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2014-04-29 01:20:29 AM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: what the heck is a "debris ball" ??


/in prairies Canada. currently +5 and raining lightly.


The radar detecting non-precipitation objects in the clouds.
 
2014-04-29 01:23:24 AM  
#Tornadocalypse avoided....this time
 
2014-04-29 01:25:30 AM  

AlHarris31: 3 years ago, when the big tornado hit Tuscaloosa, AL, there was a huge debris ball.


lol...we found stuff from that one all the way up here in knoxville.
 
2014-04-29 01:42:04 AM  
Tornado whizzed by my house. Local TV picked it up on a sky camera.
 
2014-04-29 05:35:32 AM  
I was out in Mayflower/Vilonia AR today unloading donation trailers, etc. Relatively large segments of both towns were just levelled.

CSB: When a tornado hit Atkins a few years back, the home of one of my relative's neighbors got wiped out. I was assisting with some debris pick up. There was a pond between the two properties, and a bookshelf had landed half in. I went to flip the shelf out, and stopped cold. Underneath was one of the arms of the neighbor's 6-7 year old daughter.

I'd been told the family had been found dead, I just wish I'd been forewarned that they hadn't been *completely* found.
 
2014-04-29 07:17:40 AM  

Livingroom: dittybopper: Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.

Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.

Pfft.

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all thats fine, but ill keep this, its cheaper:
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What happens when the local infrastructure goes down?  Then you're shiat outta luck.  No Echolink for you.

In the meantime, I've hooked the 2 meter rig and the Heathkit HF rig up to batteries and I'm still communicatin'.
 
2014-04-29 07:28:19 AM  

Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com

Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)


Not more portable than this:

www.powerwerx.com

And it's "opened up" to transmit everywhere it receives (except for the FM broadcast and the weather band).  So in an emergency I could use it not only on the 2 ham bands it covers (2 Meters and 440 MHz), but also FRS/GMRS frequencies, Marine band, and on VHF and UHF business and public safety frequencies like police, fire, and EMS, so long as they aren't digital.
 
2014-04-29 08:46:10 PM  

dittybopper: Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com

Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)

Not more portable than this:

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And it's "opened up" to transmit everywhere it receives (except for the FM broadcast and the weather band).  So in an emergency I could use it not only on the 2 ham bands it covers (2 Meters and 440 MHz), but also FRS/GMRS frequencies, Marine band, and on VHF and UHF business and public safety frequencies like police, fire, and EMS, so long as they aren't digital.


Gotta agree with "this"--the Wouxuns are surprisingly good for cheap, cheerful and Chinese kit (it's basically a Kenwood clone).  At least the Skywarn repeater or the local autopatch will be up if the phone is down (which is distressingly common if the power goes out in my area).

Haven't played with the Baofengs yet (which are even moar cheap, cheerful and Chinese) but apparently amateur radio hackers have had some interesting experiments with these lately...

And if one is not teh scared of teh SMT components (and I am not) there is also fun to be had with the HF SDR community :D  (I have an older SoftRock 6.3 with a Mobo 4.3.4, probably my next investment in that vein will be in a UHFSDR so I can play with satellites) Nice way to know the inner workings of a radio and with a cheap/cheerful PC and kit (or even a sufficiently advanced kit, like Softrock 6.3ng + Mobo 4.3.4 + Widget or a Genesis SDR rig) one can have some nice fun with homebrew even without a computer :D

/yes, I like to build my own
//it's more fun that way, to me
///I does not have the fear of teh tiny components. I am actually proud that I can solder to 0.5mm pitch, thank yoo :3
///and really surface mount soldering is not horrible, it's like Manhattan building but tiny really
 
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