[HamWAN PSDR] Getting connected to HamWAN

Jamie Hughes wa7jh at outlook.com
Fri May 28 12:00:01 PDT 2021

Hi Jessie,

I've seen the responses so far and I think you deserve a little more.

5 GHz requires unobstructed Line of Sight (LoS) this means if you can't see it, you can't work it (reliably). While it is wireless and penetrates through things, the process for going through things causes signal distortion, degradation, attenuation, fading, and multipath. All bad things when dealing with data over the air. Also, not sure what your planned use would be, but HAMWAN isn't your typical internet service provider.

Out of your options #1 seems the best, but if those windows are tinted, then, you are SOL.

The LHG HP5 is a great choice: MikroTik Routers and Wireless - Products: LHG HP5<https://mikrotik.com/product/RBLHG-5HPnD>
You will likely desire a mounting option: MikroTik Routers and Wireless - Products: solidMOUNT<https://mikrotik.com/product/solidmount>

I recommend Streakwave
MikroTik RBLHG-5HPnD-XL 5GHz LHG 27dBi 802.11an 2x2 ROW (streakwave.com)<https://www.streakwave.com/mikrotik-rblhg-5hpnd-xl-5ghz-lhg-27dbi-802-11an-2x2-row> This is the high-power version for $81
MikroTik solidMOUNT Advanced Pole Mount Adapter for LHG (streakwave.com)<https://www.streakwave.com/mikrotik-solidmount-advanced-pole-mount-adapter-for-lhg>: Mount for $27.55

You will need to email a copy of your amateur license to William Book William.Book at streakwave.com<mailto:William.Book at streakwave.com> to prove you're a ham.

Super easy to work with. Shipping is where they will get you, so be ready for that.

My club runs 3 dishes, all purchased from Streakwave with the help of Bill.

Feel free to reach out direct if you need anything else.

Jamie Hughes
Phone: (360) 340-8886<tel:+13603408886>

From: PSDR <psdr-bounces at hamwan.org> On Behalf Of Jesse Victors via PSDR
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2021 9:51 AM
To: psdr <psdr at hamwan.org>
Subject: [HamWAN PSDR] Getting connected to HamWAN

Hey everyone!

HamWAN has been on my radar for a couple months and I wanted to get connected. I have a couple options.

1) if 5 GHz can pass through double-paned glass, then I could point an antenna through the window from my work office in downtown Seattle, connecting with the hubs nearby or across the water.

2) if 5 GHz can pass through tree leaves, I could mount the dish on the mast holding the center of my HF fan dipole, as shown here: https://www.qrz.com/db/kj7yls<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.qrz.com%2Fdb%2Fkj7yls&data=04%7C01%7C%7C3304a5184ed24c1fad6c08d921f8ea6e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637578175237522509%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=5xMsIP5GX5dWJYB5p6ypVv97hVe52MvZaZb%2FOeWxc3s%3D&reserved=0> At a height of 30 feet it might be able to connect with Paine.

3) if 5 GHz can pass through a thin piece of plywood and tree leaves, I could mount the antenna in my attic. That should be tall enough to jump over my neighbors house I think.

Which of these would work? I'm leaning towards the first option. The second would work but it would just be more logistically difficult. I believe the third option would suffer significant signal degradation, yes?

As far as antennas go, the LHG 5 seems to have pretty good performance, is within my hobby budget, and should work for the links that I have in mind, yes? It should also be lighter and more wind-resistant since its hollow. I should be able to mount that on a pole, connect PoE, and then work on the routing, correct? If this is a decent choice, where is a good place to order the International edition?

Thanks for any advice with this!


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