For when just a few watts of horns.aiff aren’t enough

 

2013-10-07 18.04.56I forget just what was going on at the moment but I drew this depicting the best way to say “NO” ever: warm up a big honkin’ transmitter, hit plate on to put it on the air at full power, and blast horns.aiff… Or, better yet, a loop of alternating horns.aiff and the soundtrack to nope.avi. Sure, why not.

I wish the blower on the big crybaby of a Harris Z16HD+ I maintain blew out the front like that to create dramatic hair flowiness action. Ehhh… I’m just sufficiently happy with it when it’s not popping blower motors like candy.

This is my "HD Radio" face
This is my “HD Radio” face

Okay maybe it kind of does if you open the front PA cover and let it go all leaf blower. I dunno.

…And any other unspecified duties that may be added as necessary.

From Wm Watt Hairston on the fantastic “I Take Pictures of Transmitter Sites” group:

“Radio Engineer NEEDED ASAP, Duties shall include: Plumbing and toilet repair; Vehicle maintenance and repair; General building and grounds upkeep, modifications and repair; Removal of derelicts and other undesirables from building; Jewelry repair; emergency shoe and garment repair; kitchen appliance repair; office moves and logistics as requested; repair employees electronic equipment; equip, setup and tear down for remote broadcast as requested; install, maintain all phones, computers, as well as associated routers and networks; provide instant desktop support for all running OS and installed applications; Maintenance and upkeep of all FCC related compliance and record keeping matters; repair and maintain towers, transmitters and other broadcast equipment. Must supply own transportation and communications; On-call 24/7 is a must as well as a good attitude and willingness to take direction from anyone who ask….”

When you and your Arduino do not give a fuck

I can say fuck on the Internet, right?

the wiring is


// fucks.ino: Arduino sketch for automatically running out of fucks to give. Should work on any board, wired to an HD44780 based display or compatible. Does it look like I give a fuck?
LiquidCrystal lcd(12, 11, 5, 4, 3, 2);
// rs, enable, d4, d5, d6, d7
// on the lcd end these match to:
// 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14
// don't forget the 10k pot between gnd/5v with the wiper on lcd pin 3, ground pin 1, and +5 on pin 2,
// or a completely negative number of fucks will be given. this is undesirable but hilarious.
int fucks;
void setup()
{
fucks=100; // or whatever. watch me give a fuck.
lcd.begin(20,2);
lcd.setCursor(0,0);
lcd.print("Fucks To Give:");
lcd.setCursor(0,1);
lcd.print(fucks);

}

void loop() {
if (fucks>=1) {
lcd.setCursor(0,1);
lcd.print(fucks);
delay(250);
fucks--;
}
if (fucks=0) {
lcd.setCursor(0,0);
lcd.print(" Out Of Fucks ");
lcd.setCursor(0,1);
lcd.print("To Give! Fuck Off.");
delay(30000); // or just go fuck yourself
}
}

I could put up an example picture and video but I am out of fucks to give

BANANA ERROR!

Interesting… Valve has hidden an Easter egg in the latest update to Team Fortress 2. It adds banana peels as a crafting item, and attempting to craft two banana peels together leads to a Banana Error.

See for yourself at 14 seconds into the video.

Note the hex codes at the end of the Banana Error message. When the content of the Banana Errors is combined (probably by order based on Banana Error number), it’s beginning to form a PNG image with a QR code in it.

There is suspicion that once the QR code is complete enough to be readable (it doesn’t have to be TOTALLY complete, thanks to QR’s embedded forward error correction), this may lead us to the long-awaited Meet The Pyro video!

It’s rare as hell that I even think about videogames, but this is just too damn clever and I totally want to see whether the Pyro’s male or female. It’s been a MYSTERY, you see. I don’t even play TF2 and this is most intriguing.

— Updated: It was decoded!! It leads here —
http://tf2.com/cajtaypvdbyl.jpg

Telecom secrets revealed – A Sprint PCS cell site!!

What you can't see in this photo is that it's over 100 degrees in the room, lolz
The Now -- Failing --Network

This is what a particular Sprint PCS cell site in southwestern Miami-Dade County, Florida, looks like inside.

Shield your eyes, it’s horrible. No, actually, you will want to shield your eyes because the batteries were installed so badly that I felt the need to place some cut-up pieces of a plastic container in between the battery terminals and some aluminum-cased monitoring widgets that were sitting on top of them to avoid an electrical fire. (Upon testing the batteries I found then to be at about 10.1 volts DC. FAIL.)

And this kind of thing is why I trust ham radio for communications more than anything I pay a mystery team for “service” on. 🙂

Spork and Speef

Click to view the horror

Say what you will about the American diet as it stands today — at least we don’t have this around anymore. See, food was disturbing as hell in the 70s.
Just ask Betty Crocker.

Onwards to the disturbing gelatinous “Meat” In A Can:

 

Thanks to x-ray delta one on flickr, who has this beautiful set of Regrettable Food pics…..!!

 

The Water Cooled IC-V8000

I’ve always had a soft spot for the way Icom designs their mobile ham rigs. See, someone at Icom realized that hams are ridiculously longwinded and will overheat many commercial grade radios made for the typical 5/5/90 duty cycle (5% TX, 5% RX, 90% standby) easily… so they designed most of their radios with giant passive heatsinks integral with the exterior chassis of the radio. On some of their radios there is a small cooling fan at the back that pushes a little more airflow over the chassis if needed. I used to have an old IC-229H which just had a huge passive heatsink at the back, and there’s an IC-2100H in my parents’ car that just does the whole case/heatsink thing for cooling.

Unfortunately someone, in the process of building an Echolink node around an IC-V8000, thought they needed a bit more cooling and then this happened…

 I don’t entirely understand WHY this was done — the radio has a very large heatsink of its own… or HAD a very large heatsink of its own, as it may be. It’s a 75W radio and could easily be turned down to mid or low power to further reduce heating problems without doing… that.
The images were found on Facebook and I’m presenting them anonymously to protect the guilty party XD
Shown below is an unmolested reference model:
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