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A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) ajfarmer at spenet.com
Sun Feb 20 00:56:36 UTC 2005

I've been running an IGate at a remote site for well over a year.  It is an
old Pentium PC running UI-View and it is located in an old barn.  There is
no climate control, other than a fan to keep the transmitter and TNC from
heating up in the summer.  The Internet connection is via a 802.11b wireless
HSMM link.  I can access and control the PC remotely over the Internet
and/or RF with no problems.  I have a couple other installations like this
too - inside old structures with no climate control.

Don't be too afraid of running a PC at a remote site.  When a PC is set up
for a specific task, it is much more reliable than you might think.  Extreme
temperature issues can be overcome.  Putting the PC in a simple plywood box
goes a long way to controlling temperature extremes if needed.  You can
insulate the box if needed.  If you can get away from the hard drive and run
off of a floppy and RAM disk like Henk said, then you are almost 100% solid
state which is not far off from your TNC.

Amateur Radio is supposed to be about innovation and experimenting with new
methods, right?  Give it a try! :-)


A.J. Farmer, AJ3U

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Andre PE1RDW
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2005 7:03 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] (no subject)

Ron Stordahl schreef:

> Henk
> Do you really think for one minute that it would be wise to put a PC 
> at a remote site that runs 40 F below in the winter and 100 F above in 
> the summer and is subject to regular power failure/restores?
> If so, come here and take over the maintenance of 15 remote sites please!
> Ron, N5IN
I have seen laptops with a hadrdisk running in simular situations so a 
hardiskless laptop would be able to handle that without a problem.
we are talking about scrap computers anyway, get a few spares in case 
one fails after a year or two, a transmitter is more likely to fail.
why not just try it on a site that you have easy access too first and 
maybe you like so much that you put them on mountain tops as well

73 de Andre PE1RDW

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