October 24-25, 2015
Integrated Digital Media
MAGNET NYU Poly, Brooklyn, NY

Roel Roscam Abbing

Roel Roscam Abbing (1990, NL) is an artist and researcher with strong interest for the issues and cultures surrounding networked computation. In his practice he has worked and collaborated on projects about the internet's infrastructure, DIY techniques and wireless community networks. He holds an MA Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and a Fine Arts BA (Hon) from the Willem De Kooning Academy. Currently he teaches Digital Craft at the Willem de Kooning Academy.

Presenting with Dennis de Bel

Workshop: Packet Radio Networks

Before there was the internet there was a wireless internet. In this (non-FCC approved) workshop we will look back to ALOHANET, AMPRNET and examine the phenomenon of packet radio. The workshop will be a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the possibilities of packet radio and the workflow/toolchain. We will go into both historical and contemporary examples and try to set up a little network on the spot.

Participants will learn how to utilize commercial walkie-talkie radios and free software to transmit and receive TCP/IP over HF or UHF radio. In other words, internet via walkie-talkie, because yes, that's possible. Looking beyond the usual "When Shit Hits The Fan Scenario's" we will discuss the true potential and shortcomings of these 6km+ range wireless 'routers'. Depending on the wishes of the participants we can either do a demo and go through the steps and requirements of setting this up for themselves or help set up participant's own equipment to create one big offline network.

Participants will get a small publication that is both an introduction into the concept as well as a practical guide on how set up your internet over walkie talkie. Each participant will get one copy as a reference etc for when they want to do their own experiments.

No experience is necessary.


Please bring a laptop, preferably with Linux installed, a USB flash drive ~4GB, and $9 for additional materials prepared by the workshop leaders.

Extra materials to bring if you would like (but are not required)

  • UHF walkie talkie's if you already have some available.
  • 'Baofeng UV-5r' (in yellow, blue or red)
  • 2.5mm mono jack plug
  • 3.5mm mono jack plug
  • 3.5mm TNC plug (4 pole)
  • Audiocable (2 pole)