play indoor games because of the tech things like ipad, online games. But not long later, you will feel tired of it and go out for some fun.  For different kinds of outdoor games, what do you prefer?  Have you ever try inflatable games. I find it very interesting and exciting.

Posted by hinaqin 3 years ago


Outdoor chandelier

I am looking to DIY an outdoor chandelier with mason jars. It would be located in a gazebo but i guess i cant assume water wont get in there. Has anyone built anything similar? Also i would like it to be almost flush have a low profile. My main concern is how do i keep it water proof? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Posted by tac1230 4 years ago


Need help building a portable outdoor dance floor

Wanted: plans on how to build a portable outdoor dance floor I've been looking online, and I can't find any actual plans for a portable outdoor dance floor. I'd prefer to make it out of plywood with either parquet or laminate flooring on top. Anyone ever built something like this and would like to share plans? Thanks

Posted by ocelot42 10 years ago


repairing large cracks in an outdoor table

I have a large outdoor wooden table, approx 2.4m long by 1m wide, made of spalted beech. Over time it has dried out and in places there are now large cracks in the surface, about as wide as a finger, all the way through the table top (about 10cm deep). What would you advise as best way to repair these ?

Posted by stevenpeeven 1 year ago


Outdoorsmanning!

The all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado has teamed up with Instructables to bring the Instructables community great projects that boost your outdoor skills. The Outdoorsmanning hub is a great place to learn about a ton of outdoor skills like backpacking, camping, and being in nature. Many of you in the Instructables community are taking advantage of excellent fall temperatures by going hiking and exploring. If you love documenting your journey into nature, check out this great Trekking Pole Tripod. With winter right around the corner wouldn't you like to learn about how to make an ice-rink in your back yard?   Maybe you want to hit the road, get out of town and get into nature. Check out this amazingly awesome Teardrop Trailer. For more great outdoor project ideas, head over to the Outdoorsmanning page.

Posted by audreyobscura 5 years ago


av pros: how do I design an audio system for an *outdoor* theater?

I'm trying to come up with some specs for a mobile outdoor theater system and I could use some help with the audio work. If I have sound coming out of a DVD player, what components do I need? I was guessing a receiver, several speakers, and a subwoofer. What criteria are important for creating a system that sounds good outside? Can subwoofers even produce an effect when they're not inside? (I'm not concerned about weather-proofing as the system will be stored inside.)I also don't know whether it's worth going for surround sound or simple stereo, any advice?This thing would show movies to about 100 people. I have about $1500 for the audio system, so go nuts.. And thanks for any help!

Posted by moisture 9 years ago


Shoes with toes?

So, i saw a post on a blog i watch about these shoes with toes.. like toe socks but shoes for running or w/e outdoor sport you do. I looked them up and it looks like someone got some of that liquid rubber stuff from home Depot and coated a set of toe socks with it and called them shoes. Does anybody know if it would be easy to make something like these shoes for under $75?The link below is the official site for these shoes. I have yet to find any other company that makes anything like it. http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/

Posted by Exhumer 9 years ago


Solar Benches

I just saw this on digg and I thought I would post it here. These benches look pretty cool, but I wonder how well they would work.http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/solar-powered-bench-is-eco-and-geek-friendly.php

Posted by Gjdj3 9 years ago


Job suggestions for a 13 year old.

I was wondering what other jobs a 13 year old could do besides newspaper delivery? Because right now I am only getting paid $100 a month. Are there any other suggestions for a job that pays me enough money so I can give to charity and keep some for myself also?

Posted by Lemon-Duck 9 years ago


Metal for blades and hardening techniques

Hey y'all!  need some 2 cents on another instructable...  so, i recently posted an instructable on how to make your own machete, and i have received some feedback on using tool steel, and quenching the metal before final sharpening to keep an edge longer.   does anyone have any expertise on what type of steel/metal i should get, where i could get it, and how i could go about quenching the metal? any help would be much appreciated!

Posted by Trollinwater 6 years ago


Small beach transport device ideas

Hello everybody I have quite a tall order for you my family is going to the beach in  a couple months and it is my custom to bring a fun and unique contraption along specifically a transportation based contraption I would normally bring a modified bicycle or something of that nature but since my entire family ( a family of four) has to fit into a ford explorer with all our stuff to last the week  the contraption must either be a board of some type or occupy a space of no more that 1.5 cubic feet so please let me know what you come up with and if I think of anything I will post it too  Thank you fidgety2

Posted by fidgety2 6 years ago


Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I won!!! I'd like to thank the Academy... Wait... Oh, wrong award... I'd like to thank everyone who read my instructable, who learned something from it, who voted for me, and of course the sage wisdom of the selection committee. I didn't post the instructable to win anything; that's a bonus. I posted my instructable, The Perfect Hike -- Follow the Way of the Backpacker at  https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Perfect-Hike-Follow-the-Way-of-the-Backpacker/, to share my experience and the shared experience of others in an effort to make backpacking a safer, more enjoyable sport. If you like what you saw, keep an eye out for more. I'll be back... chokapi -- a different kind of rebel

Posted by chokapi 4 years ago


Thoughts on a good Bush Craft/Survival fixed blade knife.

Been looking at many bush craft and survival knives lately and looking to get a couple. I want to have a smaller one that can easily hang from my neck and a larger one for the belt. I know the Mora knives are vary popular but i would like to have both knives full tang. So far i'm kind of stuck on the Gerber Bear Grylls para cord knife for the smaller and the Schrade SCHF9 for the larger. I like the para cord knife since you'll have a good bit of cord one the knife if needed. It can also be changed out for the color of your choice. Not to mention using a better weave on the par cord i can pack more onto the handle and create a more comfortable handle. Of course the price is pretty good too. The SCHF9 is great as a large knife. Seams like a great knife that can do some batoning and chopping. Price is good for it's sizes. I love Schrade blades and designs but there handles are always lacking. But it looks like i can easily remove the existing handle and create my own. Are there any other options i should be looking at here? What knives do you guys use out in the bush? Any major issues with the 2 i've been looking at? I'd like to keep the cost of each under $50 if possible. May be able to stretch to $60 for the larger knife. Trying to get a 72 hour pack together and trying to keep it affordable. I'll be looking into small ax/hatchet next.

Posted by mpilchfamily 4 years ago


any ideas how to make outdoor chistmas packages for decorating

I would like to make packages for outdoor christmas decorating. i intend to wrap foil like wrapping paper over something. but im thinking carboard boxes will get dilapadated.any ideas are welcome.

Posted by feltingirl 5 years ago


Furniture with cement fibre boards

Has anyone ever tried to make any kind of outdoor furniture with cement fibre boards? 

Posted by KartikM5 2 years ago


Should I get outdoor or indoor roller skates?

Hi! Just rediscovered my love of roller skating, after 15 years away from it. I am wondering if I should buy a pair of outdoor skates and use them on rinks sometimes, or rink skates and risk them outdoors? I'd check the wheels for rocks before I rode on the rinks, of course. I've never done outdoor riding, but I can't go to the rink all the time, and I'd like to work this into my daily exercise. I'd also like to get into good enough shape to join Portland's active Roller Derby scene. Thoughts?

Posted by mousewrites 8 years ago


hunting and outdoors rec.

Anyone know ways of making a effective ghillie for hunting without using burlap...burlap tends to rip apart or fall offf over time and can be a hassle...or any bipods i can make for my rifle... and anything else that can be useful for hunting

Posted by soccerboi369 9 years ago


battery powered outdoor router?

I am wondering is there an instructable that shows how to build a battery powered outdoor router? I would like to extend the range of my wifi by using an old router as a repeater but don't want to have to string a extension power cord out to it in order to power it. I know routers don't take that much power to run so i would think someone thought of this already somewhere..... I have searched on instructables but haven't seen anything. thanks

Posted by jerty30 6 years ago


wine bottle wind chimes

I need help!  Within the last month, one of the regular emails that are sent out had a wind chime made from a green wine bottle.  I had it saved, but my phone died.  I can't locate that post.  If you can please help, I'd be sooooo grateful!!!!  I'm sorry if I am posting this in the wrong place. I'm new here and am a little overwhelmed. Thanks in advance.

Posted by shehanna 5 years ago


Outdoor Halloween MP3 Motion Speaker

Does anyone know where I can find an easy DIY MP3 Motion Speaker for Halloween instruction kit? Or find a cheap loud speaker at stores?

Posted by dmurillo3 4 years ago


Cast Stone, Outdoor Repoduction with Fiberglass

I would like to reproduce a hand rail made out of concrete, cast stone; any suggestions as to how I should go about reproducing the cast stone rail and baluster?

Posted by azalldesign 11 years ago


Instructable Suggestions

I really want to make an instrucable about something, but i have no idea on what to make it about. I just need suggestions. I am an avid outdoors man and I want to do an instructables about something outdoors.

Posted by irish death1 10 years ago


A little help

I've been looking for ways to make a little spending money. I've looked up a few things, and I was disappointed with the "generic" ideas, like garage sales and stuff.  One of my latest ideas is for a Ebay business. So my question is what should I sell? I know, I know, that's a big question.  Some of my interest are... Wood working ( Along with wood burning ) Outdoors ( Fishing, Hunting, Biking, Hiking ) Tinkering with mechanical objects Building little doohickeys off Instructables Any Ideas?

Posted by Archemedes54 6 years ago


Duct Tape

Ok, Ok, since this *is* and outdoors group/forum, and it *is* the nature of this website:What is your favorite use for duct tape? I want to hear about and see pictures of your improvisation and creativity in the outdoors at its best, using, of course, duct tape.

Posted by HAL 9000 10 years ago


Create a farm category

Many of the instructables I submit are related to farming issues and solutions.  Usually I choose Outdoors or Gardening as the category to assign it to but I wish there was a farming category.  Farming is bigger than gardening and a faint subset of Outdoors.  Can we create a Farming category?

Posted by rhackenb 5 years ago


Outdoor Pool Table?

There are lots of used pool tables for sale for under $250. Any ideas for how to convert them for outdoor use? I'm thinking of just spraying the whole thing, except the felt, with a few coats of marine varnish. Then just keeping it covered. I live in the NW and of course it's mostly drizzly around here in the winter time. The big thing is keeping expansion and contraction to a minimum and sealing the wood. This doesn't have to be tournament grade, just something to entertain the kids for a few years.

Posted by geppetto425 8 years ago


knife

Someone show me how to make a bowie knife!!

Posted by shadow wave rider 6 years ago


permanently wire LED puck lights to 120 volts

I have been playing with some remote controlled puck lights in my garden (because "real;" outdoor lighting is very expensive), and was thinking that these puck lights go through batteries a bit too often for my taste.  I want to simply run some wires to each one, and then to some kind of converter that I could just plug into my outdoor-rated outlet.  These lights aren't rated for outdoor use ever, so I will have to silicone the seams on the plastic cases.  I can usually find that others have figured out how to do things before me and just copy them, but no one seems to have done this.  Is that because it is not possible/dangerous/expensive?  I'm more of a hammer and nail guy than a solder/wire guy, but I can follow instructions like the best of them.  Is there any reason not to do this, or can it be done?  I know that the hardware store outdoor lights are way too expensive, and this seems like a great option.

Posted by Purocuyu 5 years ago


Help! My low voltage, outdoor lighting wont light up - transformer error codes?

I bought a Portfolio 300watt transformer for low voltage outdoor lighting and hooked up a 100' 12 gauge cable (outdoor rated lighting cable) to it. Then I hooked up 4 low voltage lights (12volt 20 watts each). I plugged the transformer in to a gfi outlet that I ran out from the house. And turned it on. The little display flashes "E" and then "1" . The instructions say that the E means that there is a fire hazard so check the circut. So I unhooked every light except one. Same error. I hooked on a different light and unhooked the first one. Same error. Instructions say the cable needs to be under 250'. And the load less than 300w. I am there, except it won't run. Do I have a bad transformer or is there something that I am missing? Oh, and this is to light my haunt in my front yard, so I am running out of time! Thanks for any advice! Matt

Posted by mckeephoto 9 years ago


neat kidstuff

Http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/brilliant-outdoor-ideas just fyi.   wanted to share.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


The Great Outdoors Contest is starting on Monday, June 3rd!

In previous years, we've run several smaller summer themed contests - this year we're going BIG! We're looking for fantastic projects to inspire folks to get outside and have fun. Boating, camping, hiking, climbing, swimming - anything you do outside! Build your own boat or sew your own tent, teach us how to cook over a campfire, share what you carry in your hiking pack, etc. And this year, the prizes are amazing! Alite Designs has sponsored the contest, and is giving away an Ultimate Outdoor Prize Pack to the grand prize winner - the first and second winners will receive fantastic prizes from Alite as well. We've also had prizes given to us from Mrballeng - Fishbones! Each of the 18 winners in the contest will receive one of his knotless gear ties - check out the official website to see all the neat ways you can use them. The Great Outdoors Contest is open June 3 - August 26! Check out the contest page for more information.

Posted by jessyratfink 5 years ago


Outdoor swing seat

My buddy, Steeeve, and I are big fans of a local restaurant that has a "tiki bar" in back, and our favorite feature is the rope swing chair at the bar. The seat hangs from three ropes. It's basically a bucket seat with a rigid, metal frame, so it doesn't  close in around you when you sit on it. This is then covered with leather. We are in the planning process of building some swing chairs of our own at the tiki bar at Steeeve's cabin. I am looking for any suggestions regarding the frames for the seats. Neither of us knows how to weld, and although we would both like to learn, I'm also looking for some more ready-made solutions.

Posted by Purple Chez 5 years ago


smaller outdoor soundsystem

I saw a lot of great instructables that deal with putting together a fairly large soundsystem using a car battery. they are often supported using a shopping cart or a bicycle. are there any instructables that are maybe a step down in size? i'm looking for something a little quieter and more portable. maybe the sound comes from my jacket or a backpack? probably will make use of a megaphone more than big speakers. 

Posted by mrtunes 6 years ago