[App_rpt-users] The 'nuclear' option

Bryan D. Boyle bdboyle at bdboyle.com
Fri Feb 10 12:39:28 EST 2012

Well...running a system is always a journey, not a destination.

Anyway, being in the metro area out here in one of the original 13 
colonies...we get more than our share of lids, drive-bys, and other 
bottom-feeders who seem to like to do things like sit there and randomly 
key up machines (hey, Ma, looky at this!  I press one button and 13 
transmitters turn on!), spout colorful anglo-saxon metaphors, play DJ 
with bad music occasionally....or just act like alpha hotels on our 
systems, either individually or when we're connected to a reflector. 
It's just a feature of being wedged in between NYC (no comment...) and 
PHL (city of brotherly love with an obscene lethal crime rate...).

Anyway...looking for thoughts on having, in a network of machines, a 
'nuclear' option to

1. shut them out, at least for a while
2. minimize the fun (on their part...)
3. return some sanity, at least until they tire and slither off to 
bother some other machine (sorry...the next freq up doesn't have the 
technology...and it's my ticket that's transmitted as the ID...)

So...thinking about this.  Quickest solution I came up with, but it 
requires an asterisk restart ("service asterisk restart" from the shell) 
would be to change the input PL, leaving the output PL (our coord bodies 
out here like to see bi-directional PLs...) in place.  Most mobiles and 
HTs can scan for the output PL...but, unless the lid is more than an 
appliance operator, they probably wouldn't be able to figure out how to 
scan the input (at least most of the time, I'll grant you that some 
probably would...but would the effort be worth it?)

Yeah, this means that you have to have 2 stored settings in your mobile 
or HT for each participating machine on the same network.  And, if 
they're closer to the antenna than you are...capture effect would come 
into play, etc if they key up under/over you.  But, I'm looking at the 
low hanging fruit (in the spirit of not letting the perfect become the 
enemy of the good...).

Is anyone else dealing with this problem (other than going on bunny 
hunts with a supply of sewing needles and a set of flush cutters?) or 
thought about what to do?

Just spitballing.
In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.
Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.
You may quote me.

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