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February 05, 2010



Working on it Jason, and when I get the info, I'll put up a new post with it.

Kurt P, up to just recently, I'd have said yes, and some of my SHTF-prep posts have dealt with that issue. Now, I'm not so sure. First of all, probably only Russia could pull off the technical aspects of a simultaneous nuke-strike in the upper atmosphere with 3 to five warheads. The ChiComs might be able to in a few more years. The rogue states, even giving them very optimistic progress reports on their rocketry, probably can't now, and will likely be unable to for a long while.

The strike has to go off 50 miles or so up above ground, and the detonations have to be timed to within a few milliseconds of each other to give the desire roll-up effect to kill the power grid, which is the biggie in that type of targeting. As a bonus, you also get some other stuff, and might roll up the Internet, or you might not, depending on the existing ability to switch transmission modes. Individual pieces of solid-state equipment might or might not be at risk, depending on the angle of incidence of the radiation from the bursts. In any case, a simple "copper cage" can mitigate all but the most direct rays (dead-overhead burst). It's a myth that all vacuum-tube stuff survives anyway. EMP damage is all about induced currents in circuits, and vacuum-tube circuitry is also vulnerable. In reality, after such an attack, some identical things, like cars, in an area might be killed, and some survive. The EMP tests out in the Mohave showed that, even in the limited area that the test array could severely saturate, that damage could be expected to be uneven and unpredictable. Additionally, some solid-state circuits tested show immediate incapacitation, but somehow returned to normal function after a while.

I think the precaution of building a shielded box in which to store solid-state things for SHTF is a normal precaution, and duplication where feasible is another, but I'm not sure I would go beyond that.

The Internet is currently more vulnerable to damage from hackers overloading it than it is from a nuke strike.


Maybe it's time to start up Fidonet again.

Jason van Mourik

Im a bit of a nicompoop when it comes to reading things in forums and such for tech info. do you know any good local places that have a good selection and smart people there that i could learn a thing or two from?

Kurt P

Those notebook sized transievers are ...miniture vacume tec...right?
Because the most likely ---clypse will probably involve some kind of EMP.

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