Despite the UK being *cough* one of the most advanced nations on this planet I have spent the last few days looking at some of the tools that are available here. It really is pitiful that tools we want, such as Geiger Counters, advanced Radios, etc. just can’t be bought here any longer. Sure you can buy them from abroad but then the Stasi jump on them and steal even more of your money for the priv of buying abroad. Custom taxes must be a growth area for the
Mafia tax leeches.
I was wondering why we have such a gap in the UK. I understand why we have a manufacturing gap but to not have shops with many of these items in in puzzling. Is it because we really are the perfect socialist society, like France, a subservient people letting steam out with riots every year unless we get our circuses? I hope not as that is really near the end.
The issue with this is that when it all collapses as all socialist states do then we will find that nowhere in the UK will we have the capability of manufacturing electronic components. Not even the basic items such as transistors, LEDs or capacitors so we can only dream of all the advanced stuff like integrated circuits (IC) and high density electronics. Although we had the more advanced stuff such as integrated circuits in the 70s its loss is less of an issue compared to the lack of the basics like transistors.
Despite the advances over the last 60 years electronics has mainly advanced to where we can put more and more on a single chip. The size halving every few years following Moore’s revised Law. He predicted the number of transistors on an IC would double every year, it was revised to every two years and this has proven true. That is why we have so much digital equipment and microprocessors in everything from birthday cards up.
We really could do with basic electronics as so much can be done with them and we need them when we are looking at setting up a society. For a start communications relies on them and we really should make sure we can repair our comms kit. The computers though we are just not going to be able to repair. Spares only and when they are gone they are really gone.
So, I’m adding to my lists some basic electronics equipment, books and components. I have a lot of electronics equipment from the 70s such as an oscilloscope, power supplies, signal generators, soldering gear and several boxes of transistors, resistors and capacitors already. It’s been a very long time since I built my own electronic items but I remember how to solder and build the breadboards. I doubt if I could design any electronic circuits though but luckily there are plenty of old books about.
Now for most of us prepping this is a step too far. We won’t gain much from this, if anything, and it will take resources, money, time and space away from items you are almost certain to need. So unless you have everything else you need and know the basics in the electronics world then I wouldn’t bother trying to put anything aside. This is specialist stuff for what will become a very niche area after an event. Long after an event when our new society expands it will become a growth area and those that are in it will do well.