[Chugalug] OT: CB/FRS/HAM for road-tripping

Bret McHone dbmchone at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 10:41:37 UTC 2013


tin·ker
ˈtiNGkər/
noun
1.
(esp. in former times) a person who travels from place to place mending metal utensils as a way of making a living.
2.
an act of attempting to repair something.
verb
1.
attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect.



On Oct 14, 2013, at 6:20 PM, Rod wrote:

> define tinker.
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> On Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:00:23 -0400, Bret McHone <dbmchone at gmail.com> wrote:
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> <threadjack> any recommended material for the person looking to tinker with ham radio? /<threadjack>
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> On Oct 14, 2013 10:21 AM, "Stephen Kraus" <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com> wrote:
> With the right power, antenna, and welavelength, you can talk to home base anywhere.
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> On Oct 14, 2013 10:18 AM, "James Nylen" <jnylen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Would be awesome to take a setup like that to Burning Man.
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> On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM, Mike Harrison <cluon at geeklabs.com> wrote:
> Depends. You can setup an HF repeater at your house and run data over HF giving you immense range, not a fast uplink but it works. HF/HAM still has its advantages over Cellular.
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> Got a Wilson 12" GSM/GPRS antenna and amplifier coming for better cell coverage, and a high gain external USB Wifi adapter (Alfa AWUS036NHR - High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N) with an omni and a directional (works on Linux, Mac and Winders)
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> http://www.kurumirakuru.com/2013/09/my-cellular-data-setup.html
> Is similar to what I just ordered, we'll see how it works.
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> I'm hoping to be far enough away from the house a HAM repeater would not work. And this solves my data connection needs.
> 
> Just wondering if there was still much use to a CB on the road. I remember chatter about gas stations, police, things to see and women with sexy voices asking for a 10-36 (what time is it) as well as some "help I'm stuck" calls. I didn't know if such things still happened on the road.
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> On the geeky side: Am setting up my Asus Tablet as my road server..
> with a "piratebox/librarybox" style wide open share for files, music, etc.
> with a wide open Wifi.. It'll be interesting to see if anyone else ever
> connects to it.
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