Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KG4JYD, Feb 13, 2018.
This guy thinks so:
I only worry about things I can control. EMP isn't one of them .
I've seen extreme arguments on both ends. I'm more of an empirical person and will just wait for the happening and see who was right.
Well, you can protect against an EMP though. There are inexpensive ways of doing that.
Yes there is, do what you feel is right. EMP happens and radio is my last concern.
I'd place a little more credibility on this paper written by three people with relevant PhDs
than I would on a book written by a guy who used to be a "Supervisory Special Agent for the DEA".
I haven't read it all but from the appendix at the end:
1962 experience: Some point to the Starfish event, and the rather minor HEMP effects
produced at Hawaii by it. However, there are many problems with extrapolating that
1. That was about half a century ago. Since then the use of electronics has increased
greatly, and the type of sensitive electronics we currently use did not really exist
2. The burst was fairly far away from Hawaii, and the incident E1 HEMP was much
less than worse case.
3. The island is small – if over the continental U.S., long transmission lines would
be exposed (especially an issue for late-time HEMP). In addition, widely
separated substations would have been exposed, although with electromechanical
relays (not solid state).
Also the yield argument has been used – Starfish was a very big weapon, yet it did very
little – see the previous item, yield is not really very significant.
Okay, I'm ready
Really! A huge area gets leveled by an atomic blast and you're going to fret about EMP if the radio has melted into blob and you have somehow survived?
The last thing I thought about with Maria passing was 'is my radio ok?'. I was much more worried about my house and my personal safety!