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To Change One’s Yahoo Password

by admin on July 20, 2012

At the bottom of any TamworthExchange or Sandwich Board message, click on “Visit My Group”
At the next page in the top left corner, click on “sign in”
At the next page enter your current user name and password
At the next page in the top left corner, click on the little arrow pointing down, and choose “Account Info”, you’ll be asked for your password again, enter it and proceed to the Account Information page.
Once there, click on “Change your password”
Enter your current password, then your new password twice in the boxes provided.

From Yahoo:

“Your password should be easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.   Never share your password with anyone, and never reuse a password that you’ve used before.  Your password must be at least six characters long. Use a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (such as +, ?, and *) in your password. (Yahoo! passwords are case-sensitive.)”

When you’re satisfied, and you’ve written your new password down somewhere,

click “save”.

Then sign out,

and back in again

to make sure it works.

To be the most secure you should change your password often. How often? Well, the more often the more secure.No matter how secure your password is, if Yahoo, or Hotmail, or Google or your Bank’s security is breached, and it happens all the time, your account could be compromised. If you keep changing your password, it’ll minimize your exposure.


Declan & Demirhan hoist the 7th section up to Dennis on the tower. Dennis is at 60 feet, this section makes 70. Soon the Cleveland Hill tower will be broadcasting!


E-Waste Drive Saturday June 2nd

by admin on May 16, 2012

The Tamworth Wireless Cooperative is please to announce an “E-Waste Drive” on Saturday, June 2, 2012 for residents of Tamworth and Sandwich and surrounding towns. Here are the basics:

What:  An “E-Waste Drive” – an environmentally friendly way to get rid of all those old electronic devices that you still have because you aren’t sure what to do with them (there’s a specific list of items below).

Where & When: The K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Saturday June 2, from 9am to 1pm

How It Works:   You put your electronic items in your vehicle, and drive it to the Brett School. When you arrive, a team of trained volunteers removes and sorts them for reclamation. You don’t even need to leave your vehicle, or pay anything.

How much will it cost me?:     Nothing. FREE. Zip. Zero.

How is that possible?:   The Tamworth Wireless Cooperative is sponsoring the event, along with the K.A. Brett School, The Tamworth Farmers Market, Harte Rentals, The Brass Heart Inn, Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery and a growing list of private donors and business sponsors. If you’d like to pitch in, click on the “Donate To The Drive” button over in the left column or contact our Treasurer,  Sheena Harte <[email protected]>

If you know that you have more than a few things that need to go, especially those big CRT monitors and televisions, please let us know.  We’ve heard rumors of largish caches of stuff out there, and the more the merrier, but please let us know so we can have enough trucks on hand on June 2nd.

If your devices have personal data on them that you would like to save or destroy, please do that before the event. If you need help with that or have questions, call me at 603-323-7188, 603-986-3619 or <[email protected]>

Okay here’s the list:

ACCEPTED MATERIALS: Computer Systems and Accessories, including

  • CRT Monitors (please warn us if you have two or more – it’s still free, we just need to know)
  • Handheld Devices
  • Pagers
  • PDAs
  • Two Way Radios
  • Microwaves
  • Audio & Video Equipment
  • Game Systems
  • Office Equipment
  • Fax Machines
  • Photo Copiers
  • Printers & Scanners
  • Surge Protectors
  • Telephones
  • Typewriters
  • Adding Machines
  • LCD Displays
  • CPUs
  • All-in-Ones
  • Laptops
  • Servers
  • Switches & Hubs
  • UPS Systems
  • Keyboards & Mice
  • Hard Drives
  • Optical Drives
  • Wires and Cables
  • Televisions
  • DVDs
  • VCRs
  • Stereos
  • Speakers
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Radios
  • Cell phones

The Tamworth Wireless Cooperative is a registered 501(c)(12) non-profit cooperative.


Photon Quest

by admin on January 1, 2012

December 15th to January 15th, the darkest stretch of the year.
December 18th to January 3rd, this solar-powered network’s highest traffic volume period ever. The amount traffic passing through our access point on the Great Hill Fire Tower is four or five times more than this week last year.

It’s a sunny day with single digit temperatures and frequent 40 mph gusts of wind, for a wind chill of -35.  We are hiking up the trail to the Great Hill Fire Tower to add a third solar panel to our array there.  Declan and I have the 3 by 6 foot panel between us, and the wind keeps trying to carry it off into the woods. Declan is also carrying a gallon of gasoline for the generator,  Gunnar a drill and tools to mount and connect the panel. It’s not the first time today I’m wondering if this is really a good idea in these conditions. The alternative would be to return tomorrow in the predicted freezing rain, and possibly a network outage overnight.  We press on.

The wind keeps picking up as we approach the tower, to the point where we’re yelling at each other to be heard. We’ve been here every day this week to charge the batteries with the generator, and trouble shoot what we’d need to do to keep the network up through holidays. The weather’s been overcast more often than not, and traffic on the network is at unprecedented levels. None of our previous visits were like this though, and we make our way over the icy rocks with the panel very carefully. Declan takes the panel by himself at the foot of the tower stairs, as he did last summer with the other two. It only takes one gust to convince him that it will take two of us. We move up to the stairs to the platform pausing for every frozen blast of wind. We’re going to use the generator to power the drill, so Declan takes off his pack and prepares to start it. The wind blows the gallon of gas and Declan’s pack slowly across the deck. The whole time we’re up there we must hold on to everything not attached.

Between the generator and the nearly constant wind nobody can really hear much. There’s one hole already drilled in the panel frame, to match one already drilled in the angle iron of the tower. We slide the panel out through the tower’s frame work and the three of us get it into place on the outside of the tower. Declan and Gunnar hold it there, and I dig a nut and bolt out of my pocket for those pre-drilled holes. I have to take my gloves off to place the bolt and twist the nut. By the time I accomplish this I am watching my fingers do what I intend them to do, but I can’t really feel them. I put my gloves back on and grab the panel again to help hold it in place while Gunnar drills the other holes, through the frame of the tower and into the frame of the solar panel. Nuts and bolts are placed and twisted, and tightened down with a wrench.

While we’re doing this, I think of a comparison that Declan made earlier on the trail to the Apollo 13 crew – three men, in a small very cold place, with potentially life-threatening conditions and lots of talk and concern about amperage. Once the panel is bolted in place we pause to let our hands come back to life.

Gunnar’s hands worked the drill, and got so cold that he didn’t notice when the drill took a little skin. He’s bled on the platform, and leaves evidence all the way down the trail on the way out. Every hand was needed to get the panel in place so I couldn’t take any pictures while we did it. Gunnar and Declan huddle over the generator and rewire the charge controllers, yelling at each other from a few inches apart. I’m standing on the opposite corner of the platform with both of their packs between my legs and the now empty gas can in one hand, and my other arm wrapped around the center beam of the tower. I dig out the camera and try and take pictures, but it’s so cold that the camera barely works. I get one shot of the two them in front of the box with the top controller removed, and decide to return in better weather to get pictures of the panel in place and the blood on the wood.

Now there are three panels on the tower. Two face roughly southeast toward Tamworth Village, on the “front” of the tower. A third is now on the side of the tower that faces roughly southwest toward Cleveland Hill, and will be collecting photons from that direction in the winter months from about 1:30 in the afternoon until sunset, when the other panels get little or no sun at all. The days will just get longer now, and we are confident that we’ve covered our power needs with this new panel. As soon as everything is in place, we gather our belongings and clamber down off of the tower, hurrying into the relative calm of the woods. No one is warm. We talk about adding more batteries, and another box to house them and the generator.

Gunnar says, “Well that was one for the books!”

Down in the village and out in the woods from Ferncroft to Mountain road in South Tamworth, over Little Young and Red Hill to Sandwich, 93 households check their e-mail, Skype their friends and family, watch their Netflix movies and connect to each other and the rest of the planet. Up on Great Hill, the panels silently collect those photons in the howling wind, powering the whole show.

We walk down the trail awaiting the return of our extremities, fully confident in this moment that we could’ve landed that space capsule, but we’ll settle for Googles for all for now.


Tamworth Wireless Upgrading To Fiber!

September 19, 2011

Hello Tamworth Wireless Cooperative Members, One year ago when we built our network, our plan was to work toward being able to deliver competitive internet speeds to our members. Our goal was to be able to provide a true viable alternative to the existing national and regional carriers operating in Tamworth. We did not seek […]

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September Is Sign Up Month!

September 14, 2011

The Tamworth Wireless Cooperative – Tamworth’s hometown, non-profit cooperative internet service provider – is offering a free month of service to anyone who signs up in September. Tamworth Wireless was formed to serve parts of the town that are not served of other high-speed internet providers. Access to the internet is becoming more and more […]

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The Tamworth Foundation Funds Tamworth Wireless

August 27, 2010

At their annual meeting on August 23rd, 2010,  The Tamworth Foundation formally announced it’s allocation of $100,000.oo to fund the creation of a fixed wireless broadband network in  Tamworth.  Tamworth Wireless is hard at work building this network, and we’d like to thank: Lianne Prentice,  Gail Marrone,  Kathie Dyrenforth, George Cleveland,  David Little and Bill […]

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Tamworth Broadband

February 22, 2010

One of the clear priorities to emerge from the Master Plan process is expanded broadband coverage for Tamworth. The Tamworth Economic Development Committee (TEDC) has been exploring possible ways to accomplish this. Even with the various internet options available from the major providers for Tamworth, not everyone is currently able to obtain high speed internet […]

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In the beginning there was just this.

February 17, 2010

Because everything has to start somewhere.

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