[HamWAN PSDR] Report from Mike and Key Electronics Show and Fleamarket
Nigel Vander Houwen
nigel at nigelvh.com
Sun Mar 6 15:48:30 PST 2016
RE #1: Do you have the GPS coordinates and how high the antennas would end up being? If so, we can look at the models and see what they look like.
RE #2: We have gear on East Tiger, but Cougar is pretty much out. Cougar would be a nice site to add, but us, and several others on our behalf, have never been able to get site owner buy in. If you’re able to push that forward, we’d be happy to work with you on that.
> On Mar 6, 2016, at 15:43, Ed Morin <edmorin.jr at gmail.com> wrote:
> I replied to Dan who encouraged me to post to the list, so here I am. :-)
> I am part of the City of Redmond ARES group and we are working towards implementing a HamWAN link to a city network we hope to put together. We were allocated a /24 network and our intentions are to (eventually) multi-home for redundancy as well as provide AP's locally (for ham use).
> Anyway, I was intrigued by two things Dan noted in his post which he thought others on the list might have some ideas they could share.
> 1. The Redmond area -- particularly where our fire stations are -- is very spotty in terms of coverage as it appears on the homepage coverage map. We would love it if somebody could help in determining what our "real" chances are for getting HamWAN links at a few of our fire stations. I have studied the coverage map on the homepage, but I assume it's not "perfect" when coverage is showing "spotty" (particularly in the Redmond area). We're looking to get an end-user "setup" to use for "surveying" with, but do not have that yet since it would be out of our own pockets until we can demonstrate a proof-of-concept to the city (after which we could likely get reimbursed). My present thinking is that fire stations 13 and 17 are possible candidates although (if memory serves) there are two others that may have a shot at it as well. So, any ideas on how we could work to nail that down would be great. If somebody has a "portable" unit, maybe we could just try it sometime to see if a signal is visible...
> 2. Putting a core node on Tiger Mt. might be potentially very helpful to us. A node on Cougar Mt. might be even more so; have any of you looked into that possibility? It appears to have better Eastside coverage than Tiger and a better "view" of Redmond up the Sammamish valley. This might be attractive to the Microsoft / MicroHams crowd...
> Again, any thoughts you have on this would be appreciated...
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