After an event I see one of the things we will quickly lose track of is the time and date. As we have discussed previously I think this a major hole in our plans as we will be unable to set up rendezvous and schedule calls over any significant periods. I’ve racked my brains to think of a solid solution to this problem and again come up with a potential over engineered solution erring on the side of caution.
The solution has to survive an EMP issue, be something that can be kept in a small place, have no reliance on a power supply and have a bit of resilience built in. I thought about it for a while and always come stuck on keeping track of the dates until I came up with this simple solution.
I simply to have three good clock like timepieces that have to be wound every day. Three means that if one breaks, or goes off track we can recognise which on has gone wrong. Good clocks last for years if looked after carefully and are not over wound or badly treated.
The issue with those is I don’t want to be winding them up every day until an event and stopped clocks kind of defeats the objective. So instead of winding the clocks I will store a couple good quality quartz watches in a EMP proof tin. Replacing the batteries every year and making sure they are on time. The idea being if there is an event I set the clocks using the watches and wind them up. Winding the clocks up every day after that to keep track of time and verifying by using the suns position on a previously calibrated sundial type device. As a help there will always be a few clocks still going after an event but bear in mind they will eventually stop.
For everyday use a few good quality wind up watches will ensure that those going out can keep track of the time whilst the battery powered ones will eventually stop over time.
Keeping track of the days
Dates are always going to be a problem starting from cold but we don’t have to. We can have the moons phases and sunrises/sunsets for the next 100 years printed out in a simple monthly format with the dates. We would have to tick off each day since the event to ensure we kept good track of the days and the phases of the moon would be a good checkpoint as well as a way of checking time.
A knowledge of dates and times means that your 1st of the month call to far away relatives goes out on time and on the right date.
Someone at each location would have a new chore as village timekeeper.
Simple and I would think effective provided it was started within a few days after an event while the clocks and watches are still going. Once they are all stopped it will be a lot more difficult.
Anyone know any good wind up clocks that we could use?