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Old 11-22-2017, 02:39 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Pringles can slung under a drone.
I've had my eye on one of those too. My preference is to build one, but at the rate I complete projects, I'd just have a box of parts until something better comes out.

Slickdeals listed a drone with most of the latest bells and whistles for $350.

What I really want to get into is powered paragliding. My parents already have a barn to store it in, and the land to take off and land.

I like your Pringles can idea though. Perhaps I should start by making my own antenna to get proof of feasibility with a faint signal, and spend real money only when it will improve results. I've got a coat-hanger TV antenna I built out of parts laying around, and it works pretty darn well. It needs a little beefing up to pull in signals in Silverton though.

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Old 11-22-2017, 11:13 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I use the nanostation Loco M2's, I have several pairs and a set of three running at a few locations.
They have better range than the 5 ghz more expensive radios in foliage, ironically.
Wet foliage is the downfall. I shoot through some trees and it works till you get enough rain stacked in there, then those leaves become handy dandy reflectors.
If you knew somebody who could "see" both endpoints, you'd be golden.
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If you look at the story about Robt. X. Cringley in Permalink #10, you'll find that back in the 980s he used a telescope to identify a house he could see downtown. Then he went down there and offered to pay for their Internet access if they would pass through uphill to him.

You want a clear line of sight. Foliage grows with time.

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We must end our reliance​ on big telecom monopolies and build decentralized, affordable, locally owned internet infrastructure.
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2.4 ghz is the same frequency as microwaves to heat up your food. So water absorbs the signal.
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If 2.4g is a no go you may have to get a 900mhz bridge.
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It apso reflects somewhat nicely off glass and mirrors.
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I took a walk with my wife yesterday to see what route to take to her work. If we hop a short fence at the apartment, cross the railroad tracks, cross the intersection, and take some stairs that lead to a short field in front of her work, it's a 4 minute walk. I'd estimate her work is a good 40ft in elevation compared to the apartment.

We then walked to the Oregon Garden, and I'd estimate that is 100 ft higher than the apartment. I might be "volunteering" at the garden soon. Perhaps they have some tall trees that need some pruning, and a solar panel with antenna. I can see the valley from up there.
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A repeater on the high ground would indeed solve your problems. 4 of the ~$50 Loco M2's would do it.
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I've used the Loco M2's and my experience has been the same. They're wonderful until you have a wet tree in the way, and then you get nothing.

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