CME, what are you doing to protect your equipment?

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A CME or Coronal mass ejection can potentially wipe out all these nifty electronic devices we have and use everyday, so what have you done to protect them??  Don't believe it will happen?  It's happened once before and some of the reports during that time are astounding..  Look up "solar storm of 1859, also known as the Carrington event"...

Thoughts?

David
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Ah ha!  Now I know why those kids in the QST Flex ads are wearing metal hats! :^))

Seriously..., if CME's have you seriously concerned, unplug the equipment and store it in a Faraday cage.
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Possible but unlikely. To be sure, without an iron core creating a magnetic field around our planet we would't exist. Satellites are vulnerable because the exist in the upper region of the atmosphere or above it. Long above ground high tension lines are often effected causing large induced currents leading to cascading blackouts. This has happened more than once.
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Mark - WS7M

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Darn... when I saw CME in the subject line on my phone (cut off the rest) I thought it was some new digital mode to try out!  :-)
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Walt - KZ1F

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It really is Mark, it just requires a flux capacitor. :)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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DC drained lightning arrestors, common sense (unplugging the coax) and last but not least, a ham radio equipment rider on my home owner's insurance policy.
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Hey Tim, speaking of riders, did you choose that route weighing the ARRL insurance along side of it? That's the route I went but I am not sure it is the most cost effective.
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I did look at the ARRL, but the rider was the easiest and cheapest solution for me. It will depend on your insurance company.
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I'm carrying the AARL insurance on all my equipment... the thunderstorms here in Florida are the main reason why
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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The solar storm is scheduled to hit us between the 3rd and 4th of November right?
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David Warnberg

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They are scheduling solar storms now??   sorry couldn't resist
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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I probably expressed that incorrectly. I have seen some info about some solar activity that will affect on those dates... maybe I am confused.
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I'm just messin with you.. not sure how accurately they can forecast a solar storm, about the furthest out is 3 days... Why?  because that's about how long it takes to get here.. but a good source to check activity is here... http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ 
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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wow, awesome website!
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yes... very interesting.. to note and stay on subject if you watch the CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS video on that site (blue one right in the middle) at about 5:30 am there was a CME 
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AFAIK the real danger from extreme solar events is to the power grid. So go get yourself a generator. Maybe there's some confusion with EMP, from nuclear blasts, a real downer.
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A gen set or a big battery bank is always a nice idea for power failure, no matter what the cause.  They may have installed a lot of transfer-trip and trip-protection into the power grid after the last few big outages, but you never quite know when the limits will be reached and you are out for hours, if not days.

As for EMP, if that happens, I would have other things to think about other than ham radio.

Cheers
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Two AKs and 2 1911s say yes.. ;-)
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That's not a bad starting point, Rick. Get yourself a whole lot more 1911's, lots of cases of .45ACP and consider adding some ARs to the inventory.
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Next up: Can you SDR survive the Walking Dead?

Only if you have Daryl Dixon at your QTH
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If they are already dead, why do you have to shoot them again?  

Maybe a chainsaw to cut off the arms and legs would be better . . ..  then you could throw them in a pot to make a fresh gumbo! (don't forget the chili powder and minced onions)

Only in the movies, thank goodness.  Okay - back to having Flex Fun !

Cheers
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And make sure you have a 12ga in case they get inside the house!
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Just to let you all know where this came from, living here in Florida I prepare for just about anything, particularly long periods without electricity.  So I have and use (during field day as well) 2 100 amp hour sealed solar batteries (Solar MAX SLR100's), these batteries are charged with an MPPT charge controller and a 100 watt (225 watt on field day) solar panel... I have it setup so that I can switch to the battery power at anytime...

Anyway MARS is preparing for a simulated CME and coordination communication efforts with the Amateur Radio Community.

73's
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very nice, very nice - if the sun stops shining, it will not be worth hanging around for anyway.

Cheers