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Just For Laughs (humor) / Re: Interpersonal Communication advise
« Last post by mzmc on Yesterday at 07:26:33 PM »
To explain myself, she was my patient, I was about to give her misoprostol, so I think I might have been excused?
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by NT2C on Yesterday at 12:28:27 PM »
OK so not end of the world but what about local outages? Like MPMallory was it he was out of action for a week or 2 is there something to keep tabs on members to make sure they are ok? I mean Facebook and text work , internet works as a whole but one or 2 members in a disaster area aint on for a few days , do we have anyone that has a list of contacts for site members to check up on them?
Our staff has access to the email address you sign up with.  Additionally, if you have other social media accounts it's common to share that info with friends on here.  We also encourage you to make friends with other members that might be in your area or who share special interests with you and setup lines of communication with them.  It comes down to what you, the individual, choose to share with us.

For example, on my part, all of the staff members have my cell number, my wife's cell number, at least one of my email addresses, and those savvy enough to look up my call sign have my mailing address.  There are also local members I have contact with outside of the forum (Beo has been to my house more than a few times for example) and I've met many of the members here in person during their or mine travels around the USA.

Pick who you'd like to exchange info with and do so.  This is an online family we have, not just a community.
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by Rednex on Yesterday at 07:47:23 AM »
OK so not end of the world but what about local outages? Like MPMallory was it he was out of action for a week or 2 is there something to keep tabs on members to make sure they are ok? I mean Facebook and text work , internet works as a whole but one or 2 members in a disaster area aint on for a few days , do we have anyone that has a list of contacts for site members to check up on them?
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by NT2C on January 22, 2022, 10:28:05 PM »
Currently, yes, we are in an actual data center with all the good stuff like redundant power and regular (twice daily) backups. Previously, I think we were in the trunk of a VW Golf using 4G LTE on the Chicago Loop.

Regarding post-apocalyptic radio comms there are two things to keep in mind:
  • Whatever took out the regular comms will likely have lingering aftereffects for radio comms
  • If whatever took out the regular comms was the result of hostilities, any new transmitter coming online becomes a target, and military grade anti-radiation missiles don't play nice

So are you expecting hostile foreign troops on U.S. soil, or that a intercontinental ballistic missile is launched when you fire up your radio ?
If we're at the point where EMP nukes are being employed, you tell me.  What I do know for certain is twofold, first, that I will have bigger problems than ensuring we all stay in contact, and second, that the .gov types will order all civilian radio traffic off the air (should any have survived), especially ham radio operators.  We did this all through WWII so there's precedent for it.  That being the case, this falls under the heading of discussing illegal activities.  (drops mic)
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by flybynight on January 22, 2022, 07:18:48 PM »
Currently, yes, we are in an actual data center with all the good stuff like redundant power and regular (twice daily) backups. Previously, I think we were in the trunk of a VW Golf using 4G LTE on the Chicago Loop.

Regarding post-apocalyptic radio comms there are two things to keep in mind:
  • Whatever took out the regular comms will likely have lingering aftereffects for radio comms
  • If whatever took out the regular comms was the result of hostilities, any new transmitter coming online becomes a target, and military grade anti-radiation missiles don't play nice

So are you expecting hostile foreign troops on U.S. soil, or that a intercontinental ballistic missile is launched when you fire up your radio ?
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by NT2C on January 22, 2022, 06:27:54 PM »
Currently, yes, we are in an actual data center with all the good stuff like redundant power and regular (twice daily) backups. Previously, I think we were in the trunk of a VW Golf using 4G LTE on the Chicago Loop.

Regarding post-apocalyptic radio comms there are two things to keep in mind:
  • Whatever took out the regular comms will likely have lingering aftereffects for radio comms
  • If whatever took out the regular comms was the result of hostilities, any new transmitter coming online becomes a target, and military grade anti-radiation missiles don't play nice
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by SCBrian on January 22, 2022, 06:16:35 PM »
My thoughts ramble with the scotch so take it for what it's worth...
I gotta agree with NT2C.  Things go Mushroom cloud, It'll be back to smoke signals unless you have stuff hardened or stored for that eventuality.  Most communication now a days crosses in to the internet.  Phones,  TV, etc.   

If it's sudden (EMP / Nuke) and something takes out the server farms, you'll likely lose phone service (landline and cellular), internet, TV...
You'd expect the Ham radios to function, but odds are that any EMP will fry most of those as well.  I wouldn't expect most modern radio stations to be able to continue to function due to the amount of 'technology' they now use.  Some old station broadcasting from old 1950's equipment, or a random pirate station may survive, but...

My hope is that if something happens it's slow or cyber.  In that scenario, I can imagine Ham radios being very useful.  And as trite as it sounds, the best option for that is picking up a ham license and learning how to do it, if you want to communicate. 

Another option would be sourcing a cheap multi band receiver and store it for the long haul in a Faraday type cage?   Cost is significantly cheaper and you don't need a license to practice... You could then at least HEAR what was going on, as long as unsecured comm's / Hams in other countries /  survivalists in their mountain bunkers / others were broadcasting. 

Possible do a combination of the above.  Get a technician license so you can broadcast.  Learn Morse code (NOTE: You do not need to know this anymore for a license ) and learn about long range CW communication...  A small low power CW transceiver can be stored next to the receiver you purchased above... 

A quick search of amazon shows receivers from $20(Tecsun? brand 10 channel) to $400 (Eaton Elite)
Following that CW kits start at ~$10 Pixie kits-if you can assemble your own to a few hundred depending on what you want...
So low end, you can get a very basic end of the world kit you can store in an static bag, faraday case, ammo can, trash can...  for <$50. 

As for the board? if the datacenter burned down, new ip's would likely start propagating in less than a day from a back up location and be back available. 
IIRC the difference (And NT2C can correct me) is that we are using an actual data center now, where before we were sitting on a machine in someones closet?    Or at least now we have 4 (I believe) admins that can contact and initiate tickets with the datacenter to troubleshoot. 


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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by NT2C on January 22, 2022, 05:32:51 PM »
How about instead you and the other members who  are hams get together and show us a low cost set up so in the event of worst case we can keep in touch? Our membership stretches from sea to shining sea. It would benefit us all to know what is going on in Virginia, Iowa, Alabama, Texas, California and all the other places .

Something simple that even old dumb ass's like me can use
Given your EMP scenario, ham gear will suffer the same fate as most other electronics not hardened against that. And, all my ham radios (except for two short range VHF/UHF rigs) are in Idaho.
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by flybynight on January 22, 2022, 05:15:44 PM »
How about instead you and the other members who  are hams get together and show us a low cost set up so in the event of worst case we can keep in touch? Our membership stretches from sea to shining sea. It would benefit us all to know what is going on in Virginia, Iowa, Alabama, Texas, California and all the other places .

Something simple that even old dumb ass's like me can use
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Communications / Re: Emergency Ufozs Comms?
« Last post by NT2C on January 22, 2022, 03:41:48 PM »
If the site went down I'd be pretty surprised (our hosting company has an outstanding record and better than 99.99% uptime) but if it did happen then the outage would likely affect most of the other ways of reaching each other.  Even if a terrorist attack were to take out the data center where our server is located, we have off-site backups that would be used to restore the site at a different data center, usually within 12 hours.

What about EMP attack at a national level? Thermo nuclear strikes at key data centers? You know ,pretty much what we are facing with a confrontation with Russia over Ukraine going full war?
I'll send smoke signals, 'cause about the only thing you'll have left to receive any kind of signal will be the ol' Mk 1 Eyeball... If the nuke flash didn't burn 'em out.
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