If more of these go up in the next few decades and eventually become a mesh we’ll have much cheaper long distance telecom I think. Add to that even before cheaper telecom comes about, amateur radio operators will be able to communicate further with cheaper equipment, no matter what the weather or solar cycle is like. Cool stuff!
This thing probably weighs 4 pounds at most and is a cube not that much bigger than a coffee cup (excluding the antennas) at about 4 inches on each side and change (again excluding the antennas).
Given that weight, they can probably put them up there for ?$30,000 to $40,000. If they last as long as they say they do, that’s great. When the general public can start paying to put these up there, just think about the potential for disaster relief or a shared network of these things. I wonder how many it would take to create a network that would allow round-globe communication, even if that’s only for an hour or two every day. If I could get one that’d be stationary or pay for access to a network at a reasonable monthly fee for voice and another for a reasonable monthly fee to even relatively slow (think IBSN or older DSL) data I’d do it.
Now to see how they manage solar power for continuous use at higher levels than the current equipment
http://www.radioreference.com/ Cooler: Live audio, including audio around your area — I’d been to this site before, but a news station covering those 4 firemen taken hostage referenced using the RadioReference.com audio archives and played the audio on their news feed. Cool stuff. I just wish they had a least a historical spectrum analyzer so you … Continue reading
Study the attached documents. Technician is the first and lowest test. General is the middle and second highest test. Amateur Extra is the last and highest test. The attached DOC files are the question pools that make up what questions that are used to make up the 40-ish question tests, in toto. There are several … Continue reading
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“To lead people, walk behind them.” -Lao Tzu “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves.”” -Lao Tzu “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -George S. Patton “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, and we … Continue reading
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Self Defense “There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.” -Sun Tzu “Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.” -Pierre Corneille “In prehistoric times, mankind often had only two choices in crisis situations: fight or flee. In modern times, humor offers us a third alternative; fight, flee – … Continue reading
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