With the Grid-ex exercise coming up this month (Emergency simulation of the hours/days after a CME or EMP), I have been gathering up the gear I need to participate now that I work for a healthcare facility. I will admit to cheating and talking to one of the exercise planners who is a fellow Ham, and know that all telephone and cell will be out, and failures of the repeaters will follow soon. I am hedging my bets with my portable HF set-up to communicate with the SC emergency management division on 80 meters, and further planning to increase the odds by using winlink. I said all of that to say this: If such an event were to happen, it's about a given that internet based amateur modes would be instantly gone, and probably most if not all of the repeater systems. This would leave only HF radio to communicate. I know a lot of Hams who only went as far as technician to be able to use repeater systems and they will be screwed. How many fellow MonkeyHams (tm) are HF capable? How many have Winlink or similar to communicate with email over radio? Most importantly, how many have contacts that will come up on a given frequency after such an event? Should we maybe get together here and make a contact schedule? I know several of us got together two years ago at Prepared Ham and tried HF without a lot of success (BT was in there) but we lost interest. With the growing concerns over NK, maybe we ought to consider it, because after an event, it's too late.