Dispatch of September 10th, 2020 – 0xC76A4C4

Good evening. On this day in 1897 A sheriff’s posse killed 19 striking immigrant miners in the Lattimer massacre at Lattimer, Pennsylvania. In 1932, The New York City Subway’s third competing subway system, the IND, was opened. In 2008, The Large Hadron Collider at CERN was powered up.

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MEETING NOTICE: The Cybertek Group will be having its first meeting Saturday evening, October 24th, 2020, 8PM local time at CT Hackerspace in Watertown, CT. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/313928296376251.

In our last post, we noted that despite a minimal amount of activity on this blog, it still somehow managed to acquire 32 subscribers. We wondered out loud how many might be bots, and eleven readers responded. Only a few were subscribers. So, we either have a good number of lurkers, or a bunch of bots surfing this blog.

Was out and about today. Stopping for lunch, we saw these interesting items in the lot next door:

I have no idea what these are specifically, other than they are part of a construction project for the LIRR. I just find it interesting that they had to go all the way into the middle of Connecticut to have these pieces built, and somewhat disheartened that there wasn’t a manufacturer closer to Long Island capable of making the pieces. I also wonder how they’re going to ship them, and suspect that they will put them on 18 wheelers instead of sending them by rail. It’s just another example of our slow Amerikan decline, much like the fact that the majority of this blog’s subscribers are not human.
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(Not that I expect that to work these days, but you never know.)

We don’t follow the news much up here, because what happens in Kenosha, or even Kalamazoo for that matter, is of no consequence unless there are intelligence indicators that say otherwise, and while pundits such as Jones, Breitbart et al are sometimes entertaining, they are nothing compared to what you could get of you applied the knowledge in the books I talked about in this previous blog post: https://cybertekzine.com/2020/07/19/gettysburg-flag-burning-online-trolls-and-deception-operations/.

With that said, the folks responsible for such neat spoof ads such as the one above have planned a long-term demonstration in Washington, DC starting in 7 days at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. I suppose if their readers can afford $55 a year for a magazine, they can also afford to attend a month and a half long street festival in one of the nation’s most expensive cities, and the cost of the lawyer to get them sprung from jail if they try to camp out on the North Lawn.

Anyway the Holiday Inn Georgetown was the traditional stay over location for doing some DC SIGINT work, but they are closed now and are 2 miles away from the area of interest. The Duke St. LP has long since been decommissioned, but would be too distant anyway. Even with the stack of gear <REDACTED> had up and running. The Holiday Inn Washington Central is a scant 1000 meters away from the action and only $92 a night. Don’t expect to hear much. Most of the interesting stuff is encrypted. Not like the back in the day when we’d hang out at <REDACTED> with some Icom and Optoelectronics gear, and a couple yagis pointed out the window.

My advice is simple. Don’t waste your time with DC unless you live there, or are bored and within an hour drive. And if you are bored in these interesting times, you’re doing something wrong. All the time you waste chasing bullshit events can be better spent keeping an eyes and ears on your town/city and county, or learning something useful. If your town/city and county are quiet, then consider yourself fortunate.

And now for something educational and useful. The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is tomorrow and Saturday. It’s free to watch, and more than a few of the talks look interesting. The GNU Radio Conference starts on the 14th, and is also free and interesting.

For those of you who might not be at a sufficient level to understand those talks, start here.