[amsat-bb] Re: Safekeep Sat Radios - EMP
tyler881 at adelphia.net
Fri Dec 14 04:46:28 PST 2007
3.885 MHz on a TUBE radio... MAYBE... if you're lucky. The military did a
HEMP test above the south pacific in the 1960's. It killed 1960's cars (no
microprocessors) as far away as Hawaii. If that happens, the scrap metal
market will drop out because of the sudden surplus of everything with a
microprocessor in it. (I counted 15 microprocessors within line of sight
sitting here in my living room)
If you want to get on the air (it will be VERY quiet) after one of those
events, put an entire station in a really nicely shielded box right now and
leave it there. In fact, that may be a really great time to get on the air!
Think of all the RF hash that will disappear! No pesky internet over power
lines to deal with! Of course, you'll have to power everything by battery,
or solar..... if you can get home from work... after your car becomes a big
paperweight. Even today's diesel engines have micros stuck all over them.
My parents have some amish families living around them. They won't even
know anything happened except that they won't have cars swerving around them
There's always soup cans and string.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger Kolakowski" <rogerkola at aol.com>
To: "amsat-BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>; <sco at sco-inc.com>
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 5:50 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Safekeep Sat Radios
> In the case of EMP, all communications will revert to 3.885 MHz...
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <sco at sco-inc.com>
> To: "amsat-BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 2:11 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Safekeep Sat Radios
>> Has anyone thought about the idea/need/way to safeguard a few ham
>> radio sets in an area in case of EMP? A nuclear device set off above
>> ground will wipe out all modern electronics (ham sat radios) within a
>> large distance from the epicenter. Even if the radios are outside the
>> blast and radiation areas they would be useless because of the EMP
>> (electro magnetic pulse). I would think that HS might be willing to
>> fund a way to create some safe rooms to store some ham gear around
>> the country. Perhaps even a large "safe box"? Ham satellite gear
>> should be in this category.
>> Les W4SCO
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