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HAM stuff....

Oh, a good quote from tonight. I'm sitting here on the W8OAK 440 repeater, and you can hear WFM audio blaring in over top of it. Becky's like
"What the hell, you can't play music over ham radio..."
"Erm, that's cable leakage. Comcast has a bad amp somewhere nearby. *"
*she listens intently to the sound, then looks at the clock* "That's gotta be Law and Order, SVU"
"That's sick. You know that, right?"
"Yea, now I'm torn, I hate cable TV, but I like the content!"
"You should be like me and hate both.."


* Yes, I know cable leakage is something the cableco is responsible for taking care of, but I didn't have the time or equipment to track it down at the time. I've taken mental note of the Freq and location though, so if someone wants to go fox hunting.....

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stormgren
Oct. 18th, 2003 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hook some of us local sparks-geeks up!

I fookin' hate Comcrap.

Lets just say that once, one of their distro amps that they refused to fix (can we say RF hash on 200MHz of spectrum, boys and girls?) was the bane of my existence for a while at my last apartment.

noweb4u
Oct. 18th, 2003 08:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds like as good of a reason as any to try and find a way to burn out the amp, or find it yourself and shut it down.

If I recall correctly, the FCC is really interested in cable interference the provider won't fix.

444.315Mhz @ Giddins and Harmon in Auburn Hills.

http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?ed=.aS1Pup_0Tq1JRyVRVDPb0TA8mj4cPSmruAsfQ--&csz=Auburn+Hills%2C+MI&country=us&resize=s

Might be a bit off frequency, as the front end filtering in my VX-1R is shit. But I could hear it clear as day when I turned the squelch off.
stormgren
Oct. 19th, 2003 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ahem. It had a little accident because of my friend Mr. Ball Peen.

Shame on the cableco for leaving it at ground level.

I'd also get another receiver to verify this.

Any HT that does more than two bands, hell, make that three bands, has exactly JACK SHIT for filtering because of all the useless features KenYaeCom stuffs in, plus the small size.

My W-32A's online support FAQ (@ icom.com) states not to hook any kind of gain antenna to the HT, otherwise hilarity ensues.
MFJ makes a pretty penny on intermod filters we shouldn't have to buy.

I've had strange mix products with some gear that had to do with the multiple running VFOs inside the unit.

Just saying, is all.

73es.

stormgren
Oct. 19th, 2003 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ahem. It had a little accident because of my friend Mr. Ball Peen.

Shame on the cableco for leaving it at ground level.

I'd also get another receiver to verify this.

Any HT that does more than two bands, hell, make that three bands, has exactly JACK SHIT for filtering because of all the useless features KenYaeCom stuffs in, plus the small size.

My W-32A's online support FAQ (@ icom.com) states not to hook any kind of gain antenna to the HT, otherwise hilarity ensues.
MFJ makes a pretty penny on intermod filters we shouldn't have to buy.

I've had strange mix products with some gear that had to do with the multiple running VFOs inside the unit.

Just saying, is all.

73es.

ex_sandcat309
Oct. 18th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)
OM..it's scary how much you and Mike are alike. Mike has a HAM liscece too.
noweb4u
Oct. 18th, 2003 09:08 pm (UTC)
remind KB9NUX he needs to file his form 605 change of address. ;-)

Cool beans though.

Becky is also a licensed amateur, KC8WWP.
ex_sandcat309
Oct. 19th, 2003 04:57 am (UTC)
WOAH how did you know what Mike's sign is?
noweb4u
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
*looks at the address label becky handed him*

I had his first and last name, and full street address. Since callsigns are public record, you can look up who a callsign belongs to, or you can look up a person and see if they have a callsign. :-)
ex_sandcat309
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
That is what Mike said
ex_sandcat309
Oct. 19th, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
Mike wanted me to get it But I never did it. Maybe I will
noweb4u
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)
Thay're fun. Ham radio is now something Becky and I do together. Sure beats FRS... :-)
ex_sandcat309
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
hehe
noweb4u
Oct. 18th, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC)
https://secure.qrz.com/lrs
Tell mike that when I did my change of address, this was quick, simple, and cheap. Had my new license with the correct address in a week.
Easier than figuring out the FCC website. :-)
ex_sandcat309
Oct. 19th, 2003 04:56 am (UTC)
I am not sure he did his change of address yet
noweb4u
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
According to the FCC database, he didn't :-)
ex_sandcat309
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
nope I will tell him
thegreatdoogie
Oct. 18th, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
I have neither the equipment nor the knowledge to go hunting, but I'm certainly up for any destroying of very expensive equipment :)
noweb4u
Oct. 18th, 2003 09:50 pm (UTC)
Your job will be securing the 120v generator, the rectifier and the high voltage capacitors.

Then hooking them up, because I'm sure as shit not gonna get electrocuted.


But for all this you get to hit the button and hear every cable amp in a 3 square mile area go "poof!". :-)
thegreatdoogie
Oct. 18th, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
generator I can prolly get, but I have no clue how or where to get the rectifier and caps from.....
noweb4u
Oct. 18th, 2003 10:22 pm (UTC)
break into a central office and steal the rectifier shelf and battery chain.
thegreatdoogie
Oct. 18th, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
could be done...altho I'd need to borrow your truck, as I don't think I'm getting that stuff into the 'Bird :-P
noweb4u
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:05 am (UTC)
If you're daring enough to try to break into a central office, and pull live rectifiers and battery chains off, you'll have to rent a car, because -everyone- will remember my truck. Each one of these batteries is a huge 48vdc battery. The rectifier shelf is several racks full of large, humming equipment, and physical security of the equipment is the only type of security they really have :-)
thegreatdoogie
Oct. 19th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
So I'm guessing I'll have to rent something closer to a cube van for this.....suddenly the risk factor far outweighs the enjoyment factor...
noweb4u
Oct. 19th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
erm, well, actually, you'll have to rent a semi. heh.
thegreatdoogie
Oct. 19th, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
damn, all that stuff just to pop a few cable amps? how big are these amps?
noweb4u
Oct. 20th, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
Not very big, but they have lightning supression that we have to bypass. I need a low voltage, high amperage source to bridge the gap.
thegreatdoogie
Oct. 20th, 2003 07:12 pm (UTC)
granted, I'm obviously no electrical or electronics major, but wouldn't it be a hell of a lot simpler just to harness the overhead lines somehow?
noweb4u
Oct. 20th, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)
No, they're far more dangerous than this, and we can't shut them off to hook them up properly, besides, they'd probably arc straight to ground and just kill us all.
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