Friday, December 4, 2015

Ham Radio and EMP. Post #617.

If you're having difficulty viewing this video, please insert this address into your browser search box:  Good basic tutorial from Stan Gilibisco (W1GV) on how Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) affects Amateur Radio communications. Stan explains the origins of EMP, why it can disable communications (especially digital equipment), and how to protect your amateur radio equipment from EMP.  You may want to build a Faraday Cage for your rigs and other sensitive equipment.  It's always a good idea to disconnect your antenna after use. Unplug all power supplies and auxilary equipment from your rig after you sign off.  Be sure you have a good electrical and rf ground.  These simple steps will also offer some protection from lightning.  As a hedge against another Carrington Event (1859--wiped out many telegraph stations), you may want to buy a tube transceiver in case a super solar flare destroys the finals in your modern, solid state rig.  Hopefully, the satellites now orbiting between the Earth and the Sun will give us a few hours warning of an upcoming mega flare, so we can protect our equipment, homes, businesses, and even our vehicles.

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