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April 15, 2006

H&I* Fires 15 April

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[Armorer's Note: Ry posted this late last night on yesterday's H&I, I thought I'd move it to today's - you are *not* suffering a case of déjà vu.


Getting back to my annoying self again, and so I offer this from John Robb of Global Guerrillas fame(amongst other things).

Is it possible he's right? That terrs are leaving because they've succeeded in their mission? Or, as Jonah would say, has he stolen a few too many bases here?

Personally, I'd feel a lot more comfortable saying Robb is wrong if there had been more Jihadis receiving their 72 virgins than the statistics seem to show(as a percentage of the total) .

Something for the China Watchers. Just as we have significant vulnerabilities, so do they. Mahan hasn't been relegated to the dustheap of history.

And just to annoy Owen and get him to comment. Rudimentary Ballistic defense exists for the US. -Ry


Just for kicks, since I'm flying to St Louis tommorow (Happy Easter to me)
I have this over at my place as well. But just for giggles and since folks are always surpassing me in identifying things *grin*
Who among you can name this little jewel?

You don't win anything other than a pat on the back, a link from my humble hovel if ya got a site, and a round of applause. But that should be enough right? :)

Update! Blake Kirk got it!! Awnser in Extended Entry :)
Also if you have not read this article by Janet Stroble of and Web Weekly, then you need too. H/t: Noble Eagle



Here (thanks to Cassandra) is the essence of the concerns some of us have expressed about Hilton's business practices.

Op-For has Plane Pron for the Day.

And if you haven't seen the latest in insect fashions yet, visit Blonde Sagacity. - Fuzzybear Lioness


This deserves better than a trackback tag. -The Armorer

And from the True Northern Region, Springtime in Kandahar Province.


It's a Nokia UltraSite EDGE Base Transciever Station (BTS) Integrated Cabinet Solution unit.
I tried to put a twist to it by showing you the Radio Frequency Bay array without it's enclosure shell. Fully Assembeled it's a little over 6 feet high, about 3ft wide and 3ft deep.

This unit operates EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) and GSM (Global System Mobile). However it has to use a modulator to convert European E-1 to American T-1 (for those who don't know Europe's E-1 system is faster than our T-1.)

This particular model features things some apartments I've rented does have. Like a built in 4000 to 8000 BTU Air Conditioner, a 500 Watt Heater system (not suprisingly the acronym for it is HEAT) and a Battery pack system that will operate the site for up to 8 hours in case of power failure.

The entire system is -48 Volt DC. This is so there's less equipment to transcrobe to AC to DC to power the site from the batteries. So raw energy both runs the site and charges the battery packs. It even has its own 30A Breaker Panel to control each and every device

Shockingly, no pun intended, each Amplifier puts out better than 400 Watts Negative Voltage, and there is anywhere from 4 to 8 of them.

Mess up and we're sending you home in a ziplock bag. And because its negative I'm constantly having to tell guys to remember that negative is hot

So in this case, while made by Nokia you can dial it, but you can't take it with you. 2 guys can assemble this and the power system in about 8 hours fully commisioned, and on the air. Really good teams can do 2 sites a day but they are humping.

But yes, this is one of the many styles of little grey boxes you see on the side of the road at the bottom of a cell tower!

Kudo's to Bad Cat for coming sooo very close (it is a rack system, just not a MCS Server :) ) and to Blake!!!!!!

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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