Smoke Signals

Discussion in 'Equipment & Survival Kits' started by Dana, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Dana

    Dana Guest

    How the hell do you use those things anyways?
  2. mogomra

    mogomra Guest

    Some kind of morse code maybe?

  3. plangry

    plangry Guest

    I like the idea, where do I find out more ?
  4. Old Sarge

    Old Sarge Member

    Check out an old Boy Scout manual.
  5. ke4sky

    ke4sky ke4sky

    Three Columns or Puff of Smoke Are Distress Message

    Number one rule of rescue if you are stranded is to stay near your vehicle or aircraft, because it is more likely to be seen by search aircraft.

    Keep a small fire going all the time and have materials near by such as a pile of damp leaves or pine needles which can be added to the fire to make a thick smoke. Use a blanket or poncho to briefly cover the fire, then expose it to release a large smoke "puff". Three such smoke puffs are a recognized distress signal.

    More likely to be seen is to set out three containers, which are accessible, but well separated by about 100 feet. Use vehicle hubcaps, empty ammunition or food cans into which is placed oil-saturated seating foam, rags, etc. which can be quickly ignited by a firebrand from your warming fire to produce a thick smoke. In daylight sweep the horizon with your signal mirror every hour at the top of the hour, whether you see or hear any aircraft or not.

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    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008