I have not heard one Radio Amateur (and as far as that goes.. No EMS blogs either) has ever to bring this subject up for discussion..
Could be no one wants to... Keeping our head in the sand is much more comfortable..
However, I would like to challenge the Amateur and associated community to consider (if not learn and discuss about) some details about modern warfare
that could greatly affect the Amateur Radio and the Emergency Services community in their effort to respond or act in the event of a "modern day" WW 3 type event.
Please note, I am not advocating it is going to happen... Not trying to generate fear..
Just from all the recent Sabre rattling, military actions, stupid things politicians and advisories are doing now... and all...
the possibility seems closer than usual (Dear Lord I hope never to be).
Are we really prepared? Where are the back up systems???
The main thought I want to present to the community is simply this.
There is a weapon... that we and other advisory countries have in hand that could... in an instant.. disable any form of modern
solid state or other integrated type communications front end (receivers) and processors .
This would include all local EMS, guidance, banking, fuel depot and aircraft systems that I am familiar with.
It is a weapon that will (explode and) send out an electrical impulse so huge..
that anything depending on solid state or integrated circuit front ends in the receivers
(which encompasses most of what we depend on) in modern day solid state communications..
It all Would be lost!
In a lengthy discussion with some Air Traffic Controllers many years back, I learned that the Air Traffic
control had upgraded all of its systems to newer solid state / integrated technologies..
All from crystal based / analog controlled equipment. In that process this discussion came up..
There was at the time some worry about this very vulnerable position.
A series of this type going off in strategic locations across the USA could bring us to our knees.. without one rifle shot being fired..
No banking or money source, no fuel pumping, no communications, and worst of all.. no means of organization or reacting to the event.
You ask, What will succumb to the Electrical impulse bomb and what will not (or have a better chance of survival).
Try living with out your cell phone.. Now add all our EMS equipment for 50 to 100 miles, gone..
Amateurs who have investment in all this great new modern gear (that I dearly Love) and all the repeaters will be useless,
unless it / they are unplugged and put away in a steel grounded, Faraday cage somewhere, when the bomb or event happens.
It would put us back to smoke signals and tin cans with a string between... in seconds!
Not possible?? Unbelievable?? Look around.. It might! North Korea, Russia and many others have that weapon now!
What and who will survive?
Believe it or not..
Your plugged in (very old style) tube based, crystal controlled, or stored battery QRP radio
has a good or better chance than most to come through the impulse event!
The best knowledge is that after the event and assuming there is not a second event.. the newer stored / unplugged backup equipment
could be put in use... after the main event or other has passed.. .
Remember though.. most probably, all our repeaters are gone.. handhelds are gone.. Cell phones are gone.. EMS are gone..
and it would take quite a while to replace all that.. especially if you are talking about communities of millions (like the KC area).
With this type devastation who needs to invade countries or kill folks?
We would be fighting each other for food and basics in a matter of days / weeks!
But if it did happen how would we defend without the communications we are all used to having?
Read more about it here.. http://www.viewzone.com/emp.html
Dan Stark N0CRD
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