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#1 WRKC935

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Posted 21 December 2020 - 10:04 PM

Some have read the other post that I sort of hijacked with my crazy GMRS plans.

Guessing some have questioned the validity, my ability, and said " cool story bro".

 

Here is what we started with in the winter of 17.

https://flic.kr/p/2hLHs8V

 To say it was a mess is an understatement.  The previous owner had contracted crack heads to do the tear out.  They took anything metal.  They even took a door.  Not to mention every bit of conduit.  I had been in the site 6 months prior and everything that AT&T had there was still in the building.  It took 3 very large roll off dumpsters to get it all out of there.

 

So I went to work rewiring, reworking and rehabbing the building. 

At this point, we have a large AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) with access nodes on all four corners of the tower covering 900 2.4 and 5.8

There is a large ham packet switch network hub in place covering all bands including HF.

And of course a GMRS repeater (soon to be more).

Not to mention the ongoing projects.

A Centracom Gold Elite console system.

Several ham repeaters, DMR and analog.

I semi serious HF station... More antenna's to be installed in the spring. 

 

Couple shots of the interior

https://flic.kr/p/2khe2Ti

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kjeWTE

 

Now there was some discussion about my plans to put up 4 GMRS repeaters and how that was going to happen.

 

Here is the 8 port combiner

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kjeofT

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kjaCPs

 

Some of the repeaters

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kjeWGT

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kjeo64

The MTR on top is the current GMRS repeater we have on line.

The XPR's in other photos are going to be used as well for this endeavor.

 

 

Here is the Centracom CEB stack.  This is a work in progress that will be interfacing to the control stations in the second photo and the repeaters as I get that fully programmed and running.

https://flic.kr/p/2kjaCA1

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kjeo88

 

Up till now, it's all just in a block building. 

So here is the tower next to the block building

 

https://flic.kr/p/2hLJtx7

 

And a couple photos of the firefighters training on the tower.

We donate access for high angle and rope rescue to all fire departments in the  area.

 

https://flic.kr/p/2khdz69

 

https://www.flickr.c...6490@N05/hzD6f1

 

 

So that's what I am working with.

It's been time consuming, but fun.  And the best part is, since it's all private, I can do as much or as little as I feel like on any given day.

 

Specifics on the tower.

Height 239 feet to the lightning rod tip.

43 feet from leg to leg.

Two decks on top, one is octagon.  The lower is square.

THe lower deck is 40 by 40 with 4 horns

Upper deck we haven't  measured, but it's smaller, has 2 horns.

 

Since I always get ask about the horns.

They are 12 foot wide and 15 feet tall at the apex of the top.

Electrically they are a section of a 24 foot dish. 

Beam width is 1.5 degrees and the mathematical gain is just under 40 DB for 11 Ghz and 30 something for 6 Ghz.

 

 

 

Feel free to ask questions.



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 06:35 AM

So how did you come upon this property?

Are you now the site owner?

What, if any, physical maintainance/rehab of the tower that was required?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 07:03 AM

Our SAR team used one of those ATT long wire sites for years the town had. They had gotten it due to back taxes. American tower didnt pay taxes and the town took it. We were there for around 10 years. Site sold for 25K at tax auction finally. The biggest issue with those sites in the NE is the rust and noise it creates. I looked to purchase it but the insurance alone was unreasonable for a private owned site. If there waas people renting it may of paid off but in 20 years no one wanted to go on it.



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:45 AM

Site is owned by the other guy involved with this. So it is privately held. The previous owner was in process of razing the site when it was purchased. They had not scheduled the explosives team to drop the tower and sold it to my buddy for the value of the land under it. His goal is to be strictly ham radio. There have been inquiries about space for rent by WISPs and a commercial broadcaster that wanted to put police scanners there for their news team. He was and still is adamant the site is not to be a business venture. If the site had been commercially viable he would not have been able to buy it anyway.

As far as repairs. The building was a mess. Ther was nothing there in way of electric. The first order of business was to get a temp service set and get the tower light working. Then it was money hand over fist to rebuild. I would say with the generators, electrical, securing the site, camera system, and other expenses he spend 12K in addition to the purchase price. Thats not counting the taxes, insurance or electric bill.

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:30 AM

Site is owned by the other guy involved with this. So it is privately held. The previous owner was in process of razing the site when it was purchased. They had not scheduled the explosives team to drop the tower and sold it to my buddy for the value of the land under it. His goal is to be strictly ham radio. There have been inquiries about space for rent by WISPs and a commercial broadcaster that wanted to put police scanners there for their news team. He was and still is adamant the site is not to be a business venture. If the site had been commercially viable he would not have been able to buy it anyway.

As far as repairs. The building was a mess. Ther was nothing there in way of electric. The first order of business was to get a temp service set and get the tower light working. Then it was money hand over fist to rebuild. I would say with the generators, electrical, securing the site, camera system, and other expenses he spend 12K in addition to the purchase price. Thats not counting the taxes, insurance or electric bill.


It is wonderful what some folks are capable to finding and doing. I love the fact the the owner is generously giving to the amateur radio community of his time and resources.

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 11:25 AM

We are trying.  But it IS a work in progress.

 

On a side note.  Can pictured be posted via links here?  I have tried to post images here that are on Flickr here and had no luck. 

If there is some secret to this would someone let me know what that is please.

Plan is to archive the project here and being about to directly post pictures and not just links I believe would be beneficial.



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 06:12 PM

I agree with attaching vs links. I hate imagine links in posts. Requires an extra step to view, and links always get broken so the thread gets hosed for future readers.

Personally I do all my forum work using my iPad and the TapaTalk app. To insert a picture I merely hit the image button, a browser opens where I then navigate to the image, accept and voila.

I hope someone that does that successfully with a standard browser will chime in for you.

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