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[#] Fri Jan 20 2012 09:44:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ooh, I remember those -- the handheld CB? One of my childhood friends had a pair of them. It was so cool that we could talk to anyone who had a CB in the car or home.

CB radio ... one more thing killed by computers and the Internet. :(

[#] Fri Jan 20 2012 09:58:49 EST from ax25

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Yes, a whopping 3 channel one as I remember.  Had to buy crystal pairs for each channel (transmit and receive).



[#] Fri Jan 20 2012 22:49:30 EST from zooer

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I think the cell phone killed the CB radio.  The Internet reduced the popularity of ham radio.  When I was in Florida I would hear commercials trying to get people interested in HAM radio.  They focused on trying to convince the public they would be heroes during an emergency.



[#] Fri Jan 20 2012 23:14:54 EST from Animal

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CB radio's still alive... tune to Ch19 on a highway. it's *almost*
worth having one in the truck. Almost.

[#] Sat Jan 21 2012 04:16:32 EST from zooer

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Is channel 19 still alive?  It was popular way back when.



[#] Sat Jan 21 2012 11:45:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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And that's something the digital world hasn't really found a way to conquer yet -- the "who's nearby and within range" type of chatter.

I ditched my last CB in 1997 -- traded in the car and didn't bother to uninstall it. In the early 1990's I had grand plans to come up with a packet radio setup that ran over CB frequencies. Heh. Funny stuff.

Of course, most of us who were *children* in the 1970's were stuck with the cheaper Radio Shack HT's that ran on 48.86 MHz and didn't even have a squelch control, so you had to listen to constant white noise when no one was transmitting.

I wonder how many people actually bothered to learn Morse Code from that scene. I didn't.

[#] Sat Jan 21 2012 21:32:27 EST from zooer

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My childhood walkie-talkies had a Morse code diagram and key on the front.  We just thought it was better to talk because we could never figure out what the other was tapping.

One year I got my brother-in-law an external speaker for his CB radio.  He thought that was great, he was always shouting at people on the road.



[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 10:01:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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"By placing the mattress on top of a set of drawers or a combination of drawers and cubbyholes, it converts the unused space beneath the bed into a convenient storage area. It is also an excellent choice for eliminating one more place monsters can hide."
-- found on a web site selling beds with integrated storage

[#] Wed Feb 01 2012 05:07:43 EST from dothebart

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if you wanna have a look at my town: (requires flash)

http://www.oopper.de/gigapixel/gigapixel-koeln-p040.php

the camera is most probably somewhere around here:

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?minlon=6.96832180023193&minlat=50.9371681213379&maxlon=6.96911764144897&maxlat=50.9399909973145

and is pointing to the west across the rhine.



[#] Wed Feb 01 2012 07:57:53 EST from dothebart

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http://davidwalsh.name/nudejs

 

javascript detecting nudity... well...



[#] Wed Feb 01 2012 15:46:50 EST from ax25

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Packet works over CB, just not here.  Stupid FCC.  Big in Europe - ha.

Here is a cute video of a guy doing 1200 baud packet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFu71XeM998

Packet is still alive here in the US of A.  It is used more for APRS (think GPS + Packet Radio).  It is still used be a few Luddites like me as well.

Ax25



[#] Thu Feb 02 2012 09:22:34 EST from zooer

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Interesting, what does the FCC have against it?



[#] Thu Feb 02 2012 13:14:50 EST from zooer

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When the government decides it must shut down the internet for our own good, this might be the best way to communicate.



[#] Thu Feb 02 2012 18:15:50 EST from ax25

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The FCC is picky about the "what" is transmitted.  Data tones are different from voice in the opinion of the FCC.  They call them emission types.  Heh, heh..



[#] Fri Feb 03 2012 14:40:03 EST from Spell Binder

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Feb 2 2012 6:15pm from ax25
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The FCC is picky about the "what" is transmitted.  Data tones are
different from voice in the opinion of the FCC.  They call them
emission types.  Heh, heh..


I'm making a wild guess here, because I don't know the frequencies or channel bandwidths for CB, nor the frequency spreads for packet radio signals, but perhaps the FCC is concerned that packet radio signals might use more bandwidth than a single CB radio channel is allocated. If the signal bandwidth is more than the bandwidth for the channel plus the guard-bands, it would interfere with adjacent channels. If I remember correctly, there's at least one CB channel reserved for emergency use. It would definitely be bad to interfere with that.
Bandwidth Binder

[#] Wed Feb 08 2012 00:11:50 EST from ax25

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Fri Feb 03 2012 02:40:03 PM EST from Spell Binder Subject: Re: fcc

I'm making a wild guess here, because I don't know the frequencies or channel bandwidths for CB, nor the frequency spreads for packet radio signals, but perhaps the FCC is concerned that packet radio signals might use more bandwidth than a single CB radio channel is allocated. If the signal bandwidth is more than the bandwidth for the channel plus the guard-bands, it would interfere with adjacent channels. If I remember correctly, there's at least one CB channel reserved for emergency use. It would definitely be bad to interfere with that.
Bandwidth Binder

That might be the objection.  I never followed any petition to get F2D emissions allowed on 11m.  It is easy to get a ham license these days as there is no code requirement right up to a general license.



[#] Sat Feb 25 2012 13:40:02 EST from fleeb

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtfnCGwjfL8

(another bit concerning the fellow who does this)

[#] Tue Mar 20 2012 14:33:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Pothole gardening.

That reminds me of the time I found a single flower growing out of a crack in the mortar of my house's chimney last year. That was weird.

Now that I own an angle grinder perhaps I should repoint it.

[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 22:17:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Anyone else here using Foursquare? I've been playing with it and would love to have some chatter with folks I know from here.

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