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[aprssig] Too many digi's ?

Jason Winningham jdw at eng.uah.edu
Fri Oct 20 14:21:41 UTC 2006


On Oct 20, 2006, at 9:04 AM, Joel Maslak wrote:

> What's the current channel loading, for instance?

Of course that's an important question, but the message that kicked  
off this thread talked about the large volume of traffic.

> In Wyoming, we use several very high digis (3000' HAAT isn't  
> unusual but more the rule).  No problem - we have a lightly loaded  
> network.  Why not support wide-area communication if loading is low?

There's no reason not to, but realize that most of us don't operate  
in such an area.

For a comparison, Wyoming was talking about launching cell sites on  
high altitude balloons, so that two or three such cells could cover  
the state.  North Alabama isn't all that highly populated compared to  
some places, but I'd guess it is a lot closer to average than  
Wyoming, and our cell towers are around 50' to 75' (and there are a  
lot more than three).

-Jason
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