[AMRadio] Broadcast stuff

Mike Sawyer w3slk at verizon.net
Sat Mar 20 09:47:26 EDT 2010

Some how I feel compelled to comment here.
    Since we as a group tend to be 'tube' oriented, (no offense to those 
running 'sand devices'), I recall an issue that came up when that Russian 
pilot flew the MIG-25 to Japan. The USSR, (as it was called at that time), 
ultimately got the plane back, but not after our country's 'crack' 
specialists got to look it over. I got a chance to talk to one of the people 
involved with that investigation. He said, "You know, we  poured all over 
the avionics of that aircraft. One person chuckled at the fact that 
everything was designed with 'slow moving' tubes as opposed to integrated 
circuits that we had been using. One enterprising fellow spoke up and 
opined, 'What if they meant to do that?', prompting questions from everyone 
else. The fellow elaborated on the ability of tube technology being able to 
withstand EMP from a nuclear explosion. We then took a closer look at our 
technology and have started to re-design with that in mind." Now this was in 
the late '80's so I don't think our (rice-box) radios have been desiged with 
that feature. I'm not trying to be an alarmist here, but should the country 
ever survive a nuclear attack. It may be those of us with the boatanchors 
that 'carry-the-day' with regards to communications. Someone also mentioned, 
I think it was on this board, about the fact that the government was holding 
on to Collins KWM-2As for that expressed purpose.
    These are just my musings and passing along some information from 
'brain-cells' long ago.

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