Jan VE4JS is just down the street – he always hears me when I check into the MEPN (Manitoba Evening Phone Net) on 3.747 KHz 7pm local time — more like 2km away, but still relatively close.
He had expressed an interest in our high speed ham net, so with the help of Colin, he secured some cabling and a grid antenna and I gave him one of my high power bullets and injectors. He was able to fabricate a mount for his antenna and pointed at our new site (60c). Now, that being relatively close, one would think it would be a decent connection –
but .. very poor results – only 1 bar on the radio part, so, over emails, I suggest he point it to our main site (55N) which is about 7km away give or take
— lo and behold – full scale reading on the radio. So, we pick a time where I can come down and help verify his setup. He’s on-line now — albeit only with about 3Mbps max … hovering around 1.5Mbps on average. Will have to have one of the guys verify my handi-work on configuration and make sure it’s up to snuff — not sure if he has tree branches too close or not — but his tower is 50′ or so and is just over the tree line in his established area of town (near the river).
So, another member added on — looking to get more hams online.
73, Dan ve4drk