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Alachua County EMWIN Project `To Do' List
AC-EMWIN: Things Yet To Do
Scout locations for placement of equipment:
Notify Gainesville ARS and Gator ARC (Univ. of Fla.) of the availability
of the system, and get support from both clubs;
- DECIDED: JHMHS DSB rooftop.
Receive equipment from John Fleming (Techincal Svcs., FDEM);
- GARS ONBOARD - Supports idea. Will help with manpower to set up and
run system, But did not wish to commit financially.
- GARC ONBOARD - Supports idea. Will help with manpower to set up and
maintain. Will provide space in the security of their club station, and
provide use of their electricity.
Drop off equipment at GARC club station;
Contact Bill Weltner and Phil Paschiak (DSB PPD) regarding installation
of satellite dish using NPN mount, and related installation policies atop
roof of the J.H. Miller Health Center's Dental Science Building wing.
Contact Larry Benton (Shands Communications) regarding handling of any
possible medical equipment RFI issues that there may be.
- APPROVED. But they're a little nervous about NPN mounting. Would rather
it be permenently mounted into wall of southern penthouse.
Contact Brad Tyler (Satellite Services) and Joe DiPietro (RF Engineers)
about help with installation of satellite dish, which now requires
drilling/mounting into the southern penthouse wall, per PPD request.
- This is just a matter of advising them two days before we actually
transmit, and the day OF, so that they can set up monitoring.
Install network card on EMWIN computer;
- BOTH ARE ONBOARD. Joe and Brad will supervise and help with installation.
Brad also advised he can provide grounding, other misc. parts and pieces,
all the necessary length of RG-6, whatever mounting is required,
pointing/aligning, and setting up equipment.
Install VNC (Virtual Network Computer) software for remote access to
EMWIN computer, if needed;
(Ongoing.) Install/learn various EMWIN software programs and decide
which is best:
Look into possibility of using a sound card to rcv signals as an
alternative to having to purchase a demodulator device.
- WeatherNode (Buggy; problematic; support now defunct; a BIG
processor hog; docs not too explicit for the novice) - free,
- RE (NICE!; minimal problems...but expensive! - registration
being $70!; docs could include more information coming from the novice's
- WM submodule/add-on - registration $25,
- WM Retrans submodule/add-on - free.
Locate/obtain 22-foot, 2" pole for 4-bay Cushcraft transmitting antenna.
- (Research indicates this is not possible.)
Assemble a plug-in capacitor/relay to provide a delay to the to the Icom
transmitter's transmit switch when power is applied. (This is necessary to
get around a quirk with the radio on powerup.);
- We located a 50' push-up pole which would seem to adequately handle
the job. Does not need to be fully extended. Risk Management advised we
did not need to guy it.
Attach 9-pin serial plug to end of serial cable to allow NWT-12 modulator
device to be hooked up between Icom transmitter and computer;
Meet on-site on rooftop of DSB with Bill Weltner, Phil Pasciak, Larry
Benton, Joe DiPietro, and Brad Tyler for final group discussion of satellite
dish installation and location;
Second, final delivery from John Fleming:
Assemble/mount Satellite dish;
route the coax, set up equipment in the club station;
- appropriate length of 9913 coax,
- 4 PL-259 connectors,
- Polyphasor lightning protector.
Advise Larry Benton of actual planned Transmit Test Days at T-2 days and
Signal reports from local area listeners -
let's see how far out we're getting;
Look into upgrading operating system to something a little better
than W98SE just to make sure system operates as stably as possible. (For
example, Windows 2000 has much better memory handling capabilities.) Jeff
Capehart suggested contacting Jim Carr to see what he had, for testing.
Call for volunteers and hold an "Installation Party" to put everything up
on rooftop - assemble/mount Cushcraft antenna;
Testing of all assembled/installed equipment;
Publicity regarding project - create/disseminate official Press
Alachua County EMWIN Project
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Last Updated: December 21, 2003.
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