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For Release: Dec 30, 2009
Antique Tube Radios Survive Nuclear Attack
Early in 1960s both USA & then USSR found, during upper atmosphere (edge of space) nuclear tests, that on the ground tube radios survive and transistors do not.
In order to shut down the target city communications, along with ability to evacuate or retaliate, it is now probable; the first detonation will come at us from above. Enemy ground troops would face no harmful radiation lasting 10,000 years.
Only thing seen would be a flash of light above city, followed by sudden permanent failure of most electronics in use today. During this total, immediate large city panic, a ground attack likely would then ensue. It will be the death of all the typical poor quality digital items, currently hawked, as new, latest, greatest finger flicking technology sold easily as (new latest for less).
With the 120 VAC outlets (220 VAC Europe), still likely providing power, or a typical gasoline generator backup, nuclear test has shown that tube radios will still work regardless of an EMP and may someday help you, or a future descendants, during an attack, receive the necessary survival information.
Space detonation does not produce physical damage to target but an Electro Magnetic Pulse-EMP, which destroys transistors & integrated circuits. These operate all your current computers, radios, telephones, and television products. Since the ignition also is microcomputer controlled, even your modern automobile will not start. A pencil, during nuclear attack, beats a computer every time & seldom fails.
The extremely large EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) nuclear explosion creates goes straight to the earth while blast force, sun surface blast temperature, plus harmful particle radiation is left in outer space.
The customer research group of antique tube radio websites, discovered not only obvious things about antique tube radios, but also actual unforeseen practical use.
They now are being looked at for other than collectible values of quality, beauty, linearity, longevity, heirloom, and so on but actual nuclear emergency use since obtaining a mechanical governed (Not Transistor Control) gasoline AC generator is the most common type and cheap to purchase, plus the USA and many countries have, tube based and radiation hardened AM band underground emergency transmitters with, non transistor controlled generators, setup for this very reason. AM broadcast band transmitters can be received thousands of miles away during most night hours unlike high frequency FM band. That is why you hear other cities at night on the AM band.
All the USA nuclear missiles have integrated guidance circuits that are radiation hardened (costs 1000 times more) hence (hopefully) not misguided by an EMP blast.All the Russian nuclear missiles have tube guidance circuits that do not require the very expensive radiation hardening.
Tubes have 90 years of perfected tested reliability. These are some of the typical reasons Russians & others, microwave ovens, high powered transmitters, including radars over the world, use tubes not transistors. Past technology survives better in most conditions.
New is not new to failure.
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