A long departed friend of mine has sometimes come to visit me in dreams, and he’s still just as wonderfully silly as ever.
But then tonight he figured out how to sneak into a ham radio repeater on a mountain…
So nobody was talking on the CARLA system again as is quite usual but suddenly I heard just the middle of some conversation about a Jeep pop on there then disappear just as suddenly. I keyed up the radio, said my call sign and let go of the button. There was no beep or squelch tail from the repeater.
But then he just pops right up.
“Hey again. Nice to see you. It’s really nice up here, better than that stuffy Castle Greyskull.”
His voice was kind of unmistakable.
I replied, “what are you doing up there?”
The response was a bit of laughter followed by the repeater controller saying “Link time out” as it turned off even though I’d just spoken on it.
So yeah, if you just heard all that oddness across the better part of California… That’s just an old friend being his ridiculous self.
This is not my first experience with ghosts sneaking into repeaters, by the way. It happens. Everyone who’s used the 147.150 in Miami has likely heard it happen too.
This post is to be assumed to be to the tune of She Wants Revenge – Out of Control. available on YouTube here. So I was up here again and was asked to check the generator and fuel level. Fuel was fine, generator started, amazingly, with only minor reluctance, and immediately filled the shack with exhaust, so I left the vent fan on and walked away for a while, came back, ran in holding my breath, shut it down, and left for a while more. It urinated on the floor… Sure looks like one of the CrapsackWorld props from Idiocracy, doesn’t it? But then I heard a buzzing that didn’t sound right after the generator was shut down and traced it to a pair of relays oscillating. I unplugged the power supply to them and a nice fireworks show of good ol’ arcy sparky happened for a moment, ending with a power strip breaker tripping. Beautiful. I then got to work……
None of this was functional anymore. Especially not after the fireworks show…. Now I’ve just gotta rewire the remote to one of the transmitters to eliminate a final layer of relay bodge and I can start over with better control. How do I come to inherit these things??!! Sadly, off air time may be required. What a thing to greet my operations manager with when he returns from vacation! “Welcome back, I need to nuke your stations!” Actually he’s a really awesome guy and he won’t be mad at all.
I have a theory that one of the major reasons this year’s flu season is particularly vile is that policies and management in many companies have eroded, or completely destroyed, the confidence of the American workforce in knowing that they’ll have a job to go back to if they take any time off sick.
Thus, everyone is just going back to work with the flu, and spreading it at unprecedented rates.
Of course, our current mostly conservative government will not create or enforce any policies granting workers sick leave, or even adequately fund any medical or research programs into infectious disease control, so here we are.
It’s kind of frightening. Most of the people I know who have caught the flu this year are back at work because they’ve been told that absence, even if they have a note from a doctor or clinic, will be considered unexcused and grounds for termination. A lot of them work in supermarkets, foodservice, and other tasks that pretty much guarantee spreading any infectious critter they catch.
I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Since my early adoption of it—- dogecoin has reached the moon. With its recent surge in value along with other altcoins, the blockchain has a lot of new users but not much node capacity. Therefore, at least for the time being, I’m running a full node on a nice fast VPS to help get things in sync.
Once it synchronizes I’ll also use it to generate up to date bootstrap.dat files to help kick start other nodes.
Donations toward the cost of hosting it are welcome at dogecoin address D5xa6EKroSdGfkisCAMiqDPo55MFGQXsLu
It also holds an info page at http://doge.kg4cyx.net/ which will get torrent links for the bootstrap file once I get that going.
How useful is this? Who knows, naysayers gonna naysay*, but the altcoin scene is doing pretty damn well right now.
much big words for someone who abandoned his own project that started out with a silly meme