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My EMP Proof Truck Failure and Murphy’s law.


The subject of EMP proof vehicles has been on my mind for the last few days.  My father who is in his nineties has had to quite driving and he gave my wife his old pickup.  She has always loved that truck and he kept it in good shape.

Since it is a 1972 Chevy that he has owned since it was almost new, we knew the history of the truck.  In the 1970’s when President Carter was messing up the economy and the gas crisis occurred he had the truck converted into a duel fuel vehicle.  It burns both propane and gasoline and has two gas tanks and the propane tank.…

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How to Keep a Motor Vehicle Running After TEOTWAWKI

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine who is in his eighties and has been a mechanic since he was about 14 years old.  The subject came up about how today’s cars would fare without all the modern electronic diagnostic machines.

His basic premise was that any car made since the mid 1970’s could not be properly maintained and kept running without a modern auto shop and diagnostic equipment.  Modern cars have fuel injection, electronic ignition, computers and emission control systems.

He says that you need cars that still have carburetors and distributors with points.  Carburetors are easier to rebuild and repair then fuel injection units.  …

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An Excellent Article on the Dangers of EMP

Here is an article sent to me by a friend that I think might be interesting to most of you.


Dr. Peter Vincent Pry: America May Never Recover From EMP Attack

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security for the Congressional Caucus on EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) that endeavors to carry on the work of the EMP Commission. He is also the Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory body to Congress on policies to counter weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Pry has served on the staffs of the EMP Commission, the Strategic Posture Commission, the Commission on the New Strategic Posture of the U.S., the House Armed Services Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Protecting Yourself in Case the North Korean Detonate a Nuclear Device

With the new leader of North Korea making threats against the U.S. in such a reckless manner, I think we may have to start to take him seriously.  While he may not have many nuclear devices and his missile capability may be somewhat limited, he might still have a surprise for us.  For instance, a ship launched missile to create a high altitude nuclear explosion over the central United States.  This could cause an electromagnetic pulse that would knock out power over most of this country.

If he should set off any nuclear explosions near or over the Alaska, Hawaii or the continental United States there could be problems with radioactive fallout. …

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More on Electromagnetic Pulse

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to speak with a retired military officer who worked in areas that involved EMP.  He provided me with several pieces of information.  He stated that the item that is most susceptible to damage from EMP is field effect and related transistors and that most unprotected electronics containing them would be damaged.  He feels that the typical garbage can Faraday cage (a metal garbage can lined with an insulating material) that is widely suggested on the web would work.

He said that batteries would survive without protection.  While he said, he has not seen any testing on solar panels he thinks that they would probably survive.…

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Alternate Uses for Your Vehicle after an EMP Attack

An EMP event has occurred and you are sitting looking at your useless vehicle, what is it good for?  The first thing that you do is disconnect the battery and see if the computers will reset themselves.  Wait a few minutes, reconnect the battery and try to start the vehicle.  This actually worked occasionally during some government testing.  I assume that this is at least partly dependent on the strength of the attack.

When this doesn’t work what do you do with your vehicle.  First think about the gas and oil, both have other uses.  You probably want to keep it intact in case you can find a way to fix it. …

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More on EMP Protection

Tin can with friction lids

Tin can with friction lids

I have recently spent more time on EMP research and testing and have come to several conclusions.  The way I am now testing my Faraday cages is by placing a cell phone inside and seeing if it will ring.  This has lead to some interesting results.  The first thing I found was that the use of a microwave oven for a Faraday cage is very questionable.  They will not block a cell phone transmission.

A 50 cal military ammo can lined with styrofoam with the rubber seal still intact was successful in blocking cell transmissions.  I have always been told to remove the seal or it won’t work. …

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EMP from a Nuclear Blast

Yesterday I attended a radio class that covered nuclear related EMP (electromagnetic pulse) and  EMPsun caused CME (coronal mass ejection).  The majority of the information from the class has been covered in some of my prior posts.  Look in the categories section on the right side of this page and open the category EMP. This will give you some good insight to the problem.

However in the class, I learned a few new tricks and I will be building some new faraday cages in the next few weeks and posting pictures of them on the blog.  The bottom line is that if your electronics are not in a cage, they may be toast.…

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Protecting Electronics with Faraday Cages

I have done a lot of research on Faraday Cages and feel like I am finally beginning to understand them. A Faraday Cage is designed to protect electronics from EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that can be created by high altitude nuclear explosions or solar storms.  See  previous posts on EMP. Some simple examples of Faraday cages are shown below.

  • A booster bag (shopping bag lined with aluminum foil) acts as a Faraday cage. It is often used by shoplifters to steal RFID-tagged (radio-frequency identification) items.
  • The cooking chamber of a microwave oven is a Faraday cage, made to contain the RF (radio-frequency) signals of the cavity magnetron which cooks the food.
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More on EMP (Electromagnetic pulse)

The following link is to an overview of a report prepared for congress by a group of eminent scientists.  This is a very serious report not very long, but is worth further reading.

The Commission to Assess the Threat from High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP):



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