Continuing the setup on 601O

Well, as you may recall, last week we had attended a new site and started the installation of pole mounts for new RF units.  We were able to get one pole of two mounted, so today, we had to finish what we started and install pole 2 of 2.  After that, we have to run the feedlines, cables, grounding, mount the cabinet etc etc – so, William was already at WSC getting the radios setup.  At 0600hrs (yes – 6:00am) he was already at the site pulling radios and resetting, flashing/upgrading, configuring and testing the units to make sure they work. Good thing we’re doing that this time around, as there were a few suspect ones that didn’t follow their normal reset procedures, so he left them off to the side.  In the end, we needed four of the 5Ghz units and 2 of the 2.3/2.4 units.  (We’re actually going to start to provide mesh-type services via AREDN and support that option as best we can).

William reflashing/resetting the RF units

In order to flash them, they can take a few minutes to configure as we wait, so, he installed some new batteries into the UPS located at the site!  Talk about multi-tasking eh…

new set of batteries in the UPS!

Getting the units from the top floor into my trunk with the help of one of the guys …

dishes cleaned up and ready to go …

Getting there, we start to make up some mounts so we can mount the dishes.  Colin starts things up and gets things measured …

cuttin’ time …

While Jim gets the mounts figured out with bolts and such …

Jim working on mounts …

Colin and Derek (the young Derek VA4AFK) working on the north mount point:

Colin and young Derek

A nice shot from the upper deck looking out — we can just see our other 60C site in the distance – straight south.

way up …

And looking north to our favorite site … and downtown …

North …

William starting to bolt on the side mount for our 5.xGHz radios/dishes.

mounting the mounts …

and placing the dishes on – took 2 guys – one to hold and the other to bolt, but we have 2 up and ready to receive a cat5 run and radio to insert …

Dishes on mount, mount on mount ..

Jim still working on getting clamps made for the units – now that the south was done, we were waiting for the north pole to be mounted…

work – work – work

Derek shows up with the rack.

good timing …

Jim and Derek haul it upstairs and it’s in it’s place.  So, it was good timing Derek showed up, as I had to leave to be somewhere by a certain time 😉  Still have enough guys to get some more work done.
I was only on the roof for a while, hour or so — it was quite windy and cool/rainy, so the hands certainly got rough after a while and had to warm up.  Luckily, the two rooms are relatively warm (and out of the rain).  More updates later once I know more about what happened.

73, Dan ve4drk