EMP Hardening Your Vehicle

The jury is out, and will never come in, on the argument about EMP damage to vehicle electronics. But I don’t need a jury. I only need what I know.

EMP can kill your vehicle engine and transmission control electronics. Yup. Kill it dead for sure!

….or not.

The vulnerability of ECMs and TCMs and MAPs and MAFs and CPSs and ICPs (and all the computers and sensors) to the over-current pulse many fear depends on a few things.

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SmartPhone Preps /Apps - Guest Post from Jerry D Young

My thoughts on Smartphone Preps from a presentation I did for one of the local prep groups I am with.

This presentation is based on my experiences with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Android Smartphone. The concepts and ideas will relate to other Android and Apple electronic platforms, but specifics will be different depending on the capability of the individual phone and which carrier is being used.

In no way do I want to imply that you depend solely on

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Convoys - Configuration and Operation (Civilian)

For the purposes of a civilian prepper group, a convoy can be defined as a group of two or more vehicles (of any type) traveling together under common control from one point to another. There may be multiple way points. Not all vehicles may remain within the convoy. Some might leave at a predetermined point, and others may join. But all will be subject to a common plan of operation in order to maintain orderly and safe transit. Without the

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Gear Review - CRKT Folts Minimalist Knife

CRKT Folts Minimalist, as delivered

I am the happy owner of a new knife as of Christmas afternoon! My family saw fit to grant me an item from my list, God bless them. The CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) Folts Minimalist Wharncliffe.

I was looking for a small, lightweight knife that would not break and was built to stay comfortably under control within my grip. I wanted it to be easily deployed. It needed to pack easily and

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EMP Methods and Preps - Part III

For previous parts of this series, see:

EMP Methods and Preps – Part I

EMP Methods and Preps – Part II

In the first two parts of this series, I laid out why I believe the threat of an EMP attack on the United States is both possible, and feasible. The returns to the attacker far outweigh his investment in time, technology and the sacrifices among his personnel. I described how certain advances in technology and materials allow attackers to

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List of NBC Shelter Builders

There is a definite increase in interest for bomb /fallout /blast /weather /bio-chem attack shelters this last year. Doomsday Bunkers helped raise general awareness among the average Joe and Jane. Prepper interest, though, seems to have leaped from “I’d like to….” to “Maybe we can sell off a few things and get on board. People are concerned with various scenarios, and bunkers (underground shelters) can reduce or eliminate the effects of these.

EMP Nuclear Attack Fallout Societal Collapse Biological Warfare

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12 A/C for Your Van?

A YouTube video from The Low Buck Prepper.

Interesting video. He get 78 degree air from the outlet in 90 degree weather. His cooling medium is 4 small frozen plastic water bottles. Warm air forced in, cool air out.

Simple idea, that begs for tinkering. I haven’t built one, but I might. If I do, it is likely I’ll play expert and try a few modifications.

First, I’d go with a shorter up stack. The longer a tube, the

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Making Biodiesel with a Commercial Kit - Pop Mech

An article from Popular Mechanics, dated back to 2009. If you are new to home-grown diesel production, know first that the quality of the fuel depends largely on you – are your research beforehand. Not all systems are the same. Some require additives that others don’t. All require that you follow the designer’s procedures. There are also the dnagers associated with storing and processing flammables in the presence of electrical equipment.

One other thing. You might end up violating the

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RV Sales Curiosities

As an RV kinda guy, I watch what’s rolling down the highways. I travel each week at least 600 miles, so the opportunities for RV watching are many. Since about late Summer last year, I’ve seen more of them out there on the roads. Most of them are newer models, no more than 5 years old. They appear to be either family bunkhouse models or mid-sized 5th wheelers. The motor coaches seem to be high end. It was only a

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The Three-Fer Rule

The Three-Fer

A while back, my wife stated she would like to go camping more often, and perhaps with a tent trailer – you know, the pop-up kind. I started looking. Wasn’t hard, I like RVs and would window shop if the opportunity arose. After a few visits, (some with a friend that owned a motor home), I decided that a soft-sided RV wasn’t going to cut it.

I settled on a travel trailer built on the RLS floor plan,

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