Solar flares may head to Earth


Solar flares may head to Earth.

 

First Alert Meteorologist Allyson Raye interviews Dr. Alex Young about increased solar activity.  Young’s concern is with today’s technology that is more susceptible to damage from M- and X-class flares than was the equipment of the past.  A repeat of the 1859 “Carrington Event” which destroyed several telegraph stations and set buildings on fire, would be catastophic in the current century.  A huge flare could “fry” delicate solid state electronics in devices ranging from communications equipment to defense systems.  A series of X-class flares could render ATMs, switching systems, and even power plants inoperative.  Thankfully, NASA will soon orbit a MMS satellite which will give us some advanced warning of an impending CME or solar flare.  Is your amateur radio station protected from such an event?  My old Drake TR-4 transceiver still works.  I’m uncertain whether my Elecraft K3 would survive such an event.  At any rate, I disconnect all radio equipment and antennas when they aren’t in use.  Perhaps this step will save some of my radios.  It’s time to build a Faraday Cage.

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