Cell reception and iPhones this year???

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Postby bm_cricket » Sat May 15, 2010 1:17 pm

PS, while I don't want it on the playa I'm impressed and pleased by the OpenBTS project! Kick ass!!
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Postby bm_cricket » Sat May 15, 2010 1:28 pm

PSS, I'm a technophile so OpenBTS is awesome. I see lots of applications for it in the civilized world. I still don't like the idea of cell service in BRC. Half the reason I go to BRC is to get away from all the mundane happenings of the real world, including being someplace on time and dealing with phone calls!!

Either way, I love the project!
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Postby Playa Foot » Tue May 25, 2010 10:14 pm

I was on the playa last month and got a cell call from my boss. That is not the biggest reason I quit the job but t was an encouragement.
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Postby Mojori » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:41 am

Kinetic V wrote: The Black Rock Desert should stay a klystron free zone and the same goes for supercows. Don't need no stinking super cell on wheels sites hauled up 447.


I agree. One thing I love about Death Valley and the nearby Panamint Valley is no electromagnetic radiation (at least the parts I've been in.) I loved not being able to get any radio stations or cell phone signal while I was there last March. Would that Black Rock Desert remain ever in a big electromagnetic shadow as well. Too much to ask I suppose. (I'll admit I do like that main BRC radio station.)
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Postby pizzamancer » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:51 am

I saw some asshole yelling away into a cell phone at center camp last year. I did have to fight the urge to grab the phone and stamp it into the playa.

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Re: Escapism

Postby Mojori » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:53 am

ezekielchakras wrote:. . .
How can we be lost if we are always navigable?


Yes!!! Brilliant!!!
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Postby bm_cricket » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:31 am

Kinetic V wrote:I hope the equipment to provide cell coverage gets forgotten or gets annihilated in a playa dust storm. If they keep providing reliable cell phone coverage it's only a matter of time till someone hauls an old TV transmitter out there...that's the last thing we need.

The Black Rock Desert should stay a klystron free zone and the same goes for supercows. Don't need no stinking super cell on wheels sites hauled up 447.


There was one camp blasting NPR. There are worse things to make a whole city block listen to but I still wish people could show up and just be without technology for a week.

Oh, and after spending quite a while thinking about it I came to the conclusion that cell service during pre-build is a real gift to the community. Lots of people can get a week off work but not everyone can get 3 weeks completely away from their work responsibilities. And then there are the emergency "Hey, pick up 100ft of gauge 2 braided steel cord when you pass through Reno" or some such emergency last minute purchase. I hope that by Monday at midnight the service dies and the iPhones stay securely in everyone's car.
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Postby ygmir » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:57 am

some of us dislike techno, dubstep, rave music, more, than cell phones.........

careful what you wish for.........
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Postby Elderberry » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:54 am

pizzamancer wrote:
If you can't drop the default world for a week, stay home.


That's bull shit.

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Postby Homiesinheaven » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:40 pm

straight from the horse's mouth:

http://s3.shoutingfire.org/larry/LarryH ... ve2010.mp3

about a third of the way in. :)
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