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==== Recent News ====

''' The September 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, September 29th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: For more info read the MeetingSeptember2004 page.

''' The August 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, August 25th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: For more info read the MeetingAugust2004 page.

''' The PTP will be at [http://conferences.oreillynet.com/os2004/ OSCON (The Open Source Convention)] '''
  * When: Exhibit Hall Hours
          Wednesday, July 28: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm & 6:00 - 7:30 pm Thursday, July 29: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  * Where: Portland Marriott Downtown 1401 SW Naito Parkway
  * How: Check the [http://conferences.oreillynet.com/os2004/ web site for information]

''' PlayDaySix - Raising A Node, The Hows And Whys '''

    * When: Saturday, July 17th, 2004 11am to 4 PM
    * Coordinators: TomHiggins
    * Slogan: Explore, Expand, Evolve!
    * Where: [WWW]Urban Grind Coffee
    * Where's That: 2214 NE Oregon, Portland, OR 97232

Playdays are a time and place for all interested people to gather, listen to some presenters, exchange ideas, break up into focused groups and work at building up each others knowledge. This PlayDay will focus on the building and running of a PTP node. Everyone is welcome, experimentation is encouraged, a good time will be had for all participants.

''' The World Wide Wardrive 2004'''

Get to know your nieghborhood , meet new people, see how the wireless network has spread across the landscape. The [http://www.worldwidewardrive.org/ WWW2004] is an event that will bring folks togther to explore and map out the wireless network they live in and around. For more information check out the [http://www.worldwidewardrive.org/ WWW4 page] and to find out how other PTP members are going to participate drop a note of interest on the [http://lists.personaltelco.net/mailman/listinfo/general PTP General Mailing List. ]

''' The PTP CapitalFund Matching Funds Challange '''

Up to now the PTP has done most everything out of the pockets and good graces of folks willing to front for equipment, printing, fees and setup costs. The time has come for us to build up our warchest so that we can better work on the PTP's goal "To promote and build public wireless networks through community support and education."

To that end the PTP has started a CapitalFund drive, this is a way for folks to donate money in order that we can gain some matching funds that have been put on the table. Please read the CapitalFund page for all the details.

''' The June 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, June 30th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: For more info read the MeetingJune2004 page.

''' The May 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, May 26th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: For more info read the MeetingMay2004 page.

''' The April 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, April 28th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: For more info read the MeetingApril2004 page.

''' The PTP's EarthDay Support '''

Members of the PTP will help set up a free use zone of wireless goodness at a [http://www.earthday.net/g&e/viewEvent.asp?id=590 local EarthDay event on April 17th.] If you are interested in helping out please drop us a note on the [http://lists.personaltelco.net/mailman/listinfo/general PTP General Mailing List. ]

''' The March 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, March 31st 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: For more info read the MeetingMarch2004 page.

''' The PTP InstallFestMarch2004 '''
  * Where: Node236
  * When: Saturday, March 20th, 2004. 12:00 am - 5:00 pm or so
  * Who: You
  * Why: Read the InstallFestMarch2004 page for more info

''' The PTP AntennaModWorkshop '''
  * When: February 29, 2004.
  * Where: [http://www.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/Node134 Node134]
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: Personal Telco Project is holding a satellite dish modification workshop. 2.4 GHz and/or 5.8 GHz bands based on Trevor Marshall's bi-quad design with Primestar and possibly DirecTV/Dish Networks reflectors. There are plenty of interested people and lots of unused dishes out there in the world! Please read AntennaModWorkshop for more information

''' The Februrary 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, Februrary 25th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: Speaker - Phil Busse
For more info read the MeetingFebruary2004 page.

''' The January 2004 Monthly Meeting'''
  * When: Wednesday, January 28th 2004. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone
For more info read the MeetingJanuary2004 page.

''' The January 20th 2004 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting20040120

''' Site Survey Maps '''

[http://www.personaltelco.net/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=sitesurveys View the amazing images of data and maps merged togther] to show the range and scope of some of the PTPs nodes. If you have a node that needs a survey please send an email to the [http://lists.personaltelco.net/mailman/listinfo/ General PTP Mailing List]

''' Installfest Fall 2003 '''

PTP members gathered to help each other learn and build. Nodes were crafted, antennas mucked with, coffee drank and [http://www.personaltelco.net/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=Node236 pictures taken.]

''' The January 13th 2004 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting20040113

''' The PTP InstallFestWinter2004 '''
  * When: Saturday, January 10th, 2004. 11:00 am - 6:00 pm or so
  * Why: InstallFestWinter2004 for a full run down and pictures of the event

''' The January 6th 2004 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting200401006

''' The December 30th 2003 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting20031230

''' The December 23th 2003 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting20031223

''' The December 16th 2003 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting20031216

''' The PTP HolidayParty2003 '''
  * When: Saturday, December 13th, 2003. 6:00pm - ???
  * Where: ["Node491"] Cappos Cafe - Old Town Portland at NW Everett and Broadway.
  * Who: Everyone
  * Why: Food, Folks, Fun , State Of The PTP Speech, Awards, Live DJS

''' The December 2nd 2003 Weekly Meeting'''
  * Info: WeeklyMeeting20031202

''' The November 2003 Monthly Meeting'''

  * When: Wednesday, November 19th 2003. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone

The PTPnet is fast moving from research to reality. This months meeting will cover the progress on the Rocky Butte node, inter node connectivity methods, creation status of new nodes, planned user workshops, reports on PTP resources and ways to help build out the network.

The evolving agenda can be found at MeetingNovember2003 .

''' The September 2003 Monthly Meeting '''

  * When: Wednesday, September 24th 2003. 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  * Where: UrbanGrind Coffee House
  * Who: Everyone

Included with this months meeting we have a featured speaker. Don Westlight, engineer manager for NWAX. Past positions include IP Engineering Manager of OHSU, and network engineer for OGI. He is co-author of "A High-Speed Metropolitan Area Network Measurement Study"[1] along with Jim Binkley of PSU.

He'll be speaking about IPv6. Including the current status of IPv6, its usefulness in mobile applications, and the possibility of more widespread IPv6 usage in Portland.

[1] http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/binkley00highspeed.html

''' PTProactivist Lunchtime Activity August 20th 2003 '''

  Pictures from the first outing can be found at ["PTProactivism"].

''' Pioneer Courthouse Square Area Node '''

We are please to annouce that one of our most widely used and central nodes is now back in
full operation.

Read the press release [http://lists.personaltelco.net/pipermail/general/2003q3/014017.html Here]

And the Node113 Wiki [http://www.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/Node113 Here]

''' New Personal Telco President Elected '''
DarrinEden has been elected by the membership of Personal Telco to serve as president for the next two-year term. His term starts August 15, 2003.

'''Official Personal Telco Play Day -'''
 PTP Play Day '''Five''' occured at [http://www.urbangrindcoffee.com Urban Grind Coffee]. [http://personaltelco.net/index.cgi/PlayDayFive more information.]

''' July 17, 2003 New Node Announcement: Irving Park '''

Installation of a new Personal Telco node was completed yesterday
evening that covers the SW corner of Irving Park (NE 7th & Fremont).
Best coverage is near the picnic tables that surround the tennis courts.

Node Wiki page:

Information about Irving Park:

''' June 28, 2003 Personal Telco Project Featured on local news radio program '''

I always enjoy listening to Nigel talk about wireless. the interview today
on the radio http://www.kbnp.com/ was really nice and Molly allowed a lot of time to ask Nigel
questions about PTP.

If anyone missed the interview here is the archive:

Also Rick Lindahl was interviewed in March. He also gave several plugs
for PTP.



''' June 2003 Personal Telco Project [http://www.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/MonthlyMeeting monthly meeting] '''
 * Date: Wednesday June 25th, 2003
 * Time: 6:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PS
 * Location: 2214 NE 22nd and Oregon St.
 * Website: [http://www.urbangrindcoffee.com Urban Grind Coffee]
See the [http://www.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/MonthlyMeeting monthly meeting] page for more details.

''' Personal Telco receives federal tax exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the code. '''

''Thu, 19 Jun 2003 19:14:04 -0700''

I am pleased to announce that the Internal Revenue Service as
recognized The Personal Telco Project as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt

This is much in due to our monthly meetings, hack fests, and play-days!
Thanks to all that organize and support those events, lets keep them
going strong.

I would like to personally thank everyone that helped in this process,
it took a year but it happened!

 '' -- Lucas Sheehan, Secretary of Personal Telco Project''

''' Pioneer Courthouse Square Node'''

The downtown Pioneer Courthouse Square Node is currently down
because it is being moved to a new location. Service will be
returned as soon as possible. Sorry for the disruption of Service.

 '' -- PTP''

'''Official Personal Telco Play Day -'''
 PTP Play Day '''Four''' will be at [http://www.urbangrindcoffee.com Urban Grind Coffee].
 Great time to learn about wireless over coffee or tea.
  * Location: 2214 NE 22nd and Oregon St.
  * Date: Saturday May 17, 2003
  * Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
  * [http://personaltelco.net/index.cgi/PlayDayFour more information.]

'''Portland Ranked Most Wireless City in America'''
 A new article in [http://www.oregonlive.com/business/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/business/1046782677268070.xml The Oregonian] cites [http://personaltelco.net/index.cgi/PortlandOregon Portland, Oregon] as the most unwired in America. They say, "Much of the credit goes to Personal Telco, a group of local computer hobbyists that has spent two years persuading individuals and businesses to donate high-speed Internet connections to its cause -- creating a "cloud" of free wireless access over the Portland area." Are you [http://maps.personaltelco.net/ connected yet]?

 (Working Wiki : I think it one of the most important things I've seen in studying Wiki - or any recent research - is that today I found the above news and article, and the organization that did it runs a Wiki based site! - searching Sand Wiki, Forest, Port Angeles)

'''The Wireless Commons Manifesto'''
 [http://www.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/AdamShand Adam Shand], Bruce Potter, Paul Holman and Cory Doctorow have been working on a manifesto and definition for community wireless networks. We'd like it if you would take a moment to [http://www.wirelesscommons.org/node.php?id=2 read it], [http://www.wirelesscommons.org/module.php?mod=user&op=edit sign it] and tell us what you think.

'''Notes on the NewbieWorkshop03'''[[BR]]
 On a non rainy day in Portland some 15 folks gathered to share in community wireless networking. One of the beinfits of wireless computing is the ability to not be shut up indoors and this meeting turned into a great example of that benefit. [http://wsmf.org/pictures/2003/0330-NewbieWorkshop03/ Pictures of the gathering] as well as notes can be found on the NewbieWorkshop03 page.


'''Official Personal Telco Equipment Play Day'''

PTP Play Day is '''today''' at [http://www.urbangrindcoffee.com Urban Grind Coffee].

Great time to learn about wireless over coffee or tea.

 * Location: 2214 NE 22nd and Oregon St.
 * Date: Saturday April 12, 2003
 * Time: 12:00 to 4:00PM

[http://personaltelco.net/index.cgi/PlayDayTwo more infomation.]

'''Monthly Meeting Thursday March 27 th 6:00pm to 8:45pm '''

The MonthlyMeeting for March 2003 is Tonight.
Location: [http://www.multcolib.org/agcy/cen.html Downtown Central Library]

When you come to the first set of doors in the main library, take a right turn and you?re at the meeting location.

801 S.W. 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97205

  * Guest Speaker - Chris Williams of The Computer Store Northwest
  * New Powerbooks Demo and Apple 802.11G AP's

'''23 February 2003 Notes on the NewbieWorkshop02'''
 Notes of what went on and some pictures to gaze at are now up. the Notes will be updated as folks remeber the plethora of points that came up in the 5+ hour gathering. All in all a great gathering, thanks to everyone who came by. Now on to NewbieWorkshop03 . [[BR]]

'''26 January 2003 Notes on the NewbieWorkshop01'''
 Super Bowl Sunday saw the kick off of the first NewbieWorkshop. Lots of questions, some answers and TBD plans for the next month's gathering. Read some of what we talked over and whats on tap for next month.

'''15 December 2002 The Personal Telco Project HolidayParty2002!'''

 * Time: 6PM to midnight.
 * Where: The Heaven Cafe Lounge
  * 429 S.W 10th Ave.
  * Portland Or 97205
 * Who: Anyone who has supported the Personal Telco Project during 2002.
   * If you've attendend a meeting, help someone setup an access point, or even mailed to the mailing list, you've helped.

 * Why: To celebrate the year's accomplishments and the holiday season.
'''11-12 December 2002 - ITEC 2002 Personal Telco Project] will be at ITEC'''

 Personal Telco is participating in [http://www.goitec.com ITEC] and will be in [http://events.goitec.com/ebooth/default.asp?ec=PDX02&eboothId=300768 Booth 322] this year at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on December 11-12, 2002. More detailed information will be posted about this event in the coming weeks on the PortlandItec page. If you would like to register to attend ITEC please view your invitation and receive complimentary admission, simply use the [http://events.goitec.com/etix/?ep=2IL3 ITEC eTicket].

'''22-25 November 2002 - PersonalTelcoProject helps OryCon 24 get Internet access'''

 PersonalTelcoProject teamed up with WinfieldWireless to provide OryCon24 with Internet access. Paul Allais worked with the PTP Special Ops Team to make a connection from the KGON tower on the West Hills of Portland to the PTP Van at the Columbia River Double Tree on the Columbia River.

 Here is what the the Internet Cafe manager had to say:

 '' "Everything went swimmingly well. The cooperative interaction and performance of PTP and Winfield was fabulous. Over the weekend, I believe Paul from Winfield Wireless said we moved about 1.5 million 64 bit packets through their link. Apparently, we had some appreciative members of the convention.
 Thanks again. I spread the PTP name far and wide. You should be getting a few inquiries." ''

  -- Christopher Cullins,[[BR]] Manager, Orycon 24 Internet Cafe.

'''15 October 2002 - Monthly Meeting Oct 31th at Hollywood Library'''
 Its time for our MonthlyMeeting. This month DonaldHoffman will be presenting "Satellite Networks and Services: When Wireless Networking IS Rocket Science." DonaldHoffman served as the principal network architect for [http://www.teledesic.com]Teledesic and [http://www.ico.com] ICO for several years. Notes: MeetingOctober2002.

'''25 September 2002 - Monthly Meeting Sep 25th at SW Lucky Lab'''
 Its time to meet again. Details are available at MonthlyMeeting

'''16 September 2002 - Personal Telco in the news'''
 Personal Telco is written about in this [http://www.bizjournals.com/industries/high_tech/wireless_palms_pdas/2002/09/16/portland_newscolumn1.html article] from the Portland Business Journal. Free registration required.

'''21 August 2002 - August Monthly Meeting - New Location'''
 The Personal Telco MonthlyMeeting is on Wednesday August 28th. The location is the southwest LuckyLab in Multnomah Village. It starts at 6pm and goes until people leave.

'''21 August 2002 - Ouch! The Slashdot Effect'''
 Well we survived the SlashDot article. But by the time the combined effect of the Oregonian article, SlashDot, The Register etc got done with us it was pretty ugly. The map server is gonna be down for a little bit until I think it's died down but everything should be back to normal in a day or so. Please bear with us.

'''19 August 2002 - Oregonian Article'''
 Personal Telco is in the Oregonian. Read the article [http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/front_page/102975810817580.xml here]. If you've just discovered Personal Telco, and are trying to figure out how to connect to the network, check the [http://maps.personaltelco.net map of hotspots] and read the NewUsersGuide. For more information, see the SupportCenter.

'''18 August 2002 - New Web Site Online'''
 The new web site is now live! We know there are still some bugs with it, and there's content that still needs to be written for the new navigation framework, but then that's what you're all for, right? ;) If you see anything broken or know how to fix any HTML/CSS quirks you find please let us know. Oh, and if it does't look like [http://www.personaltelco.net/

Upcoming Events


  • When: Saturday, October 16th, 2004 12 to 6 PM
  • Coordinators: TomHiggins

  • Where: Node236
  • Where's That: 2924 SE Alder St, Portland OR 97214

Learn to use your Linksys WRT54g as a full featured nocat node, a client, in pairs as a bridge or coverage extender as well as how to add antennas, tweek the firmware and mount them outdoors.

PlayDaySeven - Using Wireless Nodes/Hotspots in Portland

  • When: Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 12 to 4 PM
  • Coordinators: TomHiggins

  • Slogan: Boot Up, Log In, Be Free
  • Where: Urban Grind Coffee
  • Where's That: 2214 NE Oregon, Portland, OR 97232

This PlayDay will help users learn how to hook up with and use our nodes. These will be the perfect opportunity to learn about the basics of your wireless gear, connecting to the PTP and using what we offer. If you have any problems connecting to the nodes, know of anyone who needs to learn how, or simply want to learn more this is the PlayDay for you.

DC503/PTP Workshop - Wireless Exploration

  • When: Saturday, October 30th, 2004 12 to 4 PM
  • Coordinators: MusashiHybrid / TomHiggins

  • Where: Urban Grind Coffee
  • Where's That: 2214 NE Oregon, Portland, OR 97232

Lift the hood and take a peek at some of what goes on behind the sceens of your wireless experience. Learn some tricks and tips for exploring whats around you and how to get the most out of it without it getting the most out of you. Demonstrations and Presentations will show this and more.

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