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128 Gig Encrypted Carrier Pigeons?

With all the discussion about how folks are going to comunicate when the SHTF there happens to be a new concept in the works. This new concept pairs one of the oldest forms of comunication transport with the best of today's advanced computer encryption and rewritable flash drive technology.

The fastest most secure form of sending a message in times of antiquity was the Carrier/Message Pigeon. Pigeons have been successfully used to transport Paper Messages since before 2,900 BC through until sometime shortly after WWII. We all know how this was used of course, Pigeons were swapped and then let loose to fly home with a Message.

There were however a few factors limiting this form of message transportation that may now be corrected with modern technology! The drawbacks were amount of data due to limited weight capacity and sometimes the Pigeons didn't always come home because they found a mate or greener pastures elsewhere. Also, they had to be physically transported from the "receiving" to the"sending" parties first.

The first effort to pair computer technology with pigeons came when The IP address IPoAC (Internet Protocol over Avian Carrier) was created in the late 1990s. The Bergen Linux User Group and a local Carrier Pigeon enthusiasts club successfully transmitted several packets of internet signal data via Pigeon chip. Again In 2009 it had fantastic results in Australia.


The problem of limited data due to weight has been cured with modern USB Flash Drives. Flash Drives are now up to 128 Gig and gaining in capacity everyday. You can pack a HUGE amount of data on a 128 Gig encrypted Flash Drive that weighs much less than some of the WWI Leather and Cloth Pouches they strapped on a Message Pigeon.

Now the problem of increasing the chances of the pigeon always returning home and the need to physically transport them to the other party back and forth may be cured! A pigeon finds it's way back home due to it's beak being filled with Magnetite, This works via the trigeminal nerve to sense magnetic fields in the earth.

Work is now being done on how to successfully realign and reprogram the Pigeon's Beak Magnetite to force it go to any GPS location needed. It requires an adapter that connects the Pigeon's Beak to a computer USB port and special software. It works just like programing an EPROM chip or a flash BIOS chip. This eliminates runaway birds and the need to physically transport them and is harmless.

For anyone else interested in this very cool new SHTF communication concept, The adapter and software can soon be be purchased exclusively at this website : )

" pigeonpeckerprogramers(dot)com ".

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Perhaps this was intended for the humor section?

Fascinating as this may seem, anyone who is interested in the subject should be aware that the OP's information is false. What was originally thought to be clusters of magnetite in the pigeons beaks has been determined to be only macrophages. As of today, the mystery of pigeons homing ability remains a mystery.

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Actually you are right

It was a toss up for me which section to put it in, But for the life of me I couldn't find the humor section. But it truly is a serious technology option to consider.

Did you read the link? All that is real stuff. Who knows? it might be needed someday and you really can pack a LOT of data on a light weight flash drive!

( I got the "magnetite" information from a Homing Pigeon Club Website, Thought it was a reliable source, guess not.)

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Agreed. Homing pigeons could be extremely useful

I've checked into a bit myself. The downfall was having to have a separate pigeon for each intended destination. I was instantly excited to see your post about being able to program the pigeon's beaks to new destinations which inspired me to look into the subject further. Unfortunately, I was only able to come up with info that contradicted the theory and nothing to support it. Great idea in theory though!

Black wings, black words!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on.

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Just be aware that if the economy and Wall Street have crashed, the odds of your message not making it, and the bird ending up with Lawry's and garlic powder on it over a fire pit, increase exponentially with every additional mile.

"Yo, Johnny Ray, Billy Bob..."

"What's this?"

"You reckon that pops up when it's done cooked?"

Good point! lol.

I'm hoping most don't know that a Pigeon is actually a Dove, lol.

"You reckon that pops up when it's done cooked?"

Lol, great stuff Mike, Thanks for the bump!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.