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 Subject :Utah County.. 2013-03-07- 11:33:38 
n7ttp
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Joined: 2012-11-07- 12:27:36
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Location: pleasant grove, utah
  

There has been some recent discussion in Utah County about mesh so I'm creating a thread for those who are curious or want to connect.

I've set up a mesh node in Pleasant Grove.  N7TTP-1001.  It's currently using a directional dish facing south across Utah Valley.    I'll need to modify my current antenna situation since the current setup is mainly for testing.   Once I've verified it's working as intended, I'll make a more permanent installation.

If you're in Utah County or nearby contact me and I can swing my antenna (if needed) to your location.


-Tyler N7TTP

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-03-07- 19:37:18 
KF7RCY
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Location: Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Tyler, Hope to have a node up tomorrow. Want to see if I can connect to both you and Michael (W7MJP). Will call on 34 repeater to work the connection. Stan KF7RCY
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-03-08- 21:04:29 
W7MJP
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Joined: 2012-11-03- 18:59:18
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Location: Springville, Utah

I picked up a directional antenna today and I now have it mounted on a pole at the peak

of my garage roof.  I have tried picking up any nodes to the north, but no luck.  I will soon try

aiming it to the south and try to pick up a node in Spanish Fork.

W7MJP

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-03-18- 12:45:52 
n7ego
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Joined: 2013-03-06- 21:51:50
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Location: Cedar Hills, UT
I now have 3 nodes running at my home in Cedar Hills, but they're currently all indoors with stock antennas. I'm planning to build a better antenna, and I've also ordered a cheap yagi from eBay. With scout campouts, a hospitalized relative, and other priorities taking my time I haven't been able to work on this as much as I would like to. But hopefully in another week or two I'll be ready to see if I can connect to some of the other nodes in the Valley.
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-23- 07:27:31 
kd7vea
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Location: spanish fork utah
I am getting close to getting my node put up in Spanish fork. I'm waiting on my 25 db gain yagi(I'm assuming something closer 11 to 12 db gain) I got off of eday out of Hong Kong. I hope I will get everything by the weekend, and ill get it set up. I am up on the east bench in Spanish fork, so I should have a pretty good line of sight . Ill keep everyone posted on my progress. what are people running for software to communicate. I have my firmware upgraded in the router, but just wondering what's popular in Utah county for communication software. Jake KD7VEA
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-23- 20:55:00 
nz7k
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I now have three nodes sitting around the house on minimum power and stock antennas. I do have one longer antenna that I believe is 9db gain. One is connected to the internet and getting time sync. Even though I have the gateway box checked, it doesn't advertise. I have three more routers coming over the next week. Next steps are enclosures, antennas, and mounting.
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-24- 18:52:52 
kd7vea
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I found that ebay can be a good deal on an enclosure, Mine was $12 shipped, brand new. and the antenna is advertizes as 25 DB gain (did not state dbi, or dbd) for $17 shipped. the antenna is probably around 11-12 db gain, but once the whole thing is up 30 feet in the air, I hope to pick up some nodes.
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-24- 19:00:08 
kd7vea
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Location: spanish fork utah

I was wondering if anyone has tried something like packing a node up to the top of west mountain, and seeing if anyone can link up to it down in the valley?  I know for most of us, we would be line of sight, but would the distance bee too much?  it doesn't seem like it would be to hard, or expensive to setup a node somewhere like that. a high gain omni, a small battery, and a solar panel,  after that, its just a matter of getting permission to place it on the hill (I have not messed with repeater sites, so I don't know but maybe that's the hardest part.  It just seems like with a good directional antenna here in the valley, that a good number of us could link up to the same network.  I would love to hear some thoughts on this subject.

Jake

KD7VEA

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 Subject :Re:Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-24- 19:44:10 
wx5u
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Joined: 2013-01-02- 00:30:45
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Location: Austin, TX


Got a link, model number, etc.?



[kd7vea 2013-04-24- 13:52:52]:

I found that ebay can be a good deal on an enclosure, Mine was $12 shipped, brand new. and the antenna is advertizes as 25 DB gain (did not state dbi, or dbd) for $17 shipped. the antenna is probably around 11-12 db gain, but once the whole thing is up 30 feet in the air, I hope to pick up some nodes.

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 Subject :Re:Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-24- 20:20:14 
nz7k
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There is work in progress to put a node on Lake Mountain.



[kd7vea 2013-04-24- 14:00:08]:

I was wondering if anyone has tried something like packing a node up to the top of west mountain, and seeing if anyone can link up to it down in the valley?

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-24- 21:45:01 
n7ego
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Location: Cedar Hills, UT
I bought a Laird/Pac r2t24lw-15 enclosure with built-in antenna, and it just arrived today. I'm disappointed to find that a WRT54G won't fit inside it. I haven't measured closely yet, but it appears that it might fit inside if I cut off the legs. But it will be a very close fit on the top and bottom and I'm concerned there may not be enough air flow through the router's vents on hot summer days. So pay attention to the depth if you get a similar enclosure.





[kd7vea 2013-04-24- 13:52:52]:

I found that ebay can be a good deal on an enclosure, Mine was $12 shipped, brand new. and the antenna is advertizes as 25 DB gain (did not state dbi, or dbd) for $17 shipped. the antenna is probably around 11-12 db gain, but once the whole thing is up 30 feet in the air, I hope to pick up some nodes.

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-24- 22:25:36 
wx5u
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Quite a few people take the covers off the router anyway when they mount them in an enclosure.

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-26- 09:05:17 
n7ttp
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Location: pleasant grove, utah
  

Here's an update for those who have been wondering. We're currently making plans to put mesh nodes up on the repeater sites on Lake Mountain and West mountain. Trips are being planned in the next month or so and I'm awaiting approval for the West Mountain site but haven't heard back from the site owner yet. We're hoping these two nodes will be able to link the valley together since most areas should have line-of-sight to one of these two locations. Based on calculated coverage maps, it's anticipated a third site will be needed somewhere in the Squaw Peak area but we'll need to determine that after we validate the true coverage of those two sites.

On a side note, my node has been moved to 30 ft and has a clear view of both mountain sites and most of the valley. The cable run's aren't complete yet, but should be done in the next day or two and I'll let you all know when it's active again.

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-04-26- 17:52:55 
kd7vea
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Location: spanish fork utah

Well, my enclosure came in today. The only issue is the measurements that were posted are for the outside of the box, not the inside. So I will have to find a bigger box to put the node in.I have not got the antenna yet, so hopefully that will turn out better than the enclosure did. I am glad to hear that there is a plan in place for a well placed node. I would love to pick up something other than my neighbors wifi. Jake KD7VEA

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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-05-03- 18:05:43 
kd7vea
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I got my antenna a few days ago, realized the connector wasn't correct, ordered an adapter, and now I have everything but the enclosure. I will pick up an enclosure this weekend and hopefully in the midst of the 902 and up contest, Ill get everything put together and up in the air on Sunday. is there anyone beaming down into the spanish fork area. I am north, and little west of the windmills. I hoping to pick up something. Jake Kd7vea
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-05-06- 14:21:44 
n7ttp
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Last weekend a group of us took a trip up to the Lake Mountain repeater site on the West side of Utah Lake. This is the same site where we're proposing to permanently mount a mesh node once we've received the proper authorizations. I took along a Mesh node and a 24dbi parabolic antenna. We successfully connected to and accessed the node located at my QTH (Pleasant Grove) with a similar antenna. The nodes were a total of 11.86 miles apart according to google earth. Both nodes were running stock equipment with no modifications with the exception of the parabolic antennas. This test is very encouraging. FYI This site also provides excellent line-of-site across the point-of-the-mountain into South Jordan/Sandy area, as well as into South Provo. I'll post more info once we get the node permanently installed.
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-05-25- 15:37:41 
n7ego
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Location: Cedar Hills, UT
I finally got a node mounted outdoors at my home in Cedar Hills. It's inside a Rootenna enclosure and is pointed southwest. I'm not seeing any other nodes currently, which is not surprising because there are so many trees around.
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-06-12- 22:25:22 
kg7dgh
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I've got a node at my house in Highland plugged into my small solar panel and emergency batteries. No directional antenna yet as I don't have anything to point at. We're also talking about this project at MakeSLC and I think we can get a node set up on top of our building there in Salt Lake.
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-07-24- 21:21:09 
W0HU
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Brad, I have mesh equipment up and running in SLC near the International airport (I-215 at 700 North). If I can be of any assistance to you, email me at W0HU@ARRL.net. I am retired and have time to help with projects. Jerry W0HU
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 Subject :Re:Utah County.. 2013-09-22- 17:51:17 
kd7vea
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Location: spanish fork utah
Is HSMM-MESH spreading? I just don't hear a lot about it on the radio, and if I ever mention anything, it never really takes off in the conversation. I would love to connect with other nodes and start experimenting with it. I have 2 nodes right now, and I will have 2 more in the next week or so. I have my 2 24db dish antennas in the mail, and I am looking forward to hitting the high ground and seeing what can be done with it. it just saddens me that there just doesn't seem to be a huge following with this. I love the fact that there is ham radio mode with specialized equipment that is super affordable. the routers are all over the internet for under $10 (all 4 that I have wer under $10) the antennas are cheap. You can add an 8 watt amplifier and still come in under $100, that beats D-star any day in my book. I am not a prepper or an em-comm opp, I just love experimenting with radio, and when I can bring together two things that I am deeply involved in such as radio and computers, I would love to se just how big this can get. are there any local 2/70 repeaters/simplex that a few of the Meshers are hanging out on? it would be nice if we could stir up some more people to get into this. I wonder how many people really know about this, because I had never heard of it until I was scanning through the local repeaters and heard a brief description.
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