[HamWAN PSDR] Kitsap County Gold Mountain HamWAN Attempts, Dish and Sector Antennas K7MM

Bart Kus me at bartk.us
Sun Jan 17 00:05:14 PST 2016

Good to hear about the signal at your location!  I kinda thought LoS 
from there would be more than -69dBm though.  Gold-S2 is also a MIMO 
(dual polarity) sector, so you can also look at QRT-5 (11n version 
only!), or try rotating your single polarity antennas 90 degrees to see 
if the other polarity works better for you.


On 1/16/2016 9:49 PM, Nigel Vander Houwen wrote:
> Evening Dan,
> Sounds like you had some good luck today! In general I don’t think the 
> versions should matter all too much, I haven’t see any reports of 
> issues with getting a DHCP lease over version differences, though S2 
> at gold is running 6.32.3. Since you upgraded, but didn’t re-evaluate 
> the configuration, maybe there’s something funky in the config that 
> happened with the update that made it not grab an IP. I’d double check 
> there.
> Nigel
>> On Jan 16, 2016, at 18:41, Daniel Ransom <danra995 at yahoo.com 
>> <mailto:danra995 at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>> Tom.
>> Here is a status update on my efforts at accessing the Gold Mountain 
>> HamWAN.  I went out with my two MikroTik Metal 5SHPn transceiver 
>> modems, one of my dishes, and a sector antenna this morning.  I 
>> tested from the corner of E Collins Road and Babydoll Rd, at 
>> 47.548349, -122.5939, here in east Port Orchard.  From this location 
>> I can see the flashing white beacon on Gold Mountain.
>> I get a good signal on the mesh dish:  -69 dBm.  The vertically 
>> polarized sector antenna (SA58-90-17-WB) has 10 dB less signal, but 
>> the modem will "associate" with the network.  Pointing is not 
>> critical--I've got about 15 degrees each way, a 30-degree sweep where 
>> I have reasonable signal (around -80 dBm).  This is at ground level.  
>> It should work when I hoist it into the trees behind my house.
>> I have two modems; one has a broken back-cover latch and is on 
>> v6.12.  It associates well, even on the sector antenna.  
>> Unfortunately, I can't seal the back connection because of the broken 
>> latch.
>> My other, water-resistant modem I updated from v6.12 to v6.32.3.  I 
>> did not do a full reset when updating the client configuration from 
>> the HamWAN website.  I could not get this one to acquire an IP 
>> address from the network, even on the dish antenna.  I went back to 
>> my hamshack (I was wet and tired and water was fritzing my laptop 
>> keyboard!).  I reset and reloaded this modem to try again tomorrow.   
>> Does RouterOS firmware matter?
>> When I put the sector antenna/modem into the tree I will use a rope 
>> on top from which to hang the combination antenna/modem, and two 
>> ropes at the bottom of the sector antenna (one on each left and right 
>> side) to steer the antenna.  I have shielded, outdoor CAT6 cable 
>> (Ubiquity ToughCable Carrier) as a downlead.
>> We're hams, we experiment!
>> 73 from Dan at K7MM
>> 509 330 6398
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