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Old 09-09-2011, 10:27:40 AM
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Well, I had a chance to really test my $50 6.5 NH last night. Much of So Cal was without power for about 12 hours. Genny ran without a glitch. Wifey was happy to have lights and the entertainment system working, as well as cold drinks. The neighbor who had to listen to the genny run got a power cord to his fridge, he was happy to have cold beer. Sometimes other neighbors look at me funny, always wrenching and tinkering in the garage. They get it now...
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:38:00 AM
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It's amazing how many friends you have when the power goes out,and you have a genset.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:13:02 PM
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In a disaster this is what happens with Ham radio (AMATEUR RADIO) also, when all the little keyboards that talk to the wall socket and the 3g/cell system that actually only communicates a few blocks and has the ability to be shut down by a third party, gives out either initially through overloading or after a few hours/days when backup power gives out for a power hungry system. Katrina showed how far we have fallen when that area had virtually no ham communications unlike the 50/60's when communications was established every where almost immediately by a bunch of trained, resourceful and government encouraged (distributed private system verses centralized government takeover of emergency services) communications. The local government does help with some coordination but relies heavily on VHF/UHF instead of long distance short wave which is usually the actual breakdown. Sorry to hijack this thread but your comments about your neighbors only appreciating the noise during an emergency reminds me of the city councils and citizens trying to ban ham towers and then screaming when disaster strikes and nanny government can't fix it right away. Add a ham license and short wave transmitter to your generator and hope you don't have to be a hero when the "big one" strikes. At least find a ham who might use help keeping the power on in your neighborhood and coordinate with him in a disaster. "q"
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:35:22 PM
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:32:44 PM
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It's amazing how many friends you have when the power goes out,and you have a genset.
Really this is so true,during Irene the neighbors that "never" have talked to me and snubbed me off are all of a sudden my friends,I had lights, water you know the good stuff and they came sniffing wanting what I have! Go figure.

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is not this the truth!

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Old 09-10-2011, 12:39:09 AM
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I have three generators (Kohler, Onan, and a Home brew), solar system/battery bank, and two VHF/UHF ham radios (1 mobile, 1 hand held).

Never had a natural disaster since I have acquired all of these resources.
But when the next flood/wind storm hits, I will be the only one on the block with power and communications.

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I am quite interested in the details of your home brew.

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Really this is so true,during Irene the neighbors that "never" have talked to me and snubbed me off are all of a sudden my friends,I had lights, water you know the good stuff and they came sniffing wanting what I have! Go figure.
At least they just sniffed. In a big emergency, I think there will be some coming with guns to take what you have.
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Funny comment by neighbor, we were talking about investments. Some folks seem to be investing in gold, some investing in treasuries etc. My neighbor seems to have a different take on all of it. He said he was investing in seeds, and lots and lots of lead along with a few bullet molds. Luck to all, Ben
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Okay, now you guys have got me thinkin'...

I have a propane water heater, reliable propane genset on 250 gallon tank for well water, lights, fridge and freezer.....

But no comm. HMMmmmm.........Amateur radio, huh?
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At least they just sniffed. In a big emergency, I think there will be some coming with guns to take what you have.
It depends on your neighbors, mine would more than likely bring their guns to lend a helping hand.

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One for you radio guys.

One year at Ft Hood summer camp. One of my motor Sergeants had a Ford Pinto wagon. The whole back section was filled with radio gear. When ever he keyed the mike. You would hear all this buzzing and whirring sounded like a jet cranking up. Had antennas sticking up everywhere.

One day this odd looking truck pulls up into my motor pool. Guy gets out and tells me he is here to do a sweep of this grid section. Because someone up here is knocking out the radio signals for this part of the base. So I told him where to look.

They impounded the guys car. Until camp was over. Fined him and told him to never bring any radio gear back to the base. Turns out he was knocking out tanks on the firing range and aircraft around the base. I didn't think it was possible but I guess it is.
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I used to live near small city, surrounded by Cityots (city idiots) who think the sun and moon rises because of cell phones and all the "modern" technology the last time I needed to use genny my brother and I chained it down and nearly sat guard on it while running. Only left it out a few hours of the day! Now I'm in the middle of the little city (more like large town) close to an apartment complex.

So far I have lost power twice, just a couple hours once and five or six the other time but I hope I don't see the big one here because genny is at my brothers house (where he hasn't lost power at all). I have no place to safely run it.

lijobi, congrats on your $50.00 gem that you can use. Mine was $800.00 and someday my brother may get the chance to thank me.
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At least they just sniffed. In a big emergency, I think there will be some coming with guns to take what you have.
Yes that may be true, I have been ready for that part for a very long time.
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Needing to chain a generator down is proof that yours is not heavy duty enough.

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Needing to chain a generator down is proof that yours is not heavy duty enough.

Ike
rotflmao, that is one way of looking at it, both of mine are so heavy I dont look foward to when it comes time to move them I mounted one in a exterior transformer enclosure and it works out pretty well. the enclosure is a little bit overkill but it was free, is dry, and has plenty of ventilation. thinking about putting a axle and toung on it to make it easier to move.
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Turns out he was knocking out tanks on the firing range and aircraft around the base. I didn't think it was possible but I guess it is.[/QUOTE]

When I worked for Motorola in the early 70's we discovered a weakness in the 911 Porsch. If you were alongside of one at a stop light and while the guy was sitting there idling if you keyed a 100 watt vhf radio his engine would quit. He would restart it and then if you keyed up again it would quit again. I of course never tried this just heard the rummer. Any of you Porsch owners ever have strange problems at a stop light? Was there a white van nearby? These days after any install we put the car/motorcycle through all it's paces (acceleration, braking, anti skid etc.) while keying the radio and make sure nothing is affected. Security is really compromised by EMP (look it up) and is one of our modern problems with the weak silicon based systems we have today that almost no one is aware of. Let's hope it stays that way!
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Fined him and told him to never bring any radio gear back to the base. Turns out he was knocking out tanks on the firing range and aircraft around the base. I didn't think it was possible but I guess it is.[/QUOTE]

Yes, it sure is. Some people illegally add linear power amplifiers to their systems and greatly exceed maximum legal transmission power. Want to be king of the hill and blow everyone else off the air when they transmit. AC2AL
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