“60C” !

First there was 55N, then WSC, then there was the breadplant, then came woodlands, then came dugald road — now — comes “60c” our newest site for installation of RF units to support the expansion of the VA4WAN high-speed network!  Some of these sites are still undergoing change to bring them fully into the network, but we keep on trying to bring sites in that make sense to the expansion …

A number of us headed up the 14 or so flights to the top of the building — Jim VE4SIG, Colin VE4CST, William VE4VR, Derek VE4HAY, Wyatt VE4WDZ and myself Dan VE4DRK.  Meeting in the parking lot later after work we assembled the clan around 6:45pm(ish) and loaded up with Colin’s gear and the odd antenna piece.  Luckily, it was a nice warm day and the only thing we had to worry about was ensuring we had enough liquids to keep us hydrated while we’re up there.  We co-share this site with a number of cell providers and there was quite the power units up there (I forgot to bring my tinfoil hat!) hi hi …

We have a great shot at our main-site .. look below for a great pic of our main site – -the big building on the left-centre:

60c - 55n
60c – 55n

 

From this vantage point, it will server the surrounding areas and southern parts quite well!  Looking eastwards(ish) I see an area that should be my house in the distance .. except there appears to be some form of large’ish building just in the way a bit .. not sure how much .. but very very very close to blocking the entire view 🙁

hmmm
hmmm
somewhere behind there ...
somewhere behind there …

So, we had quite a few guys to help putting things up, down, apart, together etc .. so we started getting at it …

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UPS, routers, control box being setup
UPS, routers, control box being setup

After spending almost 4 hours up there, it was time to call it a night …

timing ...
timing …

 

So, now – while all the ethernet runs appear to be good as we can talk to all the units, the RF connectivity is only so-so.  So, while we ran out of time, we need to go back and do some diagnostics on some of the links/units to verify they are 100% RF output … will see shortly!  I suspect there is another venture to 60c in the future …

73, Dan ve4drk

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