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[Ham-80211] Re: Motorola 900 MHz Canopy Broadband Radio

Marlon K. Schafer ooe at odessaoffice.com
Sun Aug 29 16:34:57 UTC 2004

Guys, Motorola is working hard with all of their FCC comments to make sure
that all spectrum is allocated to licensed services or auctioned off.

They hide behind the idea that they are a big company and they don't always
know what the other hand is doing.  That doesn't fly with me because they've
filed NO comments (that I've seen) in favor of unlicensed use of the bands
of late.  They are happy to take our money and using it to further the goals
of the higher end customers.

I think that pressure of some kind needs to be applied to Motorola so that
they change this policy.

It's often nice gear.  Good specks, works well etc.  Is relatively
inefficient (compared to many other products on the market), does NOT play
nice with other devices in the spectrum etc.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Webster" <bwebster at wirelessmapping.com>
To: "TAPR Mailing List for Ham Radio Use of 802.11"
<ham-80211 at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 6:14 AM
Subject: RE: [Ham-80211] Re: Motorola 900 MHz Canopy Broadband Radio

> Right now the Canopy 900mhz stuff is a little more expensive than their
> other bands. I will tell you that the power and receiver specs are great.
> You can get the radios with external N-type connectors which gives you a
> to work with in the line of antennas. If we could operate these under part
> 97 you could use any antenna you want. There are claims that they have
> the units in a point to point mode up to 70 miles under part 15 rues. If
> plan on using more than 2 units for any type of project you need to also
> some version of their cluster management unit (CMM). The reason for the
> is that they use a time domain access method or all units to control the
> hidden transmitter syndrome. With the CMM they use the GPS network for a
> syncronized timing source. All units in the network then have the same
> and get their own time slot to transmit in while others are held off. With
> this system they can overcome a lot of interference that 802.11b systems
> can't. I have a commercial client who got the system to link up with a
> client unit throught 1.2 miles of dense pine trees. The neat thing about
> canopy is the ability to mix and match units form other bands in your
> network. This means you could have 900mhz omni sites for user units to
> connect and use the 5.7 ghz units to work as an interconnecting backbone
> with all the units. The units all interconnect with ethernet and have
> over ethernet built in. This disadvantage is the proprietary format. Which
> now that I think of it may not let us operate under part 97 after all
> (based on the publicly documented protocol rules). The other drawback is
> requirement for users to buy the canopy subscriber units. If you have a
> funding source this could still make a very robust network for emergency
> comms in the field. We are considering deploying a network in this fashion
> to allow our mobile command vehicle net accesss from anywhere in the
> Hope this info helps.
> Brian, N2KGC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rich Osman [mailto:rich at osman.com]
> Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 3:19 AM
> To: TAPR Mailing List for Ham Radio Use of 802.11
> Cc: Steve Lampereur
> Subject: Re: [Ham-80211] Re: Motorola 900 MHz Canopy Broadband Radio
> It's pretty pricey stuff, it's been around for a while at 2.5 and 5 Ghz.
> seem to remember $1-2K for subscriber units and $5K for a hub unit. It's
> showing up on eBay in the $200 range for subscriber units.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steve Lampereur" <kb9mwr at yahoo.com>
> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 02:14:15 -0500
> To: <ham-80211 at lists.tapr.org>
> Subject: [Ham-80211] Re: Motorola 900 MHz Canopy Broadband Radio
> > >From the press release I assumed it was fairly new, for 900 MHz at
> > Guess since I couldn't find much on it, I'm curious about output power
> > expected price.
> >
> > Steve
> >

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