The original electronic social network

Old Western Electric “Long Lines” microwave rack

With regard to recent news from the telecom field….

Y’all need some ham radio in your lives if you want to be able to ensure communications in the future.*

The American Radio Relay League has a guide to how to get your Technician class (entry level ) license. No, you do not have to know Morse Code, though you may use it on the airwaves if you do!

That being said, for local communications via radio, ham radio isn’t a necessity – other services such as MURS, CB, and FRS work for some distance. They’re all good to have around in general – it can be a refreshingly simple way of talking to someone else in the neighborhood.

* I’m sorry to use such nonsense sensational language, but I think it’s true at this point – the US is about thiiiiis close to having Ma Bell reformed via a few rapid fire corporate buyouts and mergers that will be rubber-stamp approved by federal agencies and make access to electronic communication highly selective, expensive, and genuinely impossible in some communities, and the net neutrality rules that would have forbidden them from deciding to filter out communications that were not in compliance with their business plans and offerings are gone.

From the “It Blowed Up Real Good” Desk…

These are not my pictures. I know nothing of the horror here, though it was powering the transmitter that cooked these modules. The faults may or may not be related. First off— yes, you are seeing light through that— it blew a hole right through the cover. Also, I am now adding an “Arcy Sparky” category for all future posts relevant to it.

 

It sharted.
Please, no, I do not want to know what horror lies below that tape. Never show this to me. Never. In theory it may be split bolt connectors, but I fear far, far, far worse.

Oh, yes, in case you’re wondering what I mean when I say “Zeeky Boogy Doog”….