High-speed cow!

Well – it’s been a while since I was on a farm operation :

High-Speed Cow
High-Speed Cow

… but that’s where we were bright and early Sunday morning – I dropped by Colin VE4CST’s QTH at 0730hrs and we met Jim VE4CY as we passed along and headed up the 7 mile ride to the site.  Arriving at about 8:30am from the trip from the ‘peg to a farm operation out in Woodlands area which is about an hour north-west of the city from my area – we started the operation right away.

This is a great site in the area as it has a 100’ large silo with an existing RF infrastructure established which we are able to tag-along with and install some amateur radio RF connections.   First on the list was to install the 2.3GHz and the 5.9GHz dual back-haul grid antennas and the 2.3GHz omni.  Colin scaled the silo and Jim followed and Dan stayed on the ground.

Silo Scaling
Silo Scaling

Then looking from the homestead …

Way-up!
Way-up!
way-up-from-homestead
way-up-from-homestead

and from up-top:

dan-from-afar
dan-from-afar

After Colin setup the mounts and antennas way up, and Jim and Dan ran the cable through the barn into the control room (remember it’s a barn, so cleanliness is not the order of the day) — Colin setup the router and the wifi cards …

route and wifi
route and wifi

Colin was able to install the box and finishing up a few things on the way down:

finishing up
finishing up

We have a few more things to do with it – so it’s not 100% yet but another trip planned and list of things-to-do should cover it – we’re already gathering up pieces that are required to complete the job and spend another half day up there.

We will also be installing a larger 3′ dish on our primary site to  provide the feed for this site – will be interesting to see how well it performs with the dual back-haul.

Was just shy of 6 hours spent at the sight and I don’t know if it was the fresh air or what, but man, was I tired — slept like a baby last night.

73, Dan ve4drk

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