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This article from The Economist is a bit offbeat for this forum so I'm posting it here not for discussion of anything remotely political but just out of novelty that a big part of the way that people in various parts of the world have circumvented repressive, government-ordered Internet blocking has been with do-it-yourself antenna technology:
With a tin can, some copper wire, and a few dollars’ worth of nuts, bolts and other hardware, a do-it-yourselfer can build a makeshift directional antenna. A mobile phone, souped-up with such an antenna, can talk to a network tower that is dozens of kilometres beyond its normal range (about 5km, or 3 miles). As Gregory Rehm, the author of an online assembly guide for such things, puts it, homemade antennae are “as cool as the other side of the pillow on a hot night”. Of late, however, such antennae have proved much more than simply cool.

According to Jeff Moss, a communications adviser to America’s Department of Homeland Security, their existence has recently been valuable to the operation of several groups of revolutionaries in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. To get round government shutdowns of internet and mobile-phone networks, resourceful dissidents have used such makeshift antennae to link their computers and handsets to more orthodox transmission equipment in neighbouring countries.
http://www.economist.com/node/18386151

Note to self: load such stuff into the RV for when we flee the future scene of destruction here on the west coast when the nearby subduction fault lets go. :eek:
 
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