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Old 03-14-2018, 4:21 PM
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Hey y'all I have been doing some research on EMPs (Electromagnetic Pulses) and was looking at how to protect electronics from an EMP attack. I started wondering what Motorola radios would be good to stock pile for an emergency such as an EMP attack. I think I would prefer something with a digital mode, and the ability to run on another power source such as AA batteries (for example the AA clam shell for the XTS series.) I was thinking a Motorola Astro Saber, but I can't seem to find a clam shell style battery. It would be neat to use an XTS5000 but to stock pile some would be expensive. So thought I'd ask for input on what y'all would recommend. Thanks!
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might want to think about something that is programmable from the keypad , if there is a EMP there will be no computers to program the radio
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Hey y'all I have been doing some research on EMPs (Electromagnetic Pulses) and was looking at how to protect electronics from an EMP attack. I started wondering what Motorola radios would be good to stock pile for an emergency such as an EMP attack. I think I would prefer something with a digital mode, and the ability to run on another power source such as AA batteries (for example the AA clam shell for the XTS series.) I was thinking a Motorola Astro Saber, but I can't seem to find a clam shell style battery. It would be neat to use an XTS5000 but to stock pile some would be expensive. So thought I'd ask for input on what y'all would recommend. Thanks!
IMHO, the most rugged analog front panel programmable radio you can find with an alkaline battery shell. Analog is analog all day long. There's so many digital formats now that there's a good possibility that you would not be able to interop with anybody else in the same digital format. If you want to do digital at least have the same type of digital radios within whatever group you want to be in along with analog , but self-programming i.e. FPP would be paramount for flexibility.

Bonus would be having the correct adapters to hook up an external antenna for greater range.
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I've given some thought about this as well... I know you specifically asked about Motorola radios, but I am leaning more towards the Bendix King DPH series... FPP, Analog//P25 VHF radios, built like a brick house, AA clamshell as well as rechargeable battery packs, and a multitude of antenna options. I use them extensively in the wildland fire world, and you CAN'T kill them.
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I've given some thought about this as well... I know you specifically asked about Motorola radios, but I am leaning more towards the Bendix King DPH series... FPP, Analog//P25 VHF radios, built like a brick house, AA clamshell as well as rechargeable battery packs, and a multitude of antenna options. I use them extensively in the wildland fire world, and you CAN'T kill them.
Ah didn't think of that, so something like a bendix king dphx5102x?
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Absolutely! Those are solid radios. The GPH series is also great (and cheaper) if you can live without P25 capabilities. They have a few good mobile options that work the same - keypad on the microphone to program.
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What do you plan to use them for when and if the time comes? What distance do you require?
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