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[aprssig] KG4NRC-1 Waynesboro TN digi site

Ronny Julian k4rjj at bellsouth.net
Thu Dec 11 22:00:13 UTC 2008


Sean can you contact me off list?  k4rjj at bellsouth.net  73


On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 12:37 -0600, Sean Jewett wrote:
> I'm emailing to see if there's any interest in someone taking over the
> Waynesboro TN site that KG4NRC-1 is at.  The tower is a former ATT
> Long Lines site and the antenna is approx halfway up the ~200 ft.
> tower.  Access to the site is relatively easy and is just a short
> drive on a regularly traveled gravel road just off a US highway near
> Waynesboro.  The site was brought online primarily to provide APRS
> coverage along a portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park.
> 
> The site is currently run by Dukenet Communications.  Unfortunately
> the terms of the lease have recently changed and combined with my
> location in Nashville (about a 2 hour drive) it is now unfeasible for
> me to continue maintaining the digi.   In addition there's a chance I
> may not be in the Nashville area next fall so agreeing to the new
> conditions of the lease don't make much sense.
> 
> Here are the highlights of the terms of the lease which Dukenet is
> free to (and has and probably will) change at any time:
> 
> Vegetation maintenance.  No vegetation in the fenced area and at least
> a 10ft buffer around the fence / building.  I have a push mower on
> site (that I can leave) and it's doable -- about 2 hours tops with the
> mower and they don't care how it gets done... feel free to use your
> favorite herbicide.  Note that there are fire ants in the area.  I've
> run over a few fire ant mounds with the mower but have avoided being
> attacked by them.
> 
> They want you to keep the grounds free of litter.  This has been a
> problem because of the rural nature of the area.  People on occasion
> trespass to party at the site though most of the litter is located
> near the gate.  They replaced the gate this fall and it's unclear if
> this will reduce trespassing / litter.
> 
> Quarterly trips to test the tower lights.  They have specific
> instructions on how to conduct the quarterly test.
> 
> You have to have ARRL liability insurance that according to Dukenet's
> info will cost ~$300 yearly.  You won't know until you apply with the
> ARRL, I'm sure a few probably know more about this than I do, I had
> someone climb the tower for me.
> 
> There is one commercial customer on the site.
> 
> If anyone is interested I can put you in contact with Dukenet.  The
> digi has been on the air since spring/summer 2005.  I'm willing to
> discuss the future of the hardware running the site as well.  I don't
> see myself bringing another site online anytime soon.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Sean
> KG4NRC
> 
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