It’s funny the batteries at our solar sites only seem to need replacing after periods of prolonged bad weather.
This unfortunately means the driving conditions are less than perfect.
This is the nineth straight say of rain and the track up to one of our sites was so wet it instantly turned to mud.
We have three Navaras which are a good all round vehicle, but what they gain in on-road comfort they loose in off road ability.
It wasn’t long before the mixed terrain tyres were covered in mud and completely lost traction, I had a set of MaxTrax, which worked half a dozen times but wasn’t good enough to get me all the way up the hill.
Fortunately the land owner is top bloke and came up with his tractor, he basically dragged the vehicle to the top of the mountain, batteries and all.
We have been installing some high frequency radio links and proper alignment can be quite time consuming.
So we built a tool to make the job easier, it’s basically a rifle scope attached to a right angle bracket.
We were accumulating quite a large pile of antennas, and game up with an efficient way to store them all.
The need for bandwidth is always increasing we in the process of building a high capacity 24GHz backbone to compliment our lower frequency licensed backbone, this will give us a combined capacity of over 1Gbps into the Southern Gold Coast / Northern NSW region.
This capacity will enable us to deliver the next generation of broadband services.
We have recently built a new transmission site in OceanView which is approximately 40Km north of the Brisbane CBD, the site provides coverage for a majority of North Brisbane up to Caloundra in the Sunshine Coast.
The link is 340Mbps and was primarily built to service corporate clients, with the added bonus of extending Business & Residential coverage.
New Quad sector array installation at Mt Cotton, we now have 30Km Radius coverage.
From time to time we like to publish our core network map, It’s useful for technically minded customers to plan network redundancy.
According to Willy Weather for 58% of June has it’s been raining.
Great for Dam’s & Nature, not so good for our solar powered transmission sites.
This particular site has grown to over 250Watts of continuous consumption.
So after three days without sun the battery bank is looking a little depleated.
We have a small generator we use to boost the power levels, the only issue is the miniscule run time, so came up with a creative solution.
An extended range fuel tank !
Now we get 12-14 hours of continuous input, got to love the energy density of fossil fules.
As the network grows we are always looking at ways to improve performance.
Our new site at Coorabell will become a major hub for bandwidth distribution to Ballina & Byron Shires, so we have installed an NEC iPassolink IX dual polarity radio link.
This system consists of a dual modem MDU and two separate frequency converters connected to an OMT coupler, bolted on the back of a dual polarised 1M 6GHz dish.
The link distance is 34Km and performance is a flawless 1Gbps.