Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019


jail-QSO #1066

Ashgabad, Turkmenistan
op. Vitaly Dotsenko

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Photo: ZhiznOnline

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Monday, November 19, 2018


jail-QSO # 916 

EP6RRC DXpedition 17-23 November, 2018, Shif island, AS-189, IRAN 

Vasily, R7AL; Vasily, RA1ZZ; Vlad, RK8A; Sergey, RW5DAl, RZ3K; Igor, UA3EDQAvinir, UA1ZZMohammad, EP2LMA; Ali, EP2AK.

Photo: forum.QSZ.ru

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Prison transit 2018: South Carolina > Pennsylvania

author: Lea 

Photo: Arizona Prison Watch
     After being for two years in FCI Williamsburg prison, South Carolina, Romeo was transferred to Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, Pennsylvania.

     It took two months for the transfer to complete — from early March until end of April, 2018. The transfer included bus and airplane (ConAir) transport passing through South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with prolonged stay at United States Penitentiary Atlanta, Federal Transfer Center Oklahoma-city, and Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn.

     Detailed stories about the stages of the transfer written in Russian language you may find at Зазеркалья:

     You can use Google Translate to read these stories in the language you prefer.

The map by Ed Kritsky
     You may contact Romeo directly at 3w3rr@front.ru email address, but before you do, please read about the peculiarities of communication between someone incarcerated in American prison and the outside world.

     Alternatively, you may address your questions to the support crew at jailpedition@mail.ru, or you can write by regular mail directly to Romeo's current prison address:
Roman Vega
555 Geo Drive,
Philipsburg, PA 16866,

     There are different incoming mail policies in the different prisons, but generally a prisoner is only permitted to receive letters, postcards, photos and print-outs. QSL's are considered postcards and generally make it trough.

     There is a chance to establish "Jail-QSO" and get your 3W3RR/JAIL QSL-card while Romeo is still in prison: take a look at "Jail QSL" section.

Moshannon Valley Correctional Center. Photo: GEO
     You may address any questions to Romeo's support crew at jailpedition@mail.ru.
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

RA3AUU DXpeditions

jail-QSO # 774 

Igor Booklan RA3AUU/0, PP5AA, S79UU, 3D2UU, 5B4AHS, P33W, V63UA, KH2/K3UY

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018


jail-QSO # 669 

World Meteorological Organization, United Nations (WMO
Vienne International Centre, Vienne, Austria
World Meteorological Organization quarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: wmo.int

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Top Ten Reasons Why Hackers Should Get a HAM Radio License

author: Christopher Grimsley, AB3YS

First appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of "2600: The Hacker Quarterly"

K1TTT Multi-Multi contest station. The owner, David Robbins,
is standing. Oct 2017, CQWW contest. Photo by Ed Kritsky, NT2X.
Many hackers, technology focused hobbyists, GNU/Linux users, computer programmers, and others are already aware of some of the really neat things that can be done with radio, and probably take many of them for granted.

Take Wi-Fi, for example - the use of small radios that allow our computers and laptops to access a local network or the Internet without having to plug in. My first real introduction to the world of radio came when I built a cantenna in order to extend the range of my wireless network, and to be able to connect the free university Wi-Fi which was just out of range of the stock antenna on my wireless card. There are, of course, more ways to use radio than just Wi-Fi.

Users of GNU/Linux and other FLOSS (free and open-source software) may be familiar with GNU radio and other software defined radio (SDR) applications available in the free software world. With a $10 RTL-SDR dongle, it is possible to listen to the countless VHF and UHF radio transmissions that are flying through the air right now, virtually unnoticed by most.

As a hacker, one of the things that draws me to the world of ham radio the most is the fact that it sort of reveals an otherwise hidden world. Wherever you are, there is almost certainly an invisible conversation happening right around you. It's invisible because it's happening through the use of radio waves, but it can be heard if you know how to listen, and you can even participate if you have a license.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


jail-QSO #383 - DXpedition RK3DZJ/1 on Kil'din Island.

Team: RW3FB, RW3FS, RZ3DJ, RZ3FW, RA3DMY, RW3ATL и Kseniya-YL.

Kil'din island. Photo by Mihail Feduk, 2005. http://www.kildin.ru/iasev.html

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Transfer to FCI Williamsburg prison

After three months (from December 2015 till March 2016) in SHU (disciplinary segregation), Romeo was moved from McRae Correctional Institution to United States Penitentiary Atlanta, located in Atlanta, Georgia, and then he was moved to his current "residence" in FCI Williamsburg (as of May 2016), a "medium" federal correctional institution in Salters, South Carolina. 

There are about 1400 inmates housed in the prison, consisting of three buildings with 4 units each. 

A majority (approximately 1000 inmates) are African-Americans (as the black population in the U.S. likes to be called), also there are roughly 200 white inmates as well as 200 Latinos with a light dusting of a few American Indians. 

Most inmates are from neighboring states, such as both of the Carolinas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and a very few are from states that are farther away. There is no Russians of any kind, except Romeo.

Also there is a very few foreigners from other countries: one Canadian citizen, and less than a dozen holders of Mexican, Honduran and Haitian citizenship. The rest of the population are American citizens, including Puerto-Ricans.

Majority of the local inmates are from small towns, and they rarely ventured outside of these small town country roots, prior of being incarcerated. Most of these country boys have never experienced neither Russians nor any outside foreigners in their life time, before being in prison. 

So it seems that Romeo is a "one man army", so far, even though he said that he's all right over there. 

So it goes. 

There are more detailed articles written by Romeo in Russian on this and previous prisons, as well as on other roundabouts, that could be found on website Зазеркалья.

Romeo could be contacted directly through snail mail at the address below:

Roman Vega
# 59198-004
FCI Williamsburg
P.O. Box 340
Salters, SC 29590

This is the place to send your QSL as well. How to fill out a QSL is described here.

Jailpedition crew

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