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cockpitbob:
It's better to stay ahead of things, rather than reacting to what has already happened.  Drones will soon be everywhere:  police, military, civilian.  Drones won't be ubiquitous for several years, but I don't see a SHTF situation in the next several years either.  Now's the time to start thinking and planning.

They are coming:
Here's that entertaining guy from FPS Russia with a machine gun mounted on his drone.
The military is working on cheap, disposable drones where the circuit board is part of the airframe.  Soon, us civilians will have similar things.

I figure there are 2 main missions drones will be used for; recon and attack.  In either case you want the drone down, but in the attack case you can't expose yourself while doing it.

This is a tough one.  I'm not seeing anything that gives the results I would like. 
*  Trap and skeet skills sounds nice, but that only gives you a reach of maybe 100 yards if you're lucky.  Recon drones, and probably the other type will be higher than that.  And, you are exposed while doing it.
*  Jamming assumes the drone isn't autonomous and that you know what frequency to jam and have the equipment and skills.  This has some possibility for us radio amatures.  Of course properly preparing now by testing equipment would cost me my ham license.
*  Get your own armed drone???  I'm a private pilot and have done a little play dog fighting and lining up for an air-air kill is much harder than it looks.

Has anyone else been giving this some thought?

KK0G:
I would think that the biggest problem in defending against drones would be intel. One of the huge advantages to drones is their stealth - they're extremely small and almost noiseless from practical distances. To protect yourself from one you'd have to know it was even there in the first place. I don't have an answer for this but I think that by the time it was close enough to see and withing shotgun range, it's already gathered whatever intel on you "they" were looking for.

cockpitbob:

--- Quote from: KK0G on May 27, 2015, 10:53:47 AM ---I would think that the biggest problem in defending against drones would be intel. One of the huge advantages to drones is their stealth - they're extremely small and almost noiseless from practical distances. To protect yourself from one you'd have to know it was even there in the first place. I don't have an answer for this but I think that by the time it was close enough to see and withing shotgun range, it's already gathered whatever intel on you "they" were looking for.

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Yeah.  I didn't want to say this in the OP, but at them moment, WRT drones I'm feeling screwed/doomed.

gil:
Let's make sure this thread is about civilian drones and nothing else... Thanks.

Gil


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K7JLJ:
Drones won't be an issue in a grid down or economic collapse IMO.   In a matter of weeks people will be struggling for food and power (solar / alt) and having to go nomad or hunker down. 

Either way, playing with a drone, even to find a target to raid seems low on their priority list IMO.

People are too connected to the grid and few will be able to adapt with it down, let alone function on a high level that includes running drone surveillance.

I could be all wet, but I don't see it as an issue. 


- Jim

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