On Mon, 08 Nov 2004 04:36:51 +0000, Rick Bullon wrote:
>The guy at the computer store said that I may in a good position for an
>internet node here at my QTH.
Several issues. First, I wouldn't worry about the wind loading. These are
antennas. But they might get in the way of your climbing the tower, so I would
concerned about how they are mounted.
I would also be concerned about the HF trash that Ethernet puts out, because
electronics for these antennas are on the back of the antennas, and will be fed
cable, not coax. If they are not well designed, they can radiate trash in the
ham bands. If
you do put a node on your tower, you should have an iron-clad contract with the
contractor that he will kill all of that trash.
That said, think of such a node as an alternative to BPL -- sounds like a
win-win to me if it
is done well! We are working with a local guy to host a wireless node at W6BX
listing), which can serve several hundred folks in a remote valley in CA. The
barely running so far, but last time I was there (two weeks ago) there were no
Jim Brown K9YC
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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