[HamWAN PSDR] Madison Park Seattle HAMwan node?

Robert Edmiston kg7ucl at gmail.com
Tue Oct 3 14:18:47 PDT 2017

Correction.  My order with Streakwave for the super lightweight LHG-HP5-US
dish was canceled because, according to them, it's new and won't be in
stock until early 2018. So, I had to go with the heavier and 3x more
expensive RB911G5HPnDQRT square flat antenna/router combo.   Both were on
the recommended hardware lists so I expect it'll work just as well.  After
a successful proof of function, I will likely order the lightweight dish
anyhow.  I could have ordered it from Latvia, but shipping is $35 and a
money wire transfer comes with another $35 fee and who knows how long it
would take to arrive.  I expect to be ready to try out a test in a week.
Cheers and thanks for all the great info on the hamwan website.

On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 9:30 PM, Robert Edmiston <kg7ucl at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for all the info, I've ordered a MikroTik LHG HP5 unit which has
> the dish and router in one.  It's not the most sensitive of their
> offerings, but it's affordable enough for an experiment to just buy on my
> own dime, and it's light enough to move around easily.  Let me know if this
> is a bad choice.  After it gets here, I'll try out your online
> documentation to see if I can connect without having to pester anybody.
> Thanks for putting this Puget Sound Ring together, I'm super excited to get
> involved and contribute.
> Bob Edmiston, KG7UCL
> On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 4:26 PM, John D. Hays <john at hays.org> wrote:
>> And there are people who will help out, if needed.
>> On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 4:09 PM, Nigel Vander Houwen <nigel at nigelvh.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Bob,
>>> We have a list/comparison of compatible options. Please note that
>>> Ubiquiti devices WILL NOT WORK on HamWAN. Mikrotik and Ubiquiti offer
>>> different protocols NV2 vs AirMax, and HamWAN is built on NV2, so it’s
>>> Mikrotik only.
>>> http://hamwan.org/Standards/Component%20Engineering/Client%2
>>> 0Hardware.html
>>> Some of those options, like the Poynting grid antenna are difficult to
>>> find these days, but there are a number of good options there. Once you
>>> have a setup, we also provide instructions for getting it configured.
>>> http://hamwan.org/Standards/Network%20Engineering/Client%20N
>>> ode%20Configuration.html
>>> And of course you can post here on the mailing list, or join us on chat
>>> http://webchat.freenode.net/?nick=HamWAN..&channels=%23HamWAN
>>> <http://webchat.freenode.net/?nick=HamWAN..&channels=#HamWAN> for
>>> additional info/help.
>>> Nigel
>>> On Oct 2, 2017, at 15:56, Robert Edmiston <kg7ucl at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Tom,
>>> Thanks for the quick response. That would be super if I could reach the
>>> Haystack site.  Our little community would be quite cut off without power
>>> in the event of an earthquake or even something as common as a heavy snow.
>>> My hub team is investigating solutions for emergency comms beyond feebly
>>> attempting to use voice to convey ICS-213 forms.  It sounds like you have
>>> something great working already and I'd love to see if it could work for
>>> us.
>>> I'd like to see if it would work at all, with minimal investment. We
>>> have a community council with funds to buy equipment if a proof of concept
>>> test works out.  What would be your recommended kit for seeing if we could
>>> make contact? From your online PowerPoint docs, I've read that the Microtik
>>> hardware is super hard to configure, but that the Ubiquiti is far easier to
>>> set up for people who are not network transport layer engineers.
>>> Bob
>>> On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 3:37 PM, Tom Hayward <tom at tomh.us> wrote:
>>>> Bob,
>>>> What is your goal? Your location on the west side of the lake should
>>>> be well covered by the Haystack site (at 4000' above Sultan). This
>>>> will give you routing to all other HamWAN users.
>>>> Tom KD7LXL
>>>> On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 3:27 PM, Robert Edmiston <kg7ucl at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> > Hi there. I'm Bob Edmiston, emergency hub radio lead for the Madison
>>>> Park emergency hub. From a propagation perspective, the waterfront
>>>> communities around Lake Washington have more in common with each other than
>>>> their respective cities due to line-of-sight challenges. Waterfront
>>>> communities share the luxury of direct line-of-sight radio communications,
>>>> especially well suited to hamwan frequencies.
>>>> >
>>>> > My neighborhood on Lake WA falls in the hamwan shadow of the
>>>> Washington Park hill, but we are line of sight to Kirkland and cougar
>>>> mountain. Who could I speak with about the possibility of testing
>>>> connections from Madison Park to the Eastside?
>>>> > Bob Edmiston
>>>> > KG7UCL
>>>> > 425-985-4182
>>>> > Madison Park HUB
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