One of the folks on another forum posted this site from N4LCD that has compiled every antenna you would ever need. Check it out
Direct Hit! NASA predicts the coming solar storm launched during the M3.7-flare yesterday will arrive at Earth midday Nov 7. Expect amateur radio & GPS issues, plus aurora possibly down to mid-latitudes!
This comes from my favoriate Space Weather site that I have posted about in the past.
Thanks to my friend Arline I found this.
Solar storm shuts down Swedish air space
The storm knocked out air traffic control systems prompting officials to shut down airspace for an hour
Earlier I wrote about a about the US MIL and CMEs and the “exercise” coming up so this is a perfect follow up,less than 48 hours later ……..
For all members of any Emergency Response Team(FEMA TF Teams, ARES, RACES, CERT and others) we learned early on what we need to take when we deploy. The standard kit: Clothing, medicines, Comms gear along with backups, First Aide kits, personal care items, sleeping bags/tents, cooking kit, food etc.
Your loadout will depend on what type of deployment you are sent on be it a 1-2 day search and rescue or a multi-week Katrina event.
The common denominator in all of this is the BAG. I have everything from a small ruck for a day community service event to a large expedition pack used for multi day/week deployments or back packing trips.
Today at DVOR is the 511 Pack and Bag sale. It lasts for 2 days and 12 hours as of this posting on Wed 11 PM AZ time.
If you are not familiar with 511, they make the best tactical gear and clothing around. I have been using their stuff for aobut 10 years and love it.
Here is the link to the DVOR 511 sale.
If you choose to, you have the option to use this link which will give me a $5 credit if you buy anything from DVOR. You are under no obligation to do so however.
Once you sign up at DVOR(its free)you will get a link you can send to your friends and family and if they buy you get $5 for each person buying something.
This is my favorite pack from 511. Its called the 511 RUSH 72(hours) and is a monster. This is the bag I carry when I travel for work. It has a GIANT 2894 cubic inches of space and more pocket than you will need to sort you gear. It is compatible with any hydration bladder you might have which makes it a truly all around great pack. On Amazon it goes for between $149- $260
At Dvor it costs $169 but comes with a $65 store credit making the final cost $104 plus shipping. If you play your cards right and buy something else small and ship, the next order ships for FREE for the next 24 hours.
Here is a link to the 511 site that will give you more details on any of the 511 line. There is a great video on this page explaining the difference between the RUSH 24, RUSH 48 and the RUSH 72 line of packs.
Let me know what packs or bags you use and why. I would love to hear about them.
Well at least the government is looking at real life examples of things that could change life as we know it. The US Military is conducting an exercise with members of the Amateur Radio Community to help us understand what we need to do before a CME or EMP event to protect our communications capabilities to help with what I would assume would be nation wide comms in a Post event world.
Below is a Article from the ARRL(Amateur Radio Relay League), the defacto “management arm” of the FCC when it come to amateur radio or Ham Radio.
After reading this article, let me know if you will take part and what are you plans for such events.
Begin Article from ARRL:
A disastrous coronal mass ejection (CME) will be the focus of a national Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communication exercise in early November, and MARS is hoping to collaborate with Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) groups. The MARS exercise will get under way on November 8 and continue into November 10. It will be a quarterly contingency HF exercise in support of the US Department of Defense.
“The exercise scenario will simulate a CME event and focus on actions that radio operators should take prior to and following a CME event,” explained Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. “One thing we want to continue to work on is the interface with the greater Amateur Radio community.”
Read more on ARRL here