Signage – 15 pieces of “flair”

When you get a tower trailer to use for ham radio, you’re going to get a lot of questions. The number of times most people see a construction tower set up with a Yagi, HF antenna, or some wi-fi dishes on it, are, in the experience of most people, exactly zero. They don’t notice people’sContinue reading “Signage – 15 pieces of “flair””

Hams on the Lake Mesh test

Today many local hams decided to meet out on White Bear Lake. Some to get on HF, others to test their go-kits, and others to test our tower fleet in real world conditions. The PB tower trailer was there to perform the following tests: Test of Hotspot/Mesh configuration to tunnel to the MN statewide meshContinue reading “Hams on the Lake Mesh test”

Our New MOUs and Trailer Classes

We just signed an MOU with Minnesota VOAD. They are part of a national structure of non profit and sometimes faith based volunteer groups that respond to disasters. We now have one with MN ARES also. I talked to our friend Steve Hartman, who is a regional lead with the Red Cross. He says thereContinue reading “Our New MOUs and Trailer Classes”

The Pre-Loppet/ Loppet Winter Festival

Early in 2020 we volunteered at the Loppet Winter Festival, a large urban ski and fat-tire bike race.  We set up a medical command center and helped at the aid stations.   This event, sit in a hilly park, gave us the idea to convert retired construct light trailers to Amateur Radio use- we are upContinue reading “The Pre-Loppet/ Loppet Winter Festival”

“Little White” Trailer (#11) – 2005 Wacker LTC-4L

Wacker 2005 LTC-4L. 30′ steel tower. Running Lombardini 1003 “FOCS” 27 hp. diesel. Group 24 marine battery, 45A alternator, 400W inverter. Both meshes. PTZ camera. Narrow and “garage friendly”. 2/2/21: So with phone coaching from N0NAS the main generator (stator) windings were tested on the Mecc Alte C2 130/4 6KW generator. Both are open. ThisContinue reading ““Little White” Trailer (#11) – 2005 Wacker LTC-4L”

Silly Ham Tower Trailer Rules from NY9D

As of 4/23/21 we have fourteen 30 foot class mobile Ham Radio tower /mesh trailers in Minnesota. We have established some silly “rules” for our trailer fleet: Trailers get cute tactical names/colors (ask your wife or kids for ideas). Trailers are interoperable /tested with our Strategic Technology Reserve assets (in our case Hennepin County SheriffContinue reading “Silly Ham Tower Trailer Rules from NY9D”

BM2 Battery monitors

Lately I’ve been playing with the BM2 battery monitors, available on ebay and automotive shops for 20-30 dollars. They attach to the batteries, connect to your phone or PC over bluetooth and hold the voltage history for 30 days. In addition the software provides low voltage alarm notifications. There are other automotive testing functions asContinue reading “BM2 Battery monitors”