Wednesday, February 23, 2005

And the best Director goes to...

The performers and the directors (and don't doubt for a second that it was both DIRECTED and a performed by many!) last night on 3.840 should get some kind of award. Like a burning brown bag on their doorsteps?

Now I'm not the brightest 'bulb' on the block (or after listening to these folks, perhaps I am!) but did NO ONE else notice the serendipitous timing of these recent events---

Monday night, artie - w60bb was distributing, via email, to some of his minions, x-cording; an easy and simple program any dummy could use to record mp3 files, like the antics on 3.840. (He also gave out instructions on how to install the program.)

Tuesday night, very early in the evening; artie - w60bb informed one and all (Big Ben - kd7bcw, Melba Mac - w7lw, and any other of the early bird HAMS), that the FCC would be monitoring the 3.840 frequency on this very evening. You could almost see the bobbing heads moving in astute agreement.

Then as the evening wore on with mind numbing boring conversation, artie, big ben, melba mac, and others gradually and quietly left the 3.840 frequency. Did they go elsewhere or were they monitoring???

Lo and behold billy the bill collector - n6ayj, was left all alone. Well, he might as well have been alone, he was trying to bloviate (and despite being a lawyer, he is NOT a bloviater!) TO timmie the tactless - n6mza.

Both of these HAMS were claiming OUTLAW status from the 3840 HAMS group. Claiming a kinship of sorts, they were encouraging, wheedling, enticing, and inviting SteveO - kg6txh to join them on air. And their prey took the bait.

Slowly, one by one, a few of the other regulars joined in: GU ki5gu, Greg the voice of unreason - w6ezv, Robolon - ke7bbx, and National City Bill - wb6bnq.

As SteveO became more & more intoxicated with whatever his favorite substance is, his rantings became more intense, repetitive, and non-sensical. It was painful to listen too actually, and sad. (And SteveO, you really should buff up that profanity vocabulary...there really are more than Carlin's 7 words.)

While a couple of the HAMS actually tried in subtle, half-hearted, ways to 'disarm' the situation, it was much too late for that. The 'plan' was in full swing, the recorders were recording away, as SteveO lost any control he may have thought he had, of himself and/or others. With the help, of course, of many of the participants, who fanned the fires with glee.

It was still going full-tilt, when I opted for bed. One has to wonder if these folks other favorite pastimes are watching S/M videos or going out on the south forty and shooting the livestock in the legs while gathering up the stuff for the brown bags...



Friday, February 11, 2005

HamCams: A Flash in the pan???

Like everyone else, I enjoy HamCams. HamCams was started by Paul Bowman - w7mag, of Pahrump, Nevada (Probably at the behest of his good buddy and neighbor, artie - w6obb.)

It was a great idea, and still is. But I don't check the site as often as I used too. Other people report spending less time there also. Though I remember well it's first weeks when HamCams would rack up a jillion hits per night.

For one thing, it's almost impossible for those using dial-up to load the over bloated page anymore. And although I believe every HAM that wants one, should have a spot (as long as it is 'family oriented'); it's just gotten too large. Perhaps it's time to:

- Segment/Divide the page in some sort of logical way i.e. by license class, or by alphabet, or by ??? So that when you open HamCams, you'd get a 'link' list and go one level 'deeper' to get to the smaller, more manageable, pic pages.

But worse than the size/loading problem; it has become BORING!!! There are MANY pics there that haven't been changed in forever! Whatever happened to HamCams policy of DELETING pics that were over a couple of weeks old???

Yet the ONE reason I always went to HamCams is gone; the live webcam of the NYC street!

I KNOW HamCams is a totally volunteer site, and that Paul Bowman does the all the work, administration, etc. himself. (AND I personally know how THAT goes!!!). But perhaps it's time for Paul to 'appoint' some additional volunteers??? People who have the time and energy to monitor the site???

To top it all off, many sites link to HamCams (ahem, including ), but HamCams apparently doesn't believe in reciprocating as the only link to another site is to JimandLeahs Online Tuner (of course, Jim Southwick - n7js is also a ham)!!! But then what about Radio Bothell Online by Kent Nyberg - wm70? His online tuner page is shaping up very nicely indeed!)

With these 'lacks', one wonders how long it will be before HamCams itself will last??? Or perhaps the page will be up, and just fewer and fewer folks will visit it; after all how many times do you want to view the same old mug shots??? Otherwise HamCams may be on it's way out. Just another of arties 'flashes in the pan'.




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