55N work – new structure!

It was going to be a hot day — so, plenty of water was required – not just the heat was making us warm – but the exposure to all this RF up there can give you a sun-burn!

A rather nice addition to our primary location is a new mount point. This location faces south and will aid in getting a better signal through the new built-up hvac systems being upgraded.  Thanks to Derek VE4HAY for securing this new location — it’ll help on a number of fronts.

Meeting at the site was Derek VE4HAY, William VE4VR, Colin VE4CST, Wyatt VE4WDZ, Robert VE4RLK and myself Dan VE4DRK at around 10:00am Saturday.

While I usually try to take pics showing the work that is going on, I was busy running cable and had to leave at 3pm.  Robert had to leave around noon and the rest of the guys stayed till about 6pm.  Lots of work was done.  We were able to secure a new post to the infrastructure and host a 3.4 and a 2.3 sector and a couple of 5GHz panels – one pointing to the VE4WSC site and the other pointing to the 60C site down south.

Our existing tower has quite the number of units on it – to put it all on a single pole will take some work:

existing tower on 55n with all it's gear :-)
existing tower on 55n with all it’s gear 🙂

the new view to the south with the new pole is simply amazing:

exposure to the south
exposure to the south
Colin working on installing the two sectors .. William keeping things steady ...
Colin working on installing the two sectors .. William keeping things steady …

 

Derek bolting things in place ...
Derek bolting things in place …

 

Wyatt doing the fine cat5 cable connectors. All 4 runs in and out!
Wyatt doing the fine cat5 cable connectors. All 4 runs in and out!
Chowing down after a few hours of work - thanks, William for making the feed-bag run!
Chowing down after a few hours of work – thanks, William for making the feed-bag run!
nothin' you can't do with some power tools! Colin re-working the connector slot ...
nothin’ you can’t do with some power tools! Colin re-working the connector slot …
Derek and Colin securing the 5G panels in place .. talk about gain!
Derek and William securing the 5G panels in place .. talk about gain!

While there, we also attached the new 5G woodlands panel to the existing WDR site … it is interesting to look through all the scaffolding gear on top of that building – but hopefully it will be gone soon.

After I had left, a  new 5GHz panel was placed for Inkster and the radio unit for the 5GHz omni was replaced.  If you find yourself wanting to check out a 5GHz connection, point your radio to 55N and give it a try and let us know!

Some further work is required.  We need to secure a 5GHz panel at woodlands site itself and confirm the connectivity of the Dugald Road site – it would prove very useful in the future to connect up the Transcona area.

All for now – more work to be done while we have warm weather.  But remember, we do make house-calls in January!  (reference: http://ve4drk.keizer.ca/?p=182 )

73, Dan ve4drk