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N6RFI
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Loveland Activity?

I've been playing a bit with an Ubiquiti Bullet M2 in Loveland, near Centerra.  Is anyone else out there? 

Someone told me 5 GHz is a better bet, less competition than on 2.4 GHz.  I'll probably get some gear for that at some point, but 2.4 is what I had already.

W6SDD
Longmont

Hi N6RFI.
I'm not far away in Longmont.  Recently I acquired a Ubiquiti Rocket M2 and installed the AREDN software on it.  I'd like to try connecting with you.  Unfortunately, where I live I'm surrounded by buildings and can't put an antenna on the roof.  I got a RocketDish 2G24 antenna with the idea of driving to a high point and aiming the dish at a node in a known location.  I need to construct a portable mount for the dish and figure out how to run the equipment off a battery.  Would you like to coordinate a test, maybe the weekend of Feb 16-17?  If your setup is portable, perhaps we could meet in a park and establish a mesh in close proximity, then move the nodes farther apart and see how they do.
Cheers,
Scott
W6SDD

WB5PJB
DX to the south

If you guys ever want to try some 2.4 GHz. AREDN DX to Douglas County, I would be willing to setup at a location down here with a good view to your area. A couple of good setup spots for you two are the old AT&T microwave tower along the I-25 frontage road (east side) just north of 38 (there is a little area to temporarily park outside the gate) or the Budweiser Events Center parking lot along the far west edge. Those two locations have a good view to the south and are clear paths from a couple of locations down here and are about 54 miles and 66 miles, respectively. 

73,
Gary, WB5PJB
 

W6SDD
Re: DX to the south

Hi Gary.
Thank you for the info about good setup spots.  In Google Maps I was able to find the spot you mentioned on the east I-25 frontage road a bit north of County Rd 38.  When I have got portable dish mount and power figured out, I would certainly like to try connecting with your node.  What sort of antenna would you use on your end?  A sector antenna?
73,
Scott
W6SDD

WB5PJB
DX to the south

Hi, Scott. On 2.4 GHz, I would probably use either a Bullet M2HP and a Yagi or an AirGrid. I have had no problems connecting to Boulder from here in Douglas County with that setup, so I would hope it could make the trip to your area. If we wanted to try 5 GHz., I would use a PowerBeam. According to Google Earth, we would be pointing slightly east of downtown Denver from each of our perspectives. I have used speaker stands a lot as portable mounts for dishes, so that might work for you with your setup, as well. You can get those at Guitar Center or a lot of online sources. 

We would need some sort of communication application to actually communicate (beyond just getting a connection established.) I can have MeshChat loaded on the nodes for texting, or I could also throw an IP camera on the node so you could see video. I also have a Grandstream VoIP phone that can be called directly using its IP address (no VoIP server required), so that might be an option to try if you had a VoIP phone also. Or, use TeamSpeak or something similar on a laptop.

Anyway, weekends work best for me, so perhaps we can setup a schedule when you are ready and the weather looks like it will cooperate. You can email me at my callsign at arrl.net if you want to communicate directly.

73,
Gary, WB5PJB
  

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