Sunday, April 30, 2017

KFOR CONELRAD Signal Lost. Only Our Transmitter Remains.

KFOR Falls To Enemy Occupation Forces, Station Goes Dark

It's just Texas Arcane left now.

I was interviewed in 1975 by KFOR radio in Lincoln, Nebraska as the sole graduate of the last round of civil defense education at City Hall. Out of a class of more than 20 students, only four remained at the end of the term. Out of the four set to graduate and be certified, I alone showed up on the Saturday to receive my diploma and be inducted into the civil defense corps, which would formally cease to exist as a funded institution by the end of the year. I had come every week on Thursday riding the bus into Lincoln and quickly distinguished myself as the best student in the class by a very wide margin. I started to call myself "Texas Arcane" because the CDV-715 had a sticker on the back announcing it had been manufactured in "Texarkana, Texas." The radio jockey at KFOR asked me, "So Cleve, we hear you are a very bright young man. Apparently you have an entire portfolio of sketches of civil defense equipment you have designed. When are you planning to release some of your ideas?" I told him on the air, "Since I am the last civil defense officer in the Kennedy program, I plan when I report for duty to bring some really impressive new advances to the corps." That was 42 years ago. Still working on my premier product.


Ave said...

If only anybody could develop AND RELEASE some software, we could name it Civil Defense -OS or something like that, and then hundreds of small stations all around the globe could sprout and operate independently, far from the prying eyes of... real estate developers (!), town councils or any other collective idiots.

But I'm dreaming, nobody has ever done this thus far and chances are nobody will.

Texas Arcane said...


Getting to it. I have to work on my game this month to get it released.After that, sky is the limit. I will have CD-OS out by end of June in all likelihood. In fact, I guarantee you a release by July, whatever I have at that time if I have not already put it up I will put it on Github.

Ave said...


Cool, I'll write it down on my calender :)

The story of KFOR is a strong one. In the end you will find these objects in a few shady museums in sleepy rural towns (the tech and the mindset being too white-straight-masculine to deserve being shown in major cities).

An era goes to an end, but it doesn't mean we can't start a new era of our own making.

In other news, here is who you could sell CD-OS to :

Sam said...

I'm not trying to piss you off but exactly is it that Vault-OS will do? I've seen screen shots that have a database of supplies. You've talked about integrating sensors like ground motion and cameras but I don't see them as part of the release as it would be a huge amount of work and it sure wouldn't fit on a floppy.

I keep up with Red Programming Languages releases and they have a several pages that define exactly what it is they are working on and what their end result will be. They have a spec page, function definition and Trello that shows completion.

If you are ever going to finish you need to first define exactly what it is you're doing. If you define version .1 or .5 or 1.0 then you will be forced to make choices and work on those that need to be done for each section.

Kona Commuter said...

"They were intended to be opened in case of emergency, but that emergency never came"

changing "never came" to read "hasn't come" the whole mood of the article would be darker but reflect real life more accurately.

Texas Arcane said...


The cameras are actually one of the easiest parts of CD-OS. I will be posting screen shots soon. Most of my experimentation is done with a $12 IP cam I bought on EBay. It is also extremely easy to hook into any existing webcam connected to the OS through the browser. This comes in handy for taking personnel photos.

Sam said...

"...cameras are actually one of the easiest parts of CD-OS..."

Now you have me salivating. I thought the drivers for these super cheap cameras were hard to get. Seems I read that their set up is that they work great for their proprietary software that is just used for real time with phones but that using them for automated recording was difficult (drivers). The deal was they rented you space on their servers, for a small fee, so that you could have other than real time coverage. I would really like to have this. I would love some cheap 1080p video cameras IP controlled. If you buy them individually they're really expensive. The ebay ones are cheap but have the driver problem.