One of our founders home site was recently upgraded to a spanking new 15m tower! So — with that in mind, why not move the high-speed gear to this new tower and get better connectivity — not just one one band, but three!
Luckily, Derek had a whole roll of shielded outdoor rated cat5 cable – we ran 5 runs of 90′ or so of each, so that used up half a roll or so. I was even able to practice putting together cat5 ends together 🙂
Note – it was getting a tad dark out .. so we had to finish up quickly. Colin doing the last part of the hardware install on top prior to securing the feed lines. With all said and done, what’s installed is fairly impressive. Running radios on the 2.3 GHz, 3.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz spectrum with a nice camera and an extra access point for local usage! What I initially thought would take 3 hours or so, turned into 6!
Should have triple-redundancy connection on three bands when I get my reciprocating antenna installed on my roof!
Unfortunately, since we were running late in getting all done up at Derek’s place, we weren’t able to run over to William’s place to update his VHF connection. In the plans I have to make some amendments to my own gear… winter is coming 🙂
Another few are interested in getting started in the mode, so we’ll help out where we can.
73, Dan ve4drk