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    My first aid kit

    I see some members mentioned syringe of sterile water for wound irrigation. Water you'd drink is perfectly fine for irrigation of a wound in the field. A 20cc or greater syringe is useful for forceful irrigation but a water bottle with a sports cap or a hole in the cap is generally fine...
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    Shout Out to Regional Members

    A dip in the Atlantic can be just as good as a shower sometimes! If you don't mind the cold that is.... Unfortunately one won't get much in Ireland for £10 I'm afraid with campsites running around €30 per night give or take, with some charging an extra €5 for electricity and €2 per shower...
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    Shout Out to Regional Members

    Can't think of anything better, the WAW is a great trip. Plenty to see along some seneic and sometimes rugged coastline. Are you planning campsite stops, " wild camps" or a mixture of both. I'll try and advise as best I can and point you in the direction of some local online resources for sites...
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    Best UK Comms?

    Loving the Cherokee. Found one in a yard of a mate that belonged to a mechanic who had upped and left suddenly. No keys or paperwork and a few bits missing in the engine bay. Thought about it for a few weeks as the interior was good and the bodywork was sound too (sprayed a matt olive drab)...
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    Best UK Comms?

    I've use 446MHz radios with great success on trips. In fact they are so mass produced and widely available you will almost certainly find one to suit your taste and budget from cheap literally disposable supermarket offerings to expensive rugged waterproof sets. All easy to operate and various...
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    Best UK Comms?

    To shed a little more light on the license exempt side of things, specific requirements have to be met and in particular on the 446MHz allocation its 0.5Watts ERP rather than 0.5Watts at the output stage of the radio. ERP (Effective Radiated Power) takes into account the loss or gain of an...
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    Shout Out to Regional Members

    Hullo Folks, John from the Mid-west of Ireland here. LMC Liberty on a Ford Transit chassis or a Suzuki SX4 4wd with a Vango Banshee depending on the trip! Any folks popping across the pond give a shout :smiley:
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    Looking for reliable two way radio

    I think firstly you need to define what you regard as an emergency requiring radio communications. Medical, vehicular, environmental, etc...? The area you foresee any potential emergency occurring in that requires the use of radio communication is the next thing to consider. Those in my mind...
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    Need some help.

    I hope you find something very soon. Is it a part that is delaying things for 3 weeks or is it scheduling at the garage? Can you get one shipped from the UK quicker from Britpart or an enthusiast quicker than the garage can obtain if its a supply issue?
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    Need some help.

    I don't have any recommendations unfortunately but can empthaise with your situation and no replies so for to your request for help. I've dug up this company in Germany unfortunately they are literally the other end of Germany however they undertake conversions and supply spares. Land Rover...
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    Michelin Agilis

    Hello fellow Overlanders, Has anyone used Michelin Agilis camping tyres? They are rated as a M+S tyre and I'm wondering if anyone has experience of them. They're fitted to my motorhome by the previous owner, Michelin describe them as "providing sufficient grip for occassional use in difficult...
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    Best UK Comms?

    Ofcom will have the regulatory information regarding licensing in the UK. The law is very slightly different to Irish requirements but essentially if you're not using a license exempt frequency with an approved set you need a license. Obviously to use the Ham (amateur radio) bands, each user...
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    Best UK Comms?

    In Ireland there is a little CB activity but is mainly particular local areas at night and then the majority of the remainder is rally related for people attending various stages as spectators. 446MHz licence free (also called 446 PMR) is definitely the most popular choice over here. You'll not...
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    A Warning - Be Careful Out There On The Green Lane’s

    Wow! Thanks for the heads up guys. I've never come across this in Ireland but our lack of greenlanes us probably the reason for this. I've driven many off-road tracks on our hillsides in a professional capacity where even with a legal right of way and legitimate reason for being on the track...
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    Van Update

    Looking good Ken, can't wait to see more pictures. Have just acquired a 2009 motorhome to which I'm doing some subtle modifications on the electrical front.
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    It doesn’t matter what you drive....

    Absolutely loving the look of that Volvo and hopefully at the end of this year / start of next year I'll be upgrading to a 2016 Subaru Forester when a family member is ready to change for a new one! Gotta love the Fozz. Another OB member, living in France has a Fozz and is currently kitting it...
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    It doesn’t matter what you drive....

    Everyone who has said that overlanding doesn't require a 4x4 is 100% correct. I've owned 4wd vehicles since 1999 and only now in life am I starting to be able to to consider doing some of the things I dream of. In Ireland vehicles are very expensive as is the import duty on a vehicle bought...
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    Blood Clotter

    100% agree with everything you've said. The vast majority of things I've used in anger have been the boo boo items. Small cuts, grazes, twisted ankles, splinters, minor burns, bumped heads. I'm delighted by this. Really delighted. Don't get me wrong I've seen plenty of trauma but definitive...
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    First Aid Questions and Suggestions Post Here

    I honestly don't know what the "best" would be, I'll leave that recommendation to those medically qualified to advise on but I have found from experience that the REC or Rescue Emergency Care training is excellent. I started with the REC3 course and currently have done the REC4 and before the...