Ticom

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  1. Hello! As an aside, my grandparents lived just outside Oneonta, NY before they passed away. Here's the link to the local ham club: https://www.qsl.net/nc2c/, don't know how active they are, if any, but it's worth a shot. Ostego County also seems to have an active RACES organization (https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/volunteer_opportunities/otsego_county_radio_amateur_civil_emergency_service_(races).php), and it would be in your best interest to get to know those folks and at least be neighborly. Now if you get a 2m/70cm HT you'll be able to hit a few repeaters in the Central Leatherstocking region, and that's about it. If you can afford $70 you should be able to find a used 2 Meter base station that'll give you an extra 10dB of power output which with an antenna you can build yourself will let you talk with the locals out to about 20 miles or so depending on the terrain, maybe a little further up and down the Susquehanna River valley and into the Catskills. If you want to talk further without assistance from repeaters you'll need to get down into the HF bands. - Ticom (Tom) Editor, Cyber-Tek Zine (est.1990) https://www.cybertekzine.com/
  2. https://ticom.livejournal.com/384771.html cybertek29.pdf
  3. In a related vein, I was /P on 20 meters this past spring running an FT-817 off of a GoalZero Sherpa pack, and wondering why net control on 14300 KHz. was buried down in the noise. For those not knowing, 14300 KHz. is the frequency for the maritime mobile net and its net control operators are running legal limit QRO into some large beams so they can work maritime mobiles running 20 watts into a wire tied the mast. Figuring the band was truly dead, as I went to shut down the station I first unplugged the Sherpa to hear net control coming in S9+. Worked him using 3 watts and a dipole off the internal pack in the '817. Plugged in the Sherpa again and watched the noise floor go up 9 s-units. When I got home, I plugged the Sherpa into an O'Scope to find quite a bit of AC hash on the output. Have since discovered the same with most cheap "wal-wart" power supplies.
  4. Hey, Greetings from your neighbor to the southeast.
  5. Missed it this year, but hopefully will make it back east for 2020.
  6. Issue #28 is out. https://oberonswest.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/28-is-here-zine-interzone-ticom-amwriting-cybertek-dystonaut-twlee-tlalclatlan/ Or locally here. issue28_28JUL2018_by_Ticom.pdf
  7. http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-886B if you want to buy new. Every hamfest I've been to has had a few handheld frequency counters for sale cheap.
  8. Issue #28 is released.

  9. I just retired out here. Curious if anyone else is out here in the wilderness...
  10. Those of you wishing to contribute to Dystonaut #8 please send your submission to me by July 16th. Thank you!
  11. I've been thinning out the Electronic Toy collection, and put a few things up on Ebay that some of you might be interested in. Among them are some pieces of vintage Bell System test equipment. http://www.ebay.com/sch/tomf_ct/m.html -Tom
  12. The battery that came with it was deader than Marley, and not planning any imminent Christmas Visitations. It was also an original Bell System Battery, and remains in my phreak collection. By all accounts, the 45V batterys are hard to come by, and most techs modify their kick meters to run off a bunch of 9Vs in series.
  13. I'm working on a new issue. http://ticom-tech.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-cyberpunk-techncial-journal-issue.html
  14. I used mine as an actual phone. Was great for picking up crosstalk on phone lines, and hearing all the weird stuff that happens on the line when your phone is "hung up."
  15. http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/529830
  16. http://www.digivill.net/~ticom/Issue2.pdf
  17. http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/609182 Issue3.pdf
  18. 1/4 wave ground plane antennas work really well for their intended frequency of use, and they're cheap to build - just some wire and a connector. You can also improve the performance of a lot of antennas by putting a 1/4" ground plane under them. Those of you who remember the old G-Net web site from the l0pht, their colinear performance was greatly enhanced with a ground plane under it.
  19. Like I said in my last 2600 article, fuck the geriatric cranktards. Plenty to do on the ham bands that doesn't involve them.
  20. Just make sure everything goes to "11". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrVCjnRdB_k
  21. Just released Issue #1 of Basement Techie Magazine

  22. I started a new magazine, Basement Techie. Free digital download, published under creative commons. http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/482588 Regards, Ticom
  23. I just generated a lower-sized PDF of the first issue, and uploaded it to my home page for those of you who don't want to give your info to Magcloud: http://www.digivill....nt_Techie_1.pdf Basement Techie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3 .0 United States License . You are free : - to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work - to Remix — to adapt the work Under the following conditions : - Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). - Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes . - Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one . With the understanding that: Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder. Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license . Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license : Your fair dealing or fair use rights , or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations ; Apart from the remix rig hts g ranted under this license , the author's moral rights ; Rig hts other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used , such as publicity or privacy rights .