If you’re into wasting your valuable printer ink and your valuable time to promote the Phone Losers of America, then you should love the new page of PLA Flyers. Print them out and stick them on bulletin boards, telephone poles, in newspapers, books, or just walk around and hand them to strangers like CK & RBCP did a couple of years ago. There’s also a page of PLA signs that people have sent in. If you think you can do better at designing some flyers or signs, email them to us and maybe they’ll end up on one of these pages.
Your coffee will taste 170% better when it’s sipped from our new official PLA coffee mugs! You need to buy one of these for every member of your immediate family! Use them as a water bowl for your dog. Plant flowers in them. Keep your pens and pencils in them. Use them as a chamber pot. Do anything you want with them, just buy them from us! There is an imprint on each side of the mug – the PLA logo on one side and “Phone Losers of America” on the other. All cups are white with black print. Assuming you have PayPal, you can click on the button below to order several dozen of them. They are $5.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping no matter how many you buy.
If coffee mugs aren’t your thing, you could always visit the PLA Store and buy some PLA t-shirts or caps.
OMG, it’s a new episode of PLA Radio! In this episode I make a mockery of Bell Canada’s new voice authentication system. Boy, won’t they be pissed! There’s also a few voicemails and miscellaneous updates thrown in and best of all…DEBBIE GIBSON MUSIC!
00:00 Gilligan’s Island
01:12 Intro by Trevelyn
02:08 April Fools!
03:35 Richard Cardo
04:30 Website issues
04:55 Voice Authentication
07:33 Call to Leslie
11:50 The Test
13:29 Voicemails – (505) 796-4020 or phonelosers.org on Skype
Recently I began listen to The Naked Kitchen Podcast, and after listening to every single episode I’m finally ready to recommend it to everyone else. Besides interviewing famous people like Junkyard Willie from the Touchtone Terrorists, prank callers like Sandy Chapin and Jim Florentine (from Crank Yankers), YouTube stars like Cory Williams (aka Mr. Safety) and Zach from The Whitest Kids U’ Know, they also chat, play good music (or hilariously bad music), take calls and play prank calls.
There’s really not many podcasts featuring so much prank call humor, so it’s great to finally find something like this. And best of all, they occasionally talk about how much PLA rules. You have to love a podcast that does that. You can visit their Myspace at myspace.com/nakedkitchen, go to their blog or subscribe to their RSS feed in Itunes.
Chris Hanson approves of this podcast.
phonelosers.org will be undergoing some upgrades over the next few days. Things are likely going to be a little messed up during our transition. The forums will probably be down for awhile, as well as other things like the photo albums, the store and our mp3s. It’ll be complete pandemonium! But hang in there for the next few days and it’ll all be back to normal soon. Hopefully.
EDIT @ 7:28PM PST on Wednesday – The new server is working. Obviously I’ve got WordPress working on it. I can’t make the regular PLA Theme work until I finish getting the forums up. I’m uploading them now and restoring the MySQL database. All is going well so far…
EDIT @ 10:31PM PST on Wednesday – Forums are working, but with the default theme. Most of the phonelosers.org site theme is working again. I’m FTPing a couple gigs of the remaining files as I sleep. Hopefully things will be mostly back to normal at some point tomorrow.
Yesterday I noticed some hits coming to phonelosers.org from an unfamiliar YouTube page, so I clicked on the link and heard a prank call by Mr. Spessa where he was calling up hotel guests and pissing them off with his impromptu policies. Only these were brand new calls that I’d never heard before. This YouTube guy, w3baholicX, took one of Mr. Spessa’s hotel pranks, turned it into a soundboard and started pranking new hotels with it. Take a listen…
w3baholicX was nice enough to send me the soundboard, so I’m putting it up here so that everyone can use it to make prank calls to hotels without using their real voice. Click here to use the soundboard. (WARNING: It’s HUGE. About 11 megs.) If you do anything particularly hilarious with this soundboard, post a link to it in the comments section.
You might also enjoy the one other soundboard on this site – the RBCP Soundboard. It was made by Heywood from the old Curtis Lee Jones pranks. (I used to have a Curtis soundboard, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.)
Over the past few years, a lot of music has been created in the name of the PLA. So today, I created this page to showcase these songs. My hope is that listening to this music will inspire even more people to write songs about the PLA, so our “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be more than just 7 tracks long. Because really, who’s going to purchase our CD for $17.99 plus tax when there’s only 7 tracks on it??
|Track 01: Guilty Deter This is the first official song ever recorded for the PLA, if you don’t include our old 90’s dance mixes. RBCP wrote the lyrics to this song in January 2005 and included them in UPL issue #29. Shortly after the issue of UPL was released, Rob T. Firefly released this version of the song.
The song is about a 17-year-old character named Deter who wants to be a phone phreak but his conscience keeps interfering with his ideas. (You might remember a guy named Deter from a few of the old PLA issues.) This song is a parody of Guilty Conscience by Eminem and Dr. Dre.
|Track02: What’s The Difference? This song was included in PLA Radio Episode #3, which was released on February 25th, 2006. The episode revolved around all the fun you could have with Deaf Relay Operators. The lyrics were written by RBCP and the song was performed by a deaf relay operator. It’s a parody of the song called What’s The Difference by Dr. Dre.
|Track 03: RBCP on PLA Radio Trevelyn, also known as DJ Boo, wrote this song for PLA Radio where it’s occasionally used as an introduction for the show. Trevelyn has written a lot of phone-related songs and has been featured on Hacker Public Radio. Visit Trevelyn’s page of music and his Myspace.
|Track 04: linear This song was written by both linear and RBCP, each writing most of their own parts of the song. It was written in the early 2000’s, then finished up by RBCP and published in UPL issue #29 in January 2005. RBCP recorded the song in July 2006, playing both the part of linear and RBCP. It was featured in PLA Radio Episode #10 on July 22nd, 2006.
|Track 05: PLA Radio Cactus Intro This song is usually played at the beginning of episodes of PLA Radio and was originally played in the May 14th, 2006 episode. The original song is called Squeeze 1st Jay-Z. The various people saying “Cactus” are professional voice artists that RBCP tricked into sending sample work to him.
|Track 06: Mildred Monday This song was written by RBCP in 1997 and performed by RBCP on episode #16 of PLA Radio on March 15th, 2008. It features some classic old-school PLA characters, such as Dino Allsman, Jim Bayless and Mildred Monday. It’s a parody of a 1980’s song called Manic Monday by The Bangles.
|Track 07: Blackhat Life This song isn’t exactly a PLA song, but a mention of PLA Radio is included in it so I’m listing it here. It’s written by Trevelyn and was first played on episode #16 of PLA Radio. Visit Trevelyn’s page of phone music and his Myspace.
There are a few more, such as the 2 dance mixes that were done in the 1990’s by Calimar and some other guy. I’ll have to add those to our new song page soon too. Maybe there’s some songs that I’m forgetting about too. You can remind me of anything I’ve forgotten by contacting me.
And if you’d like your own PLA song to appear on the song page, follow these simple steps…
- Write a song.
- Make sure this song is awesome.
- Send the song to RBCP.
In return, you’ll feel really cool for being on our song page. If the song goes beyond awesome, RBCP will probably send you a PLA stickers or some buttons or maybe even a PLA t-shirt. Your song might even be featured on PLA Radio, which is listened to by thousands of people. And having a song on our song page will constantly expose new people to your music. And that’s what really matters, right?
A few years back, some friends and I were messing around with a Taco Bell’s drive-thru frequencies. RijilV and isotek showed me how easy it was to hijack the frequencies of just about any fast food restaurant with a very simple mod to a ham radio. The radios they used were Yaesu VX-5 and VX-7 models. We had a few weeks of occasional fun, sitting a few parking lots away and saying all kinds of horrible things to potential fast food customers. For the most part, I didn’t record any of it. But you can find a few clips of our fast food hijinks if you scroll down on the PLA Sound Clips Archive page.
Finally we decided to capture a bit of our FCC violations on video. But instead of capturing actual customers being harassed by us as they placed an order, I drove through the Taco Bell drive-thru myself with a video camera sitting on the dashboard. As I attempted to place my order, RijilV informed me of some crazy new Taco Bell policies and a manager immediately rushed out to explain to me that I wasn’t actually talking to an employee. Here is that video:
After spending several years on Google Video and YouTube, it’s been watched approximately 20,000 times. And of those 20,000 people who have viewed it, approximately all of them have emailed me and asked me what kind of radio we used and how can they use a radio to do the same thing. So in the spirit of April 1st and in order to quell the number of emails sent to me and posts on the PLA Forums asking the same thing, I’ve decided to write this tutorial to help those people out.
But I’m not going to explain how to modify a Yaesu VX5 or a Yaesu VX7. A simple Google search will show you how to modify these ham radios. The problem with these mods is that, even though they’re fairly simple, you have to buy the radios which could cost you anywhere from $200 – $400. Then, after removing a couple solder points, you have to learn how to use it, you have to look up fast food frequency lists, you have to understand the difference between the transmit frequencies and the receive frequencies and you have to scroll through PL tones using trial and error to find the correct one.
Or how about we do this a different way. A way that uses a couple items that you might already have in your home. You can easily modify most old CB radios in a way that will allow them to transmit directly to drive-thru frequencies. You won’t have to scroll through hundreds of possible drive-thru frequencies, because a CB radio’s channels line up in exactly the same way as most drive-thru’s channels, only at a higher frequency. How do you get your CB radio to run at a higher frequency? A simple replacement of the crystal inside, with a 6.5536 MHz crystal. This triples the megahertz that are broadcast on and there is no learning required. You just take the modified CB radio to a fast food restaurant and start broadcasting to the customers.
“But RBCP, I don’t have a 6.5536 MHz crystal lying around my house,” you might be whining at this point. But this isn’t true. Just about any house has several 6.5536 MHz crystals in them if you know where to look. This just happens to be the exact same crystal that you can find in electric heaters, hair dryers, electric stoves, curling irons, electric hot water heaters, irons, and toasters. These crystals are in just about any item that has heated coils and are used to control the frequency of the heating elements so that they don’t burn your house down.
So for this modification you need…
- 1 CB radio. It has to be a 40 channel CB radio with a digital display, which includes just about any CB radio manufactured after the mid 1980’s. The old 23 channel CBs from the 1970’s will not work. It can even be a walkie talkie CB radio. If you don’t have one, you can find one at Goodwill or a yard sale for probably less than $10.
- 1 toaster. (Or other item with heating elements inside.) A toaster is the most ideal to use, because it’s almost guaranteed to have the crystal inside of it. It’s more common to find curling irons and hair dryers that don’t. Again, it should be a toaster manufactured within the past 20 years or so. Before that they didn’t have crystal requirements for toaster manufacturers. (And incidentally, there were a lot more electrical house fires back then.) Goodwill will probably have a toaster for less than $10.
- 1 soldering iron and solder. Don’t worry if you don’t have soldering experience. It’s actually pretty easy. Click here for a soldering tutorial. You can purchase a soldering iron at Radio Shack or Sears for about $10.
- A few screwdrivers
Even if you have to buy all these materials, you’re only out $30. That’s a lot better than the $300 you might end up spending on a Yaesu radio. And some of you might already have all these items so you don’t have to pay anything. Ask a friend or a relative if they’ve got an old toaster or CB radio lying around that they don’t need.
First you’ll want to take apart your toaster. This isn’t too hard. Just flip it upside down and start removing the screws. You’ll probably need to pull off the plastic lever and knobs before you remove the top of the toaster. Once you have the top off, you’ll see a green or brown circuit board inside.
Flip the circuit board down and you’ll see all the components on the other side, including the 6.5536 MHz crystal. The crystal is silver and will have 6.5 stamped on the side of it. In the picture below, I’ve used an arrow to show you where it’s located.
The crystal is likely in a different spot in other toasters, but it’s hard to mistake for any other electronic component. The crystal will have some form of 6.5 stamped on the side of it. In my toaster, it showed 6.55-12. While the official frequency needed is 6.5536 MHz, anything within 1.6 megahertz will work. So don’t worry if your crystal just says 6.5 or 6.50 – it’s all the same for our purposes.
It’s kind of hard to see what I’m doing in the picture above, but I’m heating up the leads on the crystal from underneath with my soldering iron to melt the solder, and I’m pulling on the crystal from above with a pair of needle nose pliers. It only takes a few seconds to get the crystal out of the toaster.
Now that the crystal is out of your toaster, throw your toaster away! Do not attempt to use it once the crystal is removed. Remember, the crystal is in there for safety and using your toaster without the crystal could burn your toast and/or start a kitchen fire. It’s likely your toaster won’t even turn on with the missing crystal, but please don’t even try. Just throw it away.
As I mentioned before, just about any brand and model of CB radio will work, as long as it has the digital display on it. Which means, just about any CB radio manufactured after the mid 1980’s. These are the kinds of CB radios whose frequencies are controlled by a single crystal inside of them. For my mod, I used a Radio Shack TRC-207 walkie talkie CB radio, which is pictured above. I prefer using a walkie talkie CB radio because it doesn’t requiring sticking a huge CB antenna on the roof of my car which might be noticed if a fast food employee starts looking around the parking lot for the culprits.
Taking apart your CB radio is just as easy as taking apart the toaster. Remove the screws and pop it open. You may or may not have to lift up the circuit board inside to find the crystal inside. In my particular model, the crystal actually plugged into a socket so I didn’t need to even desolder the old crystal. I just pulled it out with my fingers and then plugged in the new 6.55 MHz crystal. I don’t know how common this is, because in other CB radios that I’ve modified the crystal was soldered to the circuit board, just like in the toaster.
Put your CB back together and test it to make sure it’s working. You’re finished! Obviously, you won’t be able to talk on normal CB channels anymore since your CB is transmitting and receiving at a much higher frequency now. But who cares, CB channels are lame anyway. Let’s hop in the car and drive to our nearest fast food establishment to test it out.
Sit near the drive-thru and wait for a customer to pull up. While the customer is talking to the drive-thru speaker, start flipping through your channels until you hear them talking. I’ve found that most drive thrus end up being somewhere in the 16 – 25 channel range. I’ve never found one above channel 30 and only a few on channels 1 through 15. It all depends on how their drive-thru is set up and what frequencies they’re using. Anyway, push down your talk button and start talking to the customer.
The cool thing about using a CB radio to transmit on drive-thru frequencies is that a CB is designed to work for several miles. The headsets that those fast food people wear are only designed to work for about 100 feet. So you can easily overpower the employees, even if you’re several parking lots away. In fact, you may be inadvertently screwing with several other drive-thrus in town without even knowing it. This is more likely when you’re using the kind of CB radio that’s supposed to be installed in a car. Those usually run on 5 watts and can cover an entire city. This is another reason I like to use my walkie talkie. It’s lucky if it will work for even a mile, so I’m only harassing one restaurant at a time.
If you found this tutorial useful, you might also enjoy the video I’ve made on the same subject. It includes much of the same information in this tutorial, but also includes actual footage of us messing with a drive-thru with this CB mod. Enjoy!
This short video is barely enough to even be considered a PLA TV, but since when have I ever had standards. Watch as I attempt to mess with some missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints via some security cameras and a two-way intercom. This happened in 2003 and 2004, but I don’t think I ever posted it on phonelosers.org. So here it is.
The new PLA Radio is here and it’s about nothing really. It includes updates on the latest phone mobs, PLA on CNBC, Mass Calling, some voicemails, and Mildred Monday. Pretty much everything you’ve already heard if you’re a regular forum member.
01:45 New Phone Mobs
04:40 S1acker’s Mass Calling
07:23 Corporate Terrorism
09:16 Voicemails – (505) 796-4020
10:15 How to record phone calls
11:24 Ride Home?
14:14 Mildred Monday
18:50 Blackhat Life