Next Meeting is Wednesday July 31st @ Lucky Labrador Brewpub

We hold monthly meetings. Each month we try to get together for drinks and talk somewhere in Portland. Typically there will be one or two short presentations, a question and answer session followed by general chit-chat. It's all very relaxed so please feel free to come join us.

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{{{Lucky Labrador Brewpub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR (503) 236-3555}}}

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July Personal Telco Meeting Notes

* The July PersonalTelco meeting was at The Lucky Labrador Tavern since our previous haunt, It's A Beautiful Pizza, was a bit noisey.

* First Timers: Nigel started things off at 6:30 asking for the usual round of hands of first timers. This time about 9 people raising their hands. Each person explained their interests. New people included Jeff Johnson (from Portland Independent Media), Randy, a microwave tech, a guy from Mentor Graphics, Jeff from Alberta Park, Chris Goodman, Mike Donavan, Les Brown and others. Their experience and locations were all over the map but unitied in enthusiam for 802.11b

Nigel launched onto a pitch for how "easy" 802.11b is. "It just works", proclaimed Joe Java.

* State Of The Nodes: A review of the state of the nodes was presented by [ Don Park]. Personal Telco nodes are at Psychonautical Supply, the South Park Blocks, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the International Hostel, the cafe by the Pittock block and a new one being tested at Billy Reed's.

The Pittock node is down or more accurately, it walked out. MIA a month or so ago if my notes are correct. Anyway they have a NoCat box that apparently isn't funtioning.

* T-Mobile - What Do They Think They Are Doing?: One source of frustration was the new T-Mobile node at Pioneer Courthouse Square. When Starbuck (T-Mobile) finally got around to putting in their 802.11b network at Starbucks, last month, which channel do you suppose they used? That's right, they layed it right on top of (our) Channel One. They have used any channel but decided that interference was preferable to channel cooperation. Go figure.

Much comment. Some people thought we ought to show kindness, understanding, and cooperation, moving our Channel One up on the dial to a higher number. Others thought this sacriledge. The disadvantage, it was pointed out, is that 802.11 radios start scanning for signals at Channel One then go up. If they stop at Channel One, users may not know that a "free" alternative is available.

Brian came up with a "put up or shut up" offer and wrote a check on the spot for $50, to buy a hot new Senco card from Michael. Which should blast them away. (Most) agreed this was a civil solution. Another round of beer was purchased...

* Adam Shand on 501(c)3 status: Personal Telco's status as a 501(c)3 non-profit moved dramatically closer this month. AdamShand , LucasSheehan or [ the mail list].

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