Amateur radio was a huge part of my bicycle travels. I used local repeaters for logistical support, packet to stay in touch with distant friends, HF for entertainment while camping, and 2-meters to stay linked to my YL while pedaling. My hospitality database was full of interesting hams, and we would drop in to share…

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Part 7 in the High-Tech Nomad series by Steven K. Roberts N4RVE 73 Magazine August, 1988 When I first set out on my strange 8-foot-long, 140-pound bicycle back in 1983, I received a lot of serious advice from my Ohio neighbors. “Never turn onto a road with ‘mount’ or ‘hill’ in its name,” said one seasoned…

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Part 6 in the Tech Nomad series Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE 73 Magazine July, 1988 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Sometimes I have no choice: I must turn my back on the Winnebiko and trust the public to leave it alone. And yes — to answer a frequent question — it usually makes me nervous. For…

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One of the most challenging parts of packing the Winnebiko II (and later BEHEMOTH) for open-ended travel was dealing with the need for tools… not just the usual little bag of bike tools like spoke wrench and crank-puller, but all the stuff needed to continue development of the electronic systems which, by definition, are never…

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From my series in 73 Magazine, this details the power management system on the Winnebiko II. I’m so glad now that I wrote such things then, as it would be nigh-impossible to reconstruct from the sometimes sketchy documentation binders of the epoch! This one has the additional advantage of a second voice… my friend Glenn…

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This has always been one of my favorites from the 73 Magazine series I wrote in the late ’80s. The editors gave me freedom to talk about everything from cultural issues to deep geekery, and I was creating a lifestyle that melded those in all sorts of twisted ways. In this one, the world-changing implications…

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During the second bike journey, I had an ongoing column in 73 Magazine, which gave me free rein to talk about any bike geekery as long it was at least vaguely radio related. It was kicked off by a cover story, and this first regular piece focused on the most generally useful bit of ham…

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As ham radio became an ever-greater part of my technomadics, I started writing for 73 and other publications. This cover story was a fun one, and the photo was taken by Karen Greene on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina. I’m hunkered down with my HP Portable PLUS laptop and the much-loved Ten-Tec…

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