Episode 189 – Carrington Non-Event, The Coming Pandemic, To Ham or Not To Ham


Carrington-level event near miss – False!

Notes for this section:

Recently, EMPAct America released a statement that we had a near miss of a Carrington-level event:

“There had been a near miss about two weeks ago, a Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and basically just missed us,” said Peter Vincent Pry.

Turns out, this was wrong. What was he thinking?

The news that we had a near-miss in inaccurate. In a newsletter from SpaceWeather.com, they had this to say about the Carrington-sized near-miss event:

QUIET SUN: Many readers are asking about a recent media report, which stated that a Carrington-class solar storm narrowly missed Earth two weeks ago. That report is inaccurate. Solar activity was low throughout July and remains low as August begins. Details at http://spaceweather.com .


The Coming Pandemic – Subtitle

Notes for this section:

  • H7N9 seems to have learned a new trick of passing from one human to another.
  • Does this portend of something more wicked to come? Maybe. But the reality is that a high-mortality pandemic will occur in the future; it’s just a matter of time.
  • You should be preparing for this type of event now, while no one is panicking about it and you can get supplies.


To Ham or Not To Ham – Subtitle

Notes for this section:

  • A question from the Facebook page on what the communication alternatives are for reliable comms, other than ham radio.
  • Realistically, the only alternative is SSB CB, and only if you want to communicate under 20 miles.
  • Greater than 20 miles and you need to go ham radio.
  • Setting up your own communications system, one that doesn’t rely on any infrastructure, will be expensive and time consuming, but necessary if that’s your goal.



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