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Does anyone sell an EMP-resistant tube radio these days?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KE0EYJ, Sep 26, 2017.

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  1. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not particularly steerable
  2. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Indeed. Nobody has come up with a "directed energy EMP weapon" contrary to all the tinfoil hat folks.
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  3. KF5LJW

    KF5LJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    You talking bout me again?
  4. AA8NN

    AA8NN XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    If I was worried about emp I guess that I would put my post apocalypse radio in a metal trash can and hook it to a ground rod.
    I always wonder what the post apocalypse conversation would be like. Hey bill, how's it going? Pretty bad here. Yep Jake pretty bad over here too. Lol
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  5. K5MIL

    K5MIL Ham Member QRZ Page

    A fellow ham friend's job in the military was testing equipment for susceptibility to EMP. He subjected ham radio held-held transceivers to much more EMP than would be experienced from an actual EMP attack, and as long as they were not plugged into a charge they nearly all survived. This stuff about an EMP attack would destroy solid state equipment and put us back into the 1800's is pretty far fetched.

    Bill - K5MIL
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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I've read numerous articles saying much the same thing. Sure, SOME stuff will get fried instantly but the odds are small that EVERYTHING would be fried.

  7. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes the Swan does have sweep tubes. I have 270-B, 350, and 2 - 500's. All good rigs if you keep them in working order. I also have a Swan 200-A which is all solid state. Sweep tubes are not that hard to come by and usually show up at ham fests for a reasonable price. The bigger concern with hollow state radios are the capacitors, resistors, and other old components that age poorly. I carry a list of parts when I go to a ham fest and shop.

    As for EMP, I work at a government communications site and we do care about EMP. We are looking at some testing and retro fitting at selected sites.
  8. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes modern SS devices are actually pretty resistant if proper protection is applied.
  9. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know where he's coming from. I spent a total of 4.5 years in South Korea with the USAF and as a Korean station (HL9AXN/HL9AXT). Great country and great hams. I miss the place and so does my XYL who is Korean.[/QUOTE]
  10. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page


    I may be down in P'Cola 16 - 20 December. May try to hook up if you are up to it.

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