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  • ANNOUNCE: Register for Defcon Wi-Fi Shootout, Prizes, etc

    Be sure to watch http://home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout/
    for rules updates and clarifications!

    You may post to this thread to register for the Defcon Wi-Fi Shootout, or you may follow the instructions found below.

    --Starla Pureheart
    OKC2600
    Defcon Wi-Fi Shootout Contest Staff

    --------------------------------------------------

    The First Annual Defcon Wi-fi Shootout

    Hosted by the Oklahoma City 2600 group

    Wireless technology is becoming more and more prevalent, and many people have experimented with transmitting wi-fi over large distances. The Guinness World Book of Records distance for a wi-fi link is 310 kilometers, and was set by the Swedish company Alvarion (full story here: http://www.newswireless.net/articles/030307-record.html). Amateurs have been making antennas out of everything from Pringles cans to Primestar dishes, and getting amazing results. Sound interesting? Read on!

    CONTEST GOAL:

    To see who can achieve the greatest wi-fi/802.11b connect distance between the roof of the Alexis Park Hotel and the outlying areas of Las Vegas.

    EVENT STAFF:

    Dave Moore
    Michele Moore
    Anna Moore
    Stefan Morris
    Other volunteers

    EVENT DETAILS: Basic Rules

    * The contest will be open to Defcon attendees who agree to the contest rules. Contestants must register with and be accepted by contest staff in order to participate.

    * The contest begins Friday at noon, August 1, on the roof of the Alexis Park Hotel.

    * How to Enter the Contest:

    Prior to Defcon:
    Register via email (wifi-shootout@earthlink.net); or
    Register on the Defcon Chat forum.

    At Defcon:
    Register at the DEF CON Info Booth before Friday 11:30 AM; or

    Register with contest staff -- during the contest -- on the roof of the Alexis Park on Friday, August 1, at the transmission log times: 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, or 11:00 PM; or

    Register with contest staff -- during the contest -- on the roof of the Alexis Park on Saturday, August 2, at the beginning of the transmission log time which begins at 12 noon.

    * Contest entry deadline is during the transmission log time which begins on Saturday at noon, August 2.

    * Entrants must make their physical Convention presence known to contest staff by the deadline. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of contest staff.

    * 2.4 GHz, 802.11b equipment only. No "g," no "a." No signal relaying.

    * A total of 48 entry slots are available, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

    * Entries may be individuals or teams, with no limit on the number of members per team. However, each entry shall appoint only one person to officially interact with contest staff at any given time. One official contact badge per entry will be issued by contest staff, and may be exchanged between entry members as desired.

    * Entries may compete in a maximum of two competition categories.

    * Contestants shall provide their own transceiving equipment, which must be capable of sending, receiving and displaying a specific text message provided by contest staff. Contestants will be responsible for the proper operation of their equipment, and contest staff will bear no responsibility for any liability arising from the operation of contestants' equipment.

    * Winners agree to openly disclose the technology used to achieve connect distances.

    * Contestants agree to compete honestly, and may be summarily disqualified at any time for behavior deemed inappropriate by contest staff, i.e. intentionally logging false distances. No cheating, jamming or sabotage!

    EVENT DETAILS: Competition Rules

    Competition categories:

    1. Stock/unmodified, with commercially made omnidirectional wi-fi antenna

    2. Stock/unmodified, with commercially made directional wi-fi antenna

    3. Homemade omnidirectional antenna

    4. Homemade directional antenna

    5. Enhanced power, (omni or directional) commercially made

    6. Enhanced power, (omni or directional) homemade

    Specified transmission log times will be provided by contest staff, and will occur throughout the contest. Contestants must log their transmission distance entries with contest staff at those times. Planned log times are:

    Friday, August 1, at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 11:00 PM
    Saturday, August 2, at 12:00 PM, 3 PM, and the final log time at 7 PM

    * After verifying two-way transmissions from contestants' equipment on the roof of the motel, transmission locations will be accepted, and distances calculated at face value for log times, except for the final log time. Distances reported may be derived from GPS units, locating oneself on a map and determining latitude/longitude, or any other approved source.

    * At the close of the last transmission log time, on-site transmission verification will be required in order to determine category winners. Contestants agree to provide, if necessary, transportation for contest staff to and from remote sites in order to verify transmission distance, or fuel reimbursement if a contest staff vehicle is used. Contestants also agree to provide reimbursement for contest-related long-distance telephone calls if needed.

    * Award ceremonies hosted by Dark Tangent will be held Sunday, August 3, at which time category winners will be announced, and prizes awarded.

    HOW TO JOIN:

    Send an email to wifi-shootout@earthlink.net with the following information:

    * Entry name
    * Name of contact person for your entry
    * If you have a team, number of people on your team
    * What category(ies) you wish to enter (maximum 2)
    * Team website for us to link to, if any
    Last edited by starlapureheart; June 14, 2003, 14:21.

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    Defcon Wifi Shootout Sponsors

    We are pleased to announce that the following Defcon vendors have signed on as sponsors of the Defcon Wifi Shootout, with more sponsors to come!

    Dave Moore
    Defcon Wifi Shootout staff
    http://home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout/
    --------

    MECO/Uncle Ira
    http://www.meco.org/

    Hackerthreads
    http://www.hackerthreads.com

    Breakpoint Books
    http://www.breakpointbooks.com/default2.asp

    Jinx Hackwear
    http://www.jinxgear.com/

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      DC-Stuff

      Hey Dave,

      Make sure to send this out to the DC-STUFF mailing list as well.

      -Russ

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      • #4
        Wifi Shootout Sponsors & Prizes Update

        We are pleased to announce that TechTV has signed on as the premier sponsor of the Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest. They will be providing very nice prizes to the winners of the six contest categories, as well as the grand prize winner. Also, our newest sponsor, Pasadena Networks, will be providing some cool antennas as prizes. We encourage you to submit your contest entries as soon as possible, and get in on the fun!

        Other fine sponsors providing prizes are:

        Breakpoint Books

        Hackerthreads

        J3sus pHreakers

        Jinxgear

        Moser Electronics Company (MECO)

        More details will be posted soon!

        Dave Moore
        Defcon Wifi Shootout Staff
        http://www.home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout/

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        • #5
          Defcon Wifi Shootout Update #1

          Greetings Contestants,

          Less than a week until Defcon, and we are excited about working with all of
          you!

          This email is to let you know that the location for the log times have
          CHANGED. Log times will NOT be done on the roof of the Alexis Park Hotel.
          In fact, due to a recent decree from the Las Vegas Fire Marshall, NO Defcon
          activities AT ALL will take place on the hotel roof (yes, that means no
          giant tent full of fun and frivolity, as in previous years). We were
          informed of this situation by Defcon staff last Saturday morning, and have
          been weighing our options ever since.

          However, nothing about the awards ceremony and spectacular prizes has changed!

          After getting over the initial shock of all Defcon activities being banned
          from the roof, we realized that our available options will actually provide
          for a much MORE exciting contest, in that you will be able to go for much
          greater distances than you ever could have gotten from the hotel roof. The
          hotel roof was actually picked as a compromise for the sake of convenience, but didn't really allow very great line-of-sight distances. Instead, the new log time location will allow you to really get that signal OUT THERE!

          We have some choice locations picked out that are within easy driving
          distance of the hotel, and should give awesome line-of-sight distances. We
          are arriving in Las Vegas on Thursday (the day before Defcon begins), and
          will make the final location selection at that time.

          To keep everyone from having to drive around so much, there will now only
          be TWO log times, instead of six. As described on the updated website
          (http://www.home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout), all contestants will meet
          in the lobby of the Alexis Park Motel at noon on Friday (8-1-03), where you
          will learn the contest location, and we will proceed from there. DON'T BE
          LATE to this meeting, as it will only last until 12:30, and then we're off
          to the contest site for the first log time! Contest staff will stay on
          site for two hours, or until all distances have been logged, whichever
          comes first.

          Another meeting will be held the next day (Saturday, 8-2-03) from noon
          until 12:30 in the hotel lobby, and we will proceed from there to the
          contest site for the final log time. Again, you will have two hours to log
          distances.

          Of course, there is nothing to prevent you from practicing all you want at
          the contest location, day or night, so you are totally prepared when the
          log time arrives!

          We will also soon be sending out an FAQ of sorts to cover various contest
          details and questions that have come up (for example, due to the heavy
          military and aerospace activity that surrounds Las Vegas, we've decided
          that rockets and weather balloons are a pretty bad idea). PLEASE send us
          your comments and questions.

          Dave Moore
          Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest Staff
          http://www.home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout

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          • #6
            Defcon Wifi Shootout Update #2

            Greetings Contestants,

            Here's the contest schedule:

            - Meet in the lobby of the Alexis Park Motel at noon on Friday (8-1-03),
            where you will learn the contest location, and we will proceed from there.
            DON'T BE LATE to this meeting, as it will only last until 12:30, and then
            we're off to the contest site for the first log time! Contest staff will
            stay on site for two hours, or until all distances have been logged,
            whichever comes first.

            - When we arrive at the contest site, we will set up a "base camp," at
            which all teams will set up one end of their link. Then, teams will send
            members out into the field (or, down the road, as the case may be) to set
            up the other end of their link.

            - Meet again the next day (Saturday, 8-2-03) from noon until 12:30 in the
            hotel lobby, and we will proceed from there to the contest site for the
            final log time. THIS WILL BE THE LAST CHANCE FOR NEW TEAMS TO REGISTER.
            Again, you will have up to two hours to log distances.

            - Winners announced and awards presented the next day (Sunday, 8-3-03) at
            the official Defcon awards ceremony.

            To address various questions and ideas that have come up:

            - Due to the heavy military and aerospace activity that surrounds Las
            Vegas, we've decided that rockets and weather balloons are a pretty bad
            idea. Land-based nodes only, please.

            - No relaying, no repeaters, no wifi bridges.

            - Teams need to have someone at each end of their link, with a setup at
            each end capable of sending and receiving a specific text message to be
            supplied on the spot by contest staff.

            - Bring plenty of power for your equipment, i.e., extra laptop batteries,
            etc. Even better is a power inverter to supply AC power from your car
            battery. I bought one from an auto parts store for $30, and it powers a
            laptop and access point just fine. A friend of mine bought a huge one, and
            can run a full desktop computer inside his car! Don't forget power strips,
            extension cords, etc. If you have a GPS, bring it.

            - We will be outside, so bring a jug of drinking water, and wear cool (not
            "kewl") clothing (not knit "Polo" style shirts!). A hat is recommended,
            and you may even want some sunblock lotion.

            - When you have set up, tested and practiced, and you have a distance you
            want to log as an official entry, it must be verified in person by contest
            staff. That means we have to be able to find your field team members, so
            be prepared to use your wifi link to transmit your field location back to
            base camp. Once you've send and received the specific text messages
            supplied by contest staff, a GPS location will be logged. Each evening,
            distances will be calculated and verified using
            http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~cvm/latlongdist.html (unless you have a better
            online calculator).

            - Please send us you comments and suggestions. See you there!

            Dave Moore
            Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest Staff
            http://www.home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout

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