Undertoad Wednesday Aug 10 12:29 PM
8/10/2005: IED remote control
lawman Wednesday Aug 10 01:24 PM
Michael Yon's blog entry is so vivid and well written. It's worth the 5 minutes to read it all. I can't imagine being a reporter volunteering to be in that situation.
Hobbs Wednesday Aug 10 03:22 PM
Bullitt Wednesday Aug 10 04:05 PM
That keypad is off of one of those little phones you can wear around the house on your belt. Pretty smart and simple way to make a remote.. not to say that I approve of its intended purpose
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Aug 10 05:10 PM
I don't understand why the 9 volt and extra key pad are added to the phone. Especially if they are close to the recieving phone. I could see the reciever needing extra power to detonate but why the sender?
Bitman Wednesday Aug 10 06:15 PM
Remote control what? How does it .. .. Oh wait, IED. Boy, I was way off.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Aug 10 08:13 PM
Awferchrisake. I thought it was a cell phone....Doh.
Bullitt Wednesday Aug 10 08:28 PM
probly too expensive to buy a new cell phone for each bomb. all they need for this setup is a cheap lil 2 way radio
lookout123 Wednesday Aug 10 09:33 PM
2 walkie talkies or phones needed for each IED (can't type that without thinking of a uterus). phones are sold separately and are more expensive, need towers, service, etc. walkie talkies are sold in pairs, are cheap, and are relatively foolproof over short distances.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Aug 10 10:29 PM
OK, that makes sense, but why do the need a key pad? Send and recieve a code number for safety?
Cyclefrance Thursday Aug 11 06:37 AM
IED is Chilling in its relative simplicity - even more so from perspective of recent/current events in London. The downside payment for readily/easily available technology.
LCanal Thursday Aug 11 06:54 AM
I would hazard a quess at the keypad is nothing more than a tone generator. Which somehow triggers the device via the walkie-talkie at the bomb site. One could probably use voice but that would mean anyone talking on the same frquency could.. well you get the picture.
capnhowdy Thursday Aug 11 08:05 AM
the set of radios I have have 22 different freqs to chose from. As few of these that are scattered about, sometimes someone keys up on the freq that I have chosen. (what are the odds of that?) Obviously pretty good. I guess the keypad gives the bomber the little something the other radio owners don't have. Otherwise he may become his own victim. Now THAT WOULD BE COOL.
Undertoad Thursday Aug 11 08:22 AM
According to the dispatch, these particular bombers did become their own victim.
Queen of the Ryche Thursday Aug 11 09:33 AM
Sorry to expose my military ignorance, but what does IED stand for?
Bullitt Thursday Aug 11 09:40 AM
Improvised Explosive Device.. pretty much a cheap crude bomb made from whatever explosive materials these guys can find. Old artillery shells, land mines, RPG's, etc.
Queen of the Ryche Thursday Aug 11 09:51 AM
Ah - so the whole Iraqi / terrorist / Islamic / Afghani / Oklahoma City arsenal, basically.
CharlieG Thursday Aug 11 09:52 AM
Another one you will see is
VBIED - Vehicle Borne IED - aka "car bomb"
And yeah, I'm quite sure the Michael is seeing thing he is NOT talking about - it's called Operational Security, and if he does talk about them he 1)Puts his own life at risk, and 2)He won't be invited to a lot of the places he goes. You have to me amazed at what he does - he basically runs around AS a soldier, without being one, and exposes himself to the very same risks as the guys on the "cutting edge"
Bullitt Thursday Aug 11 09:54 AM
Yeah, the guy def. has my utmost respect
magilla Thursday Aug 11 10:45 AM
Motorola can't be happy about this.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 11 03:13 PM
He reminds me of the WW II and Viet Nam combat photographers. Shame there were no Blogs back the but they have written books. Somehow books don't have the almost realtime intimacy that a blog does.
The people on the ground have no idea it's up there watching everything they do while they think they are under the cover of darkness...everything.
Hello, young lovers, where ever you are......
Troubleshooter Thursday Aug 11 03:21 PM
plthijinx Thursday Aug 11 04:39 PM
bruce, ever read "We were solders once and young?" by Joe Galloway and Lt. Gen. (ret.) Hal Moore? I saw the movie first then read the book. the movie and the book shook hands very well only with a few exceptions. A very good read. I highly recommend it.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 11 07:43 PM
wolf Friday Aug 12 02:14 AM
zippyt Friday Aug 12 11:28 AM
improvised explosive device,
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 18 07:09 PM
I got a nice "thank you" card from Michael Yon today.
Undertoad Thursday Aug 18 07:11 PM
Well done! All around!
lawman Thursday Aug 25 04:21 PM
I just read Michael's latest report from Mosul and WOW, is it amazing...
axlrosen Sunday Nov 13 01:41 PM
Note the message on the screen.