Down the Rabbit Hole.
“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
― Frank Herbert
Any way you slice it, looks like I'm pretty much toast.
Well, I looked at Atlanta and choose "small terrorist device" as the weapon size, and in that case I'm far enough away and the wind is not blowing directly towards me from Atlanta.However, if the Iranians or North Koreans or Pakistanis' give somebody a professionally built bomb, I could have issues with fall out. There are three nuclear power plants due west of me , and that's bad news as the wind tends to blow from the South West. They weren't there when I moved here, were all built in the 1990's. I don't have any kind of fallout shelter but my pump room is built essentially under the house, back inside the mountain. I do have a radiation detector, one of those civil defense jobs they were selling surplus in the 1980's. Good piece of gear but it needs to be re calibrated to be 100%. I should go ahead and ship it off, costs $200 but might be worth it under certain circumstances.
I'm not sure where you are at, Vicki. Even if you live in a small city, odds are the bad guys wouldn't attack it directly. If you know which way the prevailing winds blow, you could bug out to get out of the fall out path from a distant explosion.
I've never hidden the fact that I live in Shakopee, which is about 18 miles SW of Minneapolis, as the crow flies. I tried several of the foreign scenarios for Minneapolis on the map. Some reached my town while others were confined to the city. Prevailing winds here come from the south and west - mostly west. The two nuclear power plants in Minnesota are to the northwest and southeast of my location. While common sense tells me that cities like New York, Washington, Chicago and LA are more apt to be hit than is Minneapolis, I don't think that common sense is a factor when dealing with those who would like to blow us off the map. All things considered, I kind of wish I was living in the northern part of the state - 250 miles from here - in the little town of about 600 people, where both sides of my family are from.
Given the number of Somalis in your state, and the fact that they seem to be infatuated with Al Shabab, anything is possible. If, for instance, ISIL or Al Qaida was able to buy a bomb from a rogue Pakistani general, they would certainly not use it themselves. They'd act through a surrogate. Who's to say that Somalis who were given something like that and told to set it off in D.C. wouldn't renege on the deal and use it elsewhere? Stranger things by far have happened. I didn't know exactly where you lived, though I knew it was in Minnesota somewhere. I worry more about fall out from a nuclear event than I do about blast, since even the blast effects of the "Emperor Bomb" which the Russians built so long ago wouldn't reach here on this face of the mountain. Fall out is a different matter.
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)What gives me the willies are EMP's. Now you got your muslims that moan about how they want nukes to destroy the great satan, blah, blah, blah, but they are not so hot on delivery system's. Now if someone's smart enough work on a Scud missile and they can stuff and smuggle it onto a 20 year old rust bucket container ship then they may have a chance of inflicting incalculable damage that goes way beyond the old model of nuclear warfare.Russia and China are not so hot to toss nukes at us. They would destroy the world economy and their own economy so it would be futile effort.Now your average crazy muslim wants to destroy everything for everybody including himself and his family because there is paradise, 52 virgins and a heard of sheep when they die for allah and that child molester profit of theirs. Now they are the buggers we have to worry about.Now anyone who thinks I am being mean to muslims. I gotta say there are a few that have their 'heads screwed on straight' and one is King Abdullah in Jordon. He knows who the real bad guys are.and now for something cool!Radio Report!The Ranger RCI 3250 DX3 (kicks ass) (Matt I hope your readin' this)A friend of mine came over on Sunday and we hooked up a dipole antenna with a coax. He brought over an AC to DC amp for me also. Everything worked. We were picking up signals from San Diego California and I live in South Texas!The antenna for now is only seven feet in the year. Yeah' I will raise it and I had to replace the amp (2.5 amps). The Ranger requires seven amps or better continuous from a power supply. I dropped $120 on a 15 amp supply with 13.8 VDC of course.I got everything hooked up yesterday and it rocks and rolls. The new power supply really quieted down the background splatter and distortion. I was receiving signals from some Crazy Cajun who I could hardly understand that called himself "Cornbread" I got signals in DX land they call it (CB channel 28) from the Pacific Northwest. Some fellow called himself the 'Jumping Bean"Now whats cool about the Ranger is that it you can switch from CB channel 19 by pressing a button and see the channel 27.185 or whatever the freq. is and change the decibel point like this 27.185 to 2718.5, or whatever to fine tune your freq. That damn radio performs like a $600 ham radio or better.I'm just scratching the surface now with this fancy radio. I will have more to report in the future. Dxing' as they call it is the way to go. Even if your more interesting in just listening. Given a real antenna with height. The reception would be awesome. Hell' just at seven feet it was knocking my socks off!For transmitting. I am only putting out 35 watts. I need an amp in DX land. That may be a future step. I ordered an lighting arrestor (25 bucks) and fifty feet of really good RG8X coax (mini) coax and that should help with reducing interference.If I raise the dipole antenna. I will have to get another fifty feet of coax and I will probably have to get an amp if I want to transmit at that point. I will explore and research this further.My reasoning for getting a radio like this is for entertainment and in case of hurricane's and phones go out etc. In case of another Katrina wiping stuff out and or the internet getting knocked out from hackers, I can listen to what people are saying about what's happening and not rely on (official) news which is inaccurate often enough.(captaincrunch) gives "Two thumbs up" for the Ranger RCI 3250 DX3 (get one that's been "peaked and tuned", it really helps out)I paid $329.
CC, you can pick up an HF receiver for as little as 10 bucks and then you can listen to all sorts of things. If you are really enjoying the radio as much as it sounds like you are, that might be a good next step. Grundig is my favorite radio manufacturer, but I also have a lot of old gear that still works find, such as a Motorola, a Uniden, a Bell, and several others. If you really like radio you need to go to the web page of the C Crane company and order the free catalog. Those guys have everything radio.
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)My father was into short wave radio's and listening to BBC and everything else under the sun. Its interesting but I thought it was boring as a kid of course. Just listening to radio stations with edited, programmed shows and professional commentators is not very exciting. Listening to some Knucklehead Cajun that goes by the name "Cornbread" and hearing his rant in a thick dialect was funny and interesting. That's something the BBC could never replicate. 11 meter radio "CB" is still filled with interesting charactors and stuff that is so spontaneous that it makes it downright interesting as hell.
Sounds like you should take Troy's advice and get into ham radio. The difference between skip on an SSB CB set and a ham transceiver is being able to talk to the same people when you want to. I like listening to some of the foreign news broadcasts. Gave up on BBC before they stopped transmitting on HF because they were more anti American than Radio Moscow had been.
Pretty interesting. I've had so many folks tell me it couldn't happen here, and I'm like, get your head out of the clouds.
Leigh, some of the most respected people in the U.S. Intelligence community have said that a terrorist nuclear attack in CONUS (continental United States ) is the thing that keeps them awake at night. No one in the media pays much attention to events related to this issue. It was no surprise when North Korea successfully tested the launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine this week. Yet the news treated it as unbelievable in the 15 seconds they allocated to the story, if they covered it at all.
Considering the fact that we have Sac Air Force Base here - if we were to get attacked in any way that would be what would get hit. Some presidents have be flown here when something major was going down, so maybe that makes us the flip side - really safe.
Alissa, if there's a SAC base there, I think you are ok as long as the idiots running our country don't perform so incompetently that we get into it with Russia. That would be such an asinine situation that even they probably won't bring it about. Only Russia has the power to hit us so thoroughly.I think the real danger is the deranged dwarf in North Korea, who now has intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the west coast. Or some Iranian mullah receiving guidance from Allah to attack us, regardless of logic, once they have the bomb (which they soon will.) There's always the loose nuke scenario. But all the latter will be used on "prestige" targets like major cities. I wouldn't live near D.C, New York, L.A. San Francisco or places like that on a bet.